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26/12/2012 at 11:20
Spoons - you say "I would go for something like 16 slow, 3@MP, 1 slow, then do 6, then do 9. Or you can do blocks like 5 slow, 5@MP, 5 slow, 5@MP - I understand the second part of doing blocks of 5 but I'm not following the first part - 16 slow, 3@MP, 1 slow, then do 6, then do 9. That adds up to 35 so I'm assuming I won't be doing that all in one session !
Off for a stroll round ladybower reservoir with the missus now
26/12/2012 at 12:21

Sorry I meant 16 + 3 +1

then on the next run do 13 + 6 + 1

then on another run do 10 + 9 + 1

26/12/2012 at 12:44

Completed just over 7 miles this morning at 9:27 mm. I found myself looking at my watch for about the first 3 miles or so trying to keep a fairly constant pace but after that I decided that I could judge the pace and I more or less stuck to it.

Is it normal to take shorter strides when running slower ?

Suspect that this week will be a little tough as I although am keeping the pace down, am running on consecutive days and also stepping the weekly mileage upto about 30+.

Trying to ensourage the kids to come out for a walk in the park but seeing as they are still in their pj's looks like I am going on my own !

26/12/2012 at 12:44

Right, that makes more sense now. I will update my plan accordingly.

Carl - good running yesterday. I'm having a couple of days off but plan on a few miles around Ladybower reservoir tomorrow morning. Have you run Paris before ?

26/12/2012 at 12:55
carterusm wrote (see)

Right, that makes more sense now. I will update my plan accordingly.

Carl - good running yesterday. I'm having a couple of days off but plan on a few miles around Ladybower reservoir tomorrow morning. Have you run Paris before ?

Have only run London before (2011 and 2012). So this is my first venture overseas. I am also planning to do Dublin (probably this year), maybe Berlin and I really want to do New York.

26/12/2012 at 15:42
Carl D wrote (see)

Is it normal to take shorter strides when running slower ?

I guess so. Shorter strides are good. People that have a higher cadence and a shorter stride tend to get injured less.

26/12/2012 at 15:52
Why is that ?
26/12/2012 at 17:26

Longer stride means you land harder on your heel whilst your leg is extended forward pushing much greater impact up through your shins and knees.

26/12/2012 at 20:00

Looking to invest in a garmin to replace the nike+ sportswatch that I have. But there is such a range of watches from the basic forerunner FR10 to the 610's and also option of heart rate monitors. You then have the XT range. Like all gadgets most people never use all the additional features and I am sure I will be the same.

Any views on what is the most practical ?

26/12/2012 at 20:56

305 Forerunner is probably the most common. Works for me perfectly.

27/12/2012 at 00:26
Spoons. wrote (see)

Any HM will do. Preferably around 4-5 weeks before. What area are you from?

4-5 weeks out is either 3rd or 10th March. Looking at what is on in the Southeast and still open for entries you have Eastbourne and Berkhamsted on 3rd March and Milton Keynes on 10th March. 

I am thinking I should do this on the 3rd March as this would allow me a further 2 long runs before my 3 week taper.

Any views on which of these are better as preparation. I am leaning towards Berkhamsted even though it is far from flat with some steep undulations !

Also any others I should consider ?

27/12/2012 at 14:56

Any will be fine, doesn't really matter. Flat will obviously give you a faster time which is always nice but if your goal is the marathon then hilly will give you a better training effort.

27/12/2012 at 15:43
11.5 miles of road/fell/trails @ 10:12. Felt very good and strong although the quads were burning at times.
27/12/2012 at 16:13

Nice one Carter

I have 5 x 1km reps tonight

27/12/2012 at 18:33
5 ? Is that all ?
27/12/2012 at 18:48
Out of interest Mr Spoons, what are your PBs ?
27/12/2012 at 18:51
Carl - I have a Garmin 405CX and that's a decent bit of kit also. I don't know what different functionality it has to the other Garmins but, like Spoons says, this does just about everything you would possibly need
seren nos    pirate
27/12/2012 at 19:26

Cater.good pace for this time of year......I'm back to nearer 11 min miling for my long runs..will see howe they build in the next few weeks.........managed a bit over 10 yesterday

27/12/2012 at 19:45
Thanks seren - do you find you slow down at this time of the year then ? Is it weather, mince pie or related to both ? Or is it deliberate ?
seren nos    pirate
27/12/2012 at 20:43

just that I have had a long gap without doing much mileage after a few rest months/ easy months..........

I need to start off slow and build up......until i get going i don't know how quickly i will get my pace back so i build up slowly or i will get injured........so i build up the mileage then try some increase in pace

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