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Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:39

Yep. Still bitter.

Some of my best work is on that thread though. I wrote a Shakespearian sonnet!

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:16

I was incensed at not being allowed 'quim' in facebook scrabble once because the built-in dictionary didn't think it was a word even though it definitely is.

Things are so hi-tech now that you can get a scrabble dictionary app for your phone so you have the official word lists. We used this at Christmas, shortly before my entire family refused to play scrabble with me ever again.

I'm just finishing off at work so I can go and run round and round a track really slowly. I'm sure one day I'll be fast again. One day...

20 miles or more?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:26

TheDan - he wouldn't be running 20 miles at marathon pace. But otherwise the approach is a fairly standard one for anyone following a high-mileage plan. There are often plenty of 4 hour marathoners on the P&D threads, so it's perfectly possible to do, if you are the sort of person who has the time and inclination to do it.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:51

Anyone play scrabble?

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:44

Oh, I thought some of the newer watches with the built-in wrist-based HRMs (so no need for a strap ) did vertical oscillation, but it makes more sense from a chest strap. Though I can tell if I'm bouncing up and down or not.

Bob bought me a coffee and a bacon roll once, so I can confirm that he exists outside of running.

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:23

I don't understand how it measures vertical oscillation if it is on your wrist. Because wouldn't it depend how much you move your arm?

20 miles or more?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:17
Zouse wrote (see)


In my research of marathon training programmes, guidelines and advice, I've come across quite a bit of conflicting opinion about exceeding 20 miles maximum distance for long training runs for a 1st time marathoner.

What are your experiences and opinions, please?


I think it depends what kind of 'first time marathoner' you are. A lot of the advice is aimed at people who are 'beginners' both at marathons, and at running more generally, i.e. people who have started running in the last year or so, have maybe (but not necessarily) built up through the distances, and are now aiming for their first marathon. Those people probably don't have that many miles in their legs in total, are doing a 'get you round' training schedule with not-too-high weekly mileage, and may well find it very difficult to run 20 miles, especially as this might represent 50% of their miles that week. If this is you, that's a good reason to follow the 'don't go over 20 miles' advice.

However, if you're someone who's been running for longer than that and were used to running 3, 4 or 5 times a week already before the start of your marathon schedule, have done a few halves, etc., then there's no reason to see yourself as a 'beginner' even if it's your first marathon. In that case, there's no harm in building in a few more 20-milers, for the benefits people have mentioned above.

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:09

I actually don't mind the HR thing as much as Skinny does, but I find the speculation about what the figures mean frustrating because most of them (and especially the estimates produced by the newer Garmins just for the sake of having extra metrics and which are probably not particularly accurate anyway) probably don't mean much when it comes to deciding what actual training you are going to do. 

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:06

People who like HRMs, people who like baking.

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:03

If we all met up at the same time we would probably automatically form ourselves into little groups in the pub afterwards.

DT, I think if your schedule doesn't have a half marathon in it then you are adding a hard run into it so it is not the same schedule any more. Therefore you don't need to do both of the hard runs that are in the original schedule, because the half replaces one of them.

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