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Has Dr Sanjay killed the London Marathon?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 16:02

Dave we should start a club...hearty runners!


Has Dr Sanjay killed the London Marathon?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 13:45

I too have a "heart condition" based on endurance exercise albeit only after 10 years.  It was diagnosed a few years back when training for a sub-2:45 marathon as an inverted t-wave on an ECG.  I had it checked with an echocardiogram as it could be 1 of 5 things apparently:

1. faulty equipment (need a new ECG machine)
2. blocked artery in the heart (require a stent or bypass)
3. Left ventricular hypertrophy (pos. require a heart transplant, at a minimum stop exercise)
4. Cardio myopathy (requires heart transplant)


5. Endurance athlete where the muscle is enlarged to cope with the additional stresses placed on it.

Oddly it was number 5.  
As an aside whilst waiting for the formal diagnosis I though sod it and raced thinking it might be my last and ended up winning!

My view based on this experience is that athletes are not the general population and comparing the two groups doesn't actually help

2.40 marathon training pace

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 16:17

Around 7's should do it, but mix it up 10 @ 7:30's followed by 10 @ goal pace, followed by laying on the sofa!

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 15:03

Some good running out therer and the summer has really brought the speed out in everyone.  What a week it has been here too, first of gave parkrun a bash for the first time in a year and ran 17:09 for 2nd (started too fast) but given the congestion in the last lap I'm v. happy only 4s down on my best for the course.  Then some running along the Danube in Vienna, very nice before heading to the Yorkshire Dales for some quality hills, which on Saturday involved a fell race, which I WON!!!! picking up the trophy it has both Brownlee brothers names are on there from previous years.  Then my 9yo daughter went and came 2nd in the junior fell race (8-15's) beating some county runners, Mike she is signed-up for Kennet on a Friday.  Needless to say the 15M hilly run Sunday was a struggle!

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 12:02

Hello chaps, how are you all?  RR grand performances, Mike sounds like you are in form, I may be taking my daughter along to kennet this autumn to see if she likes athletics.

I am running well and actually feeling some speed and form return altough I didn't hit my target for 3k steeple this summer, the marathon took a bit much out of me.

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 12:00

SB, does that mean you are now fitter?

I had a weird experience yesterday as I dropped off forms for the Twist Kingsclere 5 at the yateley 10km, yes I am one of those annoying people who leaflet your car. I decided to "race", but only had training attire and very old stuff too, so looked rather like a jogger, then I started in the 40 - 45 min pen and ran it as a tempo run (this is a first for me), I relaxed and clicked round in 38mins, only "racing" in the last km where there is a steepish hill overtaking about 6 others.  I then smiled thanked everyone round me and trotted off, very relaxed...I might try it again!

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:51

Helloooo...just back from Holiday and I nearly took an entire week off running, but couldn't resist a run in the appenines, 10M, 5 up to Dante's peak and 5 down, the climb up was 1000m, basically 12% on average, the decent was faster!  Now back in training and feeling rusty with a rep session last night consisting of 1 x 6min, 2 x 3min, 4 x 90s, 1 x 6min...I nearly died on the last 90s rep.  Still might have a go at racing tonight, Yateley 10km.

So what have I missed?

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 10:34

Well done Emma, how hard was it? should I give it a go? what are your training tips?

Oscarr, it sounds like runners nirvana, I am so jealous, enjoy the rest day and the marathon

I would like to echo the point about resting/changing training after the marathon, I have now had a new lease of life as my new training cycle starts, I have been going short sharp reps x 2 a week e.g. 8 x 400m hills (a full 10s quicker than during marathon training) with no run longer than an hour (2 x 1hr runs a week) and loads of watch free easy running...nice totalling no more than 50M p/w. 

I have also started racing track again my first steeplehase on Monday in 11:12 very slow, but a marker to progress from, hurdling technique was fine as was stamina (could of completed another 3,000m at the same pace) just absolute speed missing, but I should start reaping the benefits of the chance in regieme in 6 weeks or so...ready for the BMAF's although I would like to see incremetal improvements before that.

Have fun all the racers this weekend, I will be 3000m steeplecahse on Saturday (with possibly 400m hurdles, pole vault, 1500m, 3000m, 800m, 110m hurdles and a relay depending on the strength of the team we put out!) then Sunday 10k on the road to end the hampshire road race league season, all still to play for as I could scrape a top 10 finish and as a team we might, just might get 2nd in div 1...

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:48

RR sorry to hear about your injury woes, I had the same thing in the build-up to london on a long run, but it turned out to be a spasm, so hopefully after a bit of manipulation you will be OK, fingers crossed.

Oscarr...nice work on the half, how did the quiz go?

Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 17:38

RR cracking news congratulations

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