Minni v Dubai Dave
I passed my exam Which is just as well as it was THE most boring paper I've ever had the misfortune to sit and I really didn't fancy a retake. I know I said I've got a high boredome threshold, but that would have definitely been well over the other side of it!
I had a good run yesterday too. After my mini meltdown the other day when everything went wrong, I listened to the great advice here and junked the session and moved on. I decided to do my first trendy 5 of the campaign, as recommended by Simon, I think it was. Anyway, as I had nothing really to recover from as I'd done no proper speedwork, I decided to do a mini progressive. One mile w/u, 3 miles at increasing steady pace (not beyond MP), one mile c/d. I managed 9:20, 8:53, 8:46, 8:34, 9:10. I was so happy with that as my heart rate stayed low 140s for the 8:xx miles, I could not believe it. I am now confident that aiming for 8:25 as MP is the right thing to do.
15 miles for me later with 8@MP. I'm really looking forward to it. I feel a bit like a coiled spring having done no speedwork this week.....
And thanks all for the birthday wishes. I will enjoy them all over again tomorrow
Mind boggled at Barry's x-training efforts.
I've entered a half marathon for Sept.
Good luck to everyone racing today.
Well done on the exam SS.
Freemers - hope the back held out.
Hope Carrot and Parsnip had a good outing to Thirsk.
Right penultimate long run banked. Duration run 3:15. Clocked up 22.3 miles. I had company for the first 17, which was really nice since its such a shit awful day. We chose a hilly route as pace didn't matter and I set my garmin to show time only so wasn't obsessing about going too fast or slow. Average pace 8:44. I speeded up for the last 5 on my own and was pleased to see the final 3 miles were all sub 8: 7:53, 7:59, 7:56. Not that this makes any difference but it brought a smile to my face! It stayed dry but very cold and a strong easterly wind. In fact at one point we could smell the sea air even though we were about 10 miles from the coast.
I hope O4S has survived her double this weekend. I couldn't face that in this weather.
Congrats, Speed Sheep - go an hit the champers now Ant: in a way I wished I would get my annual cold now ... I'm shit scared it'll come when I taper.Minni: excellent duration run . Know how you feel re. taper . I'm not ready for it either. Because the rubbish weather meant I missed almost all of my longer runs with MP in them I feel I need to do more MP stuff right now. Have done some in my MLRs but still .... I think I will probably do a 20 miler with MP 2 weeks out. Otherwise I won't feel ready!22.15 out of the way. It was truly horrible. The wind picked up and got stronger and stronger as I went on. And it was friggin' cold. Couldn't feel my hands for a while. I really felt like giving up a few times . Was thinking about O4S running across Dartmoor ... that was the kick up the backside that I needed.11 miles of hell and 11 miles that were just about bearable. I just didn't have it in me to speed up when I had a tailwind. In fact, I was completely shit 2old: mega miles! Just counted mine: 79 but TBH, I coulnd't have faced a minute longer out there to make the full 80
Free - hope the back held out today? Back injuries are the worst - you don't realise how much you use your back until you pull a muscle in it! Lots of heat on it after your run should hopefully help.
SS Happy Birthday Congrats on passing your exam! Sounds like you're back on track with the running too.
Minni hopefully London will be 3 seconds quicker than today's duration run
Good running today AA, days like today are what treadmills are made for! Always a good idea to get more MP miles in over the next few weeks, get the legs used to what that pace feels like.
Hope O4S managed Dartmoor OK today?
Chick it sounds like one of those horrible runs that we have that really test our mental strength. Great work not giving in.
Happy Birthday SS
amazing long run Minni
Not shit at all Chickadeee
i ran 1:45 today. Bloomin windy. All OK though. Calves were a bit tight at the start.
Plus. - I haven't mentioned on here yet but I've been doing a PLANK challenge in March. Do plank every day for the month and each day must be longer than the day before, even if only 1 second longer. I am now up to 3:55. I should get up to 4:30 by April hopefully.....
Chick - you can draw strength from today's run when you're standing on the start line of the marathon. Well done for battling on.
Spoons - you are King Plank.
Carrot - come on! How did you do today?
I ran long on Saturday last week so I can claim 92 miles in 9 days with 8 days of running. That's almost 100 miles in a week in my books!
Freemers Brilliant! So pleased your back was ok... remember you said this morning you had a really painful back? No? Oh, you'd forgotten! Great run - that must have you feeling really confident. And good to hear blade had a good run too. Look forward to his version of events.
2old - I had that very chat with AA earlier in the week. I was telling her what she should be aiming for and she was doing the same for me. Problem is neither of us believed it for ourselves. Its funny we can see others strengths but fail to recognise our own. I think we're all going to have to group together over the coming weeks and make sure we all get onto those start lines feeling confident and ready to give it our all.
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