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Posted: 28/08/2012 at 11:27

The notifications may be working but the PM system isn't - I've tried to send a message to someone today and each time I tried, only part of it went through - each time I tried, successively less message was sent.

Garmin Forerunner 110

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 09:28
Muttley wrote (see)

  I don't get what the complaint is about.

Nor me.

I bought a 305 years ago, it stopped working properly just outside the warranty period but they exchanged it (on their refurb/replacement programme) for free, turnaround was 3 days and they couldn't have been nicer. 

It has now just died so I contacted them yesterday about a refurb/replacement - again, nice, friendly and helpful bloke on the end of the phone and excellent service. 

But I only had to pay £51.63.

Perhaps that was because I was  rather than .



Running After a Heart Attack

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 21:30

I contracted viral myocarditis a while ago and was out of training for 12+ months.  I was referred to the Cardiac Athletes website by forumites and found it helpful.  I also found British Heart Foundation (I spoke to their head nurse, Siobhan I think that her name was) who more helpful than my GP.  He was convinced that I "just had asthma".

I do HR training which helped in my eventual diagnosis as I was able to take in my training log and show them the changes in my HR etc.  Long term, it might be worth thinking about HR training (apart from just keeping track of your HR) as the focus is on mileage at low intensity HR.

Before I became ill, I'd been doing 40 - 50 m per week and was in my last few weeks of taper before a mara.  When I started back, I could barely walk to the end of the road  -  I'd lost all my stamina and fitness after being out of action for so long.  You have to forget what you used to be able to do and just focus on what you can do at the moment / this week.  Start slowly - don't worry that it's more walk than run, just do what feels comfortable - better to do a few sessions a week at a slower pace than one that pushes you too much.  You'll soon build up fitness etc, it just takes patience.

Good luck

Newly diagnosed coeliac runner still not fixed

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 09:25

I'm another g-f runner - I was going to say contact Bookie, but she's already been in touch - she more than most on here will be able to help you for the reasons she's given.

As you say, the NHS just doesn't get running and I'd seriously question some of the dietary advice that I've been given.

It takes a while for your system to adjust, so if you're not training for anything specific, carry on, but don't push yourself.

I don't really like the g-f pasta, think it tastes like cardboard, but don't fancy rice all the time as a substitute. I think it sounds as if you're diet is just a tad unbalanced, I had the same symptoms when I was diagnosed, along with the symptoms of anaemia, which, if your diet is recent, may still affect you.

I'm also lactose intolerant which has a range of other, different symptoms.  I use rice milk, soya yoghurt and can tolerate small amounts of sheep / goat cheese.  I get a lot of carbs from fruit and veg, I have a juicer and make a lot of my own juices too.  I also have a breadmaker and make bread in that, using a g-f bread recipe book.  I try not to eat too much though and just make sure that I get a good mix of protein and carbs throughout the week.

As you say, there are lots of hidden sources of gluten - reading the packaging is a nightmare - so you might still be inadvertently ingesting some.

If you're interested in book titles etc, let me know.


My Missis has just recorded a Max Heart Rate of 247 Beats Per Minute...

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 09:12

220bpm - age is a load of rubbish - according to that calculation my max HR would be in the 160s whereas it is 197bpm.  The only way you'll know max HR is by testing it under proper conditions - and it's worth knowing your RHR too, to see the correlation between the two.

While your wife is obviously fit, it probably wasn't the best time to use the HRM for the first time as it's difficult to know how accurate that figure was.  It seems pretty high to me, but that could have been caused by a number of factors.  If she recovered well and normally afterwards, then I'd say that it was some form of glitch.  If she is considering using HRM, then it would be worth reading up a bit about it and using it on a variety of runs and recording the different results, as JF50 says, concentrating on average and ignoring (obvious) spikes.

The one thing about HR is that it varies enormously from one person to the next and is not determined by age, level of fitness etc, it's genetic.  You can have two people of similar age, height, weight, level of fitness etc but with completely different HRs.  The only thing that you need to consider are the changes in your (or your wifes') HRs.


Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:55

Where are the Spam Wombles when you need them?

My cat needs a new home

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 18:14

My first two had to come and go out of a flat window - they managed it.  Going down was easy, dog knows how they got back in! 

Glad you've seen her, she's probably just working out where her territory is and exploring the area. 

She might not be happy tomorrow with the different smells - so she might disappear.  If you're really worried, you could use a cat lead (well, it's really a small dog lead!) and walk around with that on her for a while until she's worked out how to get home, but it does sound as if she knows what she's doing.

I've always found that a trail of cat treats helps

My cat needs a new home

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 09:19

She'll come home in her own time, probably when there's noone around.  Mine disappear when I've been away - as punishment.

I'd love to have her, but I've already got two brothers (same age) but I don't think that they would allow her in which would be even worse for her.

You could try your vet - I got my first two from a vet, if not, then the Cat's Protection League - that way you'll know that she's going to a good home.

You could try Feliway, we've used the plug-in as my ginja ninja is very nervous.  TBH, I'm not sure that it works, the vet suggested it but was equally sceptical! 

I've just made mine beds in dark areas which is where they go when they feel threatened - maybe, in the interim, you could try to do something like that for Coco which might alleviate the wee-ing problem.

I'll have a serious think about whether we could take her, I doubt it, but. . .


Running with music

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 16:55
Bruce C wrote (see)

my dog likes to run with headphones on ... likes a bit of classical too to accompany him ... her favourite at the moment is Bach !!!


(that ones for you GB )

Well, beats running to "Who let the dogs out"

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 15:03

Morning, nothing in the last few days for me as I'm now suffering from whatever my mother had, so with my history, am erring very much on the side of caution.

Great to see everyone posting progress

You're very right on the hill comment, Grendel.  I've also seen people rushing down (too fast) only to get to the bottom and face the next uphill, completely knackered.  I try to take both relatively steadily, but have discovered my own "unique" hill-technique, on the up it's four longish strides followed by four shorter ones.  It seems to work in keeping HR reasonably steady and the counting probably provides sufficient distraction from the ascent / effort so that I get to the top before I've realised.  On a more serious note, post injury, I tend to avoid the downhill rush as don't want to trip or twist something by rushing down somewhat out of control.

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