FLM 09 - 3.45ers!

All Aiming for 3.45 - 3.59

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20/10/2006 at 13:54
Ah, the Thanet 20. What can I say???? (must go and have a butchers at the noo fred.)

See y'all at Beachy next week!

btw - as I'm on this thread now, I have no intention of wasting a FLM place on a fast one - I'll be going out as slow as possible to lap up the atmos - hey V'RAP, will Cutiepie be there supporting again, or has her interest in such mundane matters waned now?
20/10/2006 at 15:26
Wow! I spy a Snoop :o)

Not sure yet whether Tink will be there this year. It depends on various other people not getting places in the ballot and being willing to look after the wee-raptors at Mile 17. But she'll definitely want to be there if you're running.

After three slow-as-possibly FLMs, I want to feel what the atmosphere is like in the middle of the pack this time. Hopefully I'll still be relaxed enough to relieve the spectators of their jelly babies and opal fruits on the way round.
20/10/2006 at 16:42
Can some one give me advice on mileage / cross training?
I can only seem to manage - time wise and energy wise, 30 miles per week, divided into 3 runs, say 15, 7.5 and 7.5, but I did read somewhere that the LSR should only be 1/3 of weekly mileage, presumably meaning I should be running 45 m per week. I can't imagine having the time or the energy, recovering from the LSR or being capable of another the next week.
Does cycling count at all, since on a couple of days each week it is good to cycle to work (8 miles each way). Since rest days are good, I just don't see howa normal mortal can fit any more running in.
20/10/2006 at 17:53
Hi weetabix :o)

Cycling "counts" for developing cardiovascular fitness and burning fat if you're putting a reasonable amount of effort into it rather than pottering, but I don't think it benefits your leg muscles for running.

16 miles of cycling two or three times a week is unlikely to do any harm, though. It's the "active lifestyle" thing!

I used to do lots of "cross-training" - swimming (slowly!) for an hour at a time, BodyPump classes twice a week, intervals on the treadmill, half-hours here and there on the stepper - and was quite convinced that it was good for my running. Strangely enough, now that time constraints mean I can't go to the gym and can only go to the pool occasionally (and never at 7am), my running has improved enormously and I'm managing 40+ miles a week comfortably without losing weight, which has been a problem in the past. I suspect the "cross-training" was just tearing my fitness down.

Even so, I'm thinking of starting to cycle to work, which is just under 10 miles each way. It takes me almost an hour in the car at busy times, so the bike will be quicker. My daughters have helped by declaring, unprompted, that they hate the before-school club and would rather walk to school on their own in the mornings so I don't need the car. And the practice area is small so I do most of my housecalls on foot anyway.
20/10/2006 at 17:58
The novice and intermediate marathon schedules in Hal Higdon's book set aside a day for cross-training and a day for complete rest, and five runs a week. I see that as two days a week when it would be perfectly acceptable to cycle to and from work instead of running - though, being genetically ungifted, I'm hoping to work up to six days' running and about 60 miles a week (but no structured speedwork) before FLM.
20/10/2006 at 18:07
Hi all, don't know if any one can help me, but on my last two runs I seem to have developed a little problem it's a bit of a strange one so bare with me. My toe next to my little toe keeps clicking when I run, it's not overly painful just uncomfortable and annoying. Anyone out there had a similar problem or understands what I am talking about, I tried to explain it to Mrs jus and she thought I was having a laugh. There does not seem to be anything wrong with the toe when looking at it.
20/10/2006 at 18:17
I can also recommend cross training, I run 3 times a week, cycle 2 and swim 3, I also travel to most places by push bike. But my main sport is triathlon and duathlons, I have done the run 5-6 times a week before, but found cross training was better.
20/10/2006 at 18:24
Interesting, Jus :o) Can you make your toe click when you're not running? It's likely to be something called "triggering", when one of the tendons that moves your toe catches on another when you make certain movements.

