Sarah Osbourne with Minni
Sarah - thought I would pop in and see how you are doing. It looks like everything is going very well indeed. What time are you targeting for your upcoming HM ?
The plan was to do the full 20 miles easy/steady, but I was hoping to do the first 12-14 miles steadier than the last 8. Because I hadnt run for 2 days I think I must have been like a caged animal let loose as my first two miles were a little too quick despite me trying to slow down (which I managed to do eventually by mile 3)
1 @ 8:12 min/mls
2 @ 8:12 min/mls
3 @ 8:17 min/mls
4 @ 8:44 min/mls
5 @ 8:30 min/mls
6 @ 8:37 min/mls
7 @ 8:27 min/mls
8 @ 8:29 min/mls
9 @ 8:36 min/mls
10 @8:40 min/mls
11 @ 8:27 min/mls
12 @ 8: 48 min/mls (several sets of steps and running through town)
13 @ 8:24 min/mls
14 @ 8:29 min/mls
15 @ 8:27 min/mls
16 @ 8:24 min/mls
17 @ 8:22 min/mls
18 @ 8:24 min/mls
19 @ 8:31 min/mls
20 @ 8:30 min/mls
average pace 8:30 min/mls
Hi Carter, how are you? I keep meaning to pop on to your thread to see how your doing but its so difficult to keep up with everyone.
Im not sure yet about next week. It would be nice to get a PB so
Another perfect 20 today Sarah - blimey this is easy work for me!
There's no reason why today should have felt easier than last week. Last week was hilly so you think the flat should feel easier but that's not always the case. On a hilly route you work hard on the hills but then get some respite on the downhills whereas on a flat course its continuous pounding. You will have got a lot out of today's run - you didn't give up when it got hard towards the end (and yes I think most of this would be in your head - you do gear yourself up for finishing and its hard when you realise its short and have to keep going).
The wind also had an affect on the run today. Its funny how we don't realise how strong it is until we face it head on. This was the problem I had on the beach run I did a few weeks ago!
I wonder if you would have felt better at the end if you hadn't done those first three miles so fast? Possibly, possibly not but worth giving it some thought.
You've had a few hard weeks and done really well to get it all done. It'll be nice to have an easier week leading up to your half next week. What is the heather likely to be in Barcelona? Do you know what the course is like?
I loved your photo of your bling on fb. Your parent's must feel very proud. Are they approving of your marathon training schedule?! I reckon they'll both be worrying about you smashing their pbs!
There's your target then!
Sounds like a lovely day Sarah, I haven't run today, just felt very tired last night. It is Puffy junior's Sunday morning training tomorrow so I've planned a route completely off road on the Greenway. It is incredibly boring but flat as a pancake and as I plan some 8m miles it will be a good route.
I spoilt Mrs P today, I got her some Jo Malone bath oil for no reason, she has been really helpful and I've got all my runs in so far because she's prepared meals etc.
Afternoon, today's run was very hard!
Got off to a bad start, PJ & I had a misunderstanding, I thought he was getting a lift from training to his game, he thought I was taking him home... I was in Mrs P's car, so she couldn't come out and get him. I decided to go home, leave the car and ask Mrs P to get him later. BUt I had no house key, and she was off on a ten mile run. So in the end I told him to get a taxi, tough, he's always telling me how grown up he is!
So eventually I got under way in a persistent cold drizzle, I took my phone and was listening to 6 music, it really helped today. I jogged down to the access point for the Greenway and turned left for the first leg. I had my waist belt and a bottle of water from the car but it was too cold to carry after being in the boot for days, so I left it hidden and used my waist bottle. So up 3.5 miles to the end, turn round and back the same way. I think I've mentioned before it is an old railway line been converted to a cycle and footpath, it's about 10-12 feet wide and runs through unspectacular even dreary countryside.
The next leg was to pass where I started and keep going tjhe other way, a little more interesting for a couple of miles, actually I was born in a house that backs onto the old line, but I can never work out which one it is from the back. Past the cemetery, past the old railway station where we used to get the train into town and then that's it, just flat fields either side and a semi derelict RAF base to break the monotony. And straight!
