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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 20:51
if a man had abnormally high testosterone such that it makes him he is either 'talented' or 'the next stage of human evolution' or some combination of the two.

If this happens in a woman she is a freak and forced by the IOC - IAAF - whoever to either desist or undergo hormone therapy to bring her testosterone down to arbitrarily imposed limits.

Whether you agree with this or not, this is clearly discriminatory if you deem the excessive but naturally occurring testosterone as unfairly performance enhancing in women yet not in men. If you were fair about it you'd ask the men to suppress their hormones and level their playing firms too.

This doesn't happen and that's why the whole block fell apart

Lateral foot pain possibly cuboid related

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 20:10

i have a niggle on what might be 5th metatarsal base. This has been present since just before a marathon a month ago and after a week off then reverse taper. 

I do worry about it being a precursor to a stress fracture ('jones fracture?') but while annoying it doesn't appear to be affecting my running. I guess a medical opinion is in order.

Still if anyone has experience of managing this  kind of thing and preventing stress fractures I'm all ears

Talkback: Gear pick of the week: Hoka One One Vanquish 2

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 18:18
I have a pair of these and find them surprisingly uncooperative as soon as you quicken past easy/steady pace. I'd say they are for long slow runs only. plus hoka's sizing is shit. I now realise they always run a half size small.

I only did s few hundred miles in my size 10s and got sick of them. if anyone can use them and can get to central London they are welcome to them.

HOW much?!!!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 04:59
I suspect that if animal protein cost anything resembling its true total cost to the environment it would be a darn sight more pricey that whatever you see in the Tesco value range.

48 quid sounds a bit steep mind you.

recovering from a bad marathon

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 20:42
I did think about an Autumn marathon but decided to stick to the plan and switch to shorter distances for a bit. I think I need a break from marathon until London next spring.

Right now the focus is on recovering well and dealing with whatever fatigue there must be built up from various marathon cycles.

recovering from a bad marathon

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 04:13
Edinburgh was a bit odd. was going fine at 7mm till halfway, then I noticed it was feeling harder than it really should've done and felt that target wasn't on so slowed to 7:15 (how I'd run last autumn). A few miles on it was clear something was askew. The fatigue and cramp really kicked in and I felt a little queasy. Slowed right down and took walk breaks later on, focused on just getting round. I wasn't injured so i wanted to avoid a DNF at least.
Finished 3:38 but the time wasn't relevant by then.

I wonder if I had one of those wierd colds that don't wipe you out but do stick around and annoy you. Certainly my kids had been ill. Also I suspect there were some mistakes in carb loading- I felt a bit sick and heady on the last day.

I had some GI issues for the week after the race but that's well out of the way now. resting HR this morning is 39 where it should be. I'm just fining that hr at steady or easy paces is that 10bpm or so higher than usual. I seems to be edging back to where it should be though. Haven't done any faster stuff yet though I'll probably chuck in a few strides this week. I was running 50mpw but and tapering and at about 50% volume at the moment.

One of of those 'live and learn' things I guess. Last autumn I held 7:15mm and finished thinking could've pushed a little more. No soreness and I wanted to run again only a few days later. This time round I think it's a good month before I really want to step it up again.

recovering from a bad marathon

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:15
I took the first week off completely. Second week has been easy running only.
HR On waking is normal. I'm just finding that easy pace used to be 130-135 bpm and 8min miling and is currently 8:30mm and more like 140-145bpm.

I guess I was a lot further from 100% fit than I thought when I ran. I also assumed that finishing so far off intended time made for an easy run but clearly not.

recovering from a bad marathon

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:17
other marathons (all PRs) have seen varying paces of recovery. This last one (Edinburgh) went askew soon after halfway and I jog/walked the rest. Now I was hoping this would mean a quick recovery. however two weeks on I'm still finding my heart rate a tad high at what should be easy pace and I still feel 'leggy.' This is in comparison with previous marathons and recovery cycles. Anyone else have experience of this?

VMLM 2017 Good for Age

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:34

All done and paid.

Online coaches

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 10:49
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