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Linguists running the Singelloop 2024

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On Friday 12 April 2024, 15 linguists from LUCL – the LUCL Runners – ran the Leiden Singelloop. All running linguists completed the +/- 6km course on the ‘singels of Leiden’. Afterwards, we enjoyed each other's company during the annual post-run party at Olga van Marion and Ton van der Wouden’s house along the route.

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The LUCL team of 2024

Thanks to LUCL for sponsoring and all colleagues who supported us during the run!

25 LUCL runners ran the Singelloop 2023

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Last Friday, 25 linguists from LUCL ran the Leiden Singelloop. After a nice, light dinner in the common room, all running linguists completed the 6K on the ‘singels of Leiden’. Afterwards, we enjoyed each other's company during Ton van der Wouden’s annual post-run party at his house along the route.

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The LUCL team of 2023

Thanks to LUCL and all colleagues who supported us during the run!

Quick tip for carrying gels while running

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Here's just a quick tip for carrying gels while running longer distances. I only carry them for marathons, and I kind of hate the feeling of those waist bands. Turns out, you can carry them safely without buying anything.

All you need are your regular safety pins – you know, those things they hand out at every race for attaching your bib to your shirt. Take a gel, put it inside your shorts on the left or right side, and flip the top over your waist band. Attach the top to your shorts using a safety pin and it won't go anywhere during your race.

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When you need it, just tuck it from your waistband - it'll let go easily - but be aware that the pin might open, so don't get stung. I found this works great and the gels don't bounce up and down while running. I carry three gels at most, so I don't know whether this works for more gels.

Prime symbols for minutes and seconds

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So, when I was still on Strava, I quite often saw fellow runners notate interval times using prime symbols instead of writing down 'sec' or 'min'. Although you might think it efficient, or simply cool looking, I always get a bit confused by it. However, I sometimes find myself using these symbols just to keep my running log from expanding too much.

Just as a quick reminder, I'll list the use of prime symbols for time below, together with some examples.

  • Single prime for minutes
    • 3*5′@MP (3 times 5 minutes at Marathon Pace)
  • Double prime for seconds
    • 20*30″@i4 (20 times 30 seconds at intensity level 4)
  • Combining minutes and seconds
    • 5*3′30″@i3 (5 times 3 minutes and 30 seconds at intensity level 4; I would rather just write 3:30 here, by the way)

If you find primes hard to find on your keyboard, you can just use quotes of course, as in 3*5'@MP.

I got my information from Wikipedia. The relevant page offers a line that actually pretty much sums up what you need to know.

Primes are sometimes used to indicate minutes, and double primes to indicate seconds of time, as in the John Cage composition 4′33″ (spoken as "four thirty-three"), a composition that lasts exactly 4 minutes 33 seconds. This notation only applies to duration, and is seldom used for durations longer than 60 minutes. (source: Wikipedia)

There's some useful information in this StackExchange thread as well.

Thanks for reading!

My First Ultra

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Last Sunday I ran a distance beyond the marathon for the first time, one of the reasons being the frustration of having almost completed a tough training plan just when the marathon of Rotterdam got cancelled. Given the pandemic, I do understand and fully support this decision, of course, but it still sucks.

Trying an ultra-distance I didn't feel like racing on my own, because I do like having other runners around to group up with, keep each other out of wind et cetera, so I decided to try an ultra distance – a 50K, at long run pace, so around 4:30 per kilometer. Below you'll see the route.

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It was a weird experience, running beyond 42K and especially doing it without other runners or people along the sides of the roads. Luckily, my wife was crazy enough to accompany me on her bike and provide me with support, drinks and, near the end, some small foods.

How it felt The only thing I regret is wearing Hoka Clifton's. Of course, they are made for long runs, but the toebox is so narrow that 35K may still be okay (I've worn them for most of my long runs), but not for more than that. I already felt chafing at 10K and I had two major blisters afterwards, while I actually never really have any blister issues.

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During the run, there were the usual emotions: first 20K were fun, from 20 to 30K I felt okay, from 30 to 35K I was fed up with it, and from 35K onwards it was okay again, apart from the wind that got stronger and stronger. Hitting 42K I felt good until 47K and at that time, I just didn't want to run anymore. Of course, I kept on going, keeping cadence high and pace steady, but it felt like it cost a lot of energy. Which it probably did. Hitting 50K was a milestone, of course, and doing a 2K cooling-down felt okay, so mission accomplished.

Conclusion Would I do it again? Well, a 50K I'd do again, but only in an organised race, I think. And wearing different shoes, of course.

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