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  • been using Mizuno Nirvana's for ages for a combination of over pronation and loads of support.
    can't seem to find any in my size at decent price, anyone got any alternative recommendations?

  • Bugger me, just ran for the train, 31minutes for 7k isn't electrifying, but given that was through central London with traffic lights and things it was hard work and unnecessarily stressful.

    Note to self, don't cut it so fine in future!

  • If you're in Edinburgh, yeah sure! I'm doing London

    may well be in Edinburgh at some point; I want to do the seven hills of edinburgh race/run.

    looks like your London training is shaping up well. WIll be out there to cheer you on. :)

  • Got 15miles tomorrow, will be my longest run to date. Suffered last week by just grinding to a halt with lack of energy at 13miles. Should a gel halfway round sort me out or is it a little more complicated than that?

  • Give it a go!

    Drinks are generally easier to digest, so if you've only been drinking water to date I'd try a lucozade or powerade first...

  • Planning to head over to Hackney Marshes parkrun tomorrow morning in the hope of a first ever sub-20 5k. I'm not entirely convinced I'll manage it but it'll be good to know what I'm capable of on a flat course. ~20:15 wouldn't surprise me.

    Just got and try avoid too much beer this evening. I've never noticed it affecting the running but it definitely makes getting out of bed more difficult.

  • Its a lame segment though. Only care because its on my road, and the time isnt really fast.

    Must of attecked it on 3 or 4 runs now. Allways in the wrong direction.

    Pretty sure I've done this on a 30km bike segment. Its a loop. So its kinda hard to tell the direction if you dont check. Although its seems to have disappeared.

    Rode it with a mate that seems to be able to maintain threshold better than me. Reckon he lead out 80% of the time. Then I sprinted away from him over the last 500m to nick the segment. After all that showing my true colours as a complete cnut. No KOM. Maybe I should recreate that one. I'm a bit crap with this strava thing.

    I'm not sure what the rules are on this, there are several decent segments on the home runs in on my club rides, the unwritten rules are you've got to spend some time on the front if you're going to have a go at jumping away in the last few hundred meters.

    Timed one perfectly last week as a car was passing, managed to draft the car while everyone else missed out, still not even in the top 100 though!

  • I appear to be doing something wrong. In the last 3 runs I've done my left knee ends up in pain. It's fine when stationary but sideways pressure and in line pressure when it's not locked out is pure agony. Walking is now quite awkward

  • Have you rested it at all?

    Sounds like you are compounding an injury by putting more stress on it without letting it fully recover - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RICE_(medic­ine)

  • Got 16miles tomorrow, will be my longest run to date. Suffered last week by just grinding to a halt with lack of energy at 13miles. Should a gel halfway round sort me out or is it a little more complicated than that?

    Give it a go!

    Drinks are generally easier to digest, so if you've only been drinking water to date I'd try a lucozade or powerade first...

    I'd get used to using them asap, so yeah, and its a good time to work out which ones you like.
    In my (limited) experience, you'll find it makes a massive amount of difference.
    Good luck.
    First step up in distance for me too this weekend, though in reality, not very far (11miles), its been too long coming...
    Having swapped training goals for triathlons this year, I may enter a late year marathon, just to get a GFA time/ I want that sub 3hr. It annoys me still.

  • ^ahh, that must be so gutting to only have a 3:07 mara ... ;)

    In other news, clearing out continues - got a copy of Paleo diet for athletes if anyone is interested? I found it quite interesting, but as a vegetarian it kinda didn't work for me ha!

  • Must be an interesting read, given how carb-fuelled are the actual diets of most top athletes.

  • This week I have tried on approximately twelvety rucksacks. Runner’s Need apparently have a shortage of bags across all stores at the moment (?) so I also went to every outdoor shop I could find. Which is quite a few. I wanted to see what they’d be like for running so I filled the bags with assorted stuff from around the shop and jogged a little - in one shop I did a few laps of the store, convincing another shopper to do the same with me. The shop assistant was bemused.

    Anyway! In case anyone is in any way interested in my verdict, in the end I chose an Osprey Valkyrie for the following reasons: it is narrow enough at the shoulders (women's specific cut); it is comfortable around the waist and the back, and doesn’t move around when I move; you can use a hydration system with it (I don’t have one, but it’s nice to have the option); it’s quite small but big enough for a change of clothes; it’s a nice teal colour (colour matters when your choice is very often pink, purple or pink with purple swirls). I wore it around the house for a bit last night but I’ll test it out properly running this evening.

