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Ladies backpack

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 16:33

Ooh yeah, I forgot about the Decathlon ones - dead cheap compared with the fancy brand names and I know several people who use them and really rate them. They have a lot of chest support which seems to suit the bigger boobed female runners quite well...

Ladies backpack

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 15:42

I now have a Nathan Vaporshape with a 2L bladder which is great but a bit bulky - gives me a very sweaty back! Also have an Ultimate Direction AK2.0 which I love - have to go back on my previous statement as it's not a women's one but it fits me brilliantly. It came with front bottles but I didn't like them so I binned them and use it with a bladder, which leaves the front bottle pockets free for food and gloves/buff etc. It's very small and light and cool for summer running.

The UD Jenny vest is a popular women's one. Also Nathan, Salomon, Raidlight, Inov8, all do great packs. Can't say what will fit you best though, really do have to just try them out. Borrow from friends if you can, save expensive purchases that aren't suitable... 

New trainers time, Neutral runner with good cushioning, any recommendations.

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:16
I also didn't like the Ghosts, and I tried the 4s and 5s. Soles too firm, not enough flex in them for my liking. But I know that's why some people really get on with them...

New trainers time, Neutral runner with good cushioning, any recommendations.

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 18:22
IMO Skechers Tubes are not proper running shoes. They're very squishy and unsupportive. You say you're a heavy runner? Unless you have perfect biomechanics and gait your ankles could be put under a lot of pressure running in these shoes....

Compression Socks or Calf Support

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 21:24
I would definitely say, so did you! I first developed shinsplints eight years after taking up running and four years after running my first marathon. Not quite a beginner. I do mostly ultras now, and I don't wear calf guards all the time while running, just during races and on particularly long or tough training runs. Because if I don't, I know from experience that my shins will be niggling the next day. So I think I'll stick with my assertion that they definitely help with my shinsplints.

Losing a little bit of weight and marathon training

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 18:40

Drink a lot of black coffee. Caffeine really does help control appetite


Foam roller, stretching etc. vs more running

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 18:37

I love my foam roller and wouldn't be without it. That and my tennis ball/golf ball for targeting calves, soles and piriformis. Generally use them every couple of days for 10 mins at a time but every few weeks I have a monster session and spend a couple of hours with them ironing out all my tight bits and niggles.

I didn't notice but my boyfriend pointed out to me that each time I have beat him in a race or set a new PB, it's always been within a few days of one of these long sessions. Easing off all my tight bits seems to make me run much faster!

Compression Socks or Calf Support

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 18:27

I didn't say you were all wrong.

I also didn't say calf guards definitely help keep shinsplints under control.

Please don't misquote me.

I said they definitely help keep MY shinsplints under control, which they do.

Compression Socks or Calf Support

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 11:21

Calf guards definitely help to keep my shinsplints under control. It's not just the calf muscle they compress, but the whole lower leg. Compression socks do the same thing, it just depends which you prefer. I like wearing toe socks, so go for calf guards. Which used to be Aldi compression socks with the feet cut off (cheapskate option!) until Santa brought me a pair of Compressport calf guards which are definitely far superior, if an absolute bugger to take off when wet, muddy and knackered...

310xt or something newer, Tomtom, Nike?

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 11:14

I know of a few seriously competitive - as in sponsored athletes who are running internationally - ultra peeps who still use the 310xt. Also know of a few who are still using the old 305. If it's good enough for them....

The newer version of the 310xt is the 910xt. Main difference (I think!) is that you can get software updates for it online which I don't think you can get for the 310. But I may be wrong on this!

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