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sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: Yesterday at 09:20

Well my beginners like the bottom of the range Garmin GPS and for a bit more you can get the 310xt which does everything, is just a few years old now. The latter is what I've got and the battery life is great.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:48

PH I have not done BroadMeadow before and having looked at other folk's results am resigned to perhaps a longer day than I'd expected ! 

Have Broadmeadow (18th), Stratford (27th) (2 maras 1 town 9 days hahahaha),

long non-club run first weekend in May (up and down an undulating 2.5 mile stretch near my house, so a very well appointed event! ) (I was trying to get people to join me but don't mind doing it on my tod)


Halstead (MUST BOOK HOTEL!) May 11th

Have just had massage and have booked myself in for three more.

Douglas, bizarrely I am taking comfort from your experience last year in that actually you got pretty far with ... um was it a broken leg, technically? ... and so, you know, even with a less than ideal start all is not lost necessarily.

Looking forward to it. Is it bad to be thinking of starting packing already?

Podiatrist recommendation

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:25

i.e. if GCS can point you at someone close by the membership will repay itself instantly in reduced travel (and pod!) costs, most likely...

Podiatrist recommendation

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:24

Well ... I see Garden City Runners charges a whole £20 for membership ... you could join them, stand up at the front at the first club run, and say,

"Looking forward to running with you all, but first, my foot is ****ed, and I'm looking for recommendations about local podiatrists, all info gratefully received!"

It is tricky getting recs as they are not as common as physios or sports massage bods or chiros or osteos. I needed to see one when I had very little annual leave, the local "known" pod had emigrated to Cyprus and I didn't want to spend time I hadn't got on having the soles reworked  - I ended up going all the way into London to see a guy in Harley Street(!) (funny to see our ratty old car parked next to all the Bentleys in the underground carpark).

How many years of running before attempting a marathon

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 15:04

Assuming you follow something like Hal Higdon's Novice plan - that's 18 weeks, starts out at 15 miles, and peaks 15 weeks later at 40 miles, 4 runs a week. If you assume you do all the runs at your easiest pace and then some (so as to allow for getting changed, stretching, faffing etc) that gives you an idea of how much time you would need to have free. Also, if you can claw back a bit of time in the week by using internet supermarket shopping or getting a cleaner that can help !

+1 on the don't give up (or do start doing!) strength and stretching. 

running can be harmful

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 16:50

Well a rival paper has launched a fairly successful running section (bit? part? corner?) in recent times. 

I would like to see the paper as the report was that :

running 2-3 hours a week was healthier than not running

and the implication (could be poor reporting) was that people running more than that had shorter lifespans than the ones doing 2-3 hrs per week.

But here's the thing. People in general tend to die when they're quite old, you know, over 70. How many 70 year olds do you know who run over 3 hours a week? I do know some 70+ and 80+ runners but I would be surprised if any of them were doing more than that. That does raise questions of sample size and statistical significance...

Comrades 2014

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 14:54

Ah now, the question of what to eat and when is an entirely different one from "what *is* there to eat and when?" ....

The first time I took 8 or more gels. SlowDuck had said that he could only ever stomach 5 and after that he went for whatever on the tables he fancied. Not entirely surprisingly, I didn't end up using all my gels and the next year I only carried 5 (one an hour for the first 5 hours) which did me fine.

You of course are significantly faster than SD who is faster than me, so hopefully one of the other sub-3h marathoners on here will chime in with what works food-and-drink-wise when you're only out there for 8 hours or less and going at 8 minute miles or quicker.

Opinions on foam rollers?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:00

God yes. Foam roller, non-foam roller (e.g. "the stick", OH bought it, I use it, bwhahahaha), and - for that tricky piriformis knot - the dogs' Kong toy (since the current 2 dogs prefer large squeaky hedgehog toys brought back from Helsinki when I did the marathon in '09)

Recomendations for addressing some running issues.

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:53

I did once go and see a Harley Street pod because I had very little leave left and I knew he'd treated P. Radcliffe so I reckoned he was probably OK (I did ask on here first to get one more "user review" for him!). Obv did cost a bit more but I got what I wanted, viz orthotics which were right first time without too much to and fro. Still wearing them now nearly 7 years later...

Recomendations for addressing some running issues.

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:50

Well London's pretty big. I'd suggest join your local running club, chat to people for a few weeks while limping pathetically, get names of local physios (etc) they see from them (if it's anything like our mob of crocked souls this won't be hard), then ring up the work private insurance and ask if they cover that sort of thing (my BUPA does cover a bit of physio for example), then ... I think you see your GP and get a referral.

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