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10 top marathons

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 14:02

Snowdonia, Loch Ness, Tromso Midnight Sun..

Mystery sore heel that Dr Google can't diagnose!

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 12:58

Sounds like a problem I get now and then which I thought was achilles tendonitis or the start of it but the pain seemed to be more on the back of the heel rather than the actual achilles.  I think it sounds like achilles bursitis... google that and have a read, see what you think. 

Stretching my calves seems to have helped me a bit (both parts of the calf muscle).

*Please note that I have no medical qualifications, just years of struggling with various running injuries / niggles!


Birmingham and Black Country Half-Marathon

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 11:37

The tunnel is still closed. Apparently due to a landslip of the embankment on the south side of the tunnel (or Tipton side). I think you can get through the tunnel on the towpath on the otherside of the canal but then the towpath ends and you have to leave the canal to get back over to the towpath on the other side.  There is an easier running diversion using the path which runs alongside the fence of the Coseley School which brings you out at the same place but I'm sure the organisers know what they're doing.. well you'd hope so!

That route always gives strange GPS results as well because of a few canal tunnels so take your Garmin results with a pinch of salt.  There's a tunnel around the Smethwick area which I train through and my Garmin 410 quite often gives some strange results.


Market bosworth half marathon.

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 13:36

You're not far off!  Wasn't long ago when I was aiming for sub 1.40.  Good luck with it!

Market bosworth half marathon.

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 12:47

Course profile is on there if the link works but I don't think the elevation shows that well on garmin connect:


Market bosworth half marathon.

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 12:41

I did it last year and a few years back when it was the Hinckley Half.  If I remember rightly the first 8 miles or so are fairly undulating country lanes, nothing particularly steep or hilly.  A bit of a climb up from the start to the top of a canal bridge then I think it's mainly downhill and quick afor the next few miles. Then there are 2 fairly significant climbs towards the end.  I think one is at about mile 8 and the last one is about mile 11.  Not steep but quite long uphill drags.  One is known locally as the "Gated Road" which climbs up to Market Bosworth.

Quite a nice scenic course and always seems well organised.


Shoe choice for orthotics

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:32

I think it depends on the orthotics. Best to speak to whoever prescribed them unless they're over the counter ones. The 1st pair of custom orthotics I had I was told to use them in a neutral shoe by the podiatrist who prescribed them.  These were a rigid pair of half length orthotics.  My 2nd and current pair of custom orthotics I was told to use with a stability shoe by the podiatrist who prescribed them.  Apparently I needed arch support and a shoe with a more rigid sole.

London Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 12:26

Clubs get allocated a certain amount of places too. Not many per club I don't think but it's another avenue if you're in a club.

Pacemakers for big races.

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:29

I use my Garmin 410 as a pacemaker but I guess it doesn't provide any shelter from the wind!  I'm not in danger of breaking any world records though either!

New Shoes

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 13:27

It's not the brand that matters.  Brooks and Asics and most manufacturers make shoes for varying degrees of pronation and then it just comes down to individual fit and which suits your own individual needs better.  For example I tried the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 which are supposed to be for overpronators but I couldn't get on with them at all.  Personally for me the Asics GT2170 and now the GT2000 seems to be the best shoe for my needs.  Not saying Asics is better than Brooks or anything like that... you just need to find what works for you. For me it's been a lot of trial and error!!

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