R P 7

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Running disaster

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:57

These 'Toughen up' comments simply miss the point completely. 

I think the reason for the increasingly dark mood is basically probably closer to perfectionism.  If you hold yourself to a high standard (setup by having trained with the pace group, although there's nothing wrong with this), then i expect the mentality is: "everything is as i expected why can't i do this?,..., i don't believe i can't keep up with the group after all i trained with them...etc", negative self doubt stylee.  Basically if you are an all-or-none, glass-half empty person like myself you will hate the fact that you stopped at all, then as the pace group drifted away the possibility of a perfect race died.  Having been in an identical situation, i have to say part of this is down to the fact that the pace makers often have to run faster than actual pace (like at VLM where the 2 pace maker groups from different starts finish miles apart and both ahead of target).

I once collected 6 yrs (i think) of rejections to qualify for a ballot place at VLM.  Then on the day they put me at the club start (not red start mass) and the atmosphere was poisonous with all those bald 40-something club runners all intruding my ps.  10 miles in i just got really bored, and bailed.  Nothing to do with my fitness or psychology, its just a rubbish event for me.  Go shorter, faster, you can do distance in your 70s.

Has anyone here suffered from Plantar Faciitis?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:51

I had PF ages ago and was off for roughly the same time due to it (but then continued to be injured for other reasons).  My methods for getting rid of PF were:

1. Rolling a bottle of frozen water (lucozade or coke 500ml bottle, so the elevated part gets right in under the arch,mmmm).  This was really easy and felt so good, provides at least short term relief.

2. Religious PF stretches for the whole of the lower leg.  I was off work for a while at the time, and so in the day i basically did this 10 min stretching routine at the top of every hour.  Also as soon as you get out of bed, when it is most likely to hurt.

3.  walk barefoot over sharp stones on the driveway (not gravel, but bigger and sharper).  Oddly enough this put the nail in PFs coffin after only a few minutes, maybe it won't work for everyone but its worth a try.


And don't forget to exercise the rest of you in the mean time.


Posted: 11/01/2013 at 14:35

bump (sorry)

The interwebs tell me that:

1. Long slow runs reduce testosterone

2. Short fast runs increase testosterone

I believe both, but is there any evidence/research/pponline citing pace rather than mileage in terms of a tipping point?

VFF's love em or not

Posted: 01/02/2011 at 19:22

I stand corrected.  Just checked

here and here  mine have a slightly shiny strap and silky upper surface, and i think the strap should be a different colour. (otherwise the counterfeiters have done a convincing job).  Bummer.

VFF's love em or not

Posted: 01/02/2011 at 19:04

Yeah it crossed my mind but until i see some genuine ones i dunno.  The materials seem pretty durable, but again without me testing em out i can't tell.

 One other thing i don't understand with VFF: why would separate toe boxes emulate barefoot running more than say plimsols?  Or Nike Free?

VFF's love em or not

Posted: 01/02/2011 at 13:14
Nah there's a seller on ebay doing them for about that but they're from HK, and i can't be bothered to post them back there.  I imagine some fake VFFs would look pretty bad lol.

VFF's love em or not

Posted: 01/02/2011 at 13:01

Just got my Black./grey KSOs in the post this morning and they're a tad too small for my "irregular" foot.  Male size 41, £40 inc UK postage, anyone a buyer? 

New, boxed bargain.

Vibram five fingers size

Posted: 23/01/2011 at 14:25


I normally take UK size 10s, or 9.5 is my best fit.  But the charts says i need a EUR 41 which is equivalent to a UK 7!  Quel strange.

The Orion 15

Posted: 22/01/2011 at 01:52
ORB do you still have places open?

Two2go Lea Valley Trail Marathon

Posted: 22/07/2010 at 08:54
Yeah looks like more of an orienteering thing.  Just signed up to this one, no idea if i'll make it.
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