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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 10:58

Hi everyone. Some rubbish stuff at home at the moment so not really in the mood to be going online. Managing to get a bit of running in though which helps clear the head. The knee isn't doing too badly. Will catch up with you all again soon. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the running. Take care...

Low Carb (high fat) Pirates

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 08:09

Iain - you can expect to feel rubbish for a few weeks while your body is adapting to the changes, they say 6/8 weeks is the norm. It is recommended to run at about 65% of your maximum heart rate during this period. Running at a higher intensity could lead you to run out of energy during a run i.e. you could bonk. However, once you get through this period of adaptation you will find that you can go out for a long run fasted and won't require any food or nutrition during the run. It is a slow process but when you get there you will feel great. Regarding snacks between meals, you will probably find that you snack less as the more fat that you eat the more satisfied you will feel and therefore more unlikely to snack. I am currently fasting for 18 hours, where I will have my evening meal around 18:00 then won't eat again until about 12:00 the next day. I will even go out for a run before my lunch and most of the time i don't feel hungry. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 07:51

Ali – back on lchf primarily to lose the weight I put back on. It’s been tougher this time with not being able to do much running because of the knee. I’ve cut right back on the booze, reduced the amount of biscuits and crisps and managed to lose a couple of pounds. At the time of writing, though, I am currently eating a muffin from a coffee shop which contains my daily allowance of carbs !! Saw your photos of the XC at the weekend and it looked like lots of fun. As others have said, life can get in the way and you are extremely busy with your new job, which is a priority. You just pop in whenever you get chance; it’s always lovely to hear from you.

Carl – 2015 miles won’t be a problem for you I reckon, you can always run 46 miles on new year’s eve if you have to ! Good news about your boy taking up running, how long do you think it will be before he is flying past you ??

Washwood – Benidorm will be a shock to the system after the rubbish weather we’ve been having here. Rugged Radnage sounds like it will be a fun race with plenty of mud  !

Robert – if you’re looking to lose some weight you will find your running is so much easier and you are likely to have less injuries carrying less lard ! No use putting of the 3:30 attempt until 2017 when you are in such good form at the moment. Recover well over the next few weeks and then start your plan for the spring campaign and I reckon you will be in with a shot of cracking the 3:30. How is Mrs R doing ?

PS – Yes, we have gone for the diesel version but ours is an automatic as Mrs C can't drive manuals. they are very comfortable indeed and the spec on them is tremendous, a lot better than most other makes I'm finding. I've come up with my own training plans for both marathons I’ve run mainly due to looking after the ITB. It’s not the conventional plan but it most certainly worked for me. They key to it, for me, was turning up at the starting line feeling fresh and ready to go. I threw a few different things in to my plan as well e.g. a hard week followed by an easy week (rather than 3 hard and 1 easy), long off road runs (that included walking up big hills) where I was on my feet well over my planned marathon time, no interval session but a weekly tempo run, medium/long runs with 2 miles @ MP followed by 2 miles @ HMP for the length of the run and a couple of 20 milers with the last 10 at quicker than HMP. As I said, this worked really well for me, so if you want to try something different I’m more than happy to try and help out and give you some different ideas. Just give me a shout if you do.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 01:05

Robert - didn't realise your race was today. Bloody well done mate. You're in cracking form to hit such a good time so soon after Abingdon. Next year is 3:30 target for you....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 09:01

Sean - I was in Leeds yesterday, went to see Stewart Francis at City Varieties Music Hall; what an absolutely gorgeous old theatre it is. As for the road system and traffic in Leeds, you can stick it. If I never have to drive around there again then it won't be too soon. Awful. etc etc. The football isn't going too well for me either at the moment, I'm a Forest fan and we are slowly copying what Leeds have been doing, and that's not a good thing either.

Robert - the weather is the weather and out of your control so no use in worrying about it. Just ensure you have covered all the clothing options and just go out and run your race with the same attitude you did at Abingdon and you will be fine.

