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Started by dreams99 on Feb 3, 2012 4:21:14 PM
The Running Thread

A thread to chat about running. Mostly me, dave and oulfecker, I'd imagine.

And also to sponsor me in the London Marathon (bear in mind it's a charity place so I don't get to do it unless I raise money upfront)

All donations gratefully received, but feel free to hold off until nearer the event in case of injury calamity.

dreams99 - 03 Feb 2012 16:21:55 (#1 of 2178)

Page not complete yet, btw. I'm trying to photoshop my head onto Mo Farah's body but it's not looking convincing.

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davedanon - 03 Feb 2012 16:26:32 (#3 of 2178)

There's someone else what runs around here, I think.

Anyways, I'm still being injured, and looking at a month or two for complete recovery. Not stopping running though, so it'll just have to get better on the hoof.

bigdave82 - 03 Feb 2012 16:30:02 (#4 of 2178)

Have started on a 'fat bastard to 5k' ipod-based running programme. Making a considerable difference to how I feel, even though the weight is not shifting in huge amounts

dreams99 - 03 Feb 2012 16:33:53 (#5 of 2178)

I'm way behind any schedule I might have had, partly due to work before xmas, then a persistent aching back, but running a bit every day at the moment, just did a comfortable (and slow) 5k, trying to up the distance, but not the speed, every session. Got a 10k next Saturday, just intending to finish, not set a time. Have another 10k, a 15k (both in Greenwich Park, so featuring a fearsome hill, twice and three times respectively) and a half marathon at the beginning of April. That appears to be a reasonable escalation.

davedanon - 03 Feb 2012 16:36:57 (#6 of 2178)

5k is only a couple of bags of sugar. Don't think you'll lose that much weight.

dreams99 - 03 Feb 2012 16:38:07 (#7 of 2178)

A couple of very big bags of sugar!

davedanon - 03 Feb 2012 16:40:18 (#8 of 2178)

Ok, 5 k is TEN bags of sugar. I still don't think he's gonna lose that much weight.

bigdave82 - 03 Feb 2012 16:43:07 (#9 of 2178)


dreams99 - 10 Feb 2012 14:50:56 (#10 of 2178)

So I was meant to be doing my first 10k of the season tomorrow morning, in Finsbury Park, but it's been postponed due to the weather - presumably anticipating ice on the paths.

Been running every day this week, the thermal longjohns are very handy. Got these to run with, very neat, lightweight, no dangling cord, good sound quality:

Not listening to music at the moment, don't want anything with a beat that I might subconsciously run to, so am listening to R4 podcasts, mostly review programmes and quizzes.

Bonusy - 10 Feb 2012 14:54:20 (#11 of 2178)

Not listening to music at the moment, don't want anything with a beat

You could always check out Towlie's collection.

bigdave82 - 10 Feb 2012 14:58:35 (#12 of 2178)


cozzer - 10 Feb 2012 15:58:44 (#13 of 2178)

I read

thermal longjohns are very handy. Got these to run with, very neat, lightweight, no dangling

and wasn't sure I wanted to know any more.

cozzer - 10 Feb 2012 16:00:59 (#14 of 2178)

I applied for the ballot for the Royal Parks half, because it sounded like a pleasant route. Somewhat foolishly, in a moment of weakness, I paid up front, because that gave you two bites of the ballot cherry. I didn't get in. So that was money well spent. I do get a bamboo hoodie though, which might be nice. Two people I know who also applied (but without advance payment) didn't get places either. Apparently it is always ridiculously oversubscribed. If I'd known that, I would probably have gone with the delayed payment option.

Moschops - 10 Feb 2012 16:08:19 (#15 of 2178)

I take it a bamboo hoodie isn't a hooded sweatshirt made from bamboo?

dreams99 - 10 Feb 2012 16:15:45 (#16 of 2178)

eh, you paid to enter a race, and then they kept your money without giving you a place?

Bonusy - 10 Feb 2012 16:18:15 (#17 of 2178)

Counts as a donation doesn't it? Thought the London marathon had a similar practice, or used to. Is it all charity places now anyway?

dreams99 - 10 Feb 2012 16:21:41 (#18 of 2178)

London marathon has a ballot, plus charity places, plus good for age places/club runners/pros.

dominoboy - 10 Feb 2012 16:25:07 (#19 of 2178)

Although I've never run a 'thon, the ddg did the Paris one a few years back. I must say I was really impressed by the organisation. They gave me a 'supporters pack' consisting of a Metro map (and tickets) and recommended stops to get to at certain times in order to be there to cheer her on at various parts of the race :-)

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