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Training tips needed for full time working mum!

Posted: Yesterday at 15:26

Couple of ithoughts:

  • get a Bob stroller or similar and take the barn with you, at least for the high percentage of easy running that is part of a mara programme
  • Don't be tempted to do all your training at high intensity just because you're short of time.
  • If you want to do any interval work at all for a mara (not a given) then maybe do that on the treadmill session.
  • Get yourself a training programme
  • Negotiate with the SO for the weekend long run - especially if you have to train for a mara. Why should you feel you're the default carer at the weekend?

Best shoes for hammer toes?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 14:51

Not that I necessarily endorse them but CorrectToes has a shoelist that have a big enough toe box to accommodate their spacers, which might be useful for you.

Stops on runs

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 09:08

You need to do long runs in one piece really, to develop the mental toughness to just keep going. Having said that, there's no need to be superstitious about it, and sometimes breaking it into chunks helps you get round if you really need to get the distance under your belt.

I'm still feeling a bit weak after a cold a fortnight ago, but I really needed a three hour run for confidence purposes. June was the last 30 km/3 hr. So I ran 7 km while waiting for the GF to get ready, picked her up at home and ran 5 km together. Dropped her at home and went out again, taking it easy up to 3 hrs/28 km total. At that point I was home and had a bit of a drink and half an energy bar. Then I thought I might as well run the extra 2 km to make it 30.

A long run is still a long run even if it has short mental or even actual breaks. So long as you keep the breaks short enough so that there is no real recovery it can help you complete the goal.


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:16

You need to Listen to Vicki from People Like Us e.g.

The idea is that if you listen to her show of earworms for an hour they might all cancel each other out and you will be free forever.

What counts as a running obsession?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:24

If anything it'd be a compulsion rather than an obsession, according to the definitions on Note that this is a scale to assess the severity of symptoms in someone who is ALREADY diagnosed as OCD. it is NOT a scale to diagnose OCD.

Working on that interpretation that at worst I have a compulsion, I score 3 which is low.

Running with a cold

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:22

In the chest? Have a rest.Neck and up? Giddy up!

.. is my usual summary, but having been in this situation in the last two weeks I'd also go easy on the giddy-up bit in the recovery period: if you don't feel like it, don't push yourself too early. It can take a few days to get over everything. If you know your normal resting heart rate, at least wait until that has returned to normal.

Thinking of investing in an iPod shuffle for the rainy runs ahead

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:18

I prefer an old Nano to a Shuffle too. I'm not familiar with the Shuffle user interface but I believe the Nano makes it a lot easier to choose what to listen to: I tend to have several audio books on the go, and some days a bit of exciting fiction is the thing, whereas other days on a long easy run I like to listen to somethig factual. I think it is easier to make choices on the fly with a visible interface on the Nano. Correct me if I'm wrong.

The correct Marathon taper?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 11:15

I take observational studies with a pinch of salt because they are not studies where alternative tapres are compared and contrasted in controlled conditions. Their "conclusions" more properly would be called a summary of what they saw.

Derbyshire Running

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:59

Try the WalkJogRun app. It helps you discover routes people have saved in your area.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 17:02

Try tripadvisor or and preferably use the flipkey service to assure honesty. I have been twice and one time we lost some money by the person making a booking falling for a con by going to direct email.

Personally I did well with travelling in on the Friday to give plenty of time to look round, see the expo, etc. Both times the Boylston and Boston Common area was very handy.

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