Debra Bourne

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Comrades 2016

Posted: Today at 08:12

Mr K: I would have liked to do that one but didn't feel I'm ready yet. I did run into work and back yesterday after 26 miles the day before (and I did the same the day after Dymchurch marathon) and that involves uphill then downhill, in both directions, but 11 miles for morning and evening together, not 33!

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 21:07

PG3: Not quite so pleasant: the test subjects didn't always make it through the allotted time in the hot bath, because they got too uncomfortably hot, but it still seems cheaper and more practical than paying out to go to a sauna (if you're not already a member of somewhere that has one) or running around in hot (for the UK) weather in a plastic suit or whatever.

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 18:26

Interesting recent research suggesting that it may be possible to get heat acclimated by sitting in a hot bath for an hour after a run: Zurawlew et al 2015, Post-exercise hot water immersion induces heat acclimation and improves endurance exercise performance in the heat. Scand J Med Sci Sports doi: 10.1111/sms.12638 (ahead of print).

The researchers were looking for something practical that might help. They got positive results from six days of a 40-minute run followed by hot water (40C) immersion for 40 minutes.

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 18:13

John 1946: My predicted time from a couple of methods is c. 10 hours, with less than a 20% chance, I think, of getting under nine hours. I'd rather be sure that I can (weather etc. permitting) cover the 56 miles reasonably than improve my speed but collapse at 40 miles because my base stamina is inadequate. If I hadn't lost large portions of the last two years to injuries (not due to running!), so I'd been keeping at the level of fitness needed for 50-mile races, then I might be thinking differently

I do my Wednesday evening runs with my club as tempo runs, and most of the routes are hilly and I'm pushing up those hills, and my ability to do so is improving and my speed is improving. I'm also running hard when I parkrun or run cross-country. My previous experience is that track work leads to injury, for me, so I'm staying away from that! If it gets drier then I may try some Yasso 800s (the field on which I normally do those is too wet at the moment for fast running).

Comrades 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 14:14

Re. Bruce, yes but his "not big miles" is 120 km (80 miles) for the week!

Croydon Ultra 30M

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 19:36

Should be able to make that and should be recovered after Comrades. Training is going well so far.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 19:30

The patch looks good like that.

Ran Lloyd parkrun yesterday and  extended my club's marathon training run today - back from Merstham to Croydon, with the first part being along the North Downs Way, then ran around Lloyd Park and back home, finishing on about 26 miles (near as I can estimate using Mapometer after my Garmin's battery ran out). Total for the week about 63 miles, which I think is my highest ever.

If the legs feel okay on Wednesday I'm going to try running to work and back and then doing the club run in the evening - giving a split 18 miles during the day if I cycle the three miles to the club.

Croydon Ultra 30M

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 22:07

Hi Ian, what's the date this year? I'll probably be up for it if I don't break my ankle again or anything else stupid!

Dodgy knee help!

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 21:46

Tom, I suggest you check your muscles for an area of tightness (hurts when you massage it with a massage stick or rolling pin or foam roller - when I've had knee pain associated with running (during or after) it's been due to tight quads. Application of a massage stick (or rolling pin!) to the quads - no more knee pain.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 14:50

I'm on the Friday 9 am as well - and you can see my real name here... Be good if a few of us can get together.

New addition to my diary: 19th March CTS Sussex - Ultra option. That gives me an excellent excuse to split up all the road training with some days out on the SDW or NWD.

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