exiled claret

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When should I bin the old shoes? Is 500 miles a good innings?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 06:45

Used to go by the 500 mile rule, but decided a while back I'd give it a whirl and see what happened if I kept using them. Got over 900 miles out of 2 pairs, and am currently on 700 miles on my most recent pair. They don't feel quite as plush as they used to, but no problems. So therefore have now saved the cost of 2 new pairs. I'm 12 and a half stones and usually use a support shoe.

If they aren't causing problems, why change? Once you start getting niggles, then consider it.

Grass vs road times

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 13:16

TBH running on short, level grass which is dry and firm will probably make very little difference compared to running on tarmac. Any undulations and different wind speed will probably have a much bigger effect. Of course running through thick or slippery mud or overgrown grass would be rather different. A proper synthetic track will obviously be fastest of all.

Bike Recommendation for Novice

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 13:07

Or you could ditch the cycle to work scheme, buy second hand, and get even more bang for your buck!

Mile and a half help needed

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 06:27

Not anyone no! It'd be pretty tough for an 85 year old with arthritis. However, a 28 year old who has done it before - yes. There is no reason at all why you can't beat your previous best of 9:16. I'm 42, been an off and on runner since a kid, and since running more regularly in the last 2 years have set pb's at 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon and marathon.

Running belt - long runs/marathon

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:07

I just pinned some gels onto my triathlon number belt, worked just great.

Two half marathons in one month

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:05

Of course it is safe (well apart from the fact that they are in Newcastle and Redcar!)

Just do some easy runs in the first week, and treat the second week like the week before your first race. 

Perceived wisdom is to wait as many days as miles you have raced before you race/run hard again, so a fortnight is perfect after a half.

I ran a marathon on Sunday, and wouldn't really want to run another the day after tomorrow, but I've been back out there running 5 miles at faster than marathon pace for the last 2 days. Might have a pop at parkrun tomorrow and have my eye on a 10k a week on Monday.

My 1st race

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:17

No need to really taper massively, especially off 3 runs per week. Just don't do anything particularly strenuous the last 2 days.

No need for any special food the day before, other than don't eat anything unusual or you know you might respond badly to.

Breakfast sounds good, though possibly an extra piece of toast.

Tracking Apps

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:08

I'd go with the computer plotting, assuming you are pretty careful and use lots of points (especially if you plotted it in satellite mode rather than map mode).

I use a Garmin Forerunner 305, and dedicated runner's watches are generally considered to be much more accurate than phones. However, when I zoom in on a map which has been plotted from my watch, although it will generally have me plotted well, even on the correct side of the road, every so often it will have me zooming across the road, running through people's gardens and even houses. I'm sure I would remember if I had done that!

I consider any of them only a useful guide to get you in the ball-park figure. There are many instances of people running a particular pace based on their app or watch and missing their target in a race because of a small inaccuracy. The only way to be really sure is to enter a properly measured and certified race.

head torch

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 13:10

To be fair my daughter's room is about a foot deep in stuff all over the floor, so she probably trod on it! Keep your house tidy and it might well be okay! 

Can I get last minute entry to London

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:41
Millsy1977 wrote (see)
I never get the point when people say you are running alongside the greatest runners. 99.9% of entrants will never even see the elites. That bloke who went sprinting off at the start last year was a decent sub 3 runner and he could only manage 400m.

Well I saw the elites when I last ran London. They were running one way along the carriageway away from Docklands as I was running towards it!

Not sure if it counts as "alongside" though.

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