Great news about your "official" results Nykie!
Just done a 3 mile recovery run. It has been dry all day, but by the time I had finished the ironing it was dark and sleeting...that said, I found what felt like a slow but comfortable pace and plodded round. 3 miles at 9:30 min mile.
So that's week 2 done- 27 miles in total!
Dave, I've noticed the forecast is suggesting -2 at 6 am most mornings this week. Hopefully it'll be safe underfoot, but wondering about intervals in these conditions? Shall I test the ground on the day? I do have a treadmill, but would have to run later in the day, as it would wake the house at 6am!! (My preference is to run early though....)
Hi Caz! Welcome to one who has already achieved the lofty heights of a sub 4 marathon!! What time are you aiming for this year? I guess it would be a good idea to replicate the marathon breakfast, but is porridge the best pre marathon food? What does everyone else eat??
Ooo..Will, I feel your pain! I actually took a tumble myself a couple of months ago- the bruise on my knee was mighty impressive! And it took ages before I could bend it fully again (though it never affected my ability to run thankfully!) I think as adults we fall an awful lot harder than as children!!
All take it easy this week!!
Sorry, not easy!! MAybe I should have said stay safe!! (Carter may be lurking, I don't want him thinking I'm not giving 100%!!)
Haha, He is back now and although it started snowing he got safely round. I'm hoping it snows quite a bit for the weekend so I can go offroad into the Peaks. It's glorious up there when it snows although it makes running twice as hard !
I've no doubt you will be giving 100% Rachel, you dont want to have to buy me that beer when you get across the finishing line at Manchester and I'm there waiting for you to arrive
Just over 10 miles this morning that felt good @ 9.58 pace. I have the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York next Sunday and I will be PB'ing if the weather is ok and I basically get round in one piece (PB is 2.06) as my training is better than ever. Hoping to do about MP or maybe slightly faster, so about a 1.55 time hopefully.
Hi James! Good luck for the half on Sunday! A good run today too!
Dave, a question about a half during marathon training...do you do any tapering for it, or keep up the usual routine. I know I've got a lot of weeks till then, but just wondering!
Carter- you'd better give 110%- just saying!!
Well Caz, I just stick to one and that's the usual advice, but the odd mouthful of lucozade between gels won't do you any harm and might be a useful pickup if you need it. Or you may find it too sickly later in the race, it's odd how taste buds change during a race.
There is one important caveat on this subject though, and that's that I know very little about nutrition for a 4 hour run - you'll probably need to take on more than I do during a marathon, simply because you're running for longer. Have you had any problems with SIS gels in the past? How many did you take?
Rachel, with the half marathon on a sunday you could do a 'mini taper': intervals & tempo on tuesday & wednesday as usual, lighter runs thursday & saturday. There are some specific things you can do in those to help your race, we can talk about those nearer the time.
Dave, I am a big fan of SIS gels. Another mistake I made in Liverpool is realising they used High 5 gels and only testing one once before the day. It was disgusting, but rather tha stick with what I knew, I bought a stack of High5's and used them on the day. I look back and think how foolish it was! On the subject of such things I am planning a trip to Sweatshop this eve as they have SIS gels on offer at 64p each! I'm planning to stock up!
Rest day today, tried not to notice how cold it felt when I came out of work. Tomorrow am is not going to be pleasant!!
Another rest day eh Rachel, you seem to have plenty of them on your training plan
I have now rivalled you on Run Britain so I can keep an eye on you
I've never had any problems with SIS gels - I think I've almost learnt to like them. The consistency is more pleasant than some of the others - not so much like toothpaste. And the caffeine ones are good for an extra boost (imagined or real) at the end of a race. I think I took four or five gels during the marathon, with the first one after about 45 min to an hour, but I'm wondering if I should start taking on fuel earlier in the race.
Dave, I would be interested to know what specific things you are talking about above. I am doing a half on March 3, so it's still a way off yet.
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