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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.

Scott's training log, advice, support

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...

Scott's training log, advice, support

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...

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...

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