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Early morning running club in and around Glasgow

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 10:55

Sadly I start work at 7am... so early would have to be 430-530= 6 at latest.. I need to leave for work at 630am I miss my regular hours when I could fit in a run before work

Getting over exhaustion from illness to be able to race

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:18

What Cougie said.... you can't get any fitter in a week anyway. Even without the sickness bug you would be all trained up now and just doing a few shorter easy runs this week to ensure you are rested and fresh for the race.

In this case you are exhausted... therefore I'd say don't run. Just eat right and try to recover your energy as best you can. If you still feel exhausted come race day, you won't be able to run. However even if you feel better it may still be best if you are not 100% back to normal energy levels but are determined to run, to use a run/walk method. 

So I'd be doing nothing if you are exhausted, and if you are recovered, only a few or less gentle short runs. Then come race day either don't race or just run/walk. Sickness happens. It has to me and it's rubbish. But your family/friends understand that too.

Rest Days

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:50

Yeah I know, I often think you probably are but then again, I also know when my body is sore or tired or at least needs a rest from say running but not necessarily a complete rest, meaning I can still cycle or swim or go to gym, or climb... you get my point.   I think if you are new to exercising regularly then certainly you need rest days, and training should be built up gradually but I have always been active and find sitting about quite difficult. I do take days off, just not all the time. Sometimes it is forced upon me by work or other commitments but 90% of the time I take them when I feel the need.

Rest Days

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 19:42

It can vary person to person and I am certainly no expert but I would say go on feel which is what I do. I tend not to have too structured a plan due to working shifts which have no routine on a week to week basis so sometimes I do have to shift things about. I also know what you mean about being keen to train every day.. I am one of those who hates a rest day, unless I am actually knackered.

Some training plans (IronMan) for example don't have definite rest days written in as there is so much to train for but they might have easy days where there is the option for a "recovery swim" or a rest.

I'd say if you are really keen on training most days make sure you at least have recovery days where maybe as above you just have an easy swim or similar. That way your body gets a rest from the heavy stuff and your legs can recover but you still feel you have done something. Otherwise you will eventually knacker yourself.

In general though if you are marathon training I'd say 1 or 2 rest days... and some other days will be easier as well... 

Happy training 

Farah vs. Vernon

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 22:28

No he wasn't born here, he was born in Somalia. However, he has a British Passport and has had for many years... he is therefore British. He has lived here since he was 8. He is 31. I'm happy to call him British if he is. Or Somalian-born Brit if we are being picky... but that is a bit of a long winded effort to be honest. 

What is your oldest item of clothing you still wear?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 20:10

I have hand me downs from my sister who is 40 (I'm 34) which she wore when she was 15 ish. Still quite proud they still fit


Posted: 16/02/2015 at 21:27

Dehydration can make you feel nauseous. I have often felt rough after a long run if I am dehydrated as I haven't drank enough during the run. It can be a combination of this.. while low blood sugar can make you feel sick/dizzy. If you get cold that can also exacerbate symptoms.

Calf strain + Marathon

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 08:58

The answer to your question re marathon shape in 9 weeks with no exercise in the last 4 months is no. But I think you know that already.

I am assuming by "this year's marathon" you mean erm.. London??? You are aware that there are a billion other marathons throughout the year in the UK that you could train for when fit and not struggle to walk around with an injury. It might even save you a fortune be a load less crowded and probably be a hell of a lot more scenic. But then I've never understood the fuss about London. 


Anyone else Hate running

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:40

Aw man I LOVE XC!!!! Yeah sure it's cold, wet, miserable, muddy and you run around hyperventilating like a chronic asthmatic feeling like your lungs are going to explode and wondering why your legs feel like lead and when the measly 4km (or whatever distance) is going to be over.... but then you get to the end and realise how much FUN it was to splash in all the mud and puddles... all the while actually coughing up your lungs. Changing in the open sided tent afterwards is the least of my worries  The guy in our club who deals with the XC always tries to arrange extra mud for me  It's my favourite time of year... and it coincides with cyclocross season which is like the same thing... on a bike which isn't too far from a road bike in appearance ... Did I say I like MUD???

Wenterrapin... nothing scenic about running in and around a suburban country park/schol playing fields or similar...


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 06:07

No, you get out the pool put on your shoes and run. If you're not wearing a tri suit you can either just run in your swim suit or fling on a t shirt and/or shorts. You don't need to dry, you will dry quickly enough.

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