Yacstar


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70.3 Staffordshire

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 13:14

I did 'The Longest Day' in 2005, the swim was in Chasewater - if you don't look down you won't see the green slime, although probably scoop some up on the up-stroke!!!

Ear Phones

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 18:11

Does any one know of a good pair (& when I say good, I mean cheap!) of ear phones to use with an Ipod shuffle.

Don't use it all the while but when I do, have to tape the ear phone in to stop them falling out whilst running - previously bought some from Lidl for £4, they wrap nicely round the ear, but after a while the sound become intermittent (one ear, both, none!!)

Also not looking to open up a debate as to whether you should or not use ear phones when running.....but bound to happen!!  lol

Infrared saunas

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 21:19

Restoring my 'Faith' in the forums 'daddy!

 

Some good points made & given me a lot to think about - thanks for that

Infrared saunas

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:47

Have seen adverts for infrared home saunas, the price seems reasonable and am considering buying one for after workouts, etc.

The questions I would like to ask are:

Has anyone got one and are they any good??

Are there any benefits from having a sauna after workouts??

Having posted on here before I would appreciate sensible answers only - if that's not too much to ask!

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 13:12

There is a small 'rise' at the start of the race - not too steep or troublesome, providing you don't go off too fast. After that, mild undulation & great scenery will get you round. Hopefully the weather won't be as hot as a few years back, which had runners keeling over at the side of the course. Also can't remember if there are water stations on the course, so might be prudent to carry your own supplies

All the best to everyone and have a good race 

Weighted vest

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 13:02

Having not posted in this section before I was unsure of the quality & quantity of responses I would get.

My initial thoughts are why did I bother? With the exception of a couple of posts, I believe that people need to look up the definition of the word 'Forum' - without appearing to critise anyone, a one word reply of 'No' is hardly a heated debate!!

Also I can not believe how negative or immature people are on here. All I am doing is looking at a different way of training - After all, several years ago people never considered compression clothing, now you can't move with athletes with little bands of tape all over them!!!

 

Anyhow, using the power of Google today I came up with the following information - although I've been a runner/triathlete for many years, entering events at all distances, this guy is apparently a scientist, so may know more than me!!!

(And if you think my tongue has been placed firmly in my cheek whilst writing this response, you'd be correct!!!)

 

A famed Finnish exercise scientist recently reported some fascinating new research results for runners, part good news, part merely strange. The good news is that you can boost your leg-muscle power and speed in just four weeks. The strange news is that no special workouts are needed. In fact, what you wear when you run is far more important than how you actually train.

This doesn't mean you need to slip into polypro pants, a paisley singlet or energy-return shoes, however. According to the new research, simply wearing a weighted vest will do the trick. If this sounds a little offbeat to you, perhaps it's because you're no rocket scientist. Those who are, the NASA experts, have long realized that weightless space travel weakens leg muscles, while jumping around on Jupiter (the planet with the most gravity) would build leg power.

Finnish Researcher Helkki Rusko didn't have a large enough budget for interplanetary travel, so he opted to test the gravity-leg-strength connection by strapping weighted vests onto his subjects, 12 well-trained athletes. Each vest weighed 10 percent of the subject's total body weight, forcing leg muscles to work harder, even during routine activities like standing and walking. Rusko's subjects wore their vests all day long for four weeks and during at least three of their eight weekly workouts.

The initial results were negative. After four weeks: the runners needed more oxygen to run at a given pace (that is, their running economy had deteriorated). Similarly, their leg muscles were producing more lactic acid, a possible sign of muscle fatigue.

Fortunately, Rusko didn't give up at this point. For the next two weeks, he asked his subjects to take off their vests and continue training as usual. A retest at the end of this two-week period produced far different results.

This time, lactate threshold was 2 percent higher (meaning that the runners produced less lactic acid), and max V02 had also increased by 2 percent. Two other important measures also improved: Endurance while sprinting soared by 25 percent, and stair running speed, a good indicator of leg-muscle power, increased by 3 percent.

These improvements in speed and power occurred because weighted-vest running altered the test subjects' basic running mechanics and activated the fast-twitch muscle fibers in their legs. Only the group's running economy remained slightly depressed.

The bottom line? Wearing a weighted vest has the potential to strengthen your leg muscles, make you faster, improve your kick and make you a better hill runner.

 

Awaits the fallout from the 'serious runners' !!!

Weighted vest

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 12:42

I am considering buying a weighted vest to train in - the logic being if I can run at 7 minute/mile pace with it on, I may be able to trick my body into running faster - due to being lighter. The vest weighs 12kg.

Any advice, experiences had would be appreciated

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 00:41

Hi

 Has any one who has entered the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon this year received their race numbers yet??

We had to defer from last year and are getting worried that we might not have an entry into this years race

 Thanks 

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Discussions started by Yacstar

Ear Phones

Looking for a good pair 
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Last Post: 22/11/2013 at 11:50

Infrared saunas

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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 21:19

Weighted vest

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Last Post: 14/08/2014 at 21:34

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

Race numbers 
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Last Post: 18/09/2012 at 23:06
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