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Winter training must haves!

Posted: Today at 12:06

All you need is the determination to get out there ... plus some warm gloves, a headtorch and long sleeve tops.

 If you are buying stuff, the one tip I'd suggest is that having pockets in the outer layer can be handy for stashing gloves, arm warmers etc.  I tend to wear a windproof gilet that has pockets and this lets me leave the house in hat & gloves, knowing that I can remove & store them if I start overheating.

Waterproof running jacket?

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 16:18

Have a look at a Gilet (aka windproof vest) as you don't wrap you legs in waterproofing, so why do you do this to your upper limbs?

This offers the compromise of keeping your core dry and warm, whilst having enough ventilation to stop you overheating.

I have a couple of Gore Windstopper ones, one of which has a mesh back that is great in the cooler autumn/spring weather and light showers (as all the rain hits you in your front).  The other one has zip-off arms, and is worn as a vest in all but the worst sub-zero temperatures. 

How much benefit from drugs

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 14:53

Going back to your original question, doesn't it depend on what you classify as a 'benefit'.

For an elite athlete, the benefit of doping is higher prize winnings and better earnings through contracts and sponsorship.

To the "just over 4hr marathoner", the benefit would potentially be bragging rights at running a sub-4hr marathon.  TBH, most friends I have wouldn't see me as any better/worse for this small improvement in time.  And personally, I wouldn't feel any achievement in cheating at the marathon as its run as a personal challenge.

Based on this, I'd say there's little or no benefit in doping for the average runner who is doing it to achieve a personal goal. 

Half marathon - hydration belt?

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 13:32

Personally, I'm like the other posters in that I'll take a quick drink from two water stations during a half and ignore the others (and any energy gels/drinks offered).  However this is due to spending a few years training to marathon distance, which means a half is a medium distance effort for me.

I normally notice a few people carrying bottles and/or hydration belts during the events, so you wouldn't be alone.  TBH in any mass-participation city HM you'll see some really strange outfits that mean a runner wearing a bottle belt doesn't get a second glance!

If you want to use a hydration belt, then I'd say "just do it" as the aim is to enjoy the event and to be fit enough at the end to enjoy your accomplishment. 

need your help with running watches...

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:10

Google DCRAINMAKER to get in-depth reviews of the various models that are available to you.  Some key things to consider:

- do you want to use a heart rate monitor in your training?

- are you willing to spend the extra to get the more accurate GPS based measurement, compared to a footpod? (NB GPS readings still aren't 100% accurate but are close enough)

- Do you want to log your data?  If you do, do you have a PC or do you want to do it via your smartphone?

- Will you be running intervals?  This feature doesn't tend to be on the cheaper watches - so do you want to pay extra for it?

After thinking about these, you can buy the Garmin forerunner that best suits your budget/demands and join the symphony of beeps at every mile marker on your marathon

NB other watches are available ...


Toe Holes in Running Shoes

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 17:16

TBH I use it as a sign that my shoes need replacing.  If my big toe has worn a hole through the upper, its also worn away all the rubber underneath.

Other option would be to get some shoe goo and either reseal the hole or put a bit of reinforcing fabric (cut from an old pair of trainers) over the toe area.  Not tried this myself, so  no idea how well this would work!

Tempo vs Race Pace

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 12:59

I think you're right - drop the specific  'race pace' sessions, but look to include short periods of race pace running in your slower runs to get used to running at that speed.

Your four sessions a week seems sensible, with an interval, tempo and long run each week and the rest at easy pace.  As its your first marathon, the focus should be building endurance, then Lactate Threshold and lastly any speed improvement. 

For your long runs, it would be worth occasionally trying to run the last few miles at marathon race pace to get used to running that speed on tired legs.   This is a good test and also a confidence booster (as it will be harder than you expect the first time, but will get 'easier').

If you have a look on the forum, you'll see a lot of references to the Pfitzinger & Douglas "Advanced Marathoning" book as it includes lots of useful details about the reasons behind the various training sessions that are included in most marathon plans.  It might be worth picking up a copy even if you are devising your own plan rather than following one of theirs.


Tempo vs Race Pace

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 12:05

If the plan is for a half-marathon, this does seem to be confusing.

The thinking behind the pace of a tempo session is to get used to running at just below your lactate threshold (LT), which is normally around your half marathon pace. Therefore you don't want to mess with this session by running it harder, as you'll go over LT and your muscles will have to spend time recovering rather than adapting.

Does the race pace training session consist of short intervals at race pace?  If it does, then these can be run faster at 5k rather than 10k pace.    

Traiing Programme/Book for a 3:00 to 3:15 marathon

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 17:06

I'd also vote for the P&D plans.

OP whats your current marathon PB, even if set during IM?  To get a sub 3:15, the average person would need to be running over 50 miles per week consistently during training, and upto 70 miles per week to have a shot at 3:00 (based on the P&D plans).

I'm guessing you have the time and fitness to achieve this if you've been completing IMs, but its still quite a commitment to make. 

running through pain

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:12

I wouldn't worry too much about comparing your recovery time to other people, as we are all different.  Personally, my recovery varies between events for some known reasons (e.g. a hot race means I struggle for a few extra days) and some unknowns, so I always take it as it comes.

PS a very random one - I did have a friend who suffered badly from shin splints, and after various check-ups etc it was discovered her laces were too tight.  Just easing them off cured a problem that plagued her for months.  The likelihood of this being the cause for you may be low, but its a quick & easy thing to test.  


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