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The Thousand Mile Club

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 12:39

Damn 99 miles behind now!!


Road ultra recommendations?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 05:39

If you want 'perfect' road conditions for your ultra, I suggest this

24 hours on a 400m track

The Thousand Mile Club

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 05:37

have had a couple of bad months, but slowly trying to get back up there. 601 miles so far. Just ahead of pace, Yikes got to go some if I want to catch Muttley up  

Battery life issue/new watch recommendations?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 23:22

Fenix 3 is great, can be had quite cheaply as well if you hunt around. 

Suunto ambit 3 should be seriously going down in price as the replacement range Suunto Spartan are out next month.

an understated gem for up to around 9-10 hours is the Epson 810

the older garmins like the 910xt aren't to bulky can do 18 hours and can be recharged on the go. Don't consider the x20 series from Garmin these cannot be charged on the go.

fenix 2 can be very cheap, but it's nothing like the 3, it's display is just not as good. But it does the job. 

Suunto Spartan Ultra out next month does 16 hours with non stop GPS signal, 26 hours with a check once a second, and 65 hours checking once a minute.


Could use some hints

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:57

+1 for all of the above.

Also sometimes you find that even when you are run walking you are going to quick in the run sections.  If you are basically running until you cannot and then walk, you aren't really going to improve much you need to control it.  So that you aren't exhausted at the end of each run session so that you are recovering better in the walk sections. 

If you have a smart phone try setting up a running timer there are loads of apps around that do it for free, or get a cheap stopwatch... but time your running sections then every couple of weeks maybe look at slightly increasing the running sections.  So instead of running until tired, walking until recoveredish, and running again, probably getting shorter run sections by the end. Go for consistency so run say 3 to 5 minutes, but decide how long you want to do it then walk for 1 minute, and repeat until the end of the run.  don't set the run sections to long initially if you cannot do whatever length you've setup for all of your first run trying it then you've got the run sections to long, or the walk sections to short, a minute to minute 30 should be enough for any recovery walk sections so it's tweaking the running sections.  try starting at 5 minutes and see how that goes... Hopefully you will find it more consistent and a bit easier... then over the weeks build up to 10 minutes running, consistently and happily, then if you want to you can try 15 - 20 minutes running, but some people always run with walk breaks in.  It all depends what you want out of your running.

Running shoe advices/help please

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 15:07

don't go cheap on the internet.  For your first pair go to  shop with loads of shoes in stock, and try them on, run on a treadmill in the shop, and find ones that are really comfortable and suit you....

Ignore to a large extent if they are for over pronators etc... basically just go comfortable.  If you use insoles then frankly you should just stick with neutral shoes as it's daft to try to wear an insole in a shoe that's already bent from normal to try to cope with the same thing itself.... So neutral shoes and your insole. 

In asics that means nimbus and cumulus, not sure about with other brands. 

Once you have got a first pair then hunt them out after cheap on the internet for your next pair etc.. but stick with trying loads in a shop for the first time to get a pair that suit you.

Obese begginner running?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 15:03

Take it slow, take it steady, don't run to often, and don't run to far.

Just start with a simple couch to 5k programme.  If you find that challenging then you can start or pre-prepare by getting in some decent walking time.  It's a lot better than nothing, wear the trainers you are gong to run in and you can break them in gently and get to know if they suit you.

The essentials are a decent running bra and decent trainers, any old cheap polycotton top and cheap leggings or shorts of your choice are fine.  I find with a bit of weight that there is some chaffing on the thighs so leggings or knee length compression shorts are nicer as they don't lead to any chaffing issues

Take it slow and steady.  repeat weeks if you have to.  Expect a bit of soreness and stiffness in the muscles but not real outright sharp stabbing pains.

Also the best thing is getting rid of as much weight as possible it does make a real difference.

Good luck.

Road ultra recommendations?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 12:57

Easiest way is to look out for 12 / 24 hour races.  Most of then are over a fixed 5-10km course and you do laps, as many as you want.  This is probably the best way for you to get what you want.  You just need to be selective, most are over normal terrain but some still have sodding great climbs etc.. in them Just be selective.


EDIT: Also look for canal ultras.  They are usually pretty flat with only the occasional style or bridge to go over.  I'm doing LLCR Liverpool Leeds end of August that should be do-able

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 10:41

Well done I'm really chuffed that your leg is finally sored.  It's taken ages hasn't it.

I'm.... well where am I frustrated and lazy and reassessing my plans.  I've taken a week off and my knee is pain free these days when not running so it's really appreciated this time off. I can only get pain in it when I rotate the knee as far right as I can by twisting my foot inwards,  The physio has said this is good and that I need to actually do this otherwise i'll end up just not using the knee fully.

I've been using a static bike to get a bit of exercise still whilst having the week off running.  It's two weeks until lakeland am i going to start i've no idea... tempted to but i'm so underdone i'm not sure what it would achieve... So we shall see.  Did do my one ultra at the beginning of the month 33 miles so i do have some distance in me.

Might just keep going genle and get the knee better and concentrate on my next event which is the end of August.  I just signed up for to many things silly me.

But hey i've had fun and the worse case scenario is the money goes to the charity the organisers choose.

So I had a whole week off and given it's ridiculously hot today, all i can think is gotta get home and get changed and go out for a gentle 3-5 mile run tonight


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 22:12

Boxing has voted to allow pros in  

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