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What is the one thing above all you think / worry about in relation to running?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 11:02

Can I finish this run without needing a poo?

Electrolytes for Marathon?

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 14:15

I'd also add trying to rehearse using gels/drinks at race intensity if possible, because the demands placed on the gastrointestinal system are greater when running at higher intensity.  To put it another way, you might only get a stitch from taking something that disagrees with you, when you're running hard.  A warm-up half marathon or 20 mile race is a good time for a proper dress rehearsal.

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Posted: 02/08/2016 at 11:10

Alan - 16:15 isn't a bad marker for the next race, but obviously frustrating not to execute pacing as you'd planned. Definitely something that comes with track experience as I tend to look at 200/400/800 splits, then switch off and can run pretty even after that.  Having groups to run with can be useful, but in my experience so many people are rubbish at pacing themselves, it often feels easier to do some front running if you're in a good rhythm.

LS21/TT - Best of luck with the rest of the Berlin build-up. I'm half tempted to fly out just to get pissed with you both!

I was up in Newcastle/North Shields/Tynemouth at the weekend for wedding shenanigans, and managed to fit in a couple of very pleasant 14 & 10 mile runs. Sunday's run brought up a fairly modest 169 miles for the month (plus 236 cycling miles), which was affected by a complete week off due to cold. It was a good month for weddings though!

I've just volunteered for more marathon pacing duties.  The Richmond Running Festival on 18th September includes a marathon for the first time, and I'm the official sub-3 pacer.    MsP's gonna use it as training for her 50k world champs seven weeks later. Anyone else up for it?

parkrun challenge!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 14:49

Dulwich isn't my official "home" parkrun but is the one I've done most often, and my PB course. It won't surprise you that the others I've done are all slower courses, particularly Hilly Fields (the clue's in the name) - especially Christmas Day on a massive hangover. 

Just reading your reviews so far, Southwark is also on my to-do list.  And there's a definite possibility I'd be along for Peckham Rye. That's flat but a bit more twisty than Dulwich.  

parkrun challenge!

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 13:13

I'm not a regular as such but I suppose there's an outside chance we might meet at Dulwich Park, Brockwell Park, Avery Hill (Greenwich), Hilly Fields, or Norman Park (Bromley). I think that covers all the ones I've done.  Peckham Rye, Burgess Park and Danson Park (Bexley) all close by on my to-do list. If you want to know anything about any of them let me know.  Good luck!

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Posted: 25/07/2016 at 11:18

*slightly camp wave in the style of a TV ad I remember from a few years back...*  Hi Sue!!    Best of luck getting back to it. I find a long lay off can actually be quite good for the motivation mojo, as you get to see some quick improvements in fitness with the return of consistency.

I've been a bit quiet lately as my cold refused to properly disappear, so last week saw a few running miles but included two canned track sessions (I didn't even get as far as the track on the second occasion) but it's definitely all cleared up now and I managed to get a mega-endurance weekend in which was great fun, so hopefully I can crack on this week to limit fitness loss.  Saturday was a warm, sunny 17.5 mile run including lots of off-road.  MsP was feeling particularly sprightly and I genuinely struggled to keep up with her on an uphill surge towards the end.  

Then yesterday we rode our bikes to the seaside.    We did a few sections of the Pilgrim's Way and rode past a number of very pretty Kentish villages and oast houses on the way to Whitstable, which was absolute mayhem.  I managed 92 miles altogether, so what with standing on the train all the way back, was pretty tired by the end of the day.  Massive curry and a couple of Cobras went down a treat.

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Posted: 19/07/2016 at 11:18

CD - Congrats on the V50 non-bling rubbery goodness.

Alan - Excellent training. Any targets for the 5,000?

TT - What size tyres are you running on the road bike? Having recently changed from 23c to 25c on my Summer bike, and running 32c on my tourer, I can safely say this is one of the biggest differences you can make to comfort.  Might be worth considering larger tyres if you've got the clearance. Good quality tyres are worth the extra spend as well.  And good luck for the Ballbuster, I hope you have less discomfort than me trying to work out the optimum cold-weather clothing strategy!

Yesterday I went for my first run in seven days after getting over a cold. On the bright side, my legs felt very strong, but I'm not sure I've got enough mojo for another 3,000m race at the weekend.  Besides in this weather I feel more inclined to get on the bike for some pre-tour conditioning, rather than blasting running sessions. Will probably endure this evening's 5 x 1200 session (must remember to take a water bottle) and have a more chilled ride tomorrow afternoon/evening.

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Posted: 12/07/2016 at 20:20
Little M.iss Happy wrote (see)

You could always change your donation date PP?


Ah, it's only a race. I booked the donation about three months ago.

Jimbob - Good effort, love the specs!

I've been cheering myself up through the cold by progressing with bike tour plans.  So far we've booked return flights to Vancouver, (most) transport/accommodation through Seattle and Portland, accommodation in San Francisco, and overnight sleeper train back to Seattle. I've even planned a bike/brewery tour in Portland before the cycling begins in earnest. So it's just a small matter of sticking to schedule for 750 miles from the N. Oregon coast to San Francisco, or we'll never get home again.  That would be a shame.  

How accurate are Heart rate monitors?

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 14:08
cougie wrote (see)
bob on[...]  bobbins.

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Posted: 12/07/2016 at 10:31

Padams - Looks like a decent 800m debut, and based on my experience of 200m reps, the sprint wasn't too shabby either! The last time I threw a javelin I was about 11, and petrified of stabbing myself in the ear.

Massive "d'oh!" here... for some weird reason, my previous Google search for BMC fixtures brought up the race schedule for 2005 (same calendar days as 2016 just to confuse me even more), hence my confusion over dates and venues.  Anyway, the long and short of it is, my only sensible option for another 3,000m race is the Herne Hill open at Tooting on 23rd July, but that's one day after I'm giving blood.  Hmmm... could be an interesting experiment!  Big lump of steak on Friday night maybe?

(Sorry, Watford's far too remote for a school night!)


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