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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.

Help/advice needed for new running tecnique

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:20

Yeah, start with a minute or max 1 km per session and build slowly. IMO a lot of the benefit comes from shortening the stride to get a higher turnover so that the heel is not so far out in front each step. There's no clear evidence of reduced injury rate for FF or that it is better. But if you already have problems attributed to heelstriking eg knee, then it might be worth shifting part of the load somewhere else eg calf and achilles.

High5 energy gels

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:04

I use them now to the exclusion of everything else. They slip down a treat and, unlike Gu, they don't get too stiff in cold weather. I tend to carry one for every half-hour in a marathon so that I am not dependent on (sometimes chaotic) drink stations. But if I do get a sports drink it's a nice top-up to about the 250 cal per hour I can handle.

Race Ultra 290

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 12:17

I asked the same question at and don't have an answer yet. In the meantime, I have instead Salomon Fellraisers and North Face Trail Ultras for slightly different use-cases

Moving from heel to toe

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:31

Nose Nowt: in addition to what Mentalist says I'd mention a couple of things. Firstly, the data about meaningful biomechanical differences is a bit weak - see this meta analysis, for example. Secondly, the evidence that the biomechanical changes reduce injury was and is not really there. It's a bit early to say that the jury has pronounced on this, but according to press and specialists reporting research, it is not looking specially convincing. Finally, as already mentioned, there is the performance issue. Lighter shoes certainly give you more speed, all other things being equal, but that's quite a proviso.

Advice for newbie commuter

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:57

Normally I wouldn't specially recommend them for a long time, but how about some Goretex shoes, maybe coupled with some shortie gaiters if there's a lot of wet long grass. IME over a lot of trips the goretex membrane will keep your feet dry for a few hundred k but eventually it starts leaking where the upper creases, long before the shoe wears out.

Looking on a single trip basis, it becomes a toss-up whether the membrane keeps more sweat in than it keeps water out, but given the length of the trip you propose, it could be worth it. I'd change into something else at work and let them air-dry somewhere, possibly with a boot dryer if you will do this even on rainy days.

MARCO HR/Pace Calculator

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:48

The question is: if you run a half at flat heart rate, does you pace stay flat, with an equal or slightly negative split? For me there is a slight fade, which I offset with say a couple of % either side of 88 % in thirds, IIRC. I don't often run a half, but here's my half pb from 2011 with a trending up, mini-marco HR. I could have been too generous here, since I seemed to have quite a bit left for the last 3 km

Edit: here's a better one from last year where I aimed at 87, 89 and 91% for a trail half.

MARCO HR/Pace Calculator

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:31

OK but IIRC it is set up just for marathons so you have a smaller offset in % for halves ie nearer flat.

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