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How to get faster?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:52

Clare, there is no doubt that running more miles per week (sensibly) would help you improve the time but with limiting running time available you would probably gain more by doing one of your runs faster. If you can't join a club, there are, as has been said, plenty of published training plans. Most of them assume that you have plenty of training times available so you will need to customise to suit. Generally, running less than the plan suggests will not cause too much of an issue, but be wary of trying to make up the deficit by running too hard or too fast - it may work for some, but most of us just end up knackered and fed up. In my opinion, some sort of threshold type work will be the most valuable for you now you have the basic endurance to go the distance.

New to Birmingham City Centre...where best to run??

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 15:55

The canal system is definitely good for daylight runs. Sutton Park is a good running venue but the Clent Hills will be a bit nearer for you - also good. You could try heading down the A38 Bristol Road to the Lickey Hills - not a bad run in itself but well worth the drive for a relaxing countryside run. Canon Hill park isn't bad and it connects to a riverside walk paralleling the Pershore road to Stirchley, you can then turn left on the number 11 route (Fordhouse Lane/Vicarage Road) up to Kings Heath Park and Highfield park, leading back to Canon Hill Park along tree-lined streets.

basingstoke half 2014

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 07:30

I ran the first one and found it to be a great event. If you are not used to hills it will be hard, but it is very scenic - you leave Basingstoke quickly and don't come back until near the end. Yes there was a medal.

Bristol Half

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 07:28

I ran Bristol with my son last year and the deal was as Tom77 describes. I have to say that it was well managed and well policed so none of the usual problems of slower runners in the wrong pens.


Do you train in km or mile pace?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 07:12

Km. I use metric for all measurements. Miles/km is the one conversion that I will do readily, especially when talking to folk who still work in the old units. Converting pace and distance is a useful mental exercise when languishing through the last 5k of a half.


Where do you live?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 20:49

The blank bit just east of male voice choirs. This wasn't written by the government, was it?

Protein Shake for a rubbish, veggie runner?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 20:44

My vegetarian son makes smoothies to drink after hard sessions. He often incorporates hemp powder to boost the protein content ( he no longer eats dairy, so whey powder is out). Having sampled some, it adds a flavour somewhere between wet canvas and garden compost, but he seems pretty healthy on it.


road closure costs

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 00:00

I've run across the bridge a few times (on the path). A nice easy run with great views.


Newbie with a few questions please .

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:52

Parkruns are great, sociable events. Don't worry about having to take a walking break - most of us do when we are starting out. Get out there and enjoy it. It can feel a little claustrophobic or self-indulgent if you have such a busy life and you are trying to fit in regular runs. Finding company to run with often helps with motivation and enjoyment.  cehster RfL is perfectly achievable - you will be ready well before that!

Shoes for XC

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:45

I would check with your clubmates before buying. Our county league only has one course where you could just about get away with spikes. Good, aggressive fell shoes are more appropriate. Of course, if you are in one of the southern leagues running around parks, spikes should be fine.

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