  • I realise this is too late, but...
    I use one I got from Tesco for £7 in a sale:
    http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-hydrat­ion-rucksack-6l/215-1572.prd?recommendat­ionId=07c9a252-e2c0-4713-99d2-26ee68e761­80.0&skuId=215-1572
    Its now £13, fits a change of clothes if needed, but I tend to have 2 pairs of trousers @ work, and some shoes, and rotate shirts and underwear day to day.
    For the price, it is excellent, and the hydration thingy works well too. It has seen a lot of use over the past 2 yrs and is still going well.

  • ^ahh, that must be so gutting to only have a 3:07 mara ... ;)

    In other news, clearing out continues - got a copy of Paleo diet for athletes if anyone is interested? I found it quite interesting, but as a vegetarian it kinda didn't work for me ha!

    3:05:20... 20 seconds off the revised GFA that they brought out the day after the marathon...
    And thats why it hurts so much!

  • Have you rested it at all?

    Sounds like you are compounding an injury by putting more stress on it without letting it fully recover - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RICE_(medic­ine)

    Yeah, riced it after christmas then didn't do anything until last week. Last week it ached a little but not too bad, last night makes it difficult to walk.

    Lucky for me work is starting to get busy so there's going to be a fair bit of walking and standing ahead of me.

  • may well be in Edinburgh at some point; I want to do the seven hills of edinburgh race/run.

    looks like your London training is shaping up well. WIll be out there to cheer you on. :)

    I'm just back from the top of one of the hills. The race is a lot of fun, I did it twice when I was a student. But I imagine without local knowledge, it would be tough. I saw a lot of people go the wrong* way. Do you know the city well?

    *Or at least different from what I thought the quickest way was.

  • Got 16miles tomorrow, will be my longest run to date. Suffered last week by just grinding to a halt with lack of energy at 13miles. Should a gel halfway round sort me out or is it a little more complicated than that?

    Do you do long rides? What do you use on them?
    I use gel shots in marathons, actual liquid gels make me feel really sick.

  • I realise this is too late, but...
    I use one I got from Tesco for £7 in a sale:
    http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-hydrat­ion-rucksack-6l/215-1572.prd?recommendat­ionId=07c9a252-e2c0-4713-99d2-26ee68e761­80.0&skuId=215-1572
    Its now £13, fits a change of clothes if needed, but I tend to have 2 pairs of trousers @ work, and some shoes, and rotate shirts and underwear day to day.
    For the price, it is excellent, and the hydration thingy works well too. It has seen a lot of use over the past 2 yrs and is still going well.

    I might buy it as a spare, and to use the bladder... Much cheap. So bag.

  • I use High5 isogels(the thin watery ones) on long rides and before long runs, presumably just need to experiment with timings during runs as to when to take them. Last year I made a witches brew of gels and nuun in a 750ml bottle to sip on during my halfs, wasn't exactly delicious but kept me going.

    Congrats on finding a bag Hats, I'm happy with my wee osprey and will be looking at decent sized ones next week so I can start run commuting, that Tesco one looks promising for the money tho..

  • Did my first run in my new salomon pro skin 3 pack last night.

    Apart from needing a slight adjustment in the length of the shoulder straps for next time it worked fantastically, literally zero movement on my back with a half full bladder (the bag not mine). Not much by way in extra space but can fit a few gels and a jacket in there along with keys, phone and wallet which is pretty much all i want to carry on a run.

    Think it's perfect for the type of long runs i plan on doing, and if we make it to a state park in the states in may it'll be ideal for a couple of hours of trail running in the mornings.

  • Oooh - I was looking at getting one of those - can I try yours on?

  • aye lmnh next week?

  • Friday night I will correct this.

    Massive head cold, and its -2C out. But smashed it anyway. Thought my heart was going pop. knocked 30 seconds off, and did my first sub 4min kilometer for quite some time.

    Dying now.

    I'm not sure what the rules are on this, there are several decent segments on the home runs in on my club rides, the unwritten rules are you've got to spend some time on the front if you're going to have a go at jumping away in the last few hundred meters.

    Timed one perfectly last week as a car was passing, managed to draft the car while everyone else missed out, still not even in the top 100 though!

    Well he paced me up every climb, and dragged me along the flats. Then I jumped.

    I'm a ruthless cnut.

    Meh.

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