This is an old picture I have from a couple of years ago but it shows how boring it is.
On marathon Talk they were discussing Marathon pace miles and made a few suggestions, so I tried to put 5 miles at 8mm miles between 10-15, with limited success.
the 12.5 mile point was where I turned back, and the wind was quite strong, I hadn't noticed with it behind me but it really knocked me back. I'd had a gel at ten, and took another at 14 and managed to run OK back to the leisure centre where I'd started. I was knackered now tbh and just sat in the foyer trying to warm up, enjoying all the comings and goings and a bit of human company!
I got a cup of tea, changed my wet top clothes and drove home.
So- not an ideal lsr, I think I was working a bit too hard, but in terms of mental strength a very good workout!
Distance Split time Time Split pace1.00 8:58 2.00 8:56 3.00 8:37 4.00 8:47 5.00 8:39 6.00 8:25 7.00 8:31 8.00 8:46 9.00 8:26 10.00 8:06 11.00 8:02 12.00 8:06 13.00 8:22 14.00 8:19 15.00 8:43 16.00 8:19 17.00 8:45 17.26 2:20
Don't know why sportracks has recorded it like this, total was 18 miles in 2:35:17
Good work on the mile reps - great consistency (first two laps aside ). Sounds like training is going really well.
I've been to Jamie's Italian and Fifteen a couple of times and the food really is great. And what a nice way to rack up six miles of walking
Hope the 10 miles went well today - how did you get on?
Evening Mr P, your first big paragraph made me laugh
By the second one im really feeling for you due to your un-scenic route.
Sounds like you was hit by the same wind as me on friday...I didnt really notice it around town and when I was running down a cycle path, but by the time I was running by the river and faced it head on, it was a killer!
Your splits look similar to mine on friday too. Least you managed to get 3 miles almost at MP too. I think you did great as a lot of it is just a test for the mind...if you could do 18 on that stretch and in those winds, the marathon will feel far easier
Hi Steve, thankyou...I think I got a bit carried away with the first two miles..just hope I dont do that next weekend!
I cheated and did my 10 today in the gym. I wanted to do my weights and a run and was running out of time before I had to go to the cinema with friends to watch Les Mes (and the weather was rubbish) so it was easier to do it there. Quite enjoyed it and kept to my paces fine (although it is easier on a TM).
Hows your weekend been?
Training Diary for Forum 6 sub 3:30 (VLM)
Week 6 (day 42) Aim; 10 mile (4 mile steady, 4 mile @ MP, 2 mile steady)
I went to the gym to do my ten miles today. This was mainly because I wanted to do my resistance training aswell as my run and I didnt have time to run the streets and then drive to the gym to do my weights before I had to meet friends at the cinema to watch Les Mes (which is a fabulous film).
I first spent 45 minutes doing my resistance training with stretches inbetween sets.
On the treadmill I set it to hills on level 2, so the inclined ranged from between 0 and 2.2%
1 I started at around 10 min/ml and finished at 8:34 min/ml
2 @ 8:27 min/ml
3 @ 8:20 min/ml
4 @ 8:13 min/ml
5 - 8 @ 7:53 min/ml
9 @ 8:00 min/ml
10 @ 8:20 -8:41 min/ml
Despite me doing it on the treadmill, I did actaully enjoy myself today. The personal trainers looked like they were being examined, so I had quite alot to nosy at!
My legs felt quite fresh and light
Total milage for week 6; 40.5 miles
My schedule for week seven;
Monday; resistance training + 3 mile recovery run
Tuesday; To be confirmed. Im currently waiting for Minni to get back to me on this one, but its going to be about 7 miles with possibly some (easier than normal) reps + resistance training
Wednesday; Rest day as im working 8am - 9 pm
Thursday; Rest day as im on call, need to finish everything before I leave work for my long weekend and I need to get an early night ready to be up at 4am.
Friday & Sat. I will be in Barcelona. Im not planning on running there except on the day of my half, but I will be doing lots of walking and site seeing to make up for it and to loosen my legs. Normally on these kind of holidays with the running club we can be walking for over 8 hours a day.Sunday; Half marathon + 1 m w/u and c/u
Total milage: 25 miles
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