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St Neots Riverside Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 23:06

The wind was absolutely mad at times. In mile 10 on the stiff uphill there was a huge prolonged gust and people were left running on the spot trying to power through. I've never seen anything like it.

That said, I'm keen to try it again next year and see if I can get a bit more fortunate with the conditions. Other than that beautifully quick fifth mile (left turn, downhill, wind behind you - the only time it felt like it was all morning), I felt so slow all the way round. Somehow, even though I resorting to striding up the hill against the wind as running just wasn't getting me anywhere, I came out with my second-best half time.

The much-heralded downhill last three miles didn't really do anything for me on the day. I was utterly goosed after 10 miles - that stretch through the gale completely rattled me out of any kind of puff and rhythm - and from there it was a bit of a disheartening trudge home.

Speaking of mile 10, the worst of the wind was approximately where a stricken Harpenden Arrows runner was being attended to. Looked incredibly serious but from FB it seems a hospital overnighter later they were much improved.

Running belt to carry a 400ml drink and mobile?

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 22:31
Get one of the belts that holds two smaller bottles.

Decant Lucozade into both bottles.

Et voila.

Leave remainder of bottle in fridge so you have a nice cold celebratory slurp to come home to once you're done.

Do expensive shoes make a difference?

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 00:03

The correct answer is based on exactly what difference you're looking for.

If it's a question of comfort, then basically you need to bite the bullet and get your gait analysed.

If it's a question of getting better at running, that's harder to answer on a forum.

As an example, I started in a pair of clearance Asics I bought from JJB because I liked the price, and although they felt nice on my feet in the shop, they put me off running for years after I got excruciating shin splints.

I thought it was just a matter of my age, until I tried to take up running again many years later, got my gait analysed, and was told Nike Vomero would be my best bet. I have never had issues with shin splints from the moment I first tried Vomero 1 on.

However, they are a squishy sod of a shoe, and aren't exactly built with speed in mind. Through my running my weight came down quite a bit, and suddenly I wondered if I needed quite as much cushioning. A runner friend recommended Nike Pegasus, I tried a pair on, bought them, and within a fortnight I'd got PBs in about six different distances.

So it's not exactly an exact science. Take expert advice in the real world, and maybe bite the bullet on a full-price shoe one time only. Once you've identified a shoe that's perfect for you that doesn't leave you in pain after runs, then you can start bargain-hunting when it's time to get additional pairs or upgrade when they're nearing the end of their life.

Garmin 630

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 07:48
Have been waiting for a 630 or 635 to emerge, assuming that it would add optical HR as seen in the 225. Looks like there's a hell of a lot more going on in the new 630, but all HR-related gubbins is still reliant on a strap. Can't pretend I'm not massively disappointed by that. The smartphone compatibility and ability to download apps is intriguing, but optical HR is the big thing my 620 lacks that I think would be a reason to move on.

Garmin connect

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 00:30

FR 620 syncing with Bluetooth to iPhone is often problematic. Took three attempts today to get my runs across there.

Other times it gives an error message saying sync was unsuccessful, but when you refresh everything's there.

Apple Watch

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:31
I have to say I'm a bit baffled as to why they haven't given it built-in GPS.

They could have mopped up a whole sector of the market overnight if they had.


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 14:10

Think we can file that under "lesson learned".

Personally I only use the Events section as a guide. There are several mistakes, duplications etc in the database.

Karrimor Running Shoes

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:12
I tend to gear-watch at runs and races, and an awful lot of people do run in Karrimor shoes. I think that does show that there is a place for them in the market - people are shelling out and getting out there with these things on their feet. It's snobbery and denial to suggest otherwise. Certainly there are plenty of Parkrunners creaming me in these shoes whenever I go along.

I just wish they were being marketed properly though for what they are - a budget equivalent to the bigger brands. There's no shame in that, and armed with that knowledge people will happily shell out ??30 knowing it probably won't be as good as a ??60 shoe.

It's when it's so aggressively pushed as the NO-BRAINER purchase, EXACTLY as good as the competition and IT'S BEWILDERING why it's so cheap, and (I've actually heard this in a branch of Sports Direct) TO BE HONEST I HAVE NO IDEA WHY WE STILL STOCK NIKE AND ASICS BECAUSE THESE ARE BOTH BETTER AND CHEAPER.

You can probably leave one of Mike Ashley's stores with ??60-worth of kit and shoes that will all be perfectly suitable for running. And that's fine. In fact, that's great.

But why bend the truth? It's cheaply made, cheaply sold gear. Nobody has a problem with that if they're armed with that knowledge and able to make their buying decisions accordingly. Many will still buy it - it all certainly looks alright.

The tactics leave me utterly cold though, and being told a pair of shoes is the best thing in the shop when they're on your feet and almost feel like the shoe box they're packaged in does nothing for the brand's reputation.

If you run in Karrimor shoes and are happy doing so and content to look no further, congrats, frankly. But they're not for me and both Sports Direct and Sweatshop are last-resort destinations nowadays.

Old Peg 30 -v- New Peg 31

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 22:56
I'm phasing out a trusty pair of 29s and am breaking in a pair of 31s. The 31s feel extremely firm in comparison out of the box.

One trick I swear by is to take the insole from the new pair and get some miles on them in the old pair, and vice versa.

North London half marathon- A must do or A must miss Race?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:23

Yeah, that little grass section was weird seeing as though they clearly had a load of temporary surface to hand.

If the forecast heavy rain had emerged that could've been … er … interesting.

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