Drizzly Bear

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How to decide race pace to aim for?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 10:43

I use smartcoach for all my training plans as I like the way it ramps up my distance and gets the tempo speedwork balance right in the build up.

However I find some of the pacing from smartcoach a little baffling and have never found an explanation of what it is building you up for (PB? Same as before?) so I have taken to modifying it a little. I always enter my PB for that distance instead of the last race like it asks and the long and easy runs I find the suggested pace a little to far off my target so I tweak a little faster.

Maybe I should have more confidence in what it says but I have never followed it exactly and has been ok so far. I know this is not answering your question but maybe try mixing it up a little. It really depends on how you have recovered from your injury on what pace you can acheive.

How much would you pay for a half marathon photo

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 11:07

Never understand why people pay for pics. I always look a wreck in them so certainly would not pay anything to look at that. In my mind I look like Seb Coe sprinting to the line so I tend to stick with that than the reality,

Breakfast before half marathon

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:00

If your schedule is inflexible then start having "Breakfast" in the evening and see what suits for your training runs. You might need a post run snack to boost your calories though.


Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:23

As they give out bottles you should be fine to use theirs as you can carry the bottle for a few k and take on all you need. Smaller runs that give cups are a pain and I prefer to carry my own. However as book said if you want it then do it.

Start to analyse how much water you are consuming in training. I am always sceptical on whether runners really need the volume provided in a camelbak (depending on distance of course).

I think the great runs give out powerade at half way which I advise (if you are going to use it) then train with it first. It did not agree with me at all.

Last piece of hydration advice form me is to have some flat cola in your kit for after. You can stick your power drinks flat cola is the only way to go just dont guzzle it.

Are you much fitter that your partner?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:43

I am punching well above my weight but thank you for asking.

Does anyone else not use a training plan?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 15:11

I find them useful. I am busy at work and with kids so I find it hard to keep track of how many weeks I have before an event so like to map out the increase in mileage and pace so I hit the right levels at the time of the event. Getting the right mix of hills, intervals & tempo runs is always tricky as I sometimes cannot remember what I did last week so the plan helps me there also.

Sure you could do it roughly in your head but I just find it easier to note it down a few months in advance and can then check the plan everytime I leave for a run. If I miss one or need to move things around I am not bothered I don't get stressed about it I just find it useful.

Two Castles 10k

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 09:52

Another great two castles thanks to all for organising. Heat gave an extra edge to an already challenging course. Agree with the OP I saw quite a few people struggling and getting treatment I hope all are ok.


How much do you worry about the style of running shoes

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:45

Thanks for the very funny feedback. Seems to be that most have no problem with garish but not seeing much support for sticking with plain and boring.

These arrived this morning. They are a bit racier than I would normally go for.






How much do you worry about the style of running shoes

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:04

Just purchased a new pair and struggled to find something this time. I find myself spending more time than I should on what the shoes look like. Don't get me wrong my primary concern is consitency and matching gait but there seems to be a lot of extremes between bright and garish to looking very drab and uninspiring. I try to find something normal but with a flash of colour.

Do you worry or just buy the latest release of what you already use?



How difficult is a half marathon compared to a 10k? 4 months enough time?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 12:29

It is much, much harder than a 10k but 4 months is plenty of time to train for it. Follow a training plan over those 4 months and you will do it no problem.

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