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Help I keep getting really bad cramp in back of my legs

Posted: Yesterday at 14:32

Hi, no it's not a normal problem at all. (So a bit of background, I started running from scratch with a friend about 15 years ago and for the last couple of years I've been leading beginners groups, taking people from no running at all to running 5km or even 5 miles, at my local club. So this is based on not only my own experience but on that too).

So you're training 2 or 3 times a week. What does your training look like  at the moment, and if you get this every time, is the answer, "well it looks like, running for three minutes then stopping and going home!" ? Or ...?

Because it really isn't a common problem you might not get a lot of help on here - probably talking to people in person might be more useful because they can see things (literally!) we can't. 

Is there a parkrun close to you ( That's a good place to find lots of runners and it's not unusual for people to start out by running a little and walking a lot of the course. They're normally pretty sociable and of course people always love being asked for advice ! (Just smile and nod if you think they're talking rubbish ).

Sorry to not be too specific. The sort of stuff I might say, and everyone, is just checking off standard things like wearing comfortable running shoes that aren't 100 year old dodgy 20 quid plimsolls, starting at a gentle jog and having frequent walk breaks (to start with) (google "couch to 5k"), and checking with your doctor if things are still bad after a couple of weeks....

Back into running consistently

Posted: Yesterday at 13:58

* Diet Quality Score app (good way of encouraging healthy eating in a "points for good stuff, negative points for Greggs-the-bakers" way)

* Local running club and/or parkrun (buddy up with people who are where you want to be, if you see what I mean)

* diet & exercise diary (useful for spotting patterns when you hit roadbumps)

* "Diary of an average runner aged 41 1/2" Mark Cameron (he used to be into bodybuilding)

London Marathon Place Nightmare...

Posted: Yesterday at 11:26

^ long running joke ^ 

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: Yesterday at 11:12

How's your wonky bum now HRR?

Managed nearly 8 miles over hilly (ish) roads yesterday, 4 the day before (flat), 7 the day before that (flat). Going to have to snatch time for running at the weekend somehow though - v busy - friend coming, and marshalling @ local HM from bumcrack-of-dawn (car parking - clearly have MUG in invisible ink on my forehead - then start/finish area... MUST BRING CHAIR).

half marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 10:30

See if you can get out 3x a week for the next 3 weeks and mix walking and running in the longest run (e.g. run a mile walk a minute) and stick a mile and a bit on each week, so

7 miles this w/e, 8 1/4 miles next, 9 1/2 next

half marathon - pray

Changes to VLM Ballot 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 10:26

The odd thing is there never seems to be anything like as much competition for the club places for VLM - in my local club this year we got the same number of applicants as we had places. Paradoxically though, all the clubs who *require* a ballot rejection before they'll consider you for a club VLM place are encouraging people to enter the ballot ....

London Marathon Place Nightmare...

Posted: Yesterday at 10:15

Aaargh. I prescribe a few pots of tea and a packet of biscuits . Then sit him down with this

pronto and find a replacement event! If he picks himself up from the shock and sorts something out he can be doubly proud of his achievement.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 15:47

ringo100 you can buy tickets from maharajah coaches at the Expo I believe to get supporters from the start to the finish (as well as folk back post-race from PMB to DUR). Not sure what times the coaches up to PMB leave though.

balj - I hope so! I'm struggling to get that much in right now!
What can I say, hope all your physios and medics are charming and funny!

Becca7 - Martin said you said hi - hi back.

Yes the Shakespeare Marathon**s** (as opposed to the Shakespeare Marathon run by the Rotary Club) are small, low key affairs. Did one last year on Good Friday. They offered early starts but I wanted to see David Troughton at the main start (gosh years since A Very Peculiar Practice) and thus I was dead last from Mile 1 to Mile 15, at which point I fell over, had a big tantrum, then carried on and (lol) started passing the early starters! They had cider at the finish. God I needed it too! Scenic mind.

Feeling a bit out of sorts but still getting some training in. Maybe 30odd miles last week, of which 19, post a parkrun 3, was being towed patiently round by W0W0 (it was meant to be 21 but I could barely stand so I bailed when we passed my house.

Lars yeah it piddled it down in Rome last year



Heart rate

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 15:09

Also you can get heart rate spikes related to connectivity issues with the HRM strap.

So you feel fine. You have had a medical and don't mention any problems. The probability is that you *are* fine ....

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 12:25

Tiny note of caution - best not to assume anything about cut-off handling beyond the official information. It might be the same, it might not. 

I guess (I don't have any inside information, honest) I'm just saying, go in with your eyes open - be prepared to get pulled & don't get pulled, result, happiness! Expect to go over the cutoff but not be pulled & be pulled out, result,  . 

It doesn't take a genius to see that all it might take is one unfortunate incident with a timed-out runner proceeding for race directors everywhere to start taking a different approach to cutoffs, so ... be careful

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Discussions started by Fido2Dogs

GFA (Good for age): relates to age when you did the time or age on day of VLM?

(Boston qualifying times relate to the age you are when you run Boston with your BQ place, not the age when you did the BQ time, but is VLM the other way around?) 
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I hear a recent firmware release *may* have added this - is this true? 
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Closed? On a Monday? Really? 
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So how much do you get in the way of piping bands at Edin. mara?

OH is watching Piping Live on BBC Alba & asked 
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Inexpensive to buy AND POST, but pleasing... 
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JG vs bmycharity vs mycharitypage vs everyclick vs ....! 
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Yellow skeleton reflective vest

Where can I get one? Black/refl yes, yellow/refl - cannot find! 
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Running Magazines on Google Books

fritter your life away reading 3 year old copies of Running Times... 
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Garmin "Keep 1/3 Months", delete rest: not working

I choose "keep 1" or "keep 3" months but it keeps it all - help! 
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