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Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 07:48

I was happy to get in another 30 km on Sunday, last hour at MP. I had my renewed passport back from the authorities in little more than a week - was very impressed with the service.

Anyone going to Bergen or the Faroes?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 13:24

No, but I can give you general advice about Norway if you need any.

Shoes for duck like feet

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:59

Ever tried Altras? Coach Jeff (podcaster in Australia) always claims to have duck feet and swears by them because they give him the toe room he wants. On the down side, they are zero drop, which may require adaptation time for you.

Which Garmin

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 14:05

I'm using a 220 as a temporary replacement for a 310XT with a broken strap. Overall, I like the 220 for its fast lock, bluetooth sync, and watch features. I miss the 310XT's breadcrumb trail, data field for HRmax%, four fields on one screen. I have never missed the wi-fi upload offered by the 620 as I always have a phone around in bluetooth partnership with the 200, which loads up the latest outing as I come in the door. I have yet to investigate whether either will support downloading and following a course planned in advance.

80/20 Running by Matt Fitzgerald

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 13:15

It's a good book, though a bit vague on whether it's time or distance at 80/20. I have it on ipad. At least it makes a serious attempt to sum up some research (e.g. by Steven Seiler) rather than just pontificate. I like the style of training one ends up with. As it happens, the marathon heart rate plan, intermediate level, built into Garmin Connect, fits well with this method. I keep an eye on heart rate percentages I have run, with the help of Strava and Fetch.

Appropriate shoes for supination or underpronator

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 14:42

I go with Gideon and Craig et al. The book "Tread Lightly" goes into this. Shin splints could indicate you are overstriding (a common bias) ie your heel is too far forward of your centre of balance on landing, so when your heel slams into the ground there is a lot of leverage around your heel trying to make your forefoot slam down, which the front of the shin resists in a classic "eccentric" contraction (muscle is in contraction while it is forced to lengthen) that causes muscle pain later. If you think this is the case, try to shorten your stride a bit, within the parameters of what still feels fairly natural.

There is a danger with both a minimal or maximal shoe if this describes you: the former could possibly make the strike even more painful whereas the latter could let you continue with bad form. The back pain could also be to do with this - leaning forward rather than keeping straight and leaning at the ankle. Of course, this is all speculation since I haven't seen you run!

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 14:26

Hmm 2/5 for me and 3/7 for the missus.

Had a great 33 km/3:03 on Sunday. The plan calls for another 3 hr this Sunday, and the weather here in Southern Norway is unseasonably springlike - much better than the UK seems to be having

Changing my predicted finishing time

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 09:40

The most common mistake when trying to get a good time is to start too fast and then get a bad positive split. I quite often stand with a 3:45 group when I expect to get about 3:20 to 3:25 for example. Admittedly this is a bit frustrating at the start, but just relax and let a bit of space develop for a k or two. Then start to reel everyone in from half to two thirds in. It's very satisfying and lets you get close to an ideal flat effort/pace. If you ask me, it's a blessing in disguise.

do structured trail running shoes exist?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 09:32

There is no medical evidence anyway that "structure" in the sense of somehow trying to prevent overpronation suceeds. Trail-running shoes, even accepting this motion-control hypothesis for the sake of argument, don't make sense because the foot and ankle angle is anyway forced by the constantly changing terrain on which the foot lands: your foot and ankle are going to bend this way and that regardless. There are of course trail-running shoes with more or less cushioning, viz the counterswing to maximalist shoes such as Hokas vs the minimalist trail shoes such as Altra.

Handheld GPS (not watch) for new trails and exploration

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 09:23

I take your point, having snowshoed in the tail end of that storm at the beginning of February

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Handheld GPS (not watch) for new trails and exploration

Please recommend models 
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App to discover routes or runs

Is there an app to help discover places to run in unfamiliar areas? 
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Weekly mileage expressed in stone

The settings page has munged peoples' settings for weekly mileage 
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Boston marathon

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Appropriate negative splits for races

Any suggestion (%) for half and full marathon? 
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Skirt or skort

Webshops, personal experiences? 
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Stockholm half-marathon 2010

21.1 km in one of Scandnavia's beautiful capitals 
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Recipe for Keith Floyd

Suggest one to honour him 
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Distance-measure gets out of sync in race

What to do if GPS/footpod shows srong distance during race? 
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Times on offroad maras vs "normal"

How much longer does it take? 
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Back light times on GPS units and runner's watches

How long does your GPS back light last when permanently on? 
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I can't help it, dear, it's in my genes

Humans may be adapted for distance running 
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How much we have changed

Do you recognise this portrait of an athletic nation? 
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