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To treadmill or not to treadmill

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:24

I love my treadmill.  I haven't found that it has hindered my running in any way - in fact it has made it a lot easier as I have no excuse not to get stuck in.  I usually run 3 times a week.  Lately (weather and time related) - this has meant Treadmill: 1 shorter run with speed intervals or stuff like that and 1 longish steady or gently progressive run (10-13 miles). and 1 medium steady run with lots and lots of talking (hilly 7-8 miles) outside.  HR etc seems fairly consistent between road and TM - but I have been running for about 11 years and mainly do triathlon now so now looking for out and out speed.   I have to say - it is bloody brilliant for brick sessions.



In terms of getting the best out of it.  Entertainment for the longer runs (longest I have done is a couple of 20 miles  - watched a couple of movies during those types of sessions).  Shorter sessions - playing with gradient and or speed.  You need to listen to music or podcasts or audio books in all honesty.  There are now sufferfest downloads for the treadmill now - cannot recommend sufferfest highly enough - pure brilliant.  My fav speed session is pretty straightforward - 10-20 mins gradual warm up then 30 secs fast, 30 sec jog..... forever  - then cool down.     I always stick a bit of gradient on and change speeds now and again a little to simulate outdoors a little.  Got to be honest that I don't even notice the time anymore - I just turn on the telly, jump on and run till I am done.  I guess, like anything, you get used to it.

Edinburgh Marathon 2014??

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:41

It's not that bad, my issue with it is that it has been run for quite a few years now - 4 of which I have done - and they just never seem to quite get it right.  The organisers this year were total numpties - I can only assume they are not runners or have never ever even met a runner (they kept all the results secret until everyone went nuts and then they apologised and released them!!) 


The start is fine (apart from the lack of signage to the smaller start this year) but the finish is an issue as it's quite a bit away from the city centre in an area where you can't really park so you have to wait for a shuttle bus to take you back to the city centre.  So, how this goes will be totally determined by your finishing time.    The route is good - and I keep going back because of this.


I would not do it again (probably) - I really like races that I can get to and from easily  - other city marathons seem to make it seem so easy and so you come away barely noticing what must be epic organisation.  Dublin for example - awesome race - Highly recommended - easy to get a hotel 10 mins walk from the start and the finish - great support, loads of portaloos, just a great day out.  Loch Ness - again start and finish (well you get bussed to the start line in the middle of nowhere which is quite nice) - is the middle of Inverness so easy to get to your hotel or whatever.  Fab wee tented village thing at the finish line - just a gorgeous gorgeous race.  Have't done Manchester so sorry I can't compare it to Edinburgh.



I guess I just get pissed off that Edinburgh just never seem to get it quite right - and the number of times they have put the event on , they should be ironing out these issues by now.  I really love the route and it annoys me no end that they just seem to get something wrong every time I do the bloody race.

So, An Un-united Kingdom Awaits

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 16:47

PS - The yes votes genuinely believe that the rest of the UK is nicking all our money (oil tax revenue) and only giving us pocket money back in exchange.  This is what they are being told by the SNP - they are also being promised a fair society with less division between rich and poor - no more food banks, bigger better NHS, corporation tax cuts and no income tax rises.  More jobs, happier people, safe pensions, higher immigration leading to a higher rate of economic growth...


I could go on - it is so ludicrous you would think people would see through it - but they don't because everyone hears what they want to hear.  F*cng Scary   


(only 8 days to go)

So, An Un-united Kingdom Awaits

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 16:43

Some of this is becasue the impact of separation would be bigger north of the border (set up new currency, central bank, defense etc) but also because it would be run by a madman who is already talking about defaulting on the national debt. by a madman - says it all really and is currently keeping me up nights as the YES posters appear from every lampost and on every street corner, car window etc etc  It is bloody awful up here right now - if you are in rUK watching on bemused - just be glad you aren't here with the imminent possibility of your country being sold down the swanney by a lunatic with a silver tongue promising rivers of gold and pretty much anything anyone could possibly want just so long as they vote yes.

ice challenge

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 18:41

I just think that in some circles - the donation aspect will be forgotten.


ice challenge

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 18:07

Lots of people I have noticed have been doing the bucket, saying it's for ALS then nominating but neglecting to put the text number or a message on how and where to donate. So, that's when it stops being a charity fund raiser and just becomes social media nonsense.


Numb feet when cycling

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 18:27

Usually a bike shoe/cleat fit starts with the front of the cleat level with the big toe.   If still numb - move the cleat back until numbness stops happening.  Or so said the fabulous bloke who did my  bike fit.

Any ideas for lower legt problems? Any advice welcome, thanks.

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 15:08

Not exactly a medical opinion but is sounds very similar to a severe 'bout' of shin splints I had once.  I am one of those folks who got the dreaded shin splints when I started running (or walked around in hard high heels too often) - right down the front of my shins - the usual place.  I ran through them, toughened up and thought the issue was just a matter of getting used to it.  A few years into my running career I did a few too many races followed straight away with hard speed session (yes I know better!).  The pain I had made me almost vomit.  Sharp, nerve pain that felt like there was exposed nerves wrapped down and under the bone in my leg and back into the achilles.  i.e.  Like the leg bone was right on top of a nerve.  So, not exactly how you describe but certainly from front to back and to lower part of the calf.  It did turn out to be shin spints and I got physio, retrained myself to run mid-foot and did lots of yoga.  Not the perfect answer to your problem as I had an obvious mechanical issue with my running style that I could change and that solved things (only took a year or so   )


One place to start would be a better/different physio.  I have a guy I go to that doesn't give up till he finds the answer but over the years have seen many who have shrugged their shoulders and said 'don't know - rest and see'.  A good physio is worth their weight in gold.

Arm coolers

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 16:36

I wore them at outlaw.  At least I am assuming it was the same thing.  I had Compressport white arm warmers/coolers with 'cooling technology'..  erm or something like that.

I wore them because I had a serious problem with my skin at the time - lots of steroid cream on them and very red itchy and sore - so had no choice but to keep the sun off them at all cost.  What I found was that dousing them with cold water at the water stops worked a treat and kept me cooler than expected throughout the race.  My husband copied me (no probs with his skin but he liked the idea) and also reckoned they kept his arms cooler.  I did wear them under my wetsuit and so started off on the bike lovely and cold.   I have to say that my photos look rubbish right enough as I have lovely bulges out the top of the white arm things... but hey ho.

Robin Williams

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 16:19
Nessie wrote (see)


However, hopefully all of the media attention will help to highlight the seriousness of depression, how it can affect anyone - even someone who appears to have everything, and who from the outside may have been a funny, intelligent person - and encourage people who need it to seek help.  And those of us who are in a position to make a difference to someone's life may do something that will help prevent someone we do know and care about ending up in the same situation.



Well said Nessie.  This was my first thought also.  I have known so many people whose lives have been touched with mental health issues and unfortunately I have also seen how difficult it is for some people to understand or empathise. 

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