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Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 01:30
Good luck for the 22nd July Scott! Good news about being niggle free too. I've seen guys with probably less raw speed than you running sub 75 HM, be interesting to see whether you can get a sufficient block of training in to get the endurance up though. How many weeks have you got before Island Games?

I won't be at the RR10 - I'd like to do more of them but I very rarely can - they clash with the precious few hours I get between finishing work and the little one's bedtime! So most of my weekday running is squeezed into lunchtimes. Will hopefully make it to one before the end of the series. Scott P have a good one if you do run it - I'd agree with Scott though about not pushing it too hard too soon...

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:27

I run for Stubbington - if you noticed someone in a Stub vest wearing loud green sunglasses yesterday then it was probably me. I know several of the Lordshill guys and remember Jeff catching me on the last lap and Neil finishing behind, but somehow missed you - probably because I was hanging!
I'm usually a strong finisher but yesterday could see I wasn't going to make up any more league places so was just holding on to ensure I didn't drop any more places at the finish.

Garmin Forerunner 225

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 10:45

The Mio Link antenna problems were for people using Bluetooth to connect.
ANT+ connections on the same arm as the Garmin were always fine for me, unfortunately the actual HRM readings proved too unreliable no matter how tight I wore it.

Maybe their design just couldn't cope with my bony wrist/forearm, but it seemed more than that to me - eg during a long slow run it might read consistently for an hour or more then slowly drift down to an unrealistically low HR but if I powered it off+on again (which is a faff) then it would come back on with a true HR reading again. Or when I tried it in races it would track my HR ok for a large chunk of a race but then with a hard uphill effort or sprint finish it would drop to an impossibly low heart rate - sometimes half what I knew it should be.

My Mio Link is now just an expensive paperweight and I've gone back to using a strap. Hopefully those issues have been solved by now.

Shorts with zipped side pockets

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 10:02

I haven't seen any with zip side pockets - I would imagine that the contents would bounce around quite badly - but there are plenty around with horizontal zip back pockets just below the waistband. Some have larger pockets than others, I have some Nike ones where the pocket is small - only just large enough for keys and some cards/cash. My Ronhill shorts are my favourites but a bit pricey if not discounted 
I also have some cheapo Karrimor shorts with huge back pockets and they are fine.

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:04

Scott E - good to see you're recovering well after your op. Sad to hear about your Grandad but good that you got to spend that time together. All my grandparents are gone now and I never got that opportunity.

Scott P - well done, I found Netley quite tough yesterday too - I know the course well so never expected Eastleigh PB times - but still hoped for a little faster than the 38:08 which my watch gave me, which is closer to my 10mile pace than my 10K pace! It was probably a week too soon after the VLM sub3 for me too, particularly having only trained 3 times in 3 weeks and spent 2 of those with a cold/throat bug. I felt drained by halfway ~19:05, so should probably be relieved I hung on for an even split rather than blowing up.

Were you in a Lordshill vest? I saw your clubmates Jeff and Neil come through but didn't spot you and we must have been close judging by our times...

How do you target a race, when you think a pb is definitely off the cards?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 12:39

I find that a PB is still possible on moderately "undulating" courses, but when it's too hilly or offroad to have any chance of a PB then I look at past results for the same race to estimate a reasonable time for me to aim for.

Eg if people of similar ability to me typically run 2-3 minutes slower on that course than my PB, then I'll set off aiming for 2 minutes slower than my PB, but on a hilly course will inevitably need to run-to-feel because even pacing would be silly. So the target pace is just a guide to reduce the risk of under/overcooking it early on.

Not sweating

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 13:58

I'll be following this with interest - not just for the veterinary jokes which are of a commendable standard - but because I'm another one who drinks a lot, wees a lot, and sweats very little. Which is fine in 90% of British weather, but on the rare occasions when the weather does get hot here I struggle with cooling and get shocking cardiac drift even on easy runs, let alone in races. Or for example with the club coach trip up to VLM I was the one running off the coach to find a toilet as soon as we got there.

Sub 3

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 17:29
CharlieW wrote (see)

Ballesteros -- congratulations, that's fabulous! Hope you're not too scarred by the extended viewing of PP's shorts though. 

Having had the disturbing experience of passing mankini man, Phil's shorts seem rather tame in comparison.

Is it highly likely when you get faster you'll migrate to racing flats?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 15:18

Thanks - I just ventured over to the Sub 3 thread to reply before seeing this. Looks like all three Sub3 pacers did a great job this year - especially given how crowded it seemed to be mid-race.

Interestingly for me, the bloke on the RW stand at the Expo had been bizarrely arsey with me for asking about all three pacers and insisted that on the day I would only ever see the pacer from my start and would never cross paths with any of the others, and I had to prise the information out of him as though I'd asked a Sports Direct salesman for something non Karrimor. Well he couldn't have been more wrong 

Sub 3

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 15:03

Thread virgin here - been scared off in the past by the abundance of Champs starters but now's as good a time as any. Context = recent 10K PB of 36:43 in the build up to know I have enough speed for a chunk under 3hrs, but previous Mara PB of 3:04:39 from Autumn 2013 meant play it as safe as possible to get a Sub3 in the bag whilst I was in good shape, and knowing I'd promised the wife and baby that I wouldn't train for another marathon for a while.

Starting middle of Red pen 1 FGFA, at a guess a few hundred people in front of the red sub3 pacer, saw the blue sub3 pacer when the routes first merged then joined PhilPub and his band of green flag followers a little later. Good to meet you and thanks for the encouragement!

Was really crowded mid race when red+blue pacers were close together, had to dodge one faller and got tripped myself at 12 miles but just managed to stay upright - albeit by kicking my right calf with my left foot in the process. So when Phil put on a little surge around Tower Bridge I let him go and was relieved to find myself in a bit more space.

Through halfway in 1:29:25 on target but feeling more tired than expected - my first big city marathon (Pompey doesn't count!) and not used to the extra concentration required to avoid collisions with so many unpredictable people / Buxton bottles / Lucozade minefields.

Had a brief mild panic when the red pacer caught me up around 21 miles when I'd estimated he'd started 30-60s behind me - my splits told me I had lost 40s since halfway, and cramp which had started quite early in the trip-kicked right calf was now starting to spread if I dared to go any faster than 6:52 pace. Lee the red pacer did a great job with encouragement in the final miles - didn't see him at the end to thank him but if you're out there then thanks.

A 6:25 final mile saw me claw back enough to sneak in in 2:59:50 chip time and from the relative states of other people around me after the finish maybe I should have tried harder but I didn't want to risk being greedy and inviting the cramp monkey to spoil the occasion.

First VLM and first Sub3 both ticked off. Unlike several others I did not get to rub shoulders with any celebrities on the day, however I did get the privilege of watching Phil's shorts in action from several angles.

Over final 7.2k passed 238 and passed by 36. I'll take those stats.

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