Post details of your last run and what you think of it
Wonderful 20 mile LSR. Started in the creeping dawn with cold and frost, by halfway it was bright and even everso slightly warm in the sun. Not even light winds, just still as a cave. Being alive and running felt as good as anything could today.
From here until April 28th, it's taper.
Cidlad- i've been doing almost all my running in the Pure Drift for the last month with a slow transition from Xmas... I hadn't intended to move over the minimalist shoes but I got them free as a RW tester, and loved them, did a few shorter runs in them every week for the review.. I'm now finally getting rid of the painful swollen toe I've had for about a year of using the Asics.. the wider box seems to suit my feet
Me- did my local parkrun at a very easy pace to get my legs moving for tomorrow's HM.
Park run this morning, 18 40 time. Did it in shorts and vest which was a mistake, legs were cold for the firts mile after which hands frooze.
Broke in my Mizuno Wave Harriers tonight with a couple of miles round the coastal park. Seem fine.
Off rd HM, Baildon Boundary Way nr Bradford tomorrow. Hopelessly undertrained...
Well, after struggling like billy-o in the high winds on Wednesday and Thursday last week - when my usual 6 mile route felt more like 12 - I got out yesterday (Saturday) and made the most of the adorable sunshine.
Infact, it felt so good I decided to have a foray into speed intervals, something I've never done before. Wow! What a wake-up call!
I'm pretty sure what I did was somewhat gentle compared to the more experienced runners on here, but it was really good fun to try something different, add a bit of variety to my run, and feel thoroughly worked out when I got home.
Infact I completed my run in a shorter time than usual, so decided to tack on a bit extra at the end just to make it up to an hour. And I reckon I would have stayed out even longer had I not needed to - ahem - answer the call of nature!!
waycat - onwards and upwards
Nessie - the brooks are an interesting ride - very comfortable and no sign of blisters when sockless (which is unusual for me) - having to concentrate on foot position which is part of the transition - no negatives at present
Sun 7.30am - cold bright morning for an easy 15km (72 min) - good to be out on the quiet country roads with nothing but the sound of birds and some distant far-off traffic
good positive feel to the thread - run strong
17 mile long run this morning. First week of taper done.
Paddock Wood Half Marathon in Kent. Ideal conditions and a lovely course - mostly flat and rural.
Managed 1.40.27 - a PB by two and a half minutes. Gave it everything to try to get under 1.40 but the railway bridges in the last few k knocked the stuffing out of me!
Waltham Forest Half Marathon for me today. It was really enjoyable and agree with Baldie about the fantastic conditions. I am really really disappointed with my time and I made a fatal error by running the whole race with my friend who's been training with me for her first HM. it's my 5th and I got one of my worse HM times at around 2.20, in spite of great conditions, losing over a stone, and good training. I should have got around 2.10 or just over judging by training. I've never raced with anyone before and I think we just ran far too easy, chatting and having a laugh like we have been whilst training. I lost sight of the fact it was a race...
can understand your disappointment, Nessie, but as you have realised, doing a good time and having a nice run with your mate just aren't compatible.. i'd say you shoud sign up for another HM asap and do it by yourself -- there's one in Stratford next weekend for example -- you've been doing some great training and I think you might even surprise yourself with something closer to 2 hours dead...the fitness gains are still there so treat today as a very useful - and enjoyable! - LSR.
Thanks Baldie.. I was thinking along the same lines myself and having a look at St Albans Half on 9th June, with a view to really trying to focus on times (and running my own race!). That would also give me a couple of months to make sure I'm consistently fitting in a session a week of speed work, rather than the piece meal way I've been doing it up until now...
Morning you lot
Cold one up here today
A hill session done off road. 6 x Hills. Mile warm Up/Down
Some cracking training going on.
Baldie - Brilliant result, you nailed that PB and then some, very well done. Sounded like a great race all round.
Ivor - Excellent stuff, glad you had fun
Nessie - Damn, that's a real bummer but really, there's not much wrong with racing for the fun of it rather than to smash a PB every time but of course, you need to have that expectation before you set off. Definitely get another one done to get over the frustration! Luckily, all my friends are lazy feckers who don't run so I don't share you trouble
For me, first day of taper was 8 miles with 5x 600m 5k pace repeats. Hardly an easy session.
Mon 2.00pm - 10km off road mixed terrain with Fudge
cooling breeze and hazy sunshine made for an enjoyable run - met a couple of runners who also had their dogs out for a run - One of them is in the process of setting up a local 'cani-cross' club - for runners with dogs - apparently it is popular in Europe and in the south of England but there is very little going on in the north - not yet anyway
ivor - well done
hoping all the marathoners are staying injury free
Baldy - great PB
SB - welcome to the lovely land of Taper!
Sat - gentle 3 miles / Sun - 10 miles at race pace.
By managing not to die, I finished the off-road Baildon Boundary Way HM last Sunday in 2:17. 10 years ago, I managed 1:41 God's Own County looked glorious: an early chill, no wind and gently veiled sunshine. Paths, trails, fell, canal tow path, a little road, moorland, and the gallops where Aurora Encore trains under Sue & Harvey Smith! At the finish, piping hot showers, bacon butties & ice-cold Coca Cola!
Of course, I'm a little the worse for wear today but well worth it!
Swittle - that run sounds lovely, glad the injury didn't stop you!
12 x 200m @ 5k pace with 1 min jog recoveries and a miles warm up and cool down. Wearing in some new trainers ahead of Sunday and today was the first day they felt perfect. Getting excited and scared now!
Keep up the good work all,
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