My (ineptly remembered, probably) recollection is that Noakes doesn't like it because it's an inconsistent test.
So probably a good snapshot and maybe something to influence training paces.
Alternately, would a serious gait analysis be interesting? In the US, there's an assessment program called 'runsafe'; I don't know if that's made it over to your side of the pond. (I'm doing it in October and will report back... it gets mixed reviews, so I'm cautiously optimistic.)
Marrows, apparently the Garmin FR10 is extremely waterproof, though much simpler than the rest.
I'm sending good thoughts out to those with cranky hips... I've had to downgrade my fall marathon from a race to a gentle wander around (about 2m/m slower) with my brother-in-law because my hip flexor has taken a huge bite out of the current training schedule.
As for the rest of you healthy people -- I'm happy for you and jealous at the same time. Vicarious mileage isn't quite as good as real miles, but it's a start.
Nice read, SJ. Congrats. Fingertips and groins and thumbs and backs doesn't sound like much fun.
GM, sorry to hear. I don't have any sage advice, except that you should stick with us.
A few weeks back, I must have jinxed myself by suggesting that I was ticking along injury free... my left hip flexor was niggling a bit at the end of last week (end of a 3 week cycle of increasing distance/intensity... just possibly perhaps a correlation there), so I've blown off last weekend's runs and will sit on me #r$e for a couple more days. Sigh.
In from a hard 16m with 10 in the middle at MP (7:01 target). Was on track for the first 8 miles of the MP segment, but melted in the last 2 and ended up with 7:06 average, which isn't ideal, but not bad, given that I've been feeling a bit rubbish all week. Happily, P+D have my next week as a recovery week, so looking forward to that.
Thoroughly enjoying my replacement garmin heart rate monitor. My 405 came with one of the basic models, and it had been acting up recently. (For example, the last 17 miles of Boston had an average HR of 184bpm, and last I noticed, I'm not a hummingbird. Nor do I have SVT.) Granted, it was about 6 years old, so I shouldn't complain too much. The replacement is their 'premium' model, which is much smaller/more comfy and hasn't acted up at all.
Condolences to everyone on the bench at the moment. Take care of yourselves, both mentally and physically. (Not sure which of those is more difficult...)
Who here has followed a pure running training programme and stayed uninjured for the past 12 months?
Not 12 months for me, but I'm 4 weeks into a second P+D 18 week/ 50mpw campaign now and feeling good. (The first one started late December of 2013.) I missed one week last cycle due to a combination manflu/calf niggle.
I'll (almost) invariably do the distances, but if I'm just feeling rubbish, I'll back off on the intensity. I've also resolved to run my recovery runs really easy this campaign, which is tragically boring, but I thought it was worth trying...
I'm trying to be better about getting enough sleep, which is tough for me personally, as I seem to do much better with 8hrs+, and I have to get up at 5am to get morning runs in.
Ask again in December to see if I've managed to stay uninjured. (I'll probably have jinxed myself by saying all this!)