It might get better by itself, but if not it's quite easy to set right with a little surgical procedure.
20/10/2006 at 20:15
LSR only a third of weekly taining?! Is that true? I've never heard that before and as I only run four times a week it might become an issue for me. Actually it is already an issue for me!
20/10/2006 at 21:06
Weetabix - I have a similar problem with my running, though probably even more extreme than yours! I do a long run of currently 10-14 miles, a shorter one of 6-7 and another of 3-4. So I'm barely managing 20 miles some weeks. Then on 3 days I cycle 6 miles each way to and from work. Not that I go particularly fast.

I just can't see myself fitting in more running with two little kiddies to look after, plus partner who is hugely supportive, but has his own non-running enthusiasms to fit into our schedule!

The big exception to this is IF I get a FLM place, at which point my partner has agreed I can get more running time.

So I've just accepted my lop-sided schedule for now, and convince myself that I could go oh so much faster if only I fitted in more running!!
20/10/2006 at 21:18
And you're already running impressively fast, pidge :o)
20/10/2006 at 21:24
Hi Velociraptor
It does click sometimes when I walk around bare foot. I can't make it click by wiggling my toes, but if I pull it around holding it with my fingers then it does. I will have to see how I get on tomorrow on my long run.
20/10/2006 at 21:24
Shucks thanks Vrap!! Not tonight though - nice 10 minute mile waddle round the neighbourhood for 45 minutes!
20/10/2006 at 21:55
Hullo all.
So I seem to be overdue a new pair of trainers. If I was only trying to look stylish then it would be a shoe that is a timeless classic . I asked for this in many shops in Bristol and was laughed out of town for requesting a long discarded style. Yet North of the border, we kept the good people at Adidas busy churning out....the Samba.
Anyway, enough nostalgia; I'm a skinflint sweaty sock without a degree in sports shoe technology and no leanings towards the latest must have style. The specifications of an average trainer are like the instruction manual for a space shuttle or the pretentious warblings of a nobby artist.
I just want a pair of trainers from a decent firm, that will last a while, protect the knees, and bounce me all over the beautiful county of Angus, then hopefully the City of London.
Oh and the budget is approx £35-£40. Any more is a waste and better spent on the kids !

Suggestions please for a pair of 10 n a halfs.

The wife bought me my current pair of Adidas Supernova Cushion with " Full-Forefoot adiPRENE" sole ?

I look forward to a list of online stockists selling state of the art sneakers at rock bottom prices...!

P.S. why is everyone fretting over their mileage and hours on the road etc etc ? Looking at the entries, you are all unbelievably active, and hopefully leading happy lives as well. Listen to the one they call Pidge, and stay fit with a decent mileage, until the yes/no mag arrives, then "pump up the volume " in the months that follow !?

Good luck to the pasta munchers this weekend !
21/10/2006 at 09:51
What do you train in at the moment Little Stoker?

have a look at Start Fitness
http://www.startfitness.co.uk/acatalog/catalogbody.html

They often have previous years models at a discounted price (if you can live with last year's colour!). That's where I get my shoes from, now I know what shoes I feel most comfortable in.
21/10/2006 at 12:08
Well we're just packing up for a week in a cottage in Yorkshire.... so i won't be online for a while..

Good Luck to all those racing this weekend.. I'll look forwrd to hearing about Abingdon and Stroud ( and any others I've missed) when I get back.

Thanks for the calming postscript above L.S. I had been getting slightly concerned that my current mileage is not consistent with my continued prescence on this thread. ! Now I feel much better...

Sorry I can't help with your new pumps... I'm a size three and have bought mine from the local running shop ..If you're happy with your Adidas then I would stick with them and just surf for the cheapest.

Enjoy your running all! Back in a week
21/10/2006 at 12:13
Ah Yorkshire.....my home, have a greaqt time QQ and careful in those hills.
22/10/2006 at 19:09
Hello peeps :o)

I think I've earned my place on this thread ... 3.54.something at Abingdon, and >whisper< it wasn't actually all that difficult, and there was only a little Wall.

Attractive enough course, not as flat as I had feared, and a fantastic forum presence with lots of pre-race and post-race socialising. And showers!!! How civilised is that?
22/10/2006 at 19:47
Well done Vrap. Roll on London!
22/10/2006 at 19:48
Roll on London.

I have absolutely no excuse not to have a tilt at sub-3.45. But I'd like to stay on this thread. It's kinda become my spiritual home :o)
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