David, if you were the Race Director for 2014 how would you sort out the entry system?
1) I would question if we couldn't increase the total numbers ...... is this due to 'elf and safety issues?'
2) Not open the ballot so soon after the marathon. I would wait several weeks and then open it for more than just a day. The reason being, having the ballot open up so soon after the running of the event, you get to many 'Oh I must do that next year' people who by the time 2014 rolls around, they are too busy tucking into their swiss rolls to worry about what day their slow long run is.
3) Have certain marathons through the year be 'recognised' by VLM. If you enter at least one one of these and complete it, in this day and age of chip timing and spreadsheets, you are given priority (say you get twice or even 5 times as many shots in the ballot than if an average joe had applied who had never run in a marathon) ..... when you apply, you tick a box saying 'yes I have run in a recognised marathon this year', then a simple program cross references your application details with those of the marathon you claimed to have run (remember we live in 2013, we don't need some old guy manually cross checking pieces of paper ..... this would all be fairly automatic). If it doesnt check out, your ballot application is immediatly discarded, so if you try to cheat you'll have no chance at all. Also by having 'certain' marathons be eligible it would enhance those marathons as well as people think 'Well if I run this marathon it gives me an extra chance to get into the London one.'
4) Stop pandering to the politically correct audience with these 'good for age' qualification times ......... look at the different categories for men and the tight times, versus the pretty much 'any woman who can post a half decent time can get a GFA'. Sorry I know some of the women on here will bristle at the slight to their gender, but its kinda true .......
Even if you only meant 33% of this post that means you are still 33% clueless.
I wasn't aware there was even treatments for it, some interesting stuff above.
Personally it doesn't seem to affect me much when running, but it can get pretty uncomfortable when I'm on the bike. I wear 2 pairs of gloves on the bike but find it tends to build up to a peak irritation for the first 45/60 mins regardless then seems to sort itself out and go away anyway.
.... that you don't work for a huge company where you can put out the virtual begging bowl and raise that £2k that the charities hold you to ransom in order to get one of their golden tickets???
Go on, don't be politically correct, feel free to vent that you'd love to do it over the office geek who has lots of friends to give them money but then puts in about an hours worth of training each week in the lead up to the event and has a kebab the night before.
Haven't you made this thread before? You sound like a 10 year old girl crying because the my little pony she got for Christmas was purple instead of pink.
Do you get upset when your lottery numbers don't come up as well, as you are clearly a special snowflake more deserving than anyone else?
If you get "bitter" over something like this I would really hate to be around you when you come accross something really challenging in life.
Been largely inactive since for 9 months now due to injury and completely inactive for 2 months of it. I'm of the tall and thin build and when I measured myself last I was about 12-13% body fat to the extent that my abs were showing (combined with doing lots of core work). I didn't use to care about what I ate when I ran but while injured I want to stay the same weight and body fat % just to stop myself getting even more stressed by my body wasting away. Is it possible?
I've been trying to cut out bread, pasta and rice, as well as stopping eating 4 hours before bed. I have porridge every morning and still eat a lot of fruit but have cut down on sugary snacks and bad fats, but have a lot of nuts, peanut butter and beans as well as meat and fish. Is this ok?
I've read that fruit, potatoes, pasta etc all cause body fat to increase, is this the case? I'm struggling to make tasty meals without carbohydrate in.
The basic determinant of whether you will lose/gain weight/bodyfat is calories in vs calories out.
If you want to lock your diet down whilst you are out injured go to a calorie counting website (I use myfitnesspal) where you can track what you eat. It's a bit of effort to begin with but you can just monitor what you eat for a couple of weeks and you can easily work out what the right balance is for you if you want to maintain.