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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? 


What effect do you notice after taking a gel?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 22:13

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'll try my next long run without taking a gel, and see how I feel in comparison with the last two.

What effect do you notice after taking a gel?

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 14:34

I have just started experimenting with Sis Go gels on long runs, and wonder what effect I should be expecting and experiencing. In November last year I did my first 10 mile race, and all my runs before that had been without gels. It never occurred to me to use them. Then I entered my first HM on 3rd March, and thought - ooh err, 13 miles, perhaps I should be using gels.

Last weekend did 10 miles (gel after 6.5) and yesterday 11 miles (furthest I have ever run, gel at 7 miles). I half expected to feel like a switch had been turned on, and to have a sudden burst of energy. Instead, I didn't feel much different, really. After both runs, I was knackered, and my pace/tiredness didn't noticeably improve.

Perhaps the effect is subtle, and perhaps without the gels I would have felt worse? But that doesn't tally with my successful 10 mile gel-free race. And 7  miles is a distance I comfortably and regularly do on my general runs. (Another  concern is that I don't want to become reliant on gels when the HM is over and I'm running for pleasure rather than for a race).

I'd be really interested to hear of anyone else's experiences of using gels and what difference you feel, what difference they make to your speed and endurance.




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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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