Run Fast by Hal Higdon

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 Run Fast by Hal Higdon

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Offers a complete guide to running for fitness and fun, discussing how to develop the body to run faster and showing how short distance speed can shorten workouts, translate into long distance speed, and hasten weight loss.

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How to run faster over 5k to a marathon, does exactly what it says on the tin. Continue reading...
Good read with lots of food for thought. Made me want to try out his suggestions straight away. Continue reading...
Excellent read for anyone who wants to go faster in anything froma 5K to a Marathon, this book can be off putting to a beginner as it is entitle RUN FAST, but some excellent advice for beginners and old hands a Continue reading...


Hi all,

Well finally we have a shower at work, so I can run in.

Already started doing a 10k once a week at lunch time with someone else there.

My work is only 3mi away, but I want to do long runs before hand and summer is coming (being 3mi home isn't to bad to do at the end of the day)....

Anyway i'm looking for a camel pack that has the following:

1. Enough space for some cloths

2. Bladder for water (1L+ not really to fussed, just want some as its going to be hot at points) preferable that has (can't think of the word) been engineered to minimise the water sloshing around

3. Camel pack itself won't bounce around on me

I can find camel packs, but not really ones that have a bit of space, by a bit of space I mean say enough for a small towell and 2 articles of small clothing (I can leave cloths at work, but would still need to take used cloths home preferably)

Any links, advice etc , would be greatly appriciated



Posted: 31/03/2007 at 13:48

Hi Will!
I use my small bike rucksack for runs to work. It's made by Deuter and it's called a BIKE1.

I have to tighten the strap differently to prevent it moving (on the bike it sits lower to avoid hitting my helmet back.). I get a towel, clothes and food plus my keys, phone and small handbag in it no bother. It also has a space for a 1L ballder - could take up up to 3 by looks of it.

To stop the swishy noise try this - fill the bladder then invert it so air if near the pipe and suck until the air has all come out and you are getting water. That way you create sort of a vacuum and as the water is uscked out the pack just deflates as no air is present in the first place.

Works for me as I get annoyed at the damn thing if I can hear the water moving!


Posted: 31/03/2007 at 19:13

Hi Maiday,

Thanks!!! good to know your using it on a bike to, as thinking of alternating between running and cycling, well as soon as I have somewere to put a bike on site :D

Will look out for that one, mind if i ask how much you paid for it please?



Posted: 01/04/2007 at 00:46

I use a OMM 10 litre. Small and very comfortable. Gets used for runs to work (money, towel, shirt, breakfast) and for bike. Very light, waist and chest straps.I could take a bladder but I just pop a 500ml drink in the side mesh - I find it easier than a bladder

Posted: 01/04/2007 at 15:00

I use Outdoor Products hydration pack. It has a 2l bladder plent of room for clothes and lots of little pockets for things like your phone, keys, money, compeed etc. Fully adjustable straps means it sits very snugly on back.

Examples of Outdoor Products are here.
I find they are cheaper than more well known brands!

Posted: 03/04/2007 at 09:13

Will, have you considered cycling in once a week? With panniers or a decent backpack you could take enough clothes for a week and a fresh towel, and bring the old ones home. That way you could get away with something like the Camelbak Flashflo, which is essentially a bum-bag with a bladder. Fully expanded there's room for water, some food, money & keys etc.

I have a BIKE1 and it's a good pack but I've only run with it once. I'm not a fan of running with anything on my back, especially in warmer weather.

Posted: 03/04/2007 at 10:00

The North Face has a complete range of hydration packs, from those that carry just water, to those that have loads of space for extras.

See here:

As Maiday said, if you squeeze the air out of the bladder first, it collapses in on itself as you drink, and there's no sloshing. You can also buy bladders separately from the shops like Blacks and insert them into most modern rucksacks (the outdoor type, rather than the "fashionable" type).


Posted: 05/06/2007 at 15:48

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