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Should i sign up for a marathon?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 16:06

Oh, I forgot to say, I've run 10 marathons in the past - all before the kids came along.  Not sure I ever started any of them "properly" trained.............

Should i sign up for a marathon?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 16:01

I've signed up for the Stirling Marathon too - my kids are 8 and 5, and I will be 50 next year (although I'm still in denial about that.....).

The bottom line is that you will never have enough time for marathon training unless you make the time - a bit like you will never be able to afford to have children.

My training plan is currently 5 miles on a Wednesday morning (my day off work and the kids are now both at school), parkrun on a Saturday and a long one on a Sunday morning - hubby takes the girls to rugby, and I run from the house to the training ground and meet them there. 

This week I did 5 miles on Sunday, and I plan to increase it by taking a different route each week, so I will be leaving the house before they do as time goes on.  I'll increase the Wednesday run up to a maximum of 10 over the winter, and will volunteer to do course clear up at parkrun (running round the route picking up flags and cones) to get a mile or two more in.  In addition, if I can get out for a run at lunchtime from work (we have a shower), I can maybe get one or two extra 3-milers in a week, depending on how busy I am.

You do need to be more organised when you have kids (in all parts of your life) but it is doable.  If you are half-marathon fit at the moment (I'm not, but I have been in the past), then you have a good base to work from.  Keeping fit and having aspirational goals is not a "luxury" in my book - it sets a good example to your kids and is great stress relief - which is certainly useful with toddlers!

After-market insoles with good arch support

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 15:43

I've used Superfeet insoles for years due to a fallen arch which put me out of alignment.  I have a pair in my running shoes and walking boots, and if I am going to be walking any distance, I swap a pair into my "day" shoes.  They last for ages (I've been wearing them for about 15 years and am only on my 4th pair) so even at £25 they are pretty good value.

I haven't used the cheaper ones, so can't make a comparison.

I switched from motion control shoes to mild support shoes with my insoles, because although the MC stopped the roll, it didn't support the arch the way I needed it to.  Depending on the root cause of her pain, that's maybe something to consider.


Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 16:00
Cheerful Dave wrote (see)

Eric Bristow, you are a prize cockwomble of the highest order.

I had to Google that - not sure prize cockwomble quite covers it, but it'll do to be going on with. 

Strictly 2016

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 11:01

First time I can genuinely say I enjoyed watching a Samba - usually at best think "They made a good job of that" but Oti's choreography was amazing, and Danny really did it justice - a well deserved 40.

Claudia and AJ's AT was stunning, and I felt undermarked.  First time this series I've rewound and watched a dance again.

Ore and Joanne's Paso was great - I did spot the wobble, but if he'd got it right it would have been a 40 contender too.

Louise and Kevin's waltz - I still can't quite connect with her, but it was really well danced and a good "story".

Judge Rinder and Oksana's rhumba - well, he enjoyed it, and it was always going to be tough because a romance wouldn't be believable. Pretty good job in the circumstances, and I'd have been unhappy if he'd gone before Ed.

Ed and Katya - yup, time's up.  So long and thanks for all the fish.

Trump & Clinton

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 16:02

Grecian 2000/Just for Men

Warning about Saucony Vision Shoes

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 13:12

Thanks track-vol - haven't seen this thread in a long time.  I can't believe it was 13 years ago.

Best day in forum history.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 10:55

Watched ITT this week, and actually Judge Rinder's rumba is looking quite good, and Ore's Paso shaping is looking fab already.

I think Danny will be 9s and 10s from here on in, Louise and Ore coming up on the rails, with the rest as reasonable also-rans.

Too close to call.......

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 10:51

More and more I find the words of Terry Pratchett scarily prophetic:

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.”

Wanted: Flat 10k or 1/2 with places

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 14:58

Inverness is North of London. Maybe a bit too far North for some, but the half is in March.

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