Catalin Bond

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Run a thousand miles in 2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 23:09

Looks like a lot of you have broken the back of this challenge. Afraid I'm lagging behind somewhat - not even made it to 600. Might go for 1000 miles August to August instead! So long as I make 829 it'll be my highest annual mileage!

How much of your life do you waste looking at s**te on the internet?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 13:35

Way too much! Most evenings I sit with the TV on in the background, phone or ipad out, half watching rubbish on TV whilst simultaneously browsing. I keep planning to do more productive things with my evenings...... sometimes I think if the wifi broke it would be great - except I'd still get internet on my phone through 4G!

First world problems.

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:23
PhilPub wrote (see)

People keep picking the mozzarella from the sundried tomato and mozzarella bowl at the Tesco salad buffet.  

(That would read better if it was Waitrose, but quite frankly Tesco's salad selection is way better.)


Agreed, and Mossisons is also good. The Waitrose salad bar has too much fruit mixed in with savory salads where it doesn't belong! (which is also another first world problem!) 

Running the Thames

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 12:05
What time of day are you planning this? Running along the south bank can be awful, unless you like dodging people!

I ran that route (or parts of it at different times) a lot when working in London. I mostly stayed on North bank as it was quieter and easier to just get into a rhythm and run, rather than getting caught in bottle necks and having to dodge people.

On the north, you have to come away from the river briefly around St Paul's. But think it's pretty well signed with arrows for riverside path. You also have to leave the river a Parliament (also a very busy stretch) and as Bear says at Battersea. Though you can lose some distance here by running along the A308 (new king road) which I found quite nice to run along with some bars and shops to look at! From Putbey Bridge to hamnersmith definitely run along the south bank as it's nice, easy and off road.

On the south bank, Tower bridge to vauxhall is easy to follow, interesting, but is busy (unless you're going early in the morning). I found I was pushed away from the river at Vauxhall, but I think it was due to building works. Maps certainly show the riversides walk here. No experience it running Battersea to Putbey on the south as I always went North here due to fitting in with my distance plans better!

Pacing a one-mile race

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 22:39
Thanks for all the advice.
Target time was 7.40 but that was gonna be a stretch for me on a good day, and with today's temperatures it was not gonna be a good day!

I was in a heat with about 20 people, thought they were mostly going to be faster than me so settle in at the back. Once garmin settled down I check pace, and quickly realised That despite being last, I was going to need to slow down as I was well under target pace and feeling it. Next, just to make things worse I realised my shoelace was undone! First lap 3:53 (including s stop to tie the lace). Second lap was uneventful, managed to catch a couple of people and tried to sprint for the finish, felt like I'd picked uo, but was actually slower. Final time 7:55.

What I leant, probably not going to get my best time on a hot day, i probavly need to hang back further at the start, and make sure to tie my laces!

For cat lovers...

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 00:19

More kittens for when the Palindromes are sleeping!

Run a thousand miles in 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 22:54

Well done to all of you who've past 500.

I'm still crawling along at 428 for the year to date. Still, is a better half year total than last couple of years... just got to do 572 for the second half of the year!

Pacing a one-mile race

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:34

Thanks for all the responses. Lots to think about. I like the sound of starting just a little slower than target pace and then evaluating. They start us in waves with similar target times. If people have similar strategy to me, it will help to have someone the aim for on the way round, just got to make sure I don't get myself pulled away too fast at the start!

Pacing a one-mile race

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:30

Does anyone have any advice on the best way to pace a one-mile race? I have a rough idea of target time, predicted from a recent 5K and half marathon, but is it better to go for it from the beginning, or to hold back and aim for a negative split?

This will be in a park not on a track, if that makes a difference. Though I think the course is pretty much flat.

Not raced anything this short in years - I used to regularly run 800m as a teenager but my pacing strategy was awful; run as hard as I could, then die! (my first lap was often 20s faster than my second!)

For cat lovers...

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:15

In other cat news... always remember to check your plane for cats before you take off!

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Pacing a one-mile race

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