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Gels vs drinks

Posted: Yesterday at 16:31

The lucozade drink will have the same effect a a gel, but you need to drink the whole bottle to get the same amount of energy as the gel packet.  This means gels are much easier to carry etc when running (this is their main advantage).

Coincidentally, I just had a similar (but less severe) reaction to High5 isogel a week or so ago.  I bought the marathon pack from High5 and was testing the various flavours on a long run (with no real problems).  The only one that my stomach struggled with was the isogel.

For a half marathon, I wouldn't normally bother with energy products.  However, if they give out an energy drink at a water stop then I'll quite happily take it.   You don't have to worry about drinking it all, but whatever you manage to drink will be a small energy boost and a bit of refreshment. 

Pulling out of a charity event

Posted: Yesterday at 12:16

Have you seen anyone about your knee?  Its getting close to the event, but a physio/sports therapist may be able to relieve the pain enough to let you participate. Most people will pick up aches and strains during training, and its sometimes useful to get someone else to assess how serious they are.

As cougie said, very few (if any) people would ask for the charity contribution back if you don't take part.  No one would want you to get seriously injured during the event, so people understand that you have to pull out of events. 


AW Saucony Guide 7

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 11:05

An alternative would be to use the Shoefitr online application to see how it compares to your existing shoe.

If you go to the web site and find the guide 7, then click on the "show me how it fits" option.  This will show you how it compares to your existing shoe (NB as its a US site, the sizing is american rather than UK).

You can't buy from here as they are US only, but you can then translate this into the correct UK size for you.  I found it useful when I got a pair of very cheap Saucony Fastwitch (coincidentally from Wiggle!) as the shoefitr advised to go up half a size from my current shoe, which was also a Saucony.

GPS / Heart Rate Monitor Watch - recommendation please

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 10:51

the forerunner 310XT is available for around £150 if you look around, and this is probably the closest descendant of the 301 in the garmin range.

For a more "normal" looking watch, you might get a forerunner 220 for this price, but might have to settle for its predecessor (the 210).

From memory, the main difference is the 220 is capable of interval sessions so this may or may not be important to you.  

As Millsy said, dcrainmaker has all the details so worth reading through the models you are interested in.  


Maximum Heart Rate

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:19

As 198bpm is the highest, I'd use that.  You could round that up to 200 bpm as I suspect you could have (theoretically) gone a bit higher unless it was during an all-out sprint at the end, or whilst climbing a steep hill on the course.

As you've said these weren't abnormal spikes in the trace, they all sound genuine readings.



Sub 3:30 marathon in 8 months time

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:59

I'll be the first to mention Pfitzinger & Douglas and their book "Advanced Marathoning" that will provide an excellent explanation of what you need to do to run a faster marathon, and also includes sample 18 & 12 week plans.

Even if you decide to use alternative plans, the explanation of the various training sessions etc will help you understand the 'whats' and 'whys' of marathon training.

Personally,I prefer to follow a plan for a target event as otherwise I find I either skip runs or get into a rut of "I'll just go for an easy run of xx miles today".  Whereas, when its written on paper that today is '9 miles with 5x 1000m' I feel obligated to do it. 

As the 18 week plan is roughly four months, this would start for you in Jan/Feb next year for you.  Prior to the plan, your training focus will depend on how you ran the 3:51 marathon. If you ran it 'comfortably' with a fairly even pace throughout then you want to focus on improving your speed and maybe train for a half-marathon for the next few months.  If you struggled in the latter stages of the marathon, you need to look at your endurance and get some long,steady runs (e.g. HADD training) in before starting the plan.  


Long runs on a Friday

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:07

Shouldn't be a problem, I've not done it very often but I have done the 'Sunday' long run on the Saturday when I've had other stuff on (e.g. plans for Saturday night that would impact an early Sunday run).

The only thing to be careful of is you may need to adjust your Thursday run as well, as most plans put an easy run on the Saturday to make sure you're rested for the Sunday.  If your plan includes a hard(ish) effort on the Thursday you may need to shuffle this (to the Sunday instead?) to make sure you don't impede your Friday long run.


Shoe suggestions are welcomed, please

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:16

I've been using Saucony Mirage for a few years now, and also have a pair of Saucony Kinvara.  I prefer the Kinvara but find I need the mild support offered by the Mirage after about 10 miles, so the Kinvaras are kept for shorter runs.   From a fit perspective, the Mirage seems to have a narrower toe box, which is snug on me (and I don't think my feet are particularly wide).  

I do find the Mirage wear quite quickly, compared to other shoes I've owned (mainly Asics prior to the Saucony).  The rubber under the toes wears through to the foam layer, leaving the shoe with no grip.  

I also find the padding a bit light on long runs (i.e. 18 miles +) with a similar ache in the ball of the foot as you've described.  I was tempted to go for a pair of the more substantially padded Saucony Guide for my forthcoming marathon.  However, I found the Mirage at a bargain price and bought two pairs of them instead!

Lighting the way

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 13:52

an alpkit gamma is ideal in this situation, its a head torch that's bright enough to illuminate unlit pavements and has a small red LED built into the battery compartment on the back.

I wouldn't use it for trail running etc, but for what you've described its powerful enough and is reasonably priced at £15.


Treadmill / running outside

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 12:36

Hi MikeyGiggs, first thing is: don't panic!

I'm the opposite of you - as a long time outdoors runner, I struggle on the rare occasions I use a treadmill.  The fitness you built on the treadmill will benefit your outdoor running, but it just takes a little time to adapt to the "road" not moving underneath you.  

Cardiff is a big event and you'll find a lot of people who are covering the distance for the first time, and many who haven't done as much training as you.  

As there's only four weeks to go, you are not going to make any dramatic fitness improvements in this time.  However, by trying to do too much you can still ruin your chances of participating in the event.  

For example, you mention running twice per day which is normally something done by very experienced runners to add additional mileage.  The old rule is not to add more than 10% distance per week, as going above this leads to fatigue and increased risk of injury.

You would be better working out a coping strategy for covering the distance, such as a run-walk routine like 10 mins run followed by 2 mins walk and getting used to this routine.  You can gradually build the time/distance of this over the next two or three weeks, and then make sure you take the week or two before the event a lot easier (roughly 50% of the distance covered in your last full week of training).  This is referred to as the taper period and lets you rest and recover before the race.

Hopefully, you'll be at the start line fit & healthy and raring to go (as there will be many who won't!).  Cardiff is a great event and the crowd is big enough to give you a boost, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 

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