PS - I've seen those straps you talk of, it might be worth a try I guess. OK, so you want my view on what you should be doing next, always happy to oblige as you know ! Firstly, you aren't getting worse at running marathons, on the contrary. You have steadily improved your time and knocked off about 30 minutes from your first attempt. Chicago was just one of those days and you should put that time to the back of your mind. NY was a tough route but you did a decent time to say you ran Chicago just 3 weeks before. So the way I see that is that you would have been very close to getting under 4 hours again if a) you hadn't run 3 weeks before and b) if it was an easier course. So, I don't want to hear any more talk of getting worse, bad runner etc !! Get yourself signed up for a spring marathon next year. In the meantime, just go out and enjoy your running and don't put any pressure on yourself. Try some off road stuff, race some shorter distances, go for a run without the watch, try and enjoy your running. The 2 most important things for you as far as I’m concerned are 1) slow your long runs down !! and 2) don’t put so much pressure on yourself to perform on race day. And so endeth today's lesson

 Picked up the new (for me) motor yesterday, a Volvo XC90. It’s got plenty of power and torque so should make towing the caravan a lot easier. Will do a couple of miles at lunchtime today. Hardmoors 55 is about 4 months away so I need to start looking at my plan for that. 


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 10:08

Robert - you're in insurance ? Oh dear ! Next you will be telling us that Mrs R is an estate agent !

Nell - a speedy 10k regardless of how the splits turned out. I couldn't get anywhere near the pace so bloody well done.

Ali - I've put my name down for Manchester but not entered it yet. My cousin is going to be training for his first marathon, Manchester, and I've said I will give him some advice about his training etc. Depending how I feel after my March race I might pace him round as is target is under 4:00 hours. We shall see. How is the teaching going ?

Carl - with some planning I'm sure you could get an hours run in most evenings while you're working away.

A gentle 3.4 run from me this morning. The knee felt ok with just a very slight feeling that it was there rather than there being any pain. The worse thing was the apparent lack of fitness, although I'm back on the lchf stuff again so that may have contributed. Will keep up with the s&c and look to start getting out for a run a bit more frequently next week and build up slowly again.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:23

LNandB - I ran Coniston HM a couple of years ago. It's stunning around there, very jealous of your weekend running.

Debra - good to hear you're increasing the mileage. I didn't know London had a trail marathon !!

Booktrunk - well done on completing your marathon, things seem to be heading in the right direction now.

Another one here who has entered Hardmoors 55 in March. I've heard some great things about these series of races but this one can be a tough one if the weather isn't too kind. I've done one short run in the last couple of weeks and have been doing plenty of s&c on the ITB. Will try and get out again this week so hopefully things will be feeling better

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:52

Just one short 3 mile run from me last week while I give the knee time to recover. I will try and get out a couple of times this week too. The S&C has been maintained most days in the last week so hopefully that will continue to help things. The LCHF diet is going well, I only had a couple of beers at the weekend (and a couple at the Peter Hook concert of course) and my eating remained fairly on track. Just need to get out running to get the fat adapting going. Picking up a new car on Wednesday - I rang for a quote for Mrs C's car; bearing in mind it's older and of a less value than mine and they came up with a staggering quote of over £900. When I told them I had already been quoted £289 they found some discounts that they applied (not sure why they weren't applied in the first place, well I am sure, it's because they just want to fleece you for as much as possible). In the end they got it down to just under £600, no thank you. The weather has turned quite cold up here now and it has been foggy/misty for the last few days, time to dig out the winter gear...

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:46

Anything further to add PS ??

Terrific performance from you yesterday, it just shows you that you were in decent nick and that Chicago was just one of those days ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:45
Petite Stratfordaise wrote (see)

Carter do you really think I will be happy to trot/walk around and enjoy the experience? I hate running marathons. The only bit I like is at the end if I've gone fast enough.

I am not doing a spring marathon.

Or any other marathon.


Apart from maybe New Jersey again.

Not that I will.






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