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Earphones in races

Posted: Today at 14:07
Getting cut up by people on bends and at water stations is bad enough from people who should be able to hear your footsteps and breathing. Trying to get past someone who has no idea you are right behind them is extremely frustrating. Being tripped up by someone who can't hear you coming up behind them is my big worry.

If I see someone with earphones I try to give them as wide a berth as possible. They may be aware of marshalls and traffic but they're totally unaware of runners coming up behind or sitting on their shoulder trying to get past.

Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:44
John, don't worry about it. I've found the best method is to run lots of halfs and learn from each one. The fastest ones are the ones where you wake up in the morning and everything just comes together. I think the more you target a specific race, the more likely it is that something will upset it.

I was running a half a month early last year and one just came together on the day.

So, me?

I've done nothing decent in the last two weeks. Walked about 30miles and 7,000ft in the Lake District last weekend. Was planning 16-18today but ended up working all weekend. Two weeks to Stevenage marathon. Strategy unknown. Think it'll be 9:20/mi and see what happens at 20miles. I have gels now.

I may run from Canary Wharf to the Tower and back again on Wednesday to see the poppies. Maybe that'll give me some inspiration.


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 20:14
No need to stick the knife in!

Weight loss

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 16:43
The 300cals for the run isn't the end of the story.

You'll be building muscle and losing fat which will change your metabolic rate and you'll burn calories faster the rest if the time.

Good luck.


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:16
I agree sleeping is seriously dangerous. Quite a lot of my relatives have died in their sleep.

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 15:13
Ha. It's easier if you start at 8

Marathon fuelling / hydration

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:32
I've run a few on jelly babies. One a mile. But then I'm a slow runner. 4:20 is m fastest.

I tried the High5 IsoGels on my last training run and I'm sold on them. Bought a pack from Amazon.

I'm planning to have one at 8miles then 1 every 4 miles after that. That's a total of 5 each one about 35mins apart.

Sub 1:50 Half Marathon.

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:23
Well done Auntie.

This thread has been quiet for a long time. The last 6 months have been a bit poor from me. St Alban's half was well over 2hours.

There's an alternative thread been started.

Sub 3:30 Stevenage Marathon 2 November

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:02
Basher, did you get a chance to read the link I posted?

I think the biggest issue you have is not having a relevant hard half marathon time to use to calculate your predicted marathon pace.

Anyway, it's all academic now, we're into taper now. I'm going to do a 16 on Sunday. I've only managed two 18milers for long runs.

Good luck.

first half marathon lots of people passing out, is that normal??

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:09
Speaking for myself. I've seen lots of comments on the forum from people going out early in the morning or late evening to avoid the heat.

I work in an air conditioned office all day and tend to run after 7pm.

Do many people train hard between 10am and 12pm which is when races tend to be.

Even on a Sunday I'd be back from a 13mile run before 10am.

I was struggling by mile 3 at St Albans and there were collapsed runners well before mile 6. You don't dehydrate in an hour.
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