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Where do you think genetics come into it?

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 11:23

Thanks for the informative post, Zouse. This is also covered in the book with a somewhat misleading title "The Sports Gene" by David Epstein. IIRC there is some discussion of the separate aspects of high trainability vs high VO2 max. When both of these occur in the same person there is the potential to reach elite levels.

Which trainers?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 08:01

If you are looking at Salomons your could try one of their superseded road-to-trail shoes. You should get a good price on Sense Mantra 2 or Sense Mantra 3. I've clocked up nearly 1500 km on 2s on a mixture of road and trail. So long as there's no mud to clog up the shallow tread, such hybrids could work well.

Good For Age Entry - London

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 07:40

There are a limited number of entries but you have to go with a tour company that has places allocated, I believe, Cougie. Next year's prices are not announced yet, but a trip to the Royal Parks half, which might be comparable, would cost me about £890 all in. I guess I'm spoilt by Boston, where I simply need to be quick enough and I get in and arrange a (better value) trip by myself.

Good For Age Entry - London

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 10:58

Bummer that GFA is open to UK residents only.

Manchester Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:48
Ian5 wrote (see)

£35 entry for next year by way of apology.That's good enough for me to enter again and give them another try.

I got the same email from Extra Mile. I'm now officially traumatized that I have been even a small part in that the organizers are affected: "We are devastated as event organisers ..."

Talkback: Exercise trumps diet in weight management for all ages

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 14:43

The survey does not show direction of causality (or whether another factor is influencing both) only that lower BMI is associated with higher exercise. Therefore the paper cited in the last two paragraphs is not necessarily in disagreement.

Manchester Marathon 2016

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 09:17

Name                      PB             Target  

JJ8                         4:57:14      4:29:59 
AWC.                     3:30:18.     3:10:00
Northender              3:44:21      3:23
IkleBasielButn         4:09:57      3:59:59
orapidrun                3:45:00      sub3:35
Tom13                    1st Mara    sub2:45
Sean R5                 3:08:14      3:14:59
J Swizzle                2:54:50      2:47
SteveCRunner         3:20:54      3:25:00

My pb was set in the net downhill in Boston last year so I'd be amazed if I get very close to it. Did a longish run yesterday of 1 hr easy, 1 hr MP. No excuses not to try for 3:25. Hope everyone else is feeling good and commiserations for those who have had to drop out.

Auto lap or not

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 08:33

Clicking a lap button manually has no effect whatsoever on GPS distance accuracy or the ability of your Garmin to measure a km. However, if the Garmin has lost signal or something in that lap, pressing the button will for a couple of seconds give you an accurate time between the last two markers. If you have a scheduled pace then that could help you. If you have a watch that will display last lap in a data-field then you can check that at your leisure.

On balance I'd prefer to leave auto-lap on so that I have something to look at every lap, but at the same time I make a mental note as to whether I'm getting out of sync with the markers. But if you don't have a schedule why bother. A recent article in RW based on research argued that you shouldn't let things like this take away from the attention you pay to things like staying relaxed, thinking of form and technique.

Max Heart Rate

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:46

PS a shorter version with some explanation is found here


Max Heart Rate

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:40

You most likely had some interference, bad contact or low battery glitch, but it is possible you indeed have a high max (like a starling or vole - mine is 191 at age 58). 5% or so of women your age will have a max over 190 so you could be in a small fraction.

If you don't want to or can't do a maximum test that you can find a protocol for on the net, you can estimate it from when you begin to get out of breath using the "Foster test".

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