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New shoes time, advie please

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 12:13

If you are happy with the Saucony fit, then the Guide sounds like the shoe for you.  I picked up a pair for £55 just before Xmas with one of the regular discount codes I get from one of the "RW Shopping partners" listed to the right of this web page (sorry, can't remember which one).

I've been using the Saucony Mirage for the last few years, which is similar to the Kinvara but with a bit of support, and the Guides felt comfortable straight away.  I've only managed a couple of runs in them but they fit well and no teething aches/pains etc.

rest week

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 13:24

all good advice here, but I just spotted something in the OP about running 2 tempo runs per week.

It may just be the term that you are using, but most plans would be 1x interval and 1x tempo session per week.  If you are doing two tempo sessions (i.e. a few miles at 10k to HM pace to raise Lactate Threshold) then maybe consider swapping one for an interval session(e.g. 6x 600m at 5k pace with easier running of 300m between them) to boost your VO2 max.  Another vote for pfitzinger & douglas who give a much better explanation of this! 

1ST TIME MARATHON FUELLING ADVICE

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:13

you'll get different advice from different people as we are all ... different.

Listen to the advice, but experiment on your long runs to find what works for you, and most importantly what doesn't upset your stomach. Running a marathon tests your gastric system along with the rest of your body.

Personally, two mistakes I've made that may be relevant to you:

(1) London has water stations every mile, so be disciplined and work out prior to the race how frequently you'll take a drink and resist the temptation to drink too often, as its easy to take on too much water.   

(2) On my last marathon, I took my own gels but then took some isotonic drinks from the stations.  This was a mistake as the combination was too much for my stomach, causing stomach cramps etc.  I'd trained with gels and plain water, and should have stuck to that. 

Marathon Taper Advice

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 11:14

Don't take 7 days off before the race - take your average weekly mileage during training, then reduce the distance run each week but don't reduce the effort.

 

Marathon Taper Advice

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 11:12

How important to you is getting a good time in Berlin?

The taper is important for enabling your body to fully recover from the training effort but not lose the benefit of the training.   The difficulty is (like everything else) that people react differently to it.  You may find the traditional three weeks is too long for you, and therefore following a two week taper after the HM race might work (looking to 75% then 50% distance in the two weeks prior to marathon).  But this is trial & error and does have a potential impact on your marathon performance. 

 

Improving times for running

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 11:07

if you do all your running at 10 min/mile then you will gradually slow down from your current 8 min/mile pace.  Running some of your weekly mileage at 10 min/mile will not have any detrimental effect, and will have a number of positives.

Just supplement your 10min/mile group runs with some additional sessions at higher paces and you will be fine

Going from half to full marathon

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 15:58

have a look at the mcmillan pace calculator to get a predicted marathon time based on your HM time.  The marathon time tends to be optimistic as its based on "equivalent performance", so I'd be recommend adding ten minutes to it for your first marathon.

The big benefit from mcmillan is that it will also calculate training paces for you.

PS It will also depend on the marathon you are attempting, you might want to add even more time if its hilly etc.

Trail shoe and running shoe sizes

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 11:29

go to the runningwarehouse.com web site, find the shoe you like and pick the "show me how it fits" option.

This is an american site, so you'll need to use US sizes and you wont be able to buy directly from them.  But it will show how the shoe will fit compared to the GT2000

Advice for training once a week

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 10:53

There's no way you'll get a sub 1:30 half training once a week.  You could do anything you want during this one session and it will not make a difference.

By the time you get to your weekly session, your body will have "forgot" the training benefit from the previous week and you are back to square one.

You will need to train a minimum of three times a week to see any significant improvement in your time. If you can't make this commitment, you won't get the achievement of better times.

 

The immigration hot potato

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 14:30

I’m not confusing net annual increase with total net immigration figures, I was trying (unsuccessfully) to illustrate a point.  With figures of quarter of a million people and comparing it to a “small town every year”, it sounds like a large number.  However when you compare it to the scale of the total population, it’s a tiny fraction.

To answer the original question – if we stop immigration, we are stopping 0.3% of the annual growth of the UK population.  This will have no visible effect on the current contention for the national infrastructure.  I would suggest it would be a timescale of circa twenty years until we saw a positive impact of this policy on the demand for housing/transport etc.  The only way to alleviate this is to invest significantly more public money into the infrastructure, but there are strong political and economic reasons that prevent this.

If you dislike the quality of life in the UK then you are free to leave and live in any other EU country.  It’s a bit more difficult to get into some other non-EU counties, but it’s still possible to legally emigrate to most of them.  If you have some valuable skills (probably gained at very little cost through our public education system) that can be beneficial to the target country or the organisations based there, you may find it easier.  We live in a global marketplace, which has many benefits but does require geographic mobility to underpin it.

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