Hallam Blue


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Best place for gait testing and trainers Manchester?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 14:39

I would suggest the Sweatshop in Hyde. Much more of a runners' shop than the Arndale one. Video gait-analysis and enthusiastic staff, who actually run.

Tapering

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 10:05

I'm fairly convinced of the merits of tapering for a marathon - generally a three week taper (agreed?), but I am wondering about shorter races. For a half-marathon, I think I would generally leave out more intensive/longer sessions in the final week before a race, but I am wondering if there is a limit. I reckon I run a faster 5k when I have actually had a more intensive week of training focussing on keying into a race pace.

So, is there an argument for "inverse tapering" at shorter distances, but switch to regular tapering for longer races? If so, when should you do which?

Chronic shin splints - any miracle cures?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 12:01

Stretch your calf muscles out. Tightness there can often induce shin splints: I think this is mainly preventative, though. Have a look here:

 

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/beating-injury/shinsplints---how-to-beat-them/234.html

What is a good Parkrun time?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 18:22

I would suggest doing some runs over 5k as well as the pace work, and spme runs where you aim to run quicker on the second half.  Both will help build endurance for the emd of the parkrun.

Half marathon... HELP!!!!

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:34

I wouldn't start by running 6 days a week. The aim of your training will be to build muscle mass, which is done by slightly straining your existing muscle, which causes micro-tears in your muscles. As you rest, the micro-tears repair themselves and in so doing, build more muscle. The key period, therefore, is the rest period. I would therefore train every other day: you'll risk injury otherwise. 

It might be a good idea to do a short event to get a time established: parkruns are great for this. Then use this to guide a training plan: Smartcoach (see link below) will get you a sensible plan tailored to your current pace:

http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/racing/runners-world-smartcoach/3057.html

 

But a half-marathon in October, from where you are now, is possible. Just make sure you stick to a plan.

Daily discussion: Trail running

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:10

Lunchtime run yesterday up Porter Brook in Sheffield was stunning. Accessible, shaded from the midday sun, and given enough time, you can get out to the peak district.

Looking to drop ten minutes

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 16:01

Prancerise is the future!!! Superb.

 

Race Paces for 10k, Half and Marathon

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:26

I'm doing Chester in October: I'm doing a 16 week plan, so that starts in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to get started on a focussed plan (though I am still running in the meantime, of course): I'm following the RW 4.15 training plan. Just a 'longest parkrun event' to do first.

Race Paces for 10k, Half and Marathon

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:37

You are slightly quicker than me, but not a lot in it (my 10K PB is 53.15, and my HM is 2:00:36) and therefore got a very similar predicted time.

In reality, the predicted time was quite optomistic, and I finished my first marathon in 4:32:36, which I was reasonably happy with. I did, though, fall in to the schoolboy error of starting to fast (9-9.30 min/mile forthe first half), and suffering in the tail end. I think I would have been much better served sticking to about a 10 minute mile all the way round, and targetting a 4:20 finish or so. This time, I am training to finish in 4:15, and definitely going to pace myself better.

Which marathon are you doing?

 

 

 

Insane Training Plan -- Wise idea?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 10:33

Are you a member of a running club? I would have thought that if you are targetting a win in a half-marathon, that is the starting point.

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