Even with PBs we still grumble!! Well done Ktrier, still a fantastic time. I'm kind of with you on the stamina side. My average week never went over 35 miles but as I never did the cross training anyway perhaps I wasn't giving it a fair chance. I'm toying with the idea of more miles and also with the idea of never doing another one! There's no doubt about it those last 6 miles are really tough. My previous marathon was a postive split of 8 minutes and this one was just a shade under 8 too - coincidence? I'm changing my target with each race so perhaps I'm simply not capable of the targets I go for at a particular time in training. I wish I had the balls for a negative split at a marathon but I don't have enough faith in those last 6 miles!!
Anyway for the next couple of months I'm going to concentrate on getting my 10k time down to a sub 40 ... if I'm ever capable of running again
EF ... and the next target is? Get better soon! My copy of the book looks very tired so I've obviously referred to it with a frequency that borders on obsession!! The joys of children, you might not have the time to go out and run but once they're in bed you can read about it instead and overanalyse the runs that you have managed to get out for! .
iFish, I guess it's the cost of injury weighed up against absolute potential. I do like having a focus for every session though and only 3 times a week means, even on a rough day, you can force yourself out the door with the knowledge that the following day is a day off! Trying to get out twice a day would kill me mentally as well as physically so I don't think I'll leave the schedule even if part of me wants to! Good luck with your training.
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I've joined a gym and did 50 lengths of front crawl today. I'm going to continue with the 3 + 2 and actually do the + 2 in an effort to get my sub 40 10k. If I succeed, I'll do an autumn marathon! I've only got 4 or 5 weeks so I'm hoping marathon fitness will also play it's part. Right it's published ... no going back now!!!
Pasted above in case you try to retract later.
I'm looking forward to a month of running without the Garmin and then the BUPA London 10K where I plan to cruise around and enjoy the sights I missed through the pain on Sunday!
By June, I'll have Furman withdrawal-shakes and will get onto the half programme...
ha, ha HB!!!
Don't think I can ever run without the Garmin - I'm thinking about going into therapy!!! Don't know if you've come across Run Britain Rankings but it's also highly addictive. The idea is improve your handicap and it tells you the times you need over various distances to improve it. This could be why I'm always disappointed with my times at the moment .
As for the sights of London, it was only looking at my photos that I saw Big Ben and ironically it was showing the time that I should have been at the finish!! I hadn't even seen it at all as we turned the corner! I noticed Tower Bridge as we went over it and the Cutty Sark - yey me. Missed parliament and Buckingham Palace. Perhaps I should have worn my glasses...
Enjoy your 10k and a bit of downtime before it all starts again!
EF don't inject pace before you've got yourself sorted out but sub 45 will be yours! I've certainly brought my times down over all distances using the three tough sessions a week and nothing else. As you say, lots of races to practise with and if you have a bad day it doesn't really matter!!! I certainly couldn't do another marathon a week after the marathon but could do weekly 10ks!
Good luck with yours RR, hope you niggles disappear soon too! I've got my next one in 2.5 weeks and one more a week and a half after that which is the one I'm hoping to PB at ...
Fab time Hollers, I'm jealous!! I was on for 3.12 at half way but died so the fact that you finished strong is something I only dream about. Can't believe we didn't have a 3.15 pacer at London given the fact it's a GFA 40+ time for men and championship lady time. I do wonder if I'd just stuck to 3.15, and not tried to put some seconds in the bank, whether I'd have managed to hold on or not. I think it's easier if you're with people all after a common goal though. However, makes you think what you'd have come out with if you'd had a better day with the weather. Good luck with the next one, hope you get your sub 3!
iFish. Took me a while but finally realised KW is key workout!! Don't think I can justify buying it again though How does the taper look for the Xtraining then? Does it drop too?
hollers- great effort, especially over the finish.
Forgive me, FH, for I have sinned.
I could not help myself and took my Garmin to demonstrate to myself I could still run 3 miles at MP.
Cold turkey is too difficult for me so next time, I will run without satellites.
I understand the reason for cross training is so your legs feel fresh for your running session. In my new found enthusiasm for 'mixing it up', I decided to trial 3 workouts yesterday - 20,20,20, spinning and a body conditioning class, topped off with a few lengths in the pool. Methinks this was a little too much as, today, every fibre of my being is about to go ping! Perhaps I should be easing myself in gently ... think I'll be running sloooow tonight!
I too have entered a September marathon but am now regretting it slightly! I've had a slower 5k and 10k in the last week which have been a bit demoralising as I'm just not feeling strong. Still not outrageously bad but far enough of pace to think that something is not right. I do get anaemic so may just up the iron intake again to see if it makes a difference. Think I might cut down to a 12 week focus period too...
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