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Running in South Manchester/Cheshire

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 14:18

Use Strava heat map for any area of your choice to find out where people are running. It's easier to see if you set the colour to grey.

2015 in 2015

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 08:33

491 km left to go of a metric 2015 mi.

In 491, Aelle of Sussex conquered the south coast town of Anderitum and slaughtered the inhabitants. This later was the site of Pevensey castle in East Sussex, which later was used as an overnight stop by the invading Willian in 1066.

Are short easy runs worth it?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 07:49

Work out your plan around an 80/20 rule, where 20% is moderate to hard intensity and 80% is easy. See This ratio is based both on experimental work and diary studies. There are many things that get trained, not just anaerobic threshold, and this approach works out the best. Don't think that easy running is junk miles, or wasted time that you could better use by running faster. This is not true.

First marathon

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:36

Agreed, it's the training that counts, unless there is a special factor like wanting to get to a time-saving weight. The key with the word "supplement" is exactly that: get right what it is adding to first. In most cases there will then be no need to add anything.

varicose vein pain or shin splints??

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 08:02

Stress fractures are hard to see on an x-ray unless well advanced. It still sounds like shin splints. Varicose veins don't feel like that. The fact that pain lessens with warm-up is entirely consistent with shin splints, not varicose veins, which, if they can be felt at all, would be a dull ache. See a sports doc.

Mile/km dilemma when running a European Marathon/Race

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 09:53

Set the overall watch to metric but set Auto Lap to 1.61 km would be one solution, i.e.,

  • Settings|System|Units|Pace/Speed to kilometers
  • Settings|Activity settings|Auto Lap to 1.61 km.

Since I live in metric-land but occasionally run miles races in UK or US, this is how mine is.

Edit: or the other way round, if I got your post barse ackwards

Shoes for a heavy runner

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 14:55

You could try taking a look at for a similar shoe if you are sure you like it - the GT1000 is more for mild pronation. But personally I'd go for a neutral shoe as there is no evidence that so-called pronation control actually reduces injury frequency.

The most important factor is whether it feels comfortable to you, and it will be difficult to get that by mail order. There is every possibility that a cheap shoe or remaindered last year's model in a real shop that you can visit would work better for you than something you mail-order because it sounds good or fits preconceptions. You might say it's hard in the shop to predict whether it will give any relief from joint pains, but that's even more true of mail order. Anyway, the way you land will adapt itself to the surface and cushioning you have, so a huge amount of padding isn't the automatic answer. A shop is also more like to put up with a couple of returns, or tests on a treadmill, than a you are likely willing to spend on several times postage to a netshop.

Shin Splins or Veirocose Vein

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 14:38

AFAIK varicose veins don't hurt like that - thought they may have a dull ache they're just unsightly. If it hurts when you press on the bone it's not a vein. See a doc.

2015 in 2015

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 11:41

Metric here. 2626 of 3243 completed, leaving 617. That is the number of the Dambusters squadron.

Sunday 20th September 2015

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 09:39

What: race recovery, 5 km
Why: keep a streak going
Last hard: marathon saturday
Lyrics: no

Glad I could still go down stairs in the normal way. Nice to have a sunday off instead of doing a long run.

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