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Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: Yesterday at 19:22

Ah Sam -sorry to hear that- especially as the Fling is the ultra I'm currently training for!

Hope things clear up for both Sam and Minni!

Sub 4.30 Andrea: #asics262

Posted: Yesterday at 18:06

In answer to the immodium question- I use immodium instants- they melt on your tongue- I take 2 about 20 mins/ hslf an hour before the start, and if I'm worried during the race, I might take another one.

I don't use them for trainig runs, but obviously I DID try them on a long LSR before race day!

Hybrid shoe for road/off road?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:30

Thanks for the info on the heel drop stats- I'm getting very confused as my cascadias definately fel "lower" than the adrenalines, but apparently they aren't.

The leadvilles sound worth a look.

Sub 4.30 Andrea: #asics262

Posted: Yesterday at 15:24

I should have introduced myself- I'm lurking here a bit- I am trainig for an ultra, but have slowed right down, so will try to include some of the faster sessions from Andrea's plan in my weeks.

I used to be a sub- 4 marathoner, but since the Ultra stuff I've been doing, I'm usually closer to 4:25.

I am at slightly higher LSR mileage already, becuase of the Ultra ambitions, but the pace is the same.

After my ultra is over, I'm going to try using Amy's sub-4 plan to train for a fater marathon in the summer, but Andrea's paces are more relevant to me just now. 

Sub 4.30 Andrea: #asics262

Posted: Yesterday at 15:21

Jelly beans are OK, but my prefernce is percy piglets- ( smaller than pigs- so easy to eat on the go). The also do a veggie version of the bigger pigs, if that is an issue for anyone.

Breakfasts- I've been OK with porridge and tea, and at Loch NEss they bus you up to a cold starting location, where they provide tea/ coffee, and Ive indulged in tha twithout "issues".

Mind you, I have to plan all my long runs around the loos available at the shopping centre that I pass at mile 5, and I take immodium for all my marathons, so I'm not entirely immune, I've just learned to deal with it.

Gels with caffeine in are a highly effective laxative...........I avoid them except when an emergency boost of energy is needed.

Hybrid shoe for road/off road?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:45

The trail version of Brook's adrenalines is good, unless you need really good grip- not great in serious mud, but good on  2normal " trails, and on the road- I use mine for almost all my running, but am now experimenting with the more trail-specific cascadias, which give  me the same troubles you describe on roads over 10 miles or more- just not quite enough padding, but, they're great on the steep, slippy hills near me.

How much should I train?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:37

It will be very difficult for anyone to advise you, based on that amount of information. Have you joined a club?

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: Yesterday at 14:16

Trying to decide what to do about shoes- I've bought a pair of Brooks Cascadia without realising they were a lower heel drop than my Brooks adrenaline ASR's- I suspect that I'm now going to end up having to change shoes half way through the fling, as I think I will need the adrenaline's for the long flattish bit in the middle, but grip- wise the Cascadia are much better for the steeper bits nearer the end.

Wish I could find something that has the grippy soles of the Cascadia, but with the fit and heel drop of the Adrenalines.................GRrrrrrrrrr.

Any suggestions?

Sub 4 Amy: #asics262

Posted: Yesterday at 13:44

Thanks Steve, for clearing up about the very long LSR's, I've generally gone as far as 3 .5 hours, but wondered whether it was counterproductive.

Amy- Ultra running is just a friendly mobile all -day picnic at my end of the race!- very sociable, as you are runnig at a more comfortable pace for talking, -obviously at the "sharp end" it is probably a bit different, but the speedy guys tend to be extrememly suportive of us slower folk- definately worth a try!

I'm just back in from a rather soggy/ blowy 2 hours along the canal path in Glasgow- struggling to keep the pace down, as it was chilly enough to need to keep it moving. Feels good now its done!

From Treadmill to Outdoors

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 14:59

The difficult things, when you are making the transition are:

Pace judgement- assuming you don't have a garmin or similar, you need to avoid overdoing the speed- don't run so hard that you're out of breath immediately, just go for a gentle bimble, you'll get into a comfortalbe pace after a while.

Uneven ground- it takes more energy to negotiate kerbs/ puddles/ up and down hills, than it does on the tready- better excercise, but needs time to get used to. Just take your time, I doubt you need to go back as far as the start of the C25K programm,e if youre used to running 5kx5 per week, but you moight not want to go outside 5 times to start with- try a max of 3x at first, and gradually build up.

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