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sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:44

Martin - don't know. Sports doc was all "hey why not!", I was all (to myself) "I was only joking...!" and (as knee clicked away) "I am really not too sure".

But we'll see after a few months of rehab.

Have got a bike to go on byways etc and enjoying that but get a really stiff painful back of hip / lower back the morning after. But must keep active as my ability to pile on the lard is documented (literally. I have a Slimming World logbook...)

Give up on marathon?

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:09

If you're not enjoying running - but this is the important part, that's very different from thinking you won't enjoy a run, I mean if from start, through middle, to finish of a training run you don't enjoy it - then surely life is too short. Find what you do love and do that.

Running club & online club

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 18:11

Well the thing is that non-local clubs don't have quite the same social aspect so they find it hard to fill committee positions and keep the club going year after year.

Whereas even if someone doesn't  go to the weekday evening sessions at a local club, they still might bump into fellow members at local races and parkruns, help out at the clubs events, take part in club social events and so on. Top tip for getting to know people: offer a lift to a popular local race to as many folk as your car will take 2nd top tip - a bit of marshalling or other volunteering. You get a lot more running chat while stood in a big yellow binbag / jammed in the back of a Micra than you do actually running

Half Marathon Pacing Advice

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 18:01

My rule of thumb is that if I can do 6-7 miles at target pace in the middle of training, then tapered and rested I should be good to go for 13 at that pace.

But don't pay too much attention to me because I'm benched at the moment so I couldn't run in your shoes

I want to start organising my own races

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 17:53

I think the entry system is the least of the problems because there is always paper and post which works fine.

Getting permission to run over the course (unless you have a really big back garden of your own you're going to hold it in) and doing a risk assessment and getting insurance cover, arranging medical cover... arranging marshals...

There's a lot of thinking involved. If something goes wrong that you could reasonably have forseen and there wasn't reasonable steps taken to ameliorate the risk and deal with the results...


sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 16:55

Saw the sports doc Tuesday night - she was surprisingly upbeat about eventual return to even ultras, despite the suboptimal state of my outside knee meniscus, and is packing me off to the Fizz to be taught how to do squats and lunges without toppling over (and then do lots of 'em for 3 months). If the knee kicks off at all this unnatural activity it gets an injection. 

So that's the plan. We'll see I guess. I'm going to do lots of parkrun marshalling! 


And try not to get any more of a spare tyre.


[fx: googles "vegan lemon drizzle cake"] HRR - HELP!!


Comrades 2016

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 12:14
ultraD wrote (see)

... 'blowing up' with 20+ miles to go is far more daunting. ...

Yep - and walking it in a bad mood really sucks

Would love to read the report.

Sports doc said the MRI showed degeneration in the lateral meniscus in my knee, that is, the medial (inside) one is fine and intact but there are, well, I suppose holes, in the other one! The medial one showed up as a clear black triangle and the lateral one had blobby grey marks in it : "that's fluid" she said.

Anyway she was surprisingly optimistic ("I've known people in this state return to running ultras and marathons" in pretty much those words - I was gobsmacked) so I am being dispatched to the Fizz for rehab and in 3 months we'll see. Apparently I should also do 5h of cardio a week: this is probably a euphemism for "making and eating cake is NOT CARDIO". 

We'll See ... I suppose.

Problems with marathon training

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:48
Good example, I meant to say

Problems with marathon training

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 14:47
Have a look at the Hal Higdon Novice Marathon training plans. They are very straightforward and are a good representative of the sort of training needed.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 18:31
Do you think you need trail shoes? Do you find it's too slippy when you run on the course route in road shoes?
Everyone's different - so shoe choice is usually "what you feel best in".
You could start a thread on the Events forum about this - specific questions and post titles draw more attention.
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"Clunky" knee - problem with Hoffa's (intra-patellar) fat pad

Anyone else had this? Have had a bit of physio for it to get me through a target event, but now will just time heal it or should I go to the GP in a week or 2 to check there's nowt else going on? 
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The jump from HM to 26.2 is quite big! 
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Where can I get one? Black/refl yes, yellow/refl - cannot find! 
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fritter your life away reading 3 year old copies of Running Times... 
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