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first half marathon lots of people passing out, is that normal??

Posted: Today at 07:31

I'd guess that most of these runners were actually very inexperienced as regards races.

Its the mind set. To push yourself to the point of feeling like death and even believing that it is something that must be done, isn't how (many) experienced runners think.

We tend to think that there's always another day, another race, it doesn't matter that much.

Ok, you don't get 101% out of yourself that way. But at least it proves to your loved ones that you're prepared to be sensible.

carry on camping

Posted: Today at 07:23

Unwanted attention! Can't say I've had much of that myself. 

Until my missus made a mistake, the only female attention I got were from relatives, or had four legs.

carry on camping

Posted: Yesterday at 19:10

To quote Woody Allen when asked if sex was dirty?, "It is if you do it right".

Of course its confusing. You can have a young girl dressed to kill walking about feeling let down if great looking lads ignore her and spiting fire if old guys dare look in her direction.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 17:53

That's the ironic thing about stretching. Most of us only do it when injured, which is probably the last thing an injured structure wants.

I believe that some authorities regard stretching to excess actually weakens muscle fibres. Not sure about that. What I notice about myself during a XC on an awkward course, is I have way too much mobility. All over the place. Slows me right down.

On a MT course I only have to hit the hard stuff and its 'see ya'.


Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 07:58

PMJ, is right Samir.

My fastest HM was 73:43 and came from a 5:45 first mile. Final mile was a 5:30. All I could manage at the time for a 5k was 16:27 on the track; and that nearly killed me, so you do have the potential for a faster HM.

As an aside to that HM pb of mine. I'd never broken 76 minutes for the distance officially up to that point. I've only broken it once since, so this was a peak performance. And I was upset when I finished.

That's the knowing that all hope had gone. The hope that I could go faster. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 21:19

Gerry North (won the National XC) maintained that it was leg speed above all else that mattered. Sort out the cadence first and then increase the stride length by strength training.

Have been having a read up about muscle physiology, mainly about why having a low blood calcium level makes me run so crap. 

Seems that when muscles reach their greatest length, its also when they are at their weakest. So there's one reason to increase range of movement, but also to put that range of movement to the test. 

It could be that speed training does more than increase fitness. It may be necessary to run at speed simply to get to parts of muscles that slower paces cannot.

As for my blood calcium levels. Technically its too low. Sometimes low enough to get cramp. I increase it by chomping a couple of thousand grms of supplements each day. On Saturday I tried a weights exercise 75 minutes after 1000grm plus a vitD. Surprising result.

With the leg extension exercise that I sometimes do, I get to 30 reps and I'm tying up. 60 was about the limit before I get stopped.

This time I got to 30 reps, nothing! 60 reps, nothing. Went to 100 and stopped out of choice. I do one leg at a time. 100 with the other leg too. 

On Sunday I went running and it wasn't a strain. Could be on to something, hopefully.


Junior x country spikes - how hard to find??

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 18:19

Smaller sizes are very difficult to get hold of, unless they are football boots.


carry on camping

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 16:43

Personality seems to be overlooked in many cases. As a youth I'd hear old guys pouring scorn on how some fellow with Sid James looks, got lots of girls.

They'd say something like, "Must have a big dick on him".

Puzzled how this fact was somehow made public. I mean, how?

Yes, in Tesco's, 'ere luv, cop hold of this' .

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 16:29

Scott, you keep saying you're not running and haven't been, yet keep saying what training you've been doing as in 50 miles a week and sessions and races.

Which is it? or are there two Scott's out there?

carry on camping

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 08:50
Faithsdaddy wrote (see)

OK, being serious now;

Stuff like people being tethered to their devices whenever I go to coffee shops.  It's awful to see.  How about being present with the people you are actually with.

Materialism.  I could really go on about that.  

Attitudes to debt.  We live with it, but all debt is bad.

Religion.  For every penny of good, it causes a tenner of harm.

Perhaps a better way of 'connecting' with the opposite sex (or not, if that's your bag) would be to have an honest and open discussion (good luck with that British people), which would quickly reveal if you're on the same page.  I find people are not open.  They hide who they are.  They fear honest connection.


The 'postman' has certainly delivered on this one from the point of observations.

As a society we've always been part of, or a victim of our environment. Its how we fit in. Also that there's bound to be a percentage of the population that follows trends regardless. 

Personally speaking I calculate that about 95% of the people do what everyone else is doing. The rest of us resist the mass media 'brainwash'.


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