Latest posts by SteveCRunner

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Soft tissue calcification

Posted: Yesterday at 14:14

If you can tolerate a lot of medical expressions you could take a look at this handbook for radiologists that has pictures of calcification. The next step is then to work out what it means for running.

Default / Go-to Training Plan.....

Posted: Yesterday at 12:39

You need to google maintenance training. There's a nice article on maintenance training in runner's world USA. That is what I ought to do, but in practice I tend to stick with repeats of around week 8 or so of the last marathon programme I did. Pretty much what you said, except maybe you could have less quantity and keep the intensity.

Triathlon Sunblock

Posted: Yesterday at 11:33

Whitestuff - don't be misled by the name: P20 defaults to factor 20 but last time I looked there are other P20 variants, including a factor 30.

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: Yesterday at 11:31

Meghan Hicks has posted an excellent and highly detailed review of the UD Fastpack 20L on irunfar. Yes, as you suspected, FpG, she complains of too much swaying when running with over about 15 lb of kit so in the comments she says she wouldn't use it for MdS. Food for thought.

I know exactly what she means in the bit about setting the lower chest strap so that it is just under her ribcage. This is also how I have to set the UD PB 12L. I prefer this bag for stowage but prefer the Salomon s-lab 12L for comfort (dayrunning).

Breathing Technique

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 15:04

If you also want rates then I can tell you roughly how it fits in with my stride rate, which is around 200 spm, and RW's heartrate zones

  • Recovery: as easy, even as low as 5/5
  • Easy: 4 footfalls one breath in, 4 footfalls one breath out
  • Steady: 3/3
  • Threshold/tempo 2.5/2.5 to 2/2
  • Intervals 2/2

It just works out like that for me. I have a bit of a compulsive metronome in my head, due partly to swimming, as remarked above, plus being a singer needing to count beats accurately. The upside is that I can judge the effort if I forget my HRM strap.


What are those 2 brand of trainers that have stupdily cushioned soles?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 13:07

Take a look at Skechers Gorun 3 and Hoka One One Clifton - this is back towards the middle ground a bit.

And after the to keep fitness?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 12:39

If you feel lost without a plan, then always have a calendar filled in that tells you what you are supposed to be doing that week! Here are some other suggestions:

  • Follow a maintenance plan from Hal Higdon's site or similar
  • Find a local parkrun and keep fit for 5 kms on weekends
  • Log your runs on a place that shows your calendar monthly year by year, and don't let any month get worse than the year before
  • Set a cumulative yearly goal and use a log site that shows how you are matching up to that goal
  • Reward yourself when shoes reach certain mileages (which entails logging their mileage)
  • Use a social logging site like Strava and compete virtually with people who run the same stretches as you - work up the league table for each segment
  • Sign up for events dotted through the calendar even if that means travelling
  • Plan a holiday that requires fitness which you then need to work towards, e.g., hiking, running


Feels as though I'm falling to bits!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 13:36

Do you mean you've been for about a dozen runs in the last 5 weeks and you have a lot of different aches and pains? I would expect you'd get over the initial aches after an unaccustomed activity by now. If this is so, maybe you could be more specific? If this is not so, then I suggest you need say a couple of weeks of running say three times a week before you get over the initial muscle complaints.

BTW, I'm 57yo/58 kg and have been running many years but still get aches and pains if I do something not part of the regular routine, like side-squats or sit-ups. Everyone is the same, but it's persistence after a couple of weeks that could be a problem sign.

Garmin Connect / Strava

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 13:19

You don't need to bother doing it manually with the gpx file: copying to Strava has been added as a recent feature, see As regards your question, it's a question of how to interpolate between logged points, discard false data, etc. There is some blurb here explaining this.

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:03

i hope to see a UD in Edinburgh Run and Become shortly if they have one in, otherwise I'm looking at an OMM or Inov8.

I take your point about a waist belt but the UD Fastpack 20L most definitely is aimed at runners. The PB 12l for runners sits so well relatively high up without a waistbelt, even when fully stuffed, that perhaps they are trying to extend their market.

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