Cheerful Dave

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Heart palpitations

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:06
Runner Jonnie wrote (see)
Please dont worry about its part and parcel of having strong healthy heart, basically I get them and had them for the last 5 years even had it last night,anxiety and cafeine bring them on, when u keep fit u gotta watch want u drink and eat as it gets more sensitive like a fine tunned car

I've seen some bad advice on these forums but this is right up there.  It's true that in most cases palpitations are harmless but it's dangerous to assume that they're normal because you're a runner, or take caffeine, or whatever.  They could be indicators of an underlying heart condition and if they persist are worth getting checked out.

I ignored them for a while, right up until I blacked out during a run.  A rarity perhaps, but generally a quick ECG will show whether there's anything worth checking out further.

what happened to that thread with kk and seren?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 13:31
Beth Roberts wrote (see)

Greggs do a fabulous baked bean and sausage pastie, that frankly, I would die for! 

Eat enough of them and you might just get that chance.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 16:54

This is a useful file:

It's a few years old so the start times are a bit out, but the maps, pacing and general information are still valid.

Accommodation in Boston within walking distance of the finish can vary from plush hotels to hostels, depending on whether you're taking the family for a nice weekend away or doing it with mates on the cheap.  Book somewhere early and don't fly back on the evening of the race unless you really can't take another day off work.

Kids sport

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 11:42
Snap! wrote (see)

You're right in that you can't MAKE them go, but I will if he's just being lazy and can't be arsed. I was talking with a freind/parent last night about this very thing. He's always been very good at making sure his kids try everything they want to His eldest boy (8) loves football but just isn't very good. He gets upset because some of the other boys take the piss out of him. His father is willing to pay for extra coaching for him but he doesn't want to do extra coaching. So what do you do? Let him carry on as is, without improving, or MAKE him go to remedial? These are the choices we make every day as parents. 

Making him go to coaching sessions when he didn't want to would be a waste of time and money.  He might improve, but an individual getting better in a team sport like football is impossible to measure, it's not like running where even a small PB is a measurable improvement.  And kids get a reputation among for being bad at football it's almost impossible to get rid of.  If he's not enjoying it any more, time to let him try something else.

Bath Triathlon Cancelled

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 15:16
Joakin Phoenixs greatest fan wrote (see)

 "you do not need to contact us to ‘chase’ your refund, it will be processed, thank you"

This is the first thing you see on their page. So imagine youve signed up, paid, heard its been cancelled, and you read that. Whats the first thing you are going to think?


I would notice that the first paragraph that says that is marked as an update, so presumably came after the rest of the page which says that entries will be transferred if you don't contact them.  I would imagine that everyone that's signed up and paid had received the email cancelling the event which told them what the options were, which makes the page a lot clearer. 

The whole page is really intended for those for whom it's relevant, i.e. those who entered and have been directed there by an email telling them it's off.  Reading it out of that context and then saying it's poorly worded isn't very useful.

Bath Triathlon Cancelled

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:44

I think the only reason you've had to ask is because they've taken the view that the default position is that entries would be carried over to next year.  Whether you think that's reasonable is an individual choice really, but it's not uncommon for events that are cancelled to do it that way.  Wokingham half did the same thing earlier this year.

As for the deadline, it does seem odd that it's so short but I suppose they want to know where they are financialy as soon as possible and don't want to carry over a lot of entries that come back in a few months wanting a refund.

It's frustrating though - I had an entry to the Cambridge City Tri a week later that was cancelled.  No attempt to carry entries over though, straight refund to everyone (although having said that, I've submitted details but haven't seen the cash yet!).

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:03
The Jimbob wrote (see)

if you go off too quick you suffer in the 2nd half.

Tell me about it.  The first time I just about got away with it and got within 3s of my London time from the year before.  The second time I clearly hadn't learnt my lesson and bombed quite badly.  Being passed by Lance Armstrong in the last mile didn't help, although obviously he was doped up to the eyeballs at the time.

There's nothing particularly steep either up or down on that course, it's more the cumulative effect over the whole course that you need to train for.  No need to go running up mountains.

Sub 3

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:56

PP, you'll be in top shape for the BB, shame to waste that on a mere XC race.  I'll be there too, what more incentive do you want?  Nice going at Maidenhead BTW.  Looks good for Berlin.

If like me you don't race too often the runbritain rankings are pretty meaningless, even more so if as Dachs says they now include the track races that the youngsters are doing every week.

I'm another one looking forward to what Lev can manage over the next 26.2.  It'll probably take him less time to finish than it takes to read some of his posts...

Anyone else here catch CRAB failing to resist another challenge on IM Talk a few weeks back?

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:44

Nice one Jimbob, it's a great race.  Entries seem to close a lot quicker these days, I haven't done it since 2008 when you had months to get your entry in.  It's harder to get pacing right at this one, what with the net downhill first half.

Cancelled Cambridge!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:33

Yes, got my refund and paid for the Hever Castle Olympic instead on the same day.

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