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Marathon - Value for Money

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:17

The LDWA do loads, normally under £15 for non-members and cheaper if you join the LDWA. The marathon-distance events are normally recognised by the 100 club if that's important.

Normally trail, self-navigation with lots of mud and hills. But great fun, a good way to see the countryside and if there's Checkpoints - more food than you can eat

Backpack Advice

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 18:03

The shoes are your biggest problem, the rest of the kit will easily fit into a 10L pack. If you can strap the shoes onto the outside of pack using, e.g. the trekking pole loops, bungee cords or something equally inventive it opens up possibilities.

You'll hear all sorts of different suggestions, I use Salomon, Ultimate Direction, UltrAspire and Lowe Alpine packs depending on how I feel, what I'm  carrying and where I'm going. Do you like up-front bottles or a bladder? If you're cycling then maybe up-front bottles aren't suitable?

I'd recommend either finding a store with some in that you can try out, or an online retailer that does free P&P / returns. Narrow down some options, do some ordering and try some out at home. As long as you leave the tags on, don't fill up any water bottles and don't get them dirty returns will be fine. I've done this with Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles amongst others - plus they are generally the cheapest place to get them.

Might Contain Nuts Trail Running Series 2016

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 20:00

Round 1 is my favourite of all the MCN events, there's some really nasty steep descents - especially coming down to the Llanthony CP. it's boggy/muddy up on the second half and last year the final section was a complet mud fest.

I used Inov8 x-talons and was glad I did, if it's dry for the next month, (ha ha ha) you might get away with something less aggressive.

I've done Round 1 three times, and the weather has been epic each time - snow, hail, gales, rain, mud, bogs etc... don't skimp on kit - you have been warned 

3 marathons in 3 days - advice needed.

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 08:47

Traviss knows a thing or-two about multiple marathons, this post is worth reading...


Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 10:54

I signed-up yesterday for the marathon so there's still places left. My 3rd time at Pompey - you can park on-street a couple of hundred yards away from the Pyramids for free, I've never had any problems finding a space 

Treadmill Hire Advice

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 14:28

£19.99 / month - no contract

Treadmill Hire Advice

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 14:25

I keep looking into buying a treadmill have some great deals, a chap at work has recently bought one for £600 on interest free credit, (£20/month) and raves about it.

BUT - I have a gym membership at PureGym that is £16.99/month for life and 15 minutes walk from my house. £600 is 3 years of gym membership at that price.

There's lots of cheap 24-hour gyms around at the moment, PureGym, EasyGym, TheGym etc... Probably a much better option

Mental Struggles

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 08:51

r.e. Switching off.... I was at the gym this morning doing my normal 30-minute treadmill session after a weights workout and was very "switched-off" and daydreaming about random stuff when this thread popped into my head!

That got me thinking... I've done quite a lot of boring, flat long distance running, e.g. 50k on a treadmill, a track marathon, flat-ish looped 24-hour events. I wonder if that sort of experience helps with the disassociation.

I know a lot of people would say they'd rather swallow razor blades than run on a treadmill, or do a track marathon - but maybe the diversity and experience is worth it?

Just a thought

And r.e. thinking you can't finish a race, that's actually a motivator for me! I like to push my boundaries a bit. My "feature races" take me out of my comfort zone into a place where I'm not sure if I've bitten off more than I can chew. It's almost exactly the opposite - if I go into a race "knowing" I can finish it, then complacency becomes apathy and that's a downward spiral when things get tough...

Mental Struggles

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 19:07

amylmw - are you talking about the mental struggles or the strategies to deal with them? Or - as I suspect a combination of the two! 

The "mental struggle" is the problem - the coping strategy is a potential solution, they're different things.

Mental Struggles might be:

  • I can't concentrate on this technical trail to be able to run it quickly
  • I've done 25 miles, (of a 100-miler) - I can't imagine doing this 3x again
  • I want to sleep
  • Why am I bothering with this? It's not important to me

And Coping Strategies might be:

  • Slow down, walk a bit and eat food as you're glycogen depleted
  • Take it one step at a time, just aim on getting to the next Aid Station, top of the hill, tree 100 yards away
  • Have some caffeine / coke / coffee
  • Because I've paid £xxx for it, I don't want to let people down, if you finish then you can have a reward, (e.g. new TV)

Mental Struggles

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 14:58

I can only "switch off" on non-technical, flattish terrain. It's just about being in the moment and focusing on something other than the effort/pain and how much further you have to go. Once that happens I'll zone-out a bit and start daydreaming, generally I need a trigger to initiate this - such as counting. When it happens it's great, I think people call it "Flow" - when everything just works smoothly and efficiently.

Counting is as simple as counting on each footfall from 1 to a number and repeating, I'll never go much further than 10 before starting again. Paula Radcliffe famously uses the same technique. 

Music doesn't work for me because it's not repetitive enough - a single song on loop might work, but I've never tried it.

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