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What made you smile today?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:57

My running mantra for this evening: "I'm a bit overweight but I perspire to be emasculated"

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:49

My idea of fastpacking is to take a daypack and pay someone to transport the main luggage betwen B&Bs Off to run Anglesey then Bangor to Borth at the end of this week in my mission to run round Wales (Pembs, Ceredigion and Offa's paths already done). Contours is handling the packing and I'll see to the fast

What made you smile today?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:43

I read on another running forum that someone was lean but not emasculated.

Arthritic knee

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 09:14

I don't want to put a damper on things, but I'd say beware of trawling opinions until you get the one you want to hear. Depending on how much cartilege was removed, it could be like driving a car on a rim - you only see that in USA's dumbest traffic-cop youtube clips, right?

It's important to keep up physical activity, perhaps to be ready for that day when a surgical solution is offered, but at least for yourself to keep fit and healthy. Moderate exercise every week without impact on that joint, and also some strength training could be the thing, like the doc says. Can you convert it to an opportunity to finally learn how to swim - join a class?

You might like to read some American guidelines on exercise and arthritis pdf here. NB I am no kind of medical practitioner.

Fastpacking in Wales and the UK

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 15:05

You might want to track down the book called "Wild Running"

Running on sand: any tips?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 14:06

If you're lucky you'll find the sand is firmer close to where the wave line is. You'll find you can't toe off as much, somehow you have to run kinda flatter. Suggest you go for a bit shorter stride, which is the same as saying less push-off per step for a given speed. If you find you get a bit of grit in your shoe that is irritating you, stop and empty it out rather then risk a nasty blister. Can't think of anything else - good luck!

Long Run 3 or 4 weeks from Race

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 13:17

If you specially would like to do your local half then you should be OK. But ideally, make up you mind which of the two is your "A" race. If the marathon is A you could try running the half at your expected marathon pace to see how it goes. Mind you, it is hard to hold back and not appear to give your best, especially in front of locals you know. Even if you did the half as fast as you could, you probably would be fine, except if all this is a bit new, ie first mara.

Doubling up

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 10:09

The short answer is no. Instead, is there some way you could take your kit to work, then run home extending to the full med-long run suggested by the plan? What you are suggesting begins to look like piling on miles for the sake of numbers. Each outing should have a purpose. The med-long midweek run has a clear purpose but your proposed compromise loses the purpose and instead seems to replace that with simply making the numbers add up.

PS Pfizinger has written an article here about only doubling up when mileage is already quite high.

WAVA - age-graded scores

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 10:25

I forgot too. Seems we wrote a lot of interesting stuff

I've done two Bostons now, last year a bit disappointing, this year at 3:23:56 at WAVA 72, a big pb. A month later I was a year older, ran Copenhagen in an identical time but WAVA 73. Like I said, I've also set 10 km at 76 recently, and 5 km at 75.

Since I started running seriously in 2007 at age 50, you could either conclude my early training programmes were not good enough, or alternatively that we can keep improving for many years regardless of what age we start. I like to think the latter.

I'm looking forward to joining the over 60s thread one day I'm hoping they take a while to revise the age grade tables with your brilliant performances

Racing - using the aerobic and anaerobic systems

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 10:12

Why max HR should depend on posture is a complicated story. the bottom line is: you need to determine your HR max for running, not cycling, then base your running training zones (and race effort if you are using % of max) around that.

People using intuition want to say the heart can ultimately only beat x beats/min so that's the end of the story. Unfortunately, the pump is not in isolation and one big factor is rate rate of filling, which in turn is affected by venous return pressure, which is affected by posture. When erect, there's immediately two big factors: hydrostatic head, and muscle-pumping effect that are different to cycling (not to mention all the physiological feedback loops like venous stretch).

Within any one sport, how easy it is to reach the max can be limited by how much muscle is engaged, ie you wont hit it playing darts. This confuses the issue: even if you were lying on a recumbent bike pedalling with both foot and hand cranks to engage max muscle, you still wouldn't hit as high a max as running upright, because of this venous return and filling issue. Same applies to a rowing machine where you are sitting: you'd think that legs, back and arms all together would guarantee you hit the highest number ever, but you don't, compared with running.

This doesn't mean one sport is tougher than the other. I just means that one system set-up hits a higher number than the other, the max is set-up specific (ie, sport-specific). So your zones and anything else set relative to HRmax (ie race effort) must be sport-specific.

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