I don't spend a fortune on headphones because in my experience they don't last that long, so I think you can get something worthwhile for a tenner. I've tried round-the-ear style, but if you have small ears they start to slide when you get sweaty (and then they rub). My best ones have been yurbudz-style, which are not too sound-proof so you can hear what's around you. At present I have a pair from the 3 mobile phone shop, I think they're made by Experience, which was a make I'd never heard of. They're really comfortable, don't slide out and give good loud sound reproduction so that your MP3 battery lasts longer!
My usual distance is 10k, but I want to move up to run a 10-mile event by September, then possibly to half marathons. In addition to running, I commute 10 miles each way by bike almost every day. Cycling less often is not practical financially, since the commute includes a train journey for which I have a season ticket.
At the moment I run twice or three times a week, usually about 4 miles on the shorter runs and as long as I can manage at weekends - the longest so far has been 9 miles. I've been trying to make one run a week into a hill session or speed session. Should I try to run more often than this or just make each run a bit longer? I do get quite tired by the weekend on the current amount of running/cycling. The plan so far has been to just increase the weekend run to ten miles.
Are there many other 54-year-old women readers who cycle home from work then head out for a run on weekday evenings?
I don't pay that much attention to splits, only going so far as to check my time halfway through a 10k and then again when I cross the line. I find I ALWAYS run the second half faster than the first, but it's not a conscious strategy, I hink it's more that I relax when I know I'm on the homeward leg. If I checked my splits every kilometre I'd get really hung up on it, so I just don't do it.
I thought the perceived wisdom was that you started slowly and gradually accelerated as you warmed up, so don't most people have at least some negative splits?
Mine would have Paula Radcliffe as my pacer (we could have a nice chat on the way round). There would be enough undulations and one big hill to make it interesting and it would go around a beautiful bay withthe tide almost full in.
The medal would be gold (solid!) but terribly terribly tasteful - a suitable reward for sailing powerfully yet gracefully up every hill. My toes would remain un-banged and I'd be so well massaged and stretched afterwards that I'd be running again by the end of the week!
By the end my face would NOT be bright red nor would I be covered in sweaty bits, and I'd get to use every one of the Lush bath, shower, hair, massage and moisturising products in the goody bag ALL IN ONE SESSION! Oh, and the generous helpings of Green and Black chocolate and Bumbleberry smoothies.