Little Red Runner

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karrimor running shoes

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 08:10

Having tried some Crane Premium Running Shoes from Aldi, I wouldn't recommend them.  Only £19.99 but the soles have worn extremely quickly and I am going through the top of the toe box already.  Only had them a couple of months and mostly wear them as casual shoes so not excessive use.  Find some shoes that fit and keep an eye out in sales.

Talkback: Do you need a sports drink for a 5K?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 13:22

Personally no, following a fascinating marathon talk discussion about nutrition, I have stopped using them (and gels) for any distance up to half marathon.  

Last year with gels, bonked really hard at N Lincs half, This year, even pace all the way round and 4.5 minute PB on  a couple of small drinks of water (not hot so didn't need much).

Chrissie Wellington said that sports nutrition is more about eating a good basic diet all of the time and less about what products you use on race day.

5:2 / ADF and running

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 19:43

I'm a little disappointed that so many of the comments & views expressed are very narrow minded and are dismissive/rude in tone.

The science is pretty clear and well documented, all you have to do is look for it, try googling Krista Vardy, her studies on ADF (alternate day fasting) are quite interesting and suggest that intermittent fasting does indeed protect you from the greasy burgers etc on non fast days. (In one study they fed one group "bad" food on their non fast day, this group lost at least as much weight as a group eating "healthy" food and demonstrated the same or better reductions in cholesterol, blood pressure etc)

The theory from the Horizon program is that our bodies are designed to work well with periods of low food, hunter gathering being somewhat less predictable than visiting your local Sainsbury's!  Periodically lowering food intake appears to offer many health benefits, protecting against heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and potentially Alzheimers/dementia.

I have been on 5:2 for 18 months, run 4 times per week (normally about 24 to 30 miles).  I've always tended to tun fasted to an extent as I mostly go out before breakfast but two of my week-day runs are the following morning after a fast day.  I find no difference to be honest, possibly a few more bad training days when you feel like you have no energy in the  beginning at least, however, I recently did one of my fastest 6 mile morning runs after a fast day.  

Purely personally I assume that running fasted lie this may stand me in good stead at the end of races as it will teach my body to process fat stores more efficiently.


Orthotics & Shoes

Posted: 13/03/2011 at 11:12

Hi All,

My GP referred me for a biomechanical assessment as I had been suffering from pain and numbness in the balls of my feet on longer runs.  I came away with a list of issues: pes cavus; equinus forefoot; bilateral halex limitus and bony feet with thin fat pads. I was also advised that I do not over-pronate too badly and that I should change to lighter control shoes (currently in Brooks GTS 10's).

To treat the problems, I was prescribed custom 3/4 length orthotics and I have had them for about 10 days now and the feeling of having a large smooth pebble under each arch is diminishing every day.  I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill today without any bad pain.

The orthotics are narrower and harder than my heel so I am worried they could kill the cushioning in the back of the shoe.  If anyone else runs with custom orthotics, have you found that their shoes wear out more quickly than before?  If so have you found any way to mitigate this?

I have already bought some thin noene  insoles to go under the orthotics as I don't like the feel of the shoes without a sockliner and these might help to spread the load a bit.




10% discount & Free Delivery at Start Fitness

Posted: 04/12/2010 at 08:41

Hi again,

 received another  e-mail from start-fitness

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Hope it's of use, delivery could be a bit slower than normal as they are based in Tyne & Wear and the weather up there is pretty bad at the moment.


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Posted: 15/11/2010 at 07:46

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Larking Gowen Ipswich Half Marathon

Posted: 01/09/2010 at 19:45
There seems to be something of a pattern developing here, I got a new PB by almost 3 minutes too.  I'll work on my hills and try again next year

Oakley sunglasses

Posted: 19/08/2010 at 20:20
Just ordered some Oakley's from them can't wait to be too

Running Sunglasses

Posted: 19/08/2010 at 20:12

Just ordered a pair of prescription Oakley Flak Jackets from went for transitions lense with a gold iridium coating so that I can run in them in all light conditions.  I would highly recommend giving them a go as I found their service to be absolutely brilliant and very helpful. I asked loads of questions but was never made to feel like a nuisance and they were really friendly on the phone.

They offer a large range of sports glasses from a range of manufatcurers (Adidas, Bolle, Nike, Oakley, Rudy Project, Spy Optic and Wiley X) Their home trial service costs £4.95 and you can choose up to 5 pairs of frames, if you them order prescription glasses from them this fee is taken off the price.  I had a trial pair of Flak Jackets with standard lenses and when I wanted to try the larger XLJ ones, they sent these free of charge so that I could swap them over.  I was worried whether the unactivated lenses would be transparent enough to run in at dusk/dawn and they supplied a sample lens block so that I could see what they were like.

I will admit they were a bit more expensive than Optilabs who I got also trial frames from and they were just as helpful and pleasant.  Unfortunately I just didn't find the glasses very comfortable, the design was not as attractive to me and they didn't feel as well made as the branded ones

Good luck whatever you decide to do.  For the record I have no connection with either Optilabs or Rxsport.


Larking Gowen Ipswich Half Marathon

Posted: 10/08/2010 at 19:57

Just got home after being away and my race number has arrived, hope your did too. 

 I have the Great Yarmouth Half to do this weekend and Ipswich on the 29th.  It's the first time I've done two so close together so wish me luck!


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