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Trying to find women's Nike Flex Experience RN 2013

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:58
Long shot, but hopefully someone knows of somewhere that still has them in stock. My Mrs had a nasty accident out running last week when she ran over the base of a broken bottle with an alarmingly large shard of glass sticking up. Went straight through the sole, and a not un-large amount of foot as well. She already has a pair of the RN2, but says the soles are much stiffer, and she really doesn't get on with them. So, she's looking for: Nike Flex Experience RN Women's Size UK 6.5 Preferably the grey upper with pink sole, but I'm sure she'll be open to any colourway at this stage. I'm going to try at the Nike Outlet in Hatfield on Monday, but if anyone knows of anywhere else that still has them knocking around, she'll be extraordinarily grateful.

Milton Keynes 2014

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:53

Well it's been an odd couple of weeks.

I've been getting increasingly concerned about my failure to ramp up my distance beyond 15 miles. Week before last, having taking time off to let my blisters heal, I set out to attack 17.5 miles. Everything was going great up to 9 miles, I felt fresh as a daisy thanks, but then something pinged alarmingly in my right foot.

And this when I was as far away from home as my route takes me.

I ended up walk/running back. My foot was alright after a while, but obviously I was tentative with it, and having stopped for a prolonged spell, my legs were insanely tight and heavy. In the end I racked up something like 14 miles of running, but it wasn't exactly distance I felt the benefit of!

Then, last Sunday, out with my wife trying to get her a new Garmin km and mile best, we were rudely interrupted when she trod on a broken bottle - base down, with a huge, jagged shard which went straight through the sole and quite a considerable distance into her foot. My first thought was that it had gone straight through. Cue a trusty pair of shoes pretty much ruined, leaving her with an updated version which steadfastly refuse to be broken in.

Increasingly worried about how close to the race I was getting without racking up a serious distance, I'd set Tuesday aside to leapfrog the 17.5 milestone, and go straight to 20 miles. This all went to hell when our boiler died, so I ended up waiting in for an engineer that didn't end up arriving until late in the day. So, no run. Grr.

Then on Wednesday, I woke up with a stinking cold. Really grotty, heavy of head, and absolutely exhausted. I got home from work and then proceeded to sleep for 11 hours straight. Woke up yesterday, still feeling rough, and had to endure a horrendous day at work, followed by another early night as I felt so ropey.

This brought me to this morning. I was at least full of sleep, so my plan was to set my alarm for 6, and see if I in any way felt capable of getting out for a long run. If I'm honest, I really, really didn't, but due to a busy weekend it really did feel like now or never. 

I set out, and really suffered from 10 miles onwards. Mentally I was a state, and constantly felt on the cusp of stopping, but after tweaking my route to bring myself closer to home for the last 5 miles, I somehow dragged myself round the full 20 miles. It was horrible, and it was painfully slow at times, but I can at least say that it's in the bank.

In terms of distance training, that's me done now. On with the taper. Thank Christ. 

Running belt - long runs/marathon

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:23

^^^^^^

Ditto. You don't benefit from the race number holders, but I feel so much more comfortable with the "pouch" behind me.

Running belt - long runs/marathon

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:03

I'm a big fan of my iFitness belt.

Very comfortable, and well thought out.

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:25

Video of the announcement being made at the start now up on the BBC site. Very funny to see people just shrug and head off anyway.

Well done to the runners that carried on regardless, having been stood around in the cold for up to an hour beforehand.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-26910318

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:01

There's a reason that every club secretary worth their salt knows the whereabouts of a pallet of plastic cups that they can get their hands on at a moment's notice. 

The organisers have dropped a bollock here, whether they've been let down on a delivery or not. As the locals have shown, this was so easy to fix. One text or mobile phone call to rally a handful of people into action could have had the situation sorted in a matter of minutes.

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 12:34

Supermarkets are all manned 24 hours in this day and age to stock up - a call before about 9am would have got them through to a night manager, who could then have rung a regional manager to get authorisation.

Morrisons is a Yorkshire-based chain, and any manager with anything about them would have fallen over themselves to get the publicity.

It gets better - there's a runner on the Facebook page that was at the back at the start, and finished before they knew they'd just participated in a cancelled race! 

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 12:16

They're now saying results will be published for all finishers.

The gun times are going to be fascinating. There was no formal start, and runners just set off when they felt like it!

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 11:40

They could have been open about the problem and tweeted for locals to pitch in and help supply the water stations.

One phone call to any of the local supermarkets would surely have sorted it. Ridiculously good publicity, even if all they did was supply plastic cups.

SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 11:26

They tweeted at 8.17 for runners to send race day pics.

Race was due to start at 9.

Then they postponed it to 9.30 due to "technical problems on the route".

Then they pulled the plug entirely.

Looks like loads of locals have come out in force to hand out water along the route.

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