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Good For Age Entry - London

Posted: Today 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".

Best way to progress and not get injured

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 14:31

I would add that tendons and ligaments (like the Achilles, and in your feet) need time to strengthen up too, not just heart, lungs and muscles. These take longer because they don't have such a rich blood supply as muscles do (why would they, they are not energy burners and that's why they also take longer to heal). So stick to guidelines and good advice like Cougie's and Puffy's and don't overdo it just because your muscles, lungs and heart improve quickly at the beginning.

DS Trainer 20 lining falling apart at the heel.

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 14:25

I have 400 km on version 19 without that problem. Could be heel slop that is causing it. You could try creating a loop through the second top hole shown to teh right of your picture, and tie the lace through the loop - a recognized way to cut out heel slackness. I'd in principle expect say 500 mi but i don't know about your particular shoe and it depends also on gait.

Half marathon - should I change my diet?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 10:59

At the first approximation, no, you don't need to change what you eat to train for and complete a half-marathon. But it's good to have a healthy lifestyle, and getting down to a racing weight might make you faster. Running is basically about running, in the sense that you can't eat your way to being a good runner, but a good runner might be able to do a little better with good food and lifestyle.

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