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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 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.

The immigration hot potato

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 13:29

We have a couple of hundred thousand immigrants, but what about all these inconsiderate people birthing children into this country and swelling the number of indigenous people!  And I've read the Daily Mail, apparently these devious doctors (probably of non-english descent) have the audacity to keep the old people living longer!  Its all Labour's fault because they didn't understand the consequences of the Tories entering the common market! Its a moral outrage! 

We have an expanding population in the UK, which is currently around the 60m mark.  200,000 immigrants means that they have increased the population by about 0.3%.  If our national infrastructure is so close to its limits, then I don't believe we can blame that 0.3% of the population.

I could look up the facts and figures on the number of births and the increased life expectancy of the "average" UK resident, but I don't TBH the original rant doesn't warrant the five minutes it would take.




Winter training must haves!

Posted: 28/11/2014 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 ...


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