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Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 21:06

Scott P - yes I did VLM this year, probably discussed it a few hundred posts ago 2:59:50 - probably could have been a bit more ambitious but just wanted to make sure I got a sub 3 in the bag whilst fit as I promised the wife I wouldn't be training for another marathon for a while!

I tried Lee on Solent parkrun this morning for the first time. Very straight. Very flat - just one short ramp up and back down which you have to cover in both directions. So potential for reasonable times when not windy. I think the two U turns cost a good few seconds each though.

This morning the conditions were pretty good - only a mild headwind between the first and second turnarounds (when running westbound). I only managed 18:15 though which was good enough for 4th place - if either of you boys had been there I'd have bet on you being 1st. I've fallen into a habit of running 5K more and more comfortably for the same pace, instead of running it faster for the same effort, so I'm running the same 5K times I was 2-3 years ago even though McMillan would estimate me 17:41 off of my 10K PB.

Scott P Good luck for Salisbury - I almost entered that one too, but then remembered the reason I've never done it before is because I am diabolical at running in hot weather and I don't want to gamble on an August 50K being mild!

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 23:35
Really pleased for you with the hearing. My OH and I spent some time frequenting Audiology departments when she had severe hyperacusis years ago, it had been a frustrating struggle but with the sound generators - essentially hearing aids programmed to emit a desensitising noise profile - her brain gradually adjusted and turned the gain back down. So yes the technology is amazing but so is the human brain!

Anyway... all good here thanks, little boy just turned 1 year old which has gone by scarily quickly. Cutback week for me this week after managing weeks of 49, 48, 50 miles, which is the first time I've managed to string together a few decent weeks of training since before VLM and feeling better for it.

Next target race is Purbeck in September - just the 16.5 miler though not the marathon. Will probably do Overton 5 before that too.

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 09:18

Saw the mile results last night Scott P - cracking time. Would be interesting to see you vs (your clubmate) Kev over 800m or 1500m on the track.

Running with bursitis of the knee??

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:38

How is he getting on? Do you know which knee bursa is/was affected? There are three different bursae around the knee and they are different injuries.

I had prepatellar bursitis around 6 weeks before my first marathon - I believe it was caused by too much kneeling one particular weekend on top of the increased training mileage. It looked bad having a big swollen lump at the front of my kneecap, and it was tender to the touch, but it did not affect my range of motion and once the initial panic had worn off I was able to train pretty much as normal other than avoiding any kneeling during the yoga classes that I was doing back then.

The inflammation died down very gradually and my knee looked roughly normal again after about 8 weeks, and I managed to hit my GFA target at the marathon. Everyone is different, but hopefully that's of some reassurance!

Good for age times

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 20:33

What seren said.

The closest you'd probably find is this:

...although it's a significantly more generous for road race distances (scroll down to the end) than it is for track races.

Runners Belt-Pouch

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 12:29
literatin wrote (see)

Ronhill trail cargo shorts instead. 


SteveCRunner wrote (see)

There is a thing called a flip belt, but I agree with the suggestion to use shorts with pockets. Plus you don't need any gel to run up to a half-marathon IMO.

And ^this^

Tried a few different belt/pouch type things, they have all long been abandoned at the back of a cupboard in favour of Ronhill trail cargo shorts.

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Posted: 08/06/2015 at 09:12

Cheers Scott - to be confirmed but the unofficial maths says we pulled it off and won all three HRRL divisions - with Dan OB winning the individual title without having to race yesterday. Good point about the liver - mine will have been overworked this last week with illness and paracetamol.

Peter - well done that is impressive from where you've come 18 months ago and on limited mileage. And whilst the D-Day course is flat it is also twisty and with that weather not an especially fast one in my opinion, so plenty more to come...

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Posted: 08/06/2015 at 00:42
Ditto Scott P what happened at D-Day, hope you're ok?
I know a few people had late chip replacements so weren't in the initial results but looks these have been corrected since, and I saw Ben Danny + Darren from Lordshill at the finish but no sign of you?

As for me, D-Day was a poor run but that was to be expected. Had a much better couple of weeks after Netley 10K since my last post, finally feeling fresh after London, a comfortable tempo parkrun to third place amidst a 10 miler, but then followed a whopping six mile week thanks to a banging sinus cold this last week.

Thankfully the ear+headaches were gone by D-Day but still not feeling 100%, and unsurprisingly my usual summer run issue kicked in today where I barely sweat, just get hotter and slower and the HR/effort goes through the roof whilst people I beat in the winter cruise by. So 1min slower than Netley, and 2.5mins slower than Eastleigh!

But as I said not unexpected, was more about making up the numbers for HRRL points as Stubb in contention to win Men's A Div 1, B Div 1 and B Div 2, and getting myself into the individual Top 30. D-Day is unlikely to count in my best 7 results though unless a LOT of people had worse shockers than me on the day!

Nice picnic and walk around nearby Staunton Country Park with the wife and son after though - I caught the Sun too

Scott just curious do you do your own bike maintenance or go to someone local?

Also interesting to note you had a cold and bloating and wind together recently, as I've had the same this week and it's unusual for me so had assumed that they were related eg gastro virus rather than separate issues. Had a stitch in my back today too and I don't think that's ever happened before.

Which running buggy?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 12:20

We have a BOB Revolution which is another model from the same range as the Ironman which DAM mentioned. It is great.

Will you be using a running buggy only for running? If it's solely for running with then there are other more 'minimalist' buggies in existence - eg lighter, bigger wheels - which might suit you better, but which typically have fewer comfort and storage features. Something like a BOB is good for running but also excellent for days out off road, round country parks etc.

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...
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