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  1. Great_Expectations

    Great_Expectations Well-Known Member

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    I ran the Draycote 10k for the first time a few months ago and I quite enjoyed it as well. I like the fact it’s a regular race too.

    Evesham is a bit of a trek isn’t it? Do you know why Bedworth is off?
     
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    Bedworth Parkrun is off as there is a mini music festival type event going on. There are Parkruns in Solihull (which is reputed as one of the fastest in the country) and at Kingsbury Water Park.

    My next track event is going to be a 3000m steeplechase and I got some practice in tonight. Having never jumped any hurdle, let alone a massive steeple hurdle, it’s been playing on my mind a bit, and tonight built up a little confidence, but there’s still a large chance of going absolutely flying come race day.

    Finished the night off with a rep session.... 5 x 1km reps with two minutes rest. This didn’t go well.... the first two reps in about 3mins20, then the heat, humidity and steeplechase work hit me, and I basically jogged the rest of the session.
     
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    Did my first ever park run last Saturday at the memorial park, with my daughter, who runs a lot. My last excercise was a Wolf Run 5 years ago.

    28 mins something. Didnt walk at any point so happy with that as a start. She said I had burnt 250 calories! Hardly seemed worth it, just eat one cake less is easier.

    Ill be trying again this Saturday though.
     
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  4. Nick

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    That doesn't seem like much for 28 minutes of solid Cardio?
     
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    GaryMabbuttsLeftKnee Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I would guess it to be a lot more than that. I ran a 22minute 5km on Saturday and although not entirely accurate my Fitbit estimated I burnt 526 calories.
     
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    250 calories for 28mins at that pace sounds about right... equates to around 560-570 calories per hour.

    I’d be very surprised if a 22min 5km worked out at over 500 calories (nearly 1500 cal/hour).

    Of course I may be wrong, I’m only going on the calorie readings on the gym equipment, but even the most brutal treadmill/stairclimber session I doubt I hit much above 800 calories in an hour.
     
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    Really? I can play an hour of football including some goalhanging and it's about 1200 calories.

    Unless I am burning more because I am less fit! ;)
     
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    GaryMabbuttsLeftKnee Well-Known Member

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    You're probably right, although I am 6"5 and 14.2 stone so that might make some difference.
     
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    ... although I don't own an owl!
     
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    I’ve often heard that an issue with some Fitbit type watches is that they (obviously) measure the moment distance of the arm, and unless this has been calibrated against the actual person, then this can grossly overestimate the actual distance travelled by a person.

    1200 calories is basically 4 x packs of Uncle Ben’s/Tilda rice.... if you’re burning 4 of them off in an hour it would appear to be pretty astonishing...!

    I may be talking bollocks though...
     
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    I don't like to compare it to food, especially after a beasting in circuits and realising it's probably about 10 chocolate biscuits!
     
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    It was the reading off hers and she is a lot lighter and fitter than me. So maybe I used more than 250 calories. I would like to think so.

    Whether it was 250 or 350, it wasn't as much as it deserved to be. It does bring the cake/biscuit message home though.

    (Alcohol calories are different, and don't count)
     
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    I don't think N'Golo Kante burns 1200 calories an hour playing football!
     
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    Needs to up his work rate a bit then. :)
     
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    My Fitbit underestimates the distance
     
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    Pretty sure i ran past CCFC legend Brian Borrows on my run round the park on Tuesday. I dont think he recognised me though.
     
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    Anyone doing or fancy this tomorrow:

    Coventry - Sunrise City 5K

    I’ve no idea why I’ve signed up a race that requires me to get up so early but I have. Actually that’s a lie, you get a medal and a t shirt - I’m a sucker for a good race ‘technical t-shirt’!
     
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    Heat was top much to i prove my 3 mile time so instead i put on more distance

    3.5miles in 45 mins. Slpw but to increase distance in heat i am chuft with
     
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    First time I did the Two Castles Marcus Hall ran right by me, I'd have basically stalked him the whole way if he wasn't 15 mins quicker than I was.
     
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    Rich Will the real Dale Evans please stand up

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    Now that I seem to be over my recent injury troubles I'm trying to up the mileage.

    I did:

    5k Saturday
    7.5k Sunday
    11.5K Monday
    5k Tuesday.

    Managed to get a 10k pb at Draycote last week too.

    I've slowed it right down, just trying to increase mileage without injury.
     
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    Great_Expectations Well-Known Member

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    I went for a run on Tuesday afternoon in the absolute baking heat - not my best idea.

    I ran just over 6 miles and it took about 70ish minutes. I’d usually run that distance in around 50-53 minutes, so it shows the impact the elements have!

    I was planning to run this afternoon, but it’s so hot it’s probably a stupid idea. Still tempted to do a very gentle 5k though.
     
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    We did a rep session on Tuesday night... 10 x 400 metres. It was hot work.

    I’m missing the club session tonight, but not due to the heat.... but because have a big Fell Race on Saturday and need to take it easy.

