Drizzly Bear

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Free Park Runs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:00

How do they calculate £1 per runner per run of damage? That would be over £10k per year of maintenance? Must be an amazing park......

It smells of a parish council trying to scam some extra funding with a grant out of the county council. I am not sure they would be allowed to enforce parking charges and keep the income themselves (parish councils do not normally do that).

If they were genuinely concerned about damage I am sure that if they asked to put some collection buckets at the start a couple of times a year and ask for contributions I am sure they would collect all they needed.

Alternatives to Energy Gels

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 09:49

If I am running 13 mile I will take a gel around mile 9-10. Its not completely necessary but I feel it helps, especially post race recovery.

However if you are struggling with them it is best not to bother. Use your training to work out what it is you are trying to fix, are you using gels because you think you should or are you trying to fix something?

I am not an expert on a no added sugar diet but maybe that is one area you should look at. One of the benefits (I find) of running is being able to pretty much eat anything I like.

Reduce walking intervals or increase distance?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:59

In my opinion everyone can find 30-60 mins of time twice a week to exercise. If you are unable to, then you either are not motivated, supported or disciplined enough. Look at your calendar, speak to your friends & family and work out how to make it happen.

If you are very overweight (I understand I have been there) a cheap static bike in front of the TV is an excellent way of building a base level of fitness that makes running more doable

Running in the morning and at lunchtime

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 14:47

If I do an especially long on a Sunday I find a 20 min jog on a Monday night loosens everything up again. Generally though I cannot see much point in exercising for less than 30 mins, Too much hassle, changing, showering, etc.

10k in 8 weeks

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 13:04

I tried to take up running twice before being able to (just about) do it. The one time I failed was trying to train for a distance / plan I could not do and was seeing the mountain as to big to climb.

My advice would be to book another 10k in 3-4 months time and get a training to focus on that. You can then treat your 8 week 10k race as a training run (walk a bit if you need) without putting on too much stress. Usually a 10k plan will have you running over 10k in the weeks before the race so might be a bit much in 8weeks.

I always like smartcoach on this website, but I am not sure what the beginner schedules are like.


Smoker to 5k onwards ?? Any help wanted x

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 12:52

You should be fine. Always worth checking with your quack once you start though.

Going from smoking to not might have the same affect as altitude training


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 10:48

Unless you are standing on the start line with a genuine chance of winning you are really only racing yourself anyway. How fast anyone can run 5k is pretty much irrelevant. Personal improvement and PB's are what really counts.

What have I done???!!!

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 10:42

35 mins will be fine.. Your biggest worry will be not to get pulled along by faster runners at the start. I would suggest parkruns as a friendly embarrassment free way of getting into races.

Some days easy, most day difficut

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 16:38

I am no expert but I think running your max distance is never easy. My usual long run is 14k, the only time I ever found it "easy" was when coming off HM training I had been doing long runs of 16-20k for about a month. After a while off the training plans 14k was tough again.

The only way to make your 4k run easy is to train to run further or build up intervals to run it faster. Once you step back to the normal 4k / pace you will find it easy. .  

1 1/2 mile run

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 11:06

Just had a visit from the police (nothing to do with me but asking about a neighbour). The size of him reminded me of this thread, I am not sure he could have ran to the bottom of my drive let alone 1 & 1/2 mile.

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