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Posted: 28/01/2016 at 13:58

To be honest, if I had a job that cut out even half-an-hour of my own spare time, for four days a week, I would have to urgently reconsider my "work-life balance". If you want a laugh, try the e-book "A year of living Danishly" which goes into this extensively. If it is a long commute, you could try finishing short of your destination or starting part-way along and running a piece.

1st ultra / ultra training advice from the experts

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 13:44

Yes RR, so is the fairly recent Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning.

24 hour run advice please

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 08:28

I looked this up in the fairly famous ultra book (in a small world) "Relentless Forward Progress" by Bryon Powell, who is well known because of the website and his many video interviews on ultras. He claims a 100-mile program is appropriate. He gives two: one based around about 50-mile/week level, another for 70, although peak mileage may be a bit higher in spots. In general, the plans are more "lumpy" than shorter ultra plans, with a bit more emphasis on B2Bs, longer long runs, tune-up ultras like a 50k and 50 mile, less speed work and a general shift of mileage towards the weekends.

You can get the book as print or an e-book, or there are other 100-mile programmes on the net. If by running as a pair you mean you are sharing the 24-h between you then you could choose a shorter plan from the same or another source.

2016 in 2016

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 14:37

After a long run in snow at around +2C i have completed 219 km.

Last time I wrote about Marcus Aurelius. Well, now in 219 AD an emperor called Elagabalus was made Roman consul. He was assassinated at age 18. In between, he was apparently very eccentric, decadent and zealous. So much so that a historian wrote, to quote wikipedia: ""The name Elagabalus is branded in history above all others" because of his "unspeakably disgusting life.""

Sounds like Elagabalus had the ideal qualities for a trail runner. I can't find out what was so bad because "Elagabalus' vices were "too disgusting even to allude to them." Maybe he didn't wash his kit after every run.

Phone app for this ?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:15

Some GPS watches will auto-lap by location but not apps AFAIK. If you really really want an app I suggest you get one where the auto-lap can be set to a user-defined length (i.e., 400 m) and hope that it comes out correct. If you're basically just using it like a knitting counter it will be close enough to know when you are approaching the finish line.

If you press a manual stop as you cross the finish line you will know the time exactly. If you can accept GPS error for the purposes of training then just define a 5 km session in the app. I know some apps speak the auto-lap as that is one of the joys of road-racing in a crowd. It could be runkeeper or runmeter but someone will be along to correct me.

streak running... anyone done this?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:03

Poolcued, you asked about weekly training combined with a streak. I tend to be at some or other stage of a marathon programme. If there is a mainterance period say over xmas I repeat week 6 or 7. In the off-days I run 30 mins/5 km of recovery or easy, as appropriate. It averages out at 60 or 70 km a week, with typical sessions like interval, tempo, long run.

I really don't get bored with it as I know what to do every day. Previously, with say 2 rest days a week there was always the temptation to take a rest day If I didn't feel like it one day. Then I'd find I'd missed some key sessions and basically skived off. Now there is no decision to make. There is no real problem with boredom but it helps that I reserve audiobooks for running. Yesterday was John Scalzi's  Redshirts. People complain there's no time for reading these days, and that's a way of compensating

It took me a while to remember the reference, but Erica Roe's running streak has clearly kept her in good form even now


streak running... anyone done this?

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 08:44

Reviving an old thread. As a matter of interest, if you use Fetch it gives an analysis of consecutive running days or rest days on Nowadays, you can sync to Fetch without actually using it as your prime run-logging site (or vice-versa).

Even though I agree with Phil's balanced viewpoint I confess to being on streak day 386 today. My minimum requirement is half an hour or 5km, which I feel avoids the criticism of 1 mile being trivial. I don't think it's unnatural to do a bit every day, and in a way it's easier than deciding when to take a rest. I go for the 80-20 principle for easy-hard anyway, so it fits fairly well. Any other streakers out there?

2016 in 2016

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 08:28

I think I'll rejoin this because I achieved 2198 miles in 2015 and I am still on a streak so I hope to be able to complete this year too. Mentally I'm thinking 10 km per day to reach 3650 km but this depends on a lot of extra distance in a long running holiday in July, so I'm already behind.

I use Fetch to follow progress so if I set the target to the km equivalent of 2016 it's 3244. I guess I'm going to have to count up until the year gets to the future, then I'm going to have to count down

176 km completed so far. Yesterday's run was in -14C because I'm in Norway. In the year 176 AD, Roman armies were returning after a successful war against the Parthians - they who were good archers on horseback who could fire an arrow over a shoulder while retreating, called a parthian shot.) When the armies got back they brought with them a plague that lasted to about 180 AD, now believed to be smallpox or measles. It became known as the Antonine plague, after the family name of the emperor, Marcus Aurelius, who died of it in 180 AD.

3.15 marathon?

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 13:22
Let's assume the marathon course is 42,2 km and is one big circle. The diameter of that circle must then be 13433 meters. If you run 2 m outside that circle at all times then you will run a diameter of 13433+4 = 13437, giving a circumference (pi x d) of 42,213 km, or in other words you will run 13 meters more.

Interestingly (and maybe counterintuitively) the circumference of the bigger circle is simply the sum of the circumferences of the original circle plus the circumference of a circle with 2 m radius. (There's an old puzzle about tying a rope around the equator, adding a bit and saying how high off the ground it will be that depends on this counterintuitive feature.)

So you can simply add up how many circles of x meter radius you have run, i.e., add up the angles of all the bends and estimate x for how far out you are.

For instance, if there are 48 right-angle bends and you take the outside line by 2 m every time that is twelve 2-meter-radius circles or an estimate of 12 x 13 = 156 extra meters run (or a bit more exactly but less inuitively, 48 * pi = 150,8).

rodeoflip wrote (see)

Obviously I don't know exactly what effect sticking to a tighter line made...

Shoes for both OCR and road

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 08:25

I wouldn't rule out Speedcross - I have used them on granite trails, forest dirt roads, and connecting asphalt a lot. I got over a thousand k out of the last pair. The studs are OK for asphalt because they give a bit as you land, which gives some cushion but also I think reduces wear. (I had some Doc Martens once that lasted ages, with their springy rubber, whereas harder soles wear out quicker.) It helps if you can eliminate any scuffing style in your stride.

As regards Icebugs, I've had a studded pair of MR2 that have over 900 km on them which look hardly worn, so there is some hope for them if the sole is the same. Since the Spirit uses RB9X compound, you could try googling that with "wear" for reports.

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