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CEM last won the day on September 22 2015

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  1. On a slight tangent...Tyler Butterfield ran 2:26 in the marathon this morning. Not bad!!
  2. It's not just the fastest times getting slower, the depth of times has dropped significantly since the 80's and 90's, that is, the number of people running sub-2:20/2:30/2:40hr. Look back at the results from Gold Coast marathon from that era. The reasons are multi-factorial, but in the last year or two I think there is slight resurgence of people running sub-2:20, and inspiring others to strive for the other. And just a rising tide lifts all boats, there is greater chance of this further inspiring someone to break through to sub-2:10. I think the likelihood of this happening in the next few years is greater than over the last 5-10 years. Re, women...as Aidan said, they are on a good trajectory at the moment. Celia Sullohern will be the next star in that field, although I thought the same of Milly Clark in 2015 but she has fizzled a bit recently.
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    Heart checks, stress test etc

    I asked this exact question to Andre Le Gerche at the finish of the Melb half marathon back in 2015, and his response that what I'd just done in the race was in excess of what he'd do in a test!! He went on to say that he could make $$$ cashing in on fear amongst certain people, but he leaves that for others to do!! That said, my sports doc suggested I get an echo test done...along with blood tests...to see if there are any latent issues that might be detected.
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    Hoka one one (teach me)

    Clifton, v3 I think it was.
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    Hoka one one (teach me)

    I bought a pair and tried to like them, but just couldn't find them comfortable. If you have a dodgy calf, or especially achilles, the rocker might not be the best thing for you, and be aware that the heel lift is quite low (~4mm?).
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    My main suggestion when running a World Marathon Major is to enjoy it. Don't aim for a PB, especially not in Boston (or NY). Aim to run it comfortably so you can recall it later with good memories that you remember from the whole race. Leave your race face at home. Don't fret about details of training now with only 6 weeks to go...you're likely to do more harm than good to your fitness, and risk injury. Just go soak it up.
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    IMNZ 2018

    Ruley is onto it. Put yourself into a place where you can be a factor when the race really counts...at the finish line. As they say, ride for show. Run for dough. Worked for Lange at Kona x 2.
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    IMNZ 2018

    I recall you saying something like that after your first IM...
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    Hotshot for cramps. Anyone used it?

    I have heard it suggested that hotshots, cramp stop or <insert product> may 'work' because taking them involves slowing down - or stopping - which is likely one of the better ways to do deal with cramps anyway!! Did someone say placebo????
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    Geelong 70.3 race day. Women's finish

    Maybe she was a bit wobbly...but that looked like a good push in the back to knock her over from the angle of the video!!!
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    Items for Gym

    Get equipment so you can do some basic moves - push (dips / shoulder press), pull (pull-ups / bent-over row), lift (cleans), squat, dead lift, step-ups. These are the fundamentals, and other exercises are essentially variations of these. Medicine ball is helpful. Investing in strength work and equipment is one of the best things you'll do for your long-term health and fitness, and longevity in the sport.
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    Gwen running okay. New 5k PB.

    Good video, and a very good run. The folks at Letsrun.com were seriously impressed, which is saying something. I'm on the Jorgensen "train"...although I don't think she will win Tokyo marathon gold (in fact, tough work just getting on the US team), it's great to see a triathlete step into a single sport while still at the top of their game. And new mum's have a history of running well in the year or two after birth.
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    Gwen running okay. New 5k PB.

    Not many Australians run indoors, so that is not really a fair comparison.
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    Artial Fibrillation: anyone? Mental side?

    Geezus, Steno. That's not a good post to re-introduce yourself!! No specific advice from me, although perhaps through your medical network contacts, see if they can point you to some (other) patients who are/have been in a similar situation. There's a few people out there with a history of heart issues, and continuing on afterwards. If that doesn't help, then drop by training one night and I'll give you a cup on concrete...that should help a bit!!
  15. Don't overthink it. Slow is not necessarily easy, and easy is not necessarily slow. So forgot about pace. Think about effort. Easy effort is easy effort. Where you can hear the birds sing, take in the surrounds and chat to someone. Don't think about cadence (although it will be slower at an easy effort than when running at a higher effort). Think about being light on your feet...like you're running through a field of daisies, or over pebbly ground in bare feet. The key point is, easy effort is a 'feel' thing, not a number. If you find it hard to ignore your watch, then cover it up. The numbers will differ day to day, but the feel of being easy will be much the same...although some days just feel like a struggle. I'm an advocate your using a GPS watch, running power meter, HR, etc, because they all give you information that is part of the puzzle...even if the puzzle changes day to day. The key is learning when and how to use them. Use them as a tool, but don't be a tool using them. Finally, when it's time to go easy, which is 80-90% of the time (in running), then go easy. But when it's time to go hard, go hard.