    Hottest place I’ve ran was Bangkok in Thailand. We had to get up at 6am to get our morning run (10km) done before the sun really got up and it got too hot. On the afternoon run (5km) there was no escape... searing heat and humidity at 3pm.

    Running in Phuket was equally hot but it felt a bit less oppressive as we could run into the jungle rather than inner-city madness. Although Phuket occasionally provides other hazards..... 6ft snakes, water-buffalo, elephants, lunatic tourists/local drivers on motorbikes.
     
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  23. sw88

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    Ah man, why have I only just seen this thread? I can’t go through 6 pages so I’ll just jump to my reply :D

    3 years (well 3 years in august) I joined a military boot camp. Have never looked back since. Took me about 6 months to get the confidence to get back into running - before this I used to run about 8 years prior and did 3 x consecutive cov half marathons (2005-07). The last one a family friend ‘beat’ me and I hung up my running trainers (and anything exercise related really!)
    Took me until 28 to get back into it with this boot camp and I still go today!
    Last year I completed my 1000 running miles in a year challenge and loved it (although the 500-800 miles felt like a chore!).
    This year I’ve done the two castles and Leamington half, with the Stratford 10k coming up in September.
    Haven’t ran as much this year but have kept up the boot camp which I much prefer as it has a family feel to it, but the odd run here and there helps me vent; shit day at work, other life issues. Just time for me.
    I’m not part of a local running group but I am part of a virtual one, which is affiliated and national (and some internationals too). It’s called ‘lonely goats’ but it’s far from being for ‘lonely’ people. It’s essentially folk who run on their own but can share their stories with like minded people!
     
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    Weird coincidence! Until I did the Cov half this year, I’d never ran an official road race, but since then every race I’ve ran, I’ve seen runners with ‘Lonely Goat’ attire, so I Googled it last week and read all about it. It sounds an interesting idea. Worth joining?
     
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    I can’t remember how I came across LG’s but it’s definitely worth joining. Don’t have to be affiliated, can just join their FB group. So many posts which get people through a tough run, or out the door if they need that little push!

    I did get the affiliation last year but didn’t really get my money back from it so haven’t continued with that.

    There’s gentle competition between the colours but we’re all one herd really :D
     
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    Where is the race Saturday?

    I went travelling for 6 months after uni with the intention of running to keep fit and to mitigate the inevitable excessive alcohol and food consumption. The first country we landed in was Thailand and after one afternoon merely walking around, I decided running while traveling was never going to happen!
     
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    Toughest run to date was the Peak District tough 10 that’s cancer Research put on last year. Turned into a walk / run just because of the terrain but was really good.

    Unfortunately they didn’t repeat the events this year!
     
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    Brecon Beacons. Storey Arms to be precise, on the road between Brecon and Merthyr. 12 miles across 4 mountains.

    Anyone even vaguely serious about improving their running, I’d heartily recommend joining a club. The cost is low (my membership to Godiva for the year is less than £90, which when compared to a gym membership, or even a night out, is fantastic value).

    There are so many great clubs in Coventry.... not just Godiva, but Sphinx, Massey’s, Northbrook, not to mention Kenilworth and Leamington who are both very good clubs, and in terms of strength are stronger than all the Cov clubs except for Godiva....

    You don’t have to be a sub-20 Parkrunner to join a club either. All clubs have more social runners, some more than others. Most clubs will only train once or twice a week as well, and generally there is no commitment to turn up if you don’t want to..... obviously if you end up in a “performance” or “elite” group you’d be expected to be there every session, but I doubt anyone here (myself included) is approaching that level.
     
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    Travs is bang on
     
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    That run sounds awesome! :D
     
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    I used to work for years with a girl you train with ‘CC’.

    Nice girl and small world.

    Although now I don’t remember how I know this without sounding like a complete weirdo. Genuinely can’t remember.
     
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    **nervously laughs whilst looking over my shoulder**

    :emoji_joy:

    Very small world indeed!
     
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    Was a very tough race. By the first top, the top 6 were well away and I was in 7th, with another half dozen or so chasing me down. I duffed up my descent and ended up in vegetation which was over my head, fell down a few holes etc.

    By the time I regained the best route I was in 11th or 12th. Spent the next hour or so chasing them back down and regained 7th on the penultimate top. Heading for the final climb, spotted 4th-6th struggling and put in a massive charge, passing them and reaching the final peak with a couple of minute gap on those behind. It was only a mile steeply down to the finish and that gap was enough to hold on to 4th.

    My best position and performance so far. But it was hard.

    People think it must be great to race on the fells, and of course it is. But to race at the sharp end is incredibly painful (no different to on the roads, cross country, or track). To me it’s the satisfaction afterwards that I flogged myself to death and got a reward for it.
     
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    I’m running a brand new race this Sunday: Garrondon Gallop 10k. It’s the inaugural event, so I’m quite looking forward to it.

    I was going to aim for a PB, but with it being the first game of the season the day before, I don’t think that’s going to happen.....!

    I can’t find a race anywhere local (within an hour or so from Coventry) for the following weekend. Does anyone know of any?
     
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