Hallam Blue

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MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 14:20

While I agree with Tony' general sentiment, I did think some of the bottle drops could have been a bit further on after the bottle pick-ups. I had only taken a sip of two, and there it was. Maybe have another drop a bit further on, or make it clear where people should drop them if they have to e.g. at the bottom of road signs which might make it easier to clear up. That said, if that is what we are complaining about, it shows what a fabulously well organised race it was on Sunday. I'll be back.

How long is an average piece of string?

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 12:00

I used this question in a lecture once on empiricism. The question does actually have an answer. There are a finite number of pieces of string in the world at any one point in time, and each has a length, so an average length of a piece of string does exist. Its just that we can't know it. An example of the limitations of empiricism. 

MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 10:48

I got some Lucozade Sport Elite Citrus Gels in Sweatshop, and tried them out this weekend in a HM. I found them quite pleasant (relatively) - a nice citrus bitterness to counteract the sweetness.


I'm planning on carrying a couple with me as back-ups, but basically using the ones provided.

Chatting up girls

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 10:49

I love the "age/2 +7" formula. That means (were I single), as a 44 year old, I could approach women aged over 29, but that I would be 'fair game' for women aged 74. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

Running after a calf strain

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 10:00

Also thanks RT. I haven't felt any adverse effects since my run, and am continuing the single leg calf raises and heel drops as recommended by the physio. Not increasing the intensity yet, but might try another run tonight - maybe 4 miles?

Slightly worried I am dropping a little behind in my marathon training, but know there is no point in pushing it. I guess I may be a little behind with the distance training when I get to my marathon, but maybe I will adjust expectations accordingly.

Running after a calf strain

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 11:34

I strained by calf about 3 weeks ago: rested for 4 days, and went out and it pinged again. Been to the physio, and been doing the strengthening and stretches suggested. Generally felt fine for a week or so, apart from a slight tweak earlier on this week (running across a road). Went out today for a gentle 2 miles, and it felt a bit tight, but no "ping".

Is this to be expected? Should I keep going (gently)?

MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:14

Out of interest, do you aim for consistent effort, or consistent pace when running as a pacer?

2013 Marathon Thread

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 15:50

Only run twice in the last week: by calf felt tight during a run last Monday, and by the end was very painful (limping around most of the rest fo the day). Pain had gone by Friday, so I tried a gentle 4 miler over lunchtime, and it went again. I've rested up since then, and the pain has gone again.

Going to the physio tomorrow, as I really don't want this to re-occur: I'm guessing if I rest it up until the weekend I should be able to test it out again, but I'll go with what the physio says.

Any advice out there, people? If I can run without any adverse reactions, should I just scale back the training plan by a week or so? (I'm in week 5 of a 16 week plan for Chester).  Keep the running at an easy pace for a few days before introducing pace work or longer runs? Any particular stretches or other exercises recommended?

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 07:02

2 stone in 16 weeks sounds a bit of a stretch - approximately 2 lbs a week. That might be possible for some, but probably only the more overweight amongst us. TBH, that doesn't include you: weight is always more difficult to shift when it is the last bit to shift. I am a great believer in not adopting diets that are radically different from "normal eating patterns: at some point you will need to revert back to a usual diet, and any weight lost is likely to reappear. I would focus on regaining your running fitness after your operation: you are likely to lose some weight, but I wouldn't make that your main focus, or set targets that are so difficult to hit.

UK Backward Run

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 15:43

I've read the Daily Mail article, and tried it out, but I keep on veering wildly to the right. Was there anything printed in the Guardian?


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