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Compression Socks with thick feet padding

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:33

I find More Miles compression socks o the trick and they are very reasonably priced too

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:18

Sean – moan all your like, after all you live in Yorkshire !

Nick – walking and beers are good for recovery ! Do you have the option of commuting by foot to work ? If so, this can be a good way of getting some miles in without it having too much impact on home life.

Rob – remind me of your fuelling strategy during a marathon. If you are going to go for it, and will be hanging on at the end, do you take on more gels towards the end of the race ?

Nell – great report and still an inspiration. Sounds like if you can get the extra S&C in that you might be able to go faster still so, yes, Mrs Nell is right !

PS – you won’t know until you try if it will end in tears ! I’m not being funny but you aren’t getting any younger (sod what your grandmother said !!) and, at some stage in the near future, the speed in your legs will disappear. When that day comes, will you look back and wish that you had really gone for it, just the once, to see how fast you might have been able to go ? I refer you back to your last long run on 9 April where you ran 20.1 @ 8:38; training runs like that would suggest you should be able to run a 3:30. The risks to adopting the 'just go for it' approach are obvious though…..

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 07:54

Sean – I agree with you re London. They should have 2 races, one for us ‘proper runners’ and another for those who are doing it for charity. To me, it doesn’t feel like what a marathon is really about anymore i.e. a race over 26.2. But, it is what it is and I too will put my name forward but I won’t be that bothered if I don’t get in.

PS – surely we had this conversation on Strava last week that you would be running at 3:37 pace ??

Robert – us blokes never have wise words when it comes to women, according to them anyway !! Rather than running your marathon evenly paced, have you considered going for a negative split instead ? 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 13:51

3:37 is your A goal PS !!

First Ultra in September

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 13:39

Steve - I did my first ultra last year, the St Cuthberts Way ultra of 47 miles and, to be honest, I didn't find it that much more difficult than running a marathon. Obviously you are out on the course so much longer but if you've done the training this really shouldn't be a problem. With the stops at aid stations and walking up the hills I found I still had plenty left in the tank when I had finished. I was also able to get back running a lot quicker of the ultra compared to the marathon. Regarding GPS, you could go for a watch rather than a GPS unit. They aren't as detailed as a GPS, basically you just follow a line on your watch screen, but they can be useful as a back up when you think you are lost. I also spent plenty of time pouring over the route on google maps and the like. Find some landmarks so you know you are on the right route. If you are crossing roads then go down to the street view on google so you recognise that point when you pass it. Re training, hills hills hills is the way forward. If you don't practise on hills, and your race is a hilly one, it could be a long, painful experience. As T-rex says, you need to really slow your pace down so you can save some energy for later in the race. Make sure you have the correct footwear for the terrain, with it being skiddaw you may well be better in fell shoes rather than trail shoes. If you can recce the route that will give you a good idea of what shoes will work best for you. Of course it will be tough but I don't think it's that big a step up from the marathon if you train well and plan correctly. And I'm pretty sure you will really enjoy it. Good luck

First Trail Half Marathon - Is 7 weeks enough to prepare?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 20:00

The trail HM will probably be a bit more difficult than the road half but as you've completed that then 7 weeks is more than enough time to get in shape for the trail race. As the others have said, try and get on some trails before the race and, if possible, recce the route before the race so you know what to expect, although that isn't completely necessary. The weather in 7 weeks may well be a lot better than it is now but that doesn't mean you can get away with running in road shoes.The terrain may have rocks, tree roots etc that need negotiating and this may require extra grip. If it is a hilly course then I think it might be a bit risky trying to descend the trails in road shoes. Once you go off road you may not go back to tarmac ! 

Manchester Marathon measure short 2013 - 2015

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:43
Cheerful Dave wrote (see)

it took a while to be discovered because it was a certified measurement, but despite all the checks it turned out that there was an error in the calibration of the measuring wheel.  They wouldn't re-measure simply on the basis of a handful of runners saying their GPS measured short - there are lots of reasons why GPS measurements would be over or under.

Unfortunately I doubt you're the only one whose only 'milestone' time turned out to be on a short course.

I'd be interested to see the proof they have that, after 3 years, there was an error in the calibration of the measuring wheel. Surely, to know this for definite, they must have known at the time that it was wrong ? I assume they must keep records of which wheel was used to measure which course but who is to say that it is as accurate now as it was 3 years ago.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:11

Just heard that a runner died at London yesterday. He was only 31 and a captain in the army. It just shows you that something like that can happen to even the fittest of people. What a shame….

And the other story I have seen is about those disgusting people who went round steeling the water at one of the aid stations. I believe most runners had gone through at this stage but there were still some out on the course who may have needed the water.

There is another story circulating that a woman skipped about half of the course, jumped back on the course with a couple of miles to go and collected her medal. If it’s true, why do these people do it and think they can get away with it ??

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:10

Rob - quite right to be so proud of Mrs R. I always admire those people who are out on the course the longest. They generally have to suffer a lot longer than others and dig in for longer. You make sure you look after her for the next few days ! Well done on your back to back long days too !

Nick - now that's my type of race report. Epic ! Don’t be fooled into thinking that you feel good, the cramp and tightness etc will be on their way ! I will be interested to hear, in due course, what you learnt from the race and what you will do differently next time, because there will be a next time !

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 07:41

Nell - absolutely awesome time. An inspiration to us all that just because you are getting older doesn't mean to say that you still can't get a PB. Hope the beers were flowing last night for you.

Washwood - well done for completing 2 marathons in such a short space of time. Have a good rest now and recover well so you're in good shape for the summer.

Elle - congratulations on finishing (you can see her run on Strava for those of you who use it). I hope you enjoyed the day and are considering which is to be your next marathon ??

Nick - very well done on achieving your target. Looking forward to hearing how it went, how you felt, fuelling etc.

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