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Runkeeper to GPS watch

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 12:47

£80 + £20 postage, so it's only £15 cheaper and doesn't include the HRM (which is vital IMHO) - and it's not brand-new. It's not as good as the current Amazon offer - which is the cheapest it has ever been according to camelcamelcamel.

Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 10:18

Sounds like you've got the older style of chest strap. I believe that was more reliable than the replacement soft strap.

Runkeeper to GPS watch

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 10:03

Garmin 310XT is a bargain at only £115 on Amazon, including the Heart Rate Monitor. 

I also recommend buying the Polar soft strap (just over £10) to pair with the Garmin transmitter, as the Polar strap gives a much more stable reading.

Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 19:54

Hi Reiki. If you are using the Garmin premium soft strap, then yes! It's the one with the clip on transmitter with two press stud fasteners. The readings I get have been great throughout every single run - and I never had that accuracy with the Garmin strap.

I had my CT scan this afternoon. I'm still a bit groggy from the beta blockers and some other stuff they gave me before and during the scan. I won't know the results for at least a week. I've got a follow-up appointment with the Cardiologist next month.

Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:42

Thanks Lit  

21 more miles in the bank this week. 7m run this morning in my LR heart rate range (P&D). Earlier in the week I ran 5m with six sets of strides - which I really enjoyed. I bought the new Pfitzinger book "Advanced Road Racing" and found that my plan was very close to his up to 30m base building plan, so I have adapted my plan slightly. The key difference being that I will be introducing some lactate-threshold training in another couple of weeks if all goes well.

I'm still very slow, but the HRM has been fantastic since I got the new strap. I can't praise the Polar strap + Garmin transmitter combination highly enough!

I still haven't booked any races, but my rough plan is to run a half-marathon in December, then after a short recovery I'll commence training for a spring marathon. Then I think I will also go for my first Autumn marathon.

This week I have an appointment for a CT scan of my heart, following health problems I had earlier in the year (mentioned in a previous post above). Hopefully my plans won't be thrown into turmoil.

Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 11:58
Tenjiso wrote (see)

My heart rate monitor was giving silly readings, so I couldn't use that to train sensibly. 

I wore the HRM numerous times and had ridiculous readings every time. I'm talking up to 100bpm above a realistic reading!!!   I tried a number of tips from the Garmin forums and nothing improved the situation. 

Apparently the Garmin soft strap is a bag of shite and is well known for going wrong. When I thought about it, it was never that reliable and needed several miles of running to "settle down" before producing anything like realistic readings. I knew that clothing and external factors (i.e. static) were definitely not the cause of my problems.

Then I came across the most brilliant tip...

I purchased a Polar soft strap! (£11)  

The Garmin HRM transmitter fits the Polar chest strap perfectly. There was no need to re-pair the device or anything, since it was still the same device - just a different strap.

The results have been startling! Rock-solid heart rate readings throughout my runs with absolutely no spikes, dropouts or dubious readings of any kind!  I have used it on four runs already and am so happy that I can now rely on the device 100%.

Up to now I've been training every other day, because I knew that none of my runs were likely to be true recovery runs. Now, however, I can ensure that I run at recovery rate and can therefore run on consecutive days without over-training.  

This week I've run 20 miles in four runs. My longest run was 6m this morning. They have all been seriously slow  - but well controlled - and I have felt great after all of them. I will continue with four runs per week now that I can ensure that one is a genuine recovery run. If I'm feeling good, I'll introduce some strides to get the legs moving faster.

It has been seven weeks since I started my comeback, and I've lost nine pounds in weight. Still a lot to do, but I'm on the right track.

Panarama - Allan Wells - Drugs

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 11:23
DeanR7 wrote (see)

Vdot - reading back I see what you mean, looks like auto correct added and changed so many words I struggled to make sense of my  own post too.


If you ask me, the person who invented auto-correct is a can't.  


Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 19:18

LOL - stop tempting me!   I'm resisting at the moment...

Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 05:47

Fair point, Peter, and thanks! 

Reikki - glad to see you're still around. The only reason I'm considering booking is because I know that when next April rolls around I'll wish I had booked something. I've also been hovering over booking the Silverstone Half Marathon. If nothing else, at least now I am regaining some enthusiasm - which has been absent for the best part of a year.

Five Year Plan - help please

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:43


It has been five weeks since I started my comeback program. Most runs have been three miles, with some of four miles and my first five mile run this morning. My weekly mileage is steadily increasing by around ten percent each week. This week I ran 15m over four runs (4m, 3m, 3m, 5m). All runs have been steady pace, and most likely above recovery pace – which is why I don't run two days in a row.

Since starting, I've lost seven pounds in weight. I'm hoping that I might improve my cholesterol profile in time to avoid having to take medication. In any case, my outlook is becoming more positive by the day. I've been debating whether to take up my deferred place in next year's Brighton marathon (and I'm in the London ballot – though there's fat chance of getting in again there!). I might instead switch to an Autumn marathon in 2016 to give myself enough time to comeback gracefully.

For the time being my priority is to continue to lose weight and increase mileage. Just slow, gradual progress. My five year plan might just take a little longer than five years – bear with me. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

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