Minni v Dubai Dave
OK - serious question - now I am back running a bit, one change in my life is I am now a gym member and thus have access to a treadmill. I haven't actually been on it yet but with the current weather conditions I am feeling drawn to it rather than face the snow. My question to all the treadmill fans out there is what runs do you do on the treadmill as opposed to outside and why? I can understand the weather aspect but I can't work out why some of you seem to spend hours on the thing outside of winter.... But if there is a training benefit then obviously I'll give it a go!
Minni - well done for completing your MP run last night in awful conditions. Like you say, tough, tough conditions and those ones are definitely character builders. More importantly though, great use of the word lush. One my west country favourites... that's gert lush, that is!
KFC - definitely the right decision, hope you feel better soon
Simon - looking forward to hearing all about your training and the challenges you're going to face, rather you than me! Very nice thing to do for your friend
SS - good luck with your 15 with 8MP tomorrow. Don't worry about the missed session, just think about how far you'll have come when you complete that session strongly on Sunday. And if it helps, I've not done a single quality session since a week last Wednesday
Ant - hope you made it through the hangover! Looking forward to seeing how you go in Paris, think you'll nail it
Oompa - glad to hear your calf is now alright (and enjoyed reading you on the naughty step). Any news on yours Barry?
Spoons - can't answer that one I'm afraid. I've only been on a TM twice in my life.1 was jet-lagged in Hong Kong at 4am and the other was for a gym test where the woman said 'you won't complete the London to Brighton bike ride in your shape' to which I politely told her where to go and walked out. I was 22 at the time - as it happened I played cricket on the Saturday, scored 50, got absolutely hammered, had kebab and chips at 3am and headed to the start at 5am. I was absolutely fine!
Quick update from me as have been a bit all over the place the past week. Dad is still in hospital - stomach didn't react very well to op, and we're just playing the awful waiting game to find out what it is. He managed a sandwich yesterday, which was his first meal for 12 days, so fingers crossed that side of it is on the mend at least.
I really have no idea how you do it O4S - you are hard as nails and so positive, a real inspiration to us all. I hope your surgery goes well and that they manage to time it so as not to mess up your plans.
Unsurprisingly, training has taken a bit of a back seat this week as have been trying to sneak out here and there but haven't really managed a decent session. I'm not going to be in sub 3.30 shape for MK anyway, so I'm in 'what the hell' mode. I know I could get around in 4hrs if it was tomorrow, so we'll just see how it goes.
I'm planning to try and get out to do 22 tomorrow morning but I'm watching a snow blizzard out of the window as I type...
Freemers wrote (see)
Spoons - I use TM for intervals mainly because they're impossible to do at lunchtimes in London and I have no access to a track. But you use a track for those don't you? In which case I'm not sure a TM would have any advantage.
Well.. There is a sort of track we use in the summer evenings. To be honest it's actually a school playing field with some paint on the grass, on a slope, no floodlights, only 300m, sometimes the grass is too long etc etc....
Red - Hope you get good news.
Spoons - I'm with Free on this one. I use the TM for speedwork and intervals as i'm so bad at pacing and obviously you can set the exact speed on them. I only use them for other runs if the weather is so bad that it is dangerous to run outside. Also, due to the a/c in my gym being shite, i like to kid myself that the occasional long 'un on the TM is good practice for a hot raceday???
Much as i hate them they are a necessary evil.
Free - That'll be fun to watch is that is her weekly mileage! Even i've managed more than that this week, with one good leg and a dressing down from Minni!!
Woke up to an email saying my planned race has been cancelled - snow in croydon? wtf? Dont believe a word of it from the view out my window. Oh well, makes me feel a bit better about the DNS. Going to get a GP appointment to get my bloods done and see if theres anything else going on.
Spoons - personally I see treadmill as a last resort, I would always rather run outside. Guess it depends on how you like your running.
Freemers - I've followed that low mileage marathon training plan before! (in fact, looking at the last month, I think I'm following it now!)
Simon - that training plan sounds a lot more sensible as a weekly mileage!
Col - its the effort that counts and it sounds like you got it right. The wind is draining to run into and its also hard on your own. I was lucky last night in that my last couple of miles were with a tailwind and I could finish strong. What are you going to do for your 20 next weekend? A progressive one might be good to help your confidence?
2old - I think you're nuts loving the TM so much! lol. But I'm taking it all on board. I think I need a change of focus after VLM and maybe that can be part of it!
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