Hallam Blue

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"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 11:28

(All gone quiet over here?)

Not really been tracking my weight that closely here, so a pleasant surprise to find I have lost 6lbs over a period of about a month. Probably a bit more focussed running has done the trick: maybe the diet has been a little bit better? 

Anyway, the 16 week marathon training plan kicked in this week. As we know, training for a marathon is no guarantee of weight loss: I failed to lose a single pound in the run up to my last marathon. This time, though, might be different (he hopes!). I'm doing a more intensive training plan - running 5 times a week, and more speed work in it that the last "get round" plan. Really enjoying being back in a focussed training plan, and the running feels really good.

This weekend might be interesting: probably doing parkrun on Saturday (a friend is on 99 parkruns, and I would like to be there for his 100th), and then doing the Cheshire & South Manchester "Longest parkrun" on Sunday - 7 parkruns throughout the day. I'm aiming to do each one in under 30 minutes, but I suspect Woodbank (the 4th of the 7) might catch me out with its "playful" little hills.

5k in 23:31 - but aged 10!

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 10:52

All I know is that  the regularity with which junior "10 run" white T-shirts pass me in the last 50 metres of my parkrun,is getting beyond a joke!

Is 6 miles in an hour any good?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:33

Can't go far wrong with a Smartcoach plan, I would say. To be honest, for a first race at a distance, I think (within reason) it doesn't really matter what plan you follow, just make sure you stick to it. Smartcoach will give you something reasonable:



Is 6 miles in an hour any good?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:21

Sounds OK to me. Should be on for sub-2 hour with a decent training plan. What plan are you following? Need a combination of endurance and speed work, I would say.

Running Sunglasses

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:37

I've tried a number of different pairs of running glasses, and my eyelashes are always squashed up against the lenses, and really quite uncomfortable. My eyelashes are always commented on (a bit like a camel's) and my Mum always said the girls would love them. Well, it bloody well didn't work out like that. What she should have told me is that running in the summer will be fraught with flies and blinding sunlight. (I cunningly hid this tragedy from her by being a exercise averse chubster until my 40s.)

Anyone else have this problem (the eyelash thing)? (I know, I know.... 1st world problems and all).

Spectacular Fitness Drop Off

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:56

It may also be a bit psychological. It will be a bit tougher than you remember, but you've lost the cofidence regular running brings, and the willingness to fight through tougher parts of a run. It will come back.


parkrun and training plans

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 17:05

If you are doing a longer run at the weekend, why not incorporate a parkrun into that? Run to the course easy, then a nice blast round your parkrun course, and then a nice easy run home. Probably pretty good speed endurance training, I would have thought.


Sheffield social

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:48

Good stuff. I live in Glossop, so it would be a hilly marathon home, and no public transport in (can you believe it?!). Good thinking about varying the route - I had just noticed that there was a fair amount of free parking to be had in Crosspool.

Sheffield social

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:14

I need some local Sheffield knowledge. My work is moving down to the city centre, and I'm looking to avoid paying exorbitant parking rates, and (looking for opportunities not problems) thought I might be able to squeeze in some extra running times. I am thinking about leaving the car somewhere in Crosspool, running in to, and then back out of town from there (I'll have access to showers at work): a kind of "park and run" scheme. 

Does this sounds do-able? I reckon Crosspool should be safe enough parking, and I wouldn't leave the car in the same place every day.

Parkrun timing glitches - twice in two runs

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:51


Must make a visit out to Delamere soon. We were contemplating including it in the Cheshire / S Manchester longest parkrun route, but decided it was a bit out on a limb to fit in (sorry). Sounds like you have a good community going: how many are you getting typically?

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