Ian M

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Bradford missing family members

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 08:20
Screamapillar wrote (see)

After all, nobody suggests that men go because they want young women flocking to them.

Well apart from the 72 virgins they're promised.

80/20 training - negative effect

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:04

I having a feeling that although these sort of things should be expressed as absolute time rather than percentages. If you're running 10 hours a week then running 2 hard and 8 easy possibly makes sense. If you're running 2 hours a week then 2 hours hard is going to have a better training effect than the 20/80% combo of  24 minutes hard and 96 minutes easy. As the volume of exercise increases then the proportion that should be hard decreases, but at low volumes you have plenty of time to recover from each session. 


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:56

Well presumably you've thought about the question before posting, so what do you think the reason might be?

Running v Cycling

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 15:51

The other thing to remember is that walking 26 miles is a different task to running 26 miles, But in cycling you could be putting out a power similar to walking, or one similar to running, and both would be classed as cycling.

Running v Cycling

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 11:55

Difficult one to compare, but I'd say they are very very roughly in the same ball-park.
One of the things that makes it tricky to compare is that there's huge energy savings to be had riding in a group, compared to running in a group.

Effort breaking 40 min 10k

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:12

No offence mate, but it's definitely genetics
I've commute on my bike to work every day without fail for 29 years, I've done bike races from 60 minutes to 8 days in length, fallen off unconscious from heatstroke, raced in Alaska in winter with a torn a cruciate. In short I'm familiar with the concept of suffering a bit.
I also know I'm a shit runner, I just don't have the engine to run fast.

Effort breaking 40 min 10k

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 09:38

A friend did 39.something minutes on his 1st 10K with a hangover having gone to bed at 3am.
Run specific training was a few lunchtime 5Ks (he's a fast cyclist though).
Genes make a lot of difference.
Me, I'm never going to do it

Running Apps

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 15:34

Did you use all 3 in parallel on the same run, or is that three separate runs on the same route?
In theory there shouldn't really be any accuracy difference between them. They all using the same values from the phone. There's a possibility that one app has used a data type that produces significant rounding errors, but this strikes me as highly unlikely.  The only slight caveat being the recording interval might make a difference if you're running somewhere with plenty of tight radiuses such as a running track. 
If you recorded different distances on separate runs then this will be down to GPS errors in the phone. For a variety of reasons phones tend to report that they have got an accurate fix even when they haven't quite achieved one. Also if you're running in a built up area, expect errors.

Running vs giving in to Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 12:32
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I started occasional running/jogging about 7 years ago, progressed to running 6 days a week and then stepped it up a bit this year to more intense (but still under 1 hour), daily runs but still consider myself a beginner.

I've been enjoying regular hill repeats and speed work and running daily for 20-60 mins for about a year and been feeling a lot more healthy (I suffer from depression, severe OCD and BDD). However I just read about 'Runner's face' the other day and I'm quite concerned about it!!

As a BDD sufferer I am very concerned about the undereye bags and lines developing (I'm 27) on my face (to the extent that I avoid having my photo taken altogether, avoid meeting friends and spend a long time trying to conceal my facial features). 

According to some sources 'Runner's face' occurs when the retaining ligaments of the face are stretched beyond repair due to constant motion of running, while others suggest it is caused by 'Oxidative Stress', which supposedly occurs during more intense exercise/when exercising at higher heart rates. As I run on hills every day and sprint my heart rate frequently rises to 205 (max: 214) and everyday it rises above 195. Am I damaging my (already fairly ugly) face by running?! 


I think this one is going to be difficult to answer, because your BDD will probably influence how you interpret answers given. However I've had a quick read of the research and from a scientific viewpoint it appears to be garbage. Ignore it. 


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 17:29

I don't think there's anything really to think about. 
What might be happening is because you are constantly checking your HR, you are creating some sort of tension in your body which is reducing your running efficiency and raising your HR. Talking is distracting you and causing you to relax.
Just use the HR as a general indication of what sort of effort you should be putting in, but don't be a slave to it.  

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Talkback: CrossFit Endurance: Train Less, Run Faster

There's another interesting take in this here-   http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2012/01/crossfit-endurance-tabata-sprints-and.html 
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Nike admit their running shoe advice is rubbish.

Well sort of. 
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