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Dates instead of gels as FM fuel?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 10:26

So, I have not been training on gels and have been eating dates so far which has been fine. As my FM training progresses, I am ever more mindful of the need for fueling in the later stages of the run (my current long run will be 28km this week). I have been consuming at a rate of two dates per 5km approx which seems fine but I don't know how my body will behave at the over 30km ranges. My question is to those who also use dates as their primary fuel, what amount works for you and when, and what about additional things like salt? Thanks.

PS - 2 dates (Medjool type) have approx 120 calories

Speed reduction in marathon

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 04:09

Thanks all for the great responses. Yes I should have mentioned my figures are in Km (meaning pace is Min/Km). To accomplish a goal of a sub 4hr FM (i.e. 3:59) I would have to run a 5:39 pace. My current PRs are 1:57:00 for HM and 00:51:00 for 10K. I can certainly hold 5:39 for 10-15K perhaps even 20K, but after that it is unknown territory

In my long runs as of now (upcoming one is 26K) I have not attempted to run at this marathon pace. Maybe I should. Have just been cruising along at about 6 Min/Km average.

I realize a sub 4hr FM is not a trivial goal, seems like for me 4:20 might be more realistic. But I guess we can always try


Prague marathon anyone?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 04:01


What baggage area are you talking about?


Prague marathon anyone?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:14

I am going to do my first FM in Prague in May and thought it was a flat course. Then I looked up the elevation profile (which is not on the event site) and see that there are quite a few hills (at least it looks like it). Can anyone comment on the course? Thanks

Speed reduction in marathon

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:12

So, I have been able to average about a 6:00 pace on even my long runs so far (little more than HM) but I realize that I may not be able to sustain that pace through a FM. Is there some rule of thumb to guesstimate how the pace will degrade over time in the last third of a FM? (my interest in asking is to be able to set a realistic goal, as well as race strategy). Thanks.


3:59 marathon?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 06:19

This coming May I will be running the Prague marathon and it will be my first. I would like to aim for a time of 3:49 or better. Ambitious, I know. I will not kill myself for it, but I would like to try. I have been running for a little over a year and here are my times as of now:

10K - 00:52:27 (up from 01:09:12 and 00:53:38)

HM - 01:57:12 (up from 02:04:49 and 02:06:45)

I run alone, mainly due to time restrictions but also preference. I run 4 times a week including one long run. Presently doing about 55km a week. No special type of tempo, hills or speedwork. Just running.

My question is, how best to train for this goal I have in mind. There are many programs online so it is all a bit confusing.

Any advice much appreciated!



Replacement of running shoes

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:49

I have a pair of Nike (DUAL FUSION ST2) that have about 2,000Km on them. I understand that the reccomendation is to replace them every 700-800Km. Cost/Expense is an issue at this time. So how critical is it in terms of performance and injury prevention?

And a follow on question, if I have a race (33K) coming up in second week of October, would it be wise to change now? How long to transition from one shoe to another?



Tights vs. Shorts

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 17:16

So seriously, what is the difference and/or advantage, if any, of running tights (short, not long) vs. regular running shorts?


Night pain in lower legs

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 16:08

For the past two nights I have been woken up by seering pain in the lower legs (back side, calves?). When I am able to get over it and flex my foot forward, it stops. But even slight tensing of those muscles brings back the pain (at night mostly). Is magnesium deficiency a likely cause of such thing? Thanks.


Cycling vs. Running

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 15:40

Yes, well, I believe I "can" do it (just as I really can run my first marathon this October as I planned to), but I thought it more prudent (and enjoyable?) to do it step by step and get a good foundation first.

Also, as I am divorced and have my two children with me half the time (which is actually more than half the mornings), there is only so much training I can do (at least till they are older to be comfortably left alone while daddy is out training.... they are 4 and 7 now).

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