Long time no post in this forum for me. Just read the past couple of pages. Some sad and tough stuff has happened to people here, which puts running into perspective.
FYI I am trying to get my running back on track, after a summer working away from home, house move and new job I neglected my running somewhat and gained a few kilos. Then I got my London marathon entry response back. I'm in! Cue need to turn things around.
I have started cyclin to work 5 miles x 2 each working day. Joined my local running club Reigate Priory Athletic club, run a few parkruns, done a few long runs on Sunday mornings, and today re-engaged with the forum that gave me such inspiration for my 1st marathon last year.
i am planning to get fitter and faster than I ever was before, and to see a substantial reduction on my marathon time, but I know it is not going to be easy.
i am also looking to set up a new junior parkrun in Reigate, but have been too busy with work to do much about that.
All the best for everyone here
Cheers guys. It is a real struggle trying to keep running, but the last thing I want to do is let something positive slide. A tough run like today's does help to clear the mind!
I can only run outdoors while the kids are at school, until the wife returns - hopefully at Christmas. If the worst comes to the worst I'll be getting up really early to do my long runs on the treadmill while the kids are asleep (or late at night). I've always believed that you have to make time for exercise, and right now is proof for me that there is no room for excuses. Others manage through tough times, so I'll muddle through somehow.
This morning is the start of my 18 week training for the VLM - an 8m run with the middle 4m @ Threshold pace. Very uncomfortable at times, but feels great to have gotten through that session. My average LT pace was 7:59 @ 86%HRR (avg. 162bpm). All being well, I'll run 9m GA on Wednesday, and 12m MLR on Friday, plus a 4m recovery run on the weekend. Finger's crossed!
I have been "following" a training plan I downloaded from the internet Called Virtual Coach. I am scheduled for 4 runs per week. A weekend long run, a track session, and a couple of recovery runs are what is in the plan generally.
what I've been doing is: long run (tick!), track session (tick) although not always the track session I am supposed to do, because it's whatever is on at he club that night, a midweek run, either hills or something similar with the running club and usually a parkrun at the weekend. I am also cycling a fair bit too - 50 mins per day 4 to 5 times per week. I am missing out on recovery runs. :/ I find it hard to make the time, and hope that I will be Ok without them somehow.
I can't find my Heart Rate Monitor since moving house. I was without my Garmin at all until Saturday, when I bought a new USB cable for it. Guess I need a new Heart strap and band to get more insight into my training. I am probably about 1 minute slower than I was at my peak, just over a year ago when measured over 5k, and weigh about 3 kilos heavier.
The plan is to keep up with the training and cycling and for everything to magically come together for me
New Garmin HRM strap ordered on Amazon Ran into work today - about 5 miles steady jog - that classes as a recovery run after last night's track session 5 x 5mile repeats, with a fast mile at the end.I was doing just over 1km each 5min and then did 4 laps in 7.40 ish.
Another running club session tomorrow night - hills in Reigate (where I now work), and a couple of runs at the weekend are planned. I'm happy with the way things are going - but it is cold!
Have a Happy Christmas everyone.
My wife won't be home until February, but I'm doing my best to make it a good one for the nippers under the circumstances.
My running schedule is "interesting" at the moment. With the kids at home I'm having to do most of my running on the treadmill. Nonetheless, I still think I can continue with the P&D training plan with a bit of effort and a flexible plan. I'm just starting week three of marathon training and am still on target for the VMLM.
Hope you are all making progress towards your 2014 goals.
(belated)Happy New Year
Thread seems to be dying - just wondering how things are going with everyone?
SB - Congrats to Ben! I saw the elite VMLM line up - brilliant!
Reiki - hope the training is going well. Have you booked any other races in the marathon run-up? I'm in Silverstone HM to test myself, and I'm considering the Oakley 20 for a catered training run.
AC8 - Hope your Garmin replacement worked out okay.
My wife is still away, but she is now due back next month . It has taken some effort to juggle things around and keep up with the running. The P&D plan isn't the easiest to keep up with at the best of times. Thankfully, my mum watches the nippers for me on Sanday morning so I can go out for my long run. My other runs are a mixture of outdoor (during school time) and treadmill (when the kids are at home). Thankfully, I have kept up with the plan so far.
This week is a recovery week in the schedule. Next week is up to fifty miles with a long run of 18 miles, and two midweek runs of 10m (LT) and 11m - with a couple of short 4m-5m recovery runs. I really enjoy the P&D program, which is why I'm doing it again.
Anyway... I may be talking to myself here Good luck with whatever you are doing everyone.
Hi Reikki! Just noticed your update by pure chance (no RW email updates as usual). I have no idea what the OSIM machine is, but it certainly sounds painful. Hope you had a great run at Finchley today to loosen up the calf.
The wife arrived back home a few weeks ago, and so I was at last able to start some serious job-hunting. I had my first interview last Thursday and landed the job - starting on Tuesday. Hopefully 2014 is going to rapidly put 2013 in the shade!
I'm still on course for the VMLM. I ran Silverstone HM last week in a new PB of 1:45:51, and today ran 18m with 14m at marathon pace. I was aiming for 8:45 MP, and averaged 8:41. So far so good. I'm looking forward to a couple of 5K parkruns and 20m "race" (I'll be running-through the latter) at Oakley - if it isn't cancelled again (snowed-off last year).
The marathon is coming round so quickly now!
Thanks Reikki, I'm sure I'll be eating your dust at VMLM. Great pacing at Finchley!
My head is swimming after the first day at work - so much to take in. I'll be up at 5am tomorrow to make sure I get my 11m midweek run completed. Looking forward to a parkrun this weekend to try to hit my Jantastic target (marathontalk).
Enjoy your course!
New 5K (parkrun) PB this week: 22:11 (was 23:04). Blew away my own expectations!
The midweek long runs are a P&D speciality I think
Reikki - I finished in a similar time to you on my 20m at Oakley - 3:08 ish. I ran to normal long-run training pace for seventeen miles, then ran at fast pace for the final three miles.
This morning I tried my damndest to beat my 5K PB from a fortnight ago, and finished slower by four seconds Happy to know I can reproduce the same pace - though it hurts! Followed it up with another 6m including 2m @ MP. Tomorrow is 16m LR. P&D don't make their tapering easy
Just two more weeks!
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