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Rowing machines ok for stress fracture rehab?

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 11:41

I think it will depend on the rowing machine but your standard Concept 2 ergo would not be a good idea for the reasons seren nos points out.

I've never heard of running belts but they sound a good idea, failing that swimming is excellent exercise, although I find it quite boring.

Prague Marathon

Posted: 06/02/2012 at 16:09

I ran it in 2009 and would recommend it, from memory it was a completely flat course.  Not so many people that you can’t run at your own pace but still enough so that there is always someone close by so that you still feel part of a race.  A good mixture of nationalities, probably about 20/25% British.

I stayed near the station at the City Inn which got pretty poor reviews but was both cheap, quiet and pretty central.  In 2009 it was €175 for a twin room for two nights including a rather uninspiring breakfast.

The expo was a bit of a bugger to find and not really worth the hassle once it had been found.  It may have changed for the better now though.

Gentle advice please

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 14:32
I ran a 16 mile race in 2:10, which I thought was pretty good.  However I was overtaken by a bloke bouncing a basketball and someone in a bumblebee costume.  Bastards.  

Your times are very respectable.  I always feel that you don’t want to go flat out in your first races otherwise you will never be able to better your times!  My advise would be to have one long run a week, gradually getting up to 13, 14 or 15 miles and one fast run a week, no more than half the distance of your long run.  I tend to have an easy week once a week but maybe that is just me being lazy!

I found it difficult to keep to an even pace without a watch with a pace function on it  Before I bought this my early miles were much faster than the later ones, I now try and run at a constant pace throughout a run, at least on flat ground.

Panto.. have you been to see one this year..?

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 12:53
Went to my first panto is years this Christmas.  Seven of us aged from 9 to 72 seeing Dick Whittington at the New Wimbledon Theatre.  The best panto I have ever seen, Dame Edna was hilarious and some unknown (at least to me) bloke playing "Jack" was brilliant too.  Very, very funny and highly recommended.

Racing in the heat

Posted: 30/09/2011 at 17:21
I’m not a fan of running in this sort of heat.  Depending on how competitive you are, I would ease off for the first half and see how you are getting on.

Wear a cap or sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes as it can be quite blinding at this time of the year.

Obviously lots of water.

Music to run to?

Posted: 29/09/2011 at 16:32
I don’t always use an iPod but when I do I just put it on random.  I only keep about 3 to 4 hours of music on it and change it every couple of weeks.

I have stared listening to podcasts and downloaded Lee and Herring’s Fist of Fun radio show free from their website which although now almost 20 years old is still very funny.  I have been known to extend my run just to finish an episode.

room booking for an event

Posted: 29/07/2011 at 14:11
I would book two nights, it is nice to have somewhere to go after a marathon, a nap and a shower (bath if they have one) is always appreciated.

Washing your gear...

Posted: 15/07/2011 at 10:31

I have often wondered why some of my tops stink after just a couple of uses and others are years old and don't.  One is particularly rank but I paid £40 for it so am reluctant to chuck it out.  I will only wear it on my early morning winter runs when no one else is around.

NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon

Posted: 14/07/2011 at 12:44
Yesterday the forecast for Sunday looked ok, today it looks like thundery showers / heavy rain.  Hopefully the forecast will have changed again by Sunday.

Richmond Deer Park 10k

Posted: 05/07/2011 at 11:46

Thought I would reply to a fellow Palace runner!

I have not done this 10k run but know the tow path part quite well.  It's not that wide and can get busy with dog walkers and cyclist, unless it has been closed for other users (or if the number of runners is small) I doubt it will be good for a PB.

It's a lovely part of the Thames though.  If you are close to Richmond, I would recommend the Kingston 8/16 mile runs in April and October.


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