Peter Collins

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Talkback: From Russia with love: Is ‘sorry’ enough to lift the Rio ban?

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 11:21

A heavy hearted no from me, for reasons outlined already by PhilPub and Chris2304. However, we should always look to the mote in our own eye: our athletes that get caught usually try to bluster their way out of it too, though I don't believe there's any similar, state-sponsored widespread programme here.


Posted: 25/05/2016 at 16:21
M.ister W wrote (see)

How do incompetents get to a level of responsibility without someone noticing that they're crap?

Isn't that called the Peter Principle? Time for a new name (the principle, not me), methinks.

Talkback: Over 40? You need more protein for muscle recovery

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 16:19

I keep reading that milk is one of the best recovery drinks. Anything in this?

Sweatshop Experience?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 15:54

I think, quite apart from anything else, running shoes have got so expensive in recent years (the cynic in me says that the explosion of interest in running is being exploited to the maximum, though Beer and Curry Runner might say otherwise) that it's absolutely the minimum that a running apparel shop offers excellent customer service. I tend to buy online because I know what I want and it's easier to get cheaper deals with end of line stuff and so on. 

Going from 10k to Half Marathon

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 15:37

Not technical advice, but I would say that you shouldn't be scared (not saying you are, but you might be) of the jump in distance - I personally think a half marathon is within anyone's range with a modicum of training, whereas a marathon or beyond starts doing things to your body that you have to be prepared to cope with and won't experience in a half. That's not saying a half won't hurt at some point - it will - but it won't start eating into your energy reserves in quite the same way as a marathon does. And don't obsess overly on time - you're taking a small step into the unknown and in the first one are setting a marker for the next one, finding out a bit more as you go about how to pace yourself, and what are achievable start, intermediate and finish paces. Some might disagree, but I think it pays to be a little conservative in the first couple of miles and upping the pace only if you feel ok with it. You might be wary of how long you'll be on the road, but you might actually be surprised how quickly it all goes. If you really DO have a time in mind, find out if the race has pacers - they're usually experienced runners who will keep to the necessary pace and can be helpful (or not, if they simply disappear up the road and you can't respond!).

Stupid question i know!!!

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 15:30

If you have a Saturday morning parkrun near you, make it a slightly faster part of a longer run - run, say, four miles there, do the 5k (three miles) and run four back... or any combination. You'll also meet some people who might have more tips.

Taking kids to a ParkRun

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 15:26

I was also going to recommend junior parkrun - only 2k, which you can walk in 20 mins if necessary, and the parents can either volunteer as marshals or go round with their kids. Lots of them in the MK/Aylesbury/Buckingham area.

Diabeties and Running

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 15:29

First of all, Tracy, well done on keeping up the running. I'm a type 2 and have never really got hung up on diets - to a certain degree I wing it with a bit of carb-counting thrown in. I guess the thing I want to know is if your blood sugar levels are under control or are you having difficulty with it? Do you use insulin? (I know that the popular myth is that type 2s don't need to inject, but it is just that - a myth. I've used insulin since the early days because it became pretty clear that diet alone wasn't going to do it.) Also, do you have regular check ups on your feet - the kind in which they prick various parts of your soles to see if you feel it? If not, try your specialist or doctor. I think there's a bit of a postcode lottery with diabetes, and I happen to be lucky to live in an area where my eyes, feet, weight, blood and so on are all tested very regularly; and there's no quibbling over any of my meds, including blood testing strips. I actually think it's very unlikely that your problems with your feet when running are related to your diabetes, or you would get the same numbness at other times too, but it's worth checking out. The other thing to remember is that exercise can make your blood sugar levels hard to predict, but what you most don't want to do is go low while you're running, so always carry emergency carbs such as jelly babies; and before you start it might be best to have your levels a bit high. Remember, though, that your body's response to exercise is quixotic: it will have an emergency response and flood your system with cortisol, which means, counter-intuitively, your blood sugar level will increase temporarily. As you go on, of course, the levels are likely to go down. If you're exercising a lot all this will be a bit hit and miss. Don't get overstressed by high readings - it's all a balancing act. The exercise will help in general, and your weight will come down if you eat sensibly. All the best.

I need your help

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 14:41

Echoing all the other advice, I would add that most running clubs would be extremely pleased to hear from you and would love to have you turn up at some training events. Most would, as well, allow you to turn up and try them out for yourself to see if it's what you want before you plumped for joining, and they wouldn't care how fast or slow you are - running is not the same as it was 30 or 40 years ago, when I started: now a lot more people run, which means there's a far greater range of abilities, and clubs have learned to deal with it. If you felt shy about turning up, I'm sure your dad would be pleased to take you. Do any of your school friends go training with clubs? If so, you could arrange to be at a session with one of your friends. The other person to talk to is your PE teacher or teachers - they might be able to give you some advice.

Beyond all that, running is supposed to be fun. You obviously find it to be so, given that you think about it a lot and want to be out there doing it. Don't obsess on being the best, necessarily, but on steady improvement and maintaining your enjoyment. Don't do anything - like training too hard or stressing about it - that will harm your enjoyment and stop you doing it. You're very young yet, so you have plenty of time to get better. Good luck.

Talkback: 48 runners disqualified from 10K for wearing headphones

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 11:07

And to put it yet another way, the very good intent of getting people to run does not trump the very great need for health and safety rules.

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