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Does anybody have good group exercises for interval training?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 21:24

Not sure about the other runners here, but in my experience fartlek sessions are usually the from of session/'speedwork' used at the beginning of a season - particularly xc - to ease back into speedwork. I would do that in your first week or two as it is an easier session than 1km reps for sure. The fast portions of a fartlek are also usually a lot shorter than 1km and you build endurance with the easy and mixed pace running in between. 

The more typical interval sessions after that are good, although I would say probably 400s are the shortest rep for endurance-based stuff as doing 100s is definitely a sprint session!

Running top with pockets

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 21:36

Yeah most of the tops designed for trail running (usually also have a half zip) have pockets, look at inov8 as well. Shorts usually have adequate space for gels but if not get maybe an armband pocket; that should fit an asthma pump, or a running bumbagh of some sort. I don't like them so will try and squeeze whatever i need into various other pockets but others have no problems.

L-Carnitine, Yay or Nay?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:16

Same - I tried L-cartinine f about 6 months a year and a half ago. Made no noticeable difference and was incredibly expensive on a student budget so I stopped. You most definitely do not look like you need lose any weight but cleaning up my diet over a month of the summer holiday made a much more noticeable difference in terms of weight loss, and that was just through eating a it less junk not shelling out loads on supplements! Also read something a bit scary about the side-effects when l-cartinine is converted into TMAO in the body, according to one study it promotes atherosclerosis which was a big concern for me as heart disease runs in my family on both sides! But google that for more details to make up your own mind as it was just one study.

Parkrun points competition

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 22:56

Interesting thing is,that in terms of rewarding regular participation (regardless of time/finishing position) parkrun already has the 50, 100, 250 t--shirt clubs and the Sweatshop monthly prize. I guess then the points competition rewards commitment to one event (despite parkrun nowadays seemingly promoting 'run tourism'...)

Over training

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 01:21

Don't race every week, r even every fortnight. That would burn anyone out not only physically but also psychologically. Insomnia and lack of concentration could be due to overtraining. Maybe try cutting down to one session a day?

1st and 2nd claim membership

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 00:49

Answering all your questions on this topic would make for very lengthy post as the claim status rules are pretty complicated, So I shall refer you to this link for Welsh athletics: . You don't need to wait until membership renewal time to change clubs, you can do it at any time of the year BUT according to England athletics' rules at least before submitting the form you must first formally resign from your previous first-claim club and gain a club official's 'approval' so to speak. So if you want to switch to second-claim,you may have to re-join that club with a different claim status. Often if the clubs are in a similar geographical area may be more hassle than its worth - may i ask why you wish to change your 1st claim? 

As for competition, yo must represent your fist claim club in all disciplines to which it is affiliated to the Welsh athletics, eg. if Club A 1st claim is affiliated for xc,track and road you must represent them in those races but can represent club B in a fell race,if that club is affiliated to fell. I don't think they are too fussed about parkruns. Low-key local or road races may turn a blind eye but you need to be aware of this rule all the same; often only first-claim club runners are eligible for team awards for example. Unfortunately unless you race a lot on the fells 2nd claim often doesn't offer very much except extra training opportunities.Hope this helps! 

ladies out there

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 22:19

If you dislike white tights why not maybe go for a patterned darker colour? Thus avoiding sweat stains, major vpl etc... 

Some nice adidas ones at start fitness here:,4099&CAT_ID=4111&P_ID=53689


And more mile ones for £15 in pink, purple and blue patterns:,4099&CAT_ID=4111&P_ID=52825


Pool Running in Berkshire

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 22:13

I second TippTop although I have been doing most of my pool-running at a pool up North! There aren't classes as such, those that do run tend to be more 'aqua-aerobics' so not really the training stimulus you need. Google some pool running interval sessions and get stuck into those (trust me, intervals are the only way to do it without getting bored out of your as your max heart rate is lower in water you can afford to do more intense-sounding sessions than you would normally do while on land.)

Go at off-peak times if at all possible and avoid the family/teen swim sessions! Just use the part that isn't laned off, if this is available in the early morning (8.30am and earlier) that's particularly good as more people in the pool at that time are training, rather than social swimmers and hence using the lanes.

Lanzarote Triathlon/Marathon Training Holiday

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 22:06

However, if you are looking for running-specific warm weather training Portugal seems to also be well suited for runners needs; pretty popular with national level athletes getting winter training in, particularly the area around Vilamoura (not surprising seeing as the town hosted the European cross country a few years back!) Lanzarote has always been a triathlete's mecca though due to the excellent cycling. The Portuguese terrain is generally more hospitable than the latter's volcanic landscape too, and there are running tracks around, so it's worth considering. 

Lanzarote Triathlon/Marathon Training Holiday

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 21:55

If you would like guided runs or lots of trails, I second Club La Santa although it is in a rather remote area in the north of the island. Fairly good selection of on and off-road routes around here considering the resort hosts 10k and half-marathon races every week as well as the Lanzarote ironman... La Santa is also within cycling distance of the National Park in the west. However if you are looking to combine your holiday with going out and the like this area will not be the most suitable. Not sure what the more clubbing-orientated areas like Puerto del Carmen are like for running though.

Another thing about the La Santa vicinity is that the villages nearby, Soo and Tinajo, didn't seem to have much, if anything, in the way of hotels so the resort has a bit of a monopoly if you choose this area. However a quick google has also shown "Vitalclass Lanzarote Sport & Wellness Resort" located in Costa Teguise so assume that area could be good for running also.


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