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Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 14:53

That is bad shawk. I feel bad for people who regularly use footpaths when they get confronted with a load of runners blocking the way so they must really get pissed off when they see a load of markers just getting left out on the course (along with the odd gel wrapper no doubt) and quite rightly. I have heard the odd moan about endurance life now and again actually. The courses look so good though that I'd probably be willing to overlook the gripes to give one a go.

Bristol to Bath Marathon 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 14:20

Well, my 12 week programme for this starts in a week and a half. I'm aiming for more speedwork than I've done before, trusting that I've got some good endurance in my legs from the ultra training I've been doing. Have done about 920 miles so far this year, which is way up on my usual average. I'm doing the bristol half in the lead up, which I will focus on getting a good time in and then start to ramp up the long slow runs from there. Despite the hills on this one, I am hopeful of a big PB!

Compression Gear

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:36

No science to back up no. But for a few quid on a pair of cheap calf guards, I thought I'd give it a try. I have found that it helped. Might be placebo effect, might not, I couldn't really care less. In the case of my compression shorts though, I don't think you can attribute no chafing to the placebo effect.

What have you tried then VDOT? You wouldn't be dismissing something with no experience of it would you?

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:31

Much as I'd love to get straight into another ultra, I think realistically, I'm done for a while. I'm now training for an October marathon which is 2 weeks before the due date of our second child. That pretty much does me for the next 12 months or so I reckon! Once baby is born, I really don't want pressure of having to get out for training runs so I'll just try to keep ticking along at 25-30 miles a week and see how it goes. I'm definitely not done with ultras though and I'd still really like to do some with some serious elevation gain. Either a CTS one or one of the Brecon Beacons ultras.

Compression Gear

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:28


Compression Gear

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:24

What VDOT means is that it didn't work for him so it can't work for anyone.

Compression Gear

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 20:12

I've found the calf ones useful for recovery from long runs and have also worn them during an ultra but don't think there's any need for shorter stuff. They were just a very cheap pair. I also have a pair of compression shorts (skins) for long runs, which are great for preventing chafing.

The Ashes

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 13:11

Well, it is 1-1 so technically all to play for, but the manner of the absolute thumping Australia handed us in the second has to put them in the driving seat. If they can win the next one, I couldn't see England clawing it back from there. Their fast bowlers are light years ahead of ours and our batsmen play like boys with a tennis ball, trying to thump everything, even when they just needed to stay in. Alastair Cook let the side down very badly yesterday. When maturity and patience were needed from the captain, he couldn't provide it. The only positive now is that there's a decent gap until the next test. If we were going again this week I'd bet the farm on 2-1 Australia. Long range forecast not looking great for next week either.

5k in under 20 minutes - Beginner

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:25

But I think "ability to endure discomfort" is a better way of putting it than "ability to hurt yourself in a run"

If you like, but I obviously didn't mean you have to run so fast that it immediately injures you and you then have to carry on. When I run a 5k, it hurts. My breathing is very hard and I can sometimes finish feeling like I'm going to puke. That's what I mean by hurting yourself. It's not something I was prepared to do when I was starting out. It's only twenty odd minutes and so I can endure it and still feel I've enjoyed myself.

5k in under 20 minutes - Beginner

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:04

I've had this as a long term secondary goal for a couple of years now. Secondary as in I've been training for longer stuff, but doing the odd park run to gauge how my fitness and speed has improved. I still haven't managed to get under 20, but have seen a steady improvement over time. My first park run was probably about 3 years ago and took me 27 minutes (on a hilly course). My last park run was about a month ago (during ultra training) and I did 20:20. I've done the ultra now and my next aims for the year are a marathon and half marathon PB. I'm planning on doing a fair bit of speed and tempo work for these and am pretty confident these will see me get below the 20 minute mark.

A big thing for me in improving, has been, of course along with just plain old fitness improvements, learning to be confident enough to go out hard from the off and hang on. It starts hurting fairly early but you haven't got too long to hold on. I think the ability to hurt yourself in a run is something you learn over time.

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