Whoah, good idea Also-ran. Never knew more slim-fit tracksuit bottoms with stirrups were around. You either see tights or tracksuit bottoms. Sound like a good idea all round by your post!
Shorts and rugby socks also sounds like good stuff. Hopefully they will stay up as I never remember them doing that as a kid playing football. If I've only got my knees out then it can't be as bad as skimpy shorts and ankle-length socks.
Bought me porridge oats today. Exciting times with more normal fibre intake await! I'll try just shorts for as long as possible this year but doubt I'll last. When it comes to actual snow and hail there's no way of avoiding it being bitter on your bare skin.
Also spurred on by your suggestion Fueled by Jelly babies. It'll never feel like I'm sleeping alone again anyway.
Will changing my ceral from bran to porridge go any way in helping?
In a word, yes. (Possibly.) Especially when it comes to intense sessions like intervals, this can cause some, er, gastrointestinal thingummyjiggery, and high-fibre food in the system won't help. It can be something as simple as changing cereal; I used to eat a lot of bran flakes and All-Bran, but just switching to muesli (and porridge at weekends) made a difference. You might think about timing of meals as well; if your last meal is still digesting this requires a certain amount of blood flow which will be diverted when you start to exert yourself. I'd give it a good three hours between eating and an intense session.
As for problem #1... shave your legs?
Nice one. I'll change my brekky then. Granola wasn't much better for me by experience so I don't think muesli would be that different? Where's all this fibre coming from! As for meal patterns I'll keep that in mind. Today though I ate nearly four hours before setting off, so by that time I'm usually more concerned about running on empty. Thanks for the tips.
Leg shaving . . . I think I'll try Vaseline/Sudocrem out before drastic measures. And if those don't work it'll be leg hair off. Dang. I'll pilot it on my inner thighs just in case. Guess I'll be the only one seeing it though.
Alright, two burgeoning problems. Probably not quite bad enough to be in the health section but don't read if you're eating your stew right now.
First one is running tights. In a couple of weeks there will be a point where the weather here will be so cold that my legs will go numb, and shorts will no longer be enough. But I've very hairy legs, and tights aggravate my skin, making hairs grow inward so my legs look like they're bursting out in acne. It gets worse still after running most days in tights, when my inner thighs come up with so much rash that I can't bear to run and even walking becomes too painful to want to do. I think tracksuit bottoms are too bulky for long runs and fell running too, so what can I do in the winter? This year I think I've had enough of tights ruining my legs.
My other problem is a bit embarrassing. I always visit the gents before going off on a run but when doing my club's country sessions, namely the speedwork, there will come a point where my guts jump. I'll be doing HIT just fine, very tough on the lungs and legs but fine, until a sudden threshold. It sort of feels like I've been trod on and I'm about to expel stuff from every hole in me but I can't continue and have to stop. I might sneak off for a dump but it's not just that. It feels like nausea too and it'll come back to me. I have a feeling my diet's ridiculously high in fibre as I go a few times a day these days which doesn't sound proper, so what sort of things should I look out for there? Will changing my ceral from bran to porridge go any way in helping? Is the whole nausea feeling some sort of condition or is it lifestyle?
Around a week ago this race came to my attention. Yes, it's an ultramarathon.
I love reading about ultras and rounds, but didn't think I'd want to involve myself in one. However the route on this inaugural race seems to be passing my house and for that reason it feels rude to turn down. Maybe that's a bad reason, but it's true.
One small thing gets in the way though, besides the cost. I'm not really a long distance runner. On a good week I've fit in 15 mile long runs on a Sunday for over a year now. Yesterday's was 19 miles which didn't feel any worse. But obviously these distances and how they might feel are only a teaser for running just over 50 miles. I ran yesterday at a fairly conservative pace and had a couple of wraps in my bag, a waterproof, water, some chance and my phone as well as the usual blanket and compass I always have in there. Had a wrap and the water in the latter half of the run and it was no problem.
Of course this would be part of the slow progress in getting to 50 miles. And I doubt we're exactly made for those distances, although I understand they can be managed without injury. What good strategies are there for going long distance? What sort of things should I eat before/during as/if I build up? What should I carry? What injuries should I look out for and what should I do to avoid them? What sort of regimes in building up distance do ultra runners take?
I know those are pretty facile questions but I'm finding it hard to see/talk to anyone with experience. It also seems that almost every long distance runner is over 40 years old and a bit funny in the head. This is relevant because I'm only one of the two. I'm 22 so is that too young?
Something that I've started to feel quite often in the past six months following red wine, big-flavour beer, chocolate etc is a mild sort of heartburn while consuming or running within 24 hours of consuming. Or at least that's what I think it is. It's either a burning, sour sensation in my gullet while drinking/eating that slows the process down, a residual burning in my chest afterwards (or when I'm running), or burping out the sour taste while running. It's not devastating, but it's not comfortable. In a way it's a good thing that it stops me going for more chocolate/drink, but I'm not heavily into either and most of the time I stop after a single pint/glass/dessert, but it can still crop up then.