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Overdone it?

Posted: Today at 13:24

I am also happy to provide advice from the perspective of a reasonably good endurance runner with recent experience of doing a sub-optimally trained marathon shortly after having been a bit ill, if you think it would be useful. But mainly (and I'm sure you know this) it's important to have some sort of realistic time goal in mind, even if it's not an actual 'target', so that you can pace yourself sensibly on the day. It's easy enough to rock up to a 10k or a half and just run and work out how fit you are as you go, but I think it'd take quite a lot of marathon experience to run a whole marathon to feel.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:57

Well done for not breaking anything Tommy. Do you think it's because Bob wasn't there?

Sorry to hear about your issues Muddy. When is your marathon again?

Pete - it's probably to avoid these kinds of shenanigans.

Overdone it?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:07

Don't be silly Skinny, I'm a runner. We don't have boobs. I hesitated between S and XS before ultimately going for the smaller size. I had had a quick look in Superdry beforehand in case the proper sports shop only had the upholstery-style ones or were too expensive, so could have had a fetching snakeskin-print number instead.

Overdone it?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:40

I am not on holiday. I am just about to run home from work, but like a massive f***wit I had forgotten to bring a sports bra so had to rush out to the two shops in St Andrews that sell them before closing time. Now the proud owner of a beautiful floral-patterned crop top, with a bonus discount because my friend introduced me to the boss.


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 16:56

I would normally agree with both of you when people talk about changing their strike pattern or cadence just for the sake of it. But what the OP is talking about sounds more postural and worth fixing to avoid future neck problems, not typical running problems.

New race idea - runners thoughts please

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 16:55

I would do it if it was in my area and some of the other girls fancied it and it didn't clash with anything. There's a relay that my club puts on called Devil's Burdens that does attract some pretty decent runners (winning team typically all sub 16 5k runners) but also all kinds of other runners too. Though probably not so much people who just do parkrun as it's in the hills, in winter, and some of the legs have to be run in pairs.

What is the one thing above all you think / worry about in relation to running?

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 15:22

Actually, they can subsitute for each other too. E.g. if you want to get a good time, you might enter a race with a high-quality field where you won't be anywhere near the front but will get dragged along to a PB. Or if it's a random distance or poor conditions you might not be expecting a PB but enter a more low-key race and try and win it. Or alternatively, you might enter hoping to win or place but someone much faster turns up, in which case you might think 'well, I didn't win but at least I got a good time', or vice versa if you run a crap time but still win something. But mostly I agree with this:

David J 27 wrote (see)

10 but stop after the word "happy" 


New race idea - runners thoughts please

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 21:07

When I  joined there were only 3 female members (I was the 4th). They have more now, but you need a LOT more than 4 to guarantee having a team for a competition. A lot of races and championships have male teams of four but female teams of three because there just isn't the female participation. And it was pretty rare for us to have a full team for the county champs or xc even when more women joined.

I think Dean and I are looking at it more from the perspective of people who go to events of all kinds and know race organisers etc than as people who would want to turn up and win. 

New race idea - runners thoughts please

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 20:38

Yep, 5k legs definitely more fun as if you have less experienced runners it might take them longer to run 10k which makes it into more of a chore than a fun team event. You'd want to advertise to local clubs and also at parkruns, and you'd have to have male, female and mixed team categories to appeal to more people - even in my old club we'd have struggled to get a team of four women out. Also I think a 'family' fun day based on running with no kids' race would be a bit disappointing.

Re price, I can imagine some of my teammates doing this if it were local to us and there were decent prizes, but we don't have kids, so we wouldn't be into paying loads to fund the activities. Maybe you'd want to look into making money from refreshment stalls etc so that runners wouldn't feel like they were paying for other people's kids.

Help! Minor sprain 3 weeks before marathon

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:04

One time I twisted my ankle, felt fine a week later, resumed running and... then after 10 days of that developed foot pain and had to take two months off. Hopefully that won't happen to you but I would agree with the others that there is more to be lost by trying to catch up with missed training; prioritising proper recovery is more important, even if you think you are okay.

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