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SIS Sport Gel Problems

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 17:44

I also find the SiS gels hard to open, either with teeth or by hand. Impossible with the two pairs of gloves I have to wear in the cold. Sweaty hands in summer also don't help. I find the Torq gels easier to open, with their slightly different design. But the easiest thing for me has been swapping to Shot Bloks, which are so much easier. I don't have to stop and walk to get them down either, so they're best for races. 

Nail infections

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 20:54

I left my manky nail for ages. Finally went to the GP, and had to provide some clippings to be analysed to see exactly what  prescription medication I needed. Three month course of one daily tablet, and it cleared up perfectly. 

Icebug Challenge

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 22:51

I've just signed up for this three day trail running challenge in NW Sweden in September:

It looks daunting, but fab, and I wondered if anyone had completed the event last year, or entered this year. Only 50 days to go - gulp! 

Newbie with a few questions please .

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 16:49

The Delamere Forest parkrun is a lovely single loop around the lake. A short uphill at the start and then flat. Don't worry at all about walking, as Ja says, just enjoy the surroundings and the view. 

First Half Marathon in the rain

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 13:42

Forecast for Lake Vyrnwy tomorrow is for strong wind as well as rain, and I've also been wondering what to wear. I've decided on capri tights instead of anything loose fitting the same length, as I think they won't be good when it's windy as well as rainy. My main worry is that I have to wear glasses, so my vision is really obscured in heavy rain.  

Talkback: Top Seeded: Seeds to Increase Speed

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 14:48

Replying to  very old post of yours about chia seeds ... is it essential to soak them before adding to cereal etc? Or can they be sprinkled on? Thanks.

Removing inner soles when using orthotics

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:35

When using orthotics (in my case, prescribed by physio for mild overpronation) do you remove the slightly moulded inner sole from your trainers?

I've used the orthotics for about 12 months, to good effect, in old Sauconys (Triumph 3). I removed the inner sole, which gave my feet plenty of room. Even with the forefoot cushioning reduced as a result, the old faithful trainers were as comfortable as ever.

A few weeks ago I decided that they really did need replacing, and I splurged on two new pairs of trainers. On physio advice, I went for neutral shoes (Saucony Triumph 10, and Mizuno Wave Rider 16) to use with the orthotics whilst working towards not needing them any more.

But they don't fit into the new shoes as well. In the Mizunos, I can fit them in, just about, with the insoles still in place, but in the Sauconys I've removed the inner sole.

What do others do? Should I buy some completely flat cushioning insoles to replace the original ones? Seems to me that they would provide more room for the orthotics as they wouldn't have any moulding at all.

Thanks for any thoughts.


I don't feel like a runner any more

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:51

Seen this? "What's the point of running?" in the Guardian.



Drinks, gels and water don't work for me!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 22:15

Having tried two long runs (10 and 11 miles) experimenting with a gel for the first time, I didn't feel any beneficial effect. Did 13 today without any gel, and it was just fine!  And I also drink very little water during a run. Today took 2:21, and I had probably two or three sips of water. I always take water with me, just in case, but rarely take more than a few sips. I get a stitch if I try to drink too much.

What effect do you notice after taking a gel?

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 18:39

Really interesting discussion! I haven't done enough LSRs and longer races with and without gels to be able to make a comparison yet. I'm going to aim for 12 miles LSR this weekend, which will probably take me just over 2 hours, and try without any gel to see how it feels. 

Isn't it a bit of a pain to be carrying banana on a long run? 


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Icebug Challenge

Anyone doing this Swedish three day event in September? 
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Calf guards/tights - how difficult should they be to put on?

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Compression shorts for women

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Fairy Freckled Cow trail race

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Does anyone use a sunrise/daylight alarm clock for those early morning runs?

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Fairy Freckled Cow trail race, 1st July

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