A bit longer than the average plan
I'm pretty happy that I'm in the right area for my max heart rate. I thought I had posted my earlier thoughts in this thread, but it seems not. If I can find it, I'll pop it in here, which might help my figures make sense (or not ). Long story short....I previously thought my max was 191, but I believe it was based on erroneous readings. My current figure of 181 has more solid evidence.
I ran a 10K race at the weekend and have a new PB of 49:08. This was slower than I had hoped for, but it is not the "A" race I'm preparing for (which is another 10K race in seven weeks time). Hopefully it will be a bit cooler .
Congrats on your PB! It might not have been what you were hoping for, but everything's heading in the right direction, well done!
In my training, I'm now placing the emphasis on pace for the hard sessions, rather than heart rate. I'll continue to use the HRM to stop me from working too hard on recovery days.
I have six weeks remaining to prepare for my next 10k race. I've also scheduled a couple of 5k tune-up races this month. I'm in two minds whether to train for a half-marathon in the Autumn, or stick to speed work (not that they are mutually exclusive, or anything like that ).
To paraphrase the saying... if I didn't have shit luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all
In the middle of August I was struck by a virus that laid me up in bed for a week and culminated in hospitalisation on the drip. During my prolonged recovery from that, I stubbed my toe and fractured it, then subsequently antagonised the injury while lifting some heavy furniture. The upshot was almost two months with no running at all
I didn't wait for the fracture to completely heal and tentatively began running short distances in October. Needless to say my fitness had dived. I ran primarily on the treadmill to avoid problems with the injury. That way, there would be no obstacles and I could stop at any time I felt pain (in theory, at least ). I avoided speedwork and inclines, so the running didn't make the toe injury any worse.
Over the last five weeks, I've gradually built back up to 28 miles last week with a "long" run of 10 miles. I'm on target to have sufficient endurance to begin marathon training in just under five weeks. My speed-endurance is currently not where it was this time last year, but I'm hoping I can overcome that with some intelligent training.
I'm planning to base my marathon training on the P&D 18/55 schedule once again, since that was very successful for me this year. I'll be training for the VLM in April, with the Silverstone Half-Marathon booked as part of my preparation in March.
Having the long-term target (A.K.A. 5 Year Plan) has definitely helped my focus, at a time when it would have been easy to say "screw-it". I've had some set-backs, but that's all they are, i.e. "set-backs" and not "showstoppers".
Hi Tenjiso - that's a shame but some time being laid up is inevitable - shame they all came at once! The fitness will come back soon enough. I'm just recovering from nearly 3.5 years of an inconvenient set back! I suspect my fitness make take some time to recover.. Hoping to get back to training before the middle of next year. Good luck with your training!
That's some inconvenience, Peter! Good luck with the comeback, and thanks for the sentiments.
I've just remembered, it's about time I checked-in...
Running hasn't been easy.
Tragic family circumstances have meant that since mid-November I have been juggling life as a (thankfully, temporary) single parent with stress levels through the roof, rapidly diminishing savings and next to no income. However, if ever there was a time to maintain running it was now. It gives me some structure and positive focus.
I managed to get my base level of running up sufficiently to be able to start the P&D 18 week up to 55m p/w marathon plan, and so far I have kept up with the training (this is week six of the program). I'm having to do a lot more home treadmill training to be able to keep an eye on the kids. My mum has been watching them for me on Sundays, so that I can get outside on my long runs (plus, it gives me a rest from cooking all the meals ).
I'm targeting a sub-4:00 marathon at the VMLM. My training runs and heart rate monitoring are at paces suggested for a 3:50 marathon, which is good because I have a tendency to fade in the latter stages. I'll get a better idea what is possible when I run the Silverstone half-marathon in March.
Next week will be my first 50 mile week of the campaign, with a long run of 18 miles.
If nothing else, it keeps me off the pills!
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