Thursday, 29 October 2015

Why?

I have just been reading a news report regarding a 28 year old entrant ( I will refrain from calling him a runner) in last weekends Nairobi marathon.  Julius Anjou hid himself among spectators and as the race neared its end, joined in and went onto claim 2nd place.

I know this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened but I still can't understand why anyone would want to do such a thing!



On a brighter note.  I must admit to enjoying the odd beer or two after a run.  A practice that is often criticised by some.  So it was interesting to read of two new high protein beers that have been produced with athletes in mind.

The Supplemental Brewing Co. in Illinois  has produced  an American Wheat beer with 7 gms of protein and 5% alcohol. While there is a lager NutrBeer which at 4% alcohol contains 4 gms of protein.

Could this catch on?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Could this be the fastest marathon yet?

The editorial of last weeks Athletics Weekly pointed to  big city marathons that are dropping the use of pacemakers.  Highlighting the Chicago Marathon not using pacemakers for the first time in 20 years and the forthcoming New York marathon which has not used pacemakers since 2007.


It goes on to point out that there are some athletics fans who relish the idea of fast times (and of course the sub 2 hour marathon has featured frequently in not just the sports media of late), while there are those who enjoy a more strategic race rather than just speed.



Well Athletics Kenya have recently announced that they are to hold their first ever Olympic Trials for the marathon.  Taking place on the second weekend of February next year.  When the first three male and female finishers will be selected.

Given the plethora of fast marathon runners within Kenya then this could  surely be one of the fastest marathons ever - unless of course the runners become wary of each other and it turns into a slower, more strategic race?

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As far as my running is concerned I did a session of Mile reps last week,  as I start to pick things up a bit, and yes I did need the help of someone (a pacemaker) to pull me through - Thanks Liam!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

You're so vain

There has been lots written and studies carried out regarding the difference between actual effort and perceived effort when exercising.  Often people feel that they are exercising harder than they actually are.

To help counteract this people often use strategies such as listening to music to help them concentrate and so exercise at a harder rate.

I am not sure if this is a surprise but a study conducted at Northumbria University found that men, when exercising in the presence of a female, that their Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) dropped.  However, if they exercised in the presence of a fellow male their RPE goes up!




With regards to my own running, I seem to be over my calf problems and have been able to get a few weeks steady running in - The aim now is to introduce some speed work and aim to start racing again by the end of the month.