RW Forum Six – Sub 4 Running Rachel with Cheerful Dave

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Cheerful Dave    pirate
28/02/2013 at 08:57

Rachel, it's like you've never been away!  We'll get you to the start line, just keep building steadily.  Long run at the weekend?

Ricky, you're getting a touch of the nervous nerys!  In the days before gps you'd have put that down as a solid high effort run and a confidence booster before your race.  Now we measure speed for every run and concerns set in when a run is slower or seems harder than it should be.  This particular one was in the evening, maybe after a long day at work, after some big mileage weeks: not every run is going to go to perfection.  If you get a few of those it's usually an indicator that you're ready for a cut-back week, which is fine and shows you've been training hard.  A few lighter days before your half (a mini-taper, if you like), a good sleep the night before and you'll be trotting round at 8mpm wondering what all the fuss was about. 

28/02/2013 at 11:25

Good running old girl !!

28/02/2013 at 17:01

Thanks Carter! 

Planning 12 miles on Saturday, should be back up to 15 by the time I see the consultant a week on Monday.......

28/02/2013 at 20:06
Cheers Dave & Carl.... Dave 'nervous nerys' makes me think only fools & horses loll. Yes you are prob right.

Think I will skip my hill session tonight and rest as I have done two back to back speed sessions this week and want to be fresh going into my next two 'big' weeks.
28/02/2013 at 20:54
10 mile tempo tonight at 8'06 pace and a couple of easy miles. I pushed a bit harder than I would have liked so we'll see if I pay the price. I had dave's advice ringing in my ears but I couldn't rein myself in!!
28/02/2013 at 21:31

Rachel - Your running seems to be going well and it seems you have a positive outlook on everything, fantastic!

Carl - WOW! A flat half and it may have been 1.35, seriously good time for that course.

Dd - Great time and congrats on the PB!

I also ran the Great North West Half at the weekend and I smashed my PB! Previously it was 2.06.55 and I knew I would get under 2 hours, but I went better finishing in 1.47.42, SO CHUFFED!! Splits of; 8.20, 8.07, 8.06, 8.10, 8.07, 8.12, 8.23, 8.17, 8.09, 8.13, 8.10, 8.10, 8.35, 6.51 (0.11m).

28/02/2013 at 21:47

Will - great tempo run... I did 7 miles of my 9 miler at same pace last night and was wrecked!

James - that is a fantastic run... nice even splits too - so perfectly paced. Seems you have surprised yourself! Well done on the PB.

28/02/2013 at 22:01
Thanks Ricky! Feel pretty wrecked myself - just eating my way through it ;o)

Great pb James, well done
28/02/2013 at 22:41

Great PB James! Well done!!

28/02/2013 at 22:57

Rachel - great run from you today.

Will - fast pace for that many miles.

James- great PB for you. It seems to be PB's all round at the moment. Who is next ?

28/02/2013 at 23:02

Rather than my normal interval session I mixed it up a little tonight and after a 1.5mile wu, did 5x400m reps with 400m recovery and then 2 miles at MP.

Also ran the reps slightly slower than normal. I figured this would reduce the risk of fatigue after my exertions last weekend.

1.5 mile wu at 8:20 min/mile

5x400m -  6:25; 6:25; 6:28; 6:31; 6:29 min/mile pace

Followed this with 2 miles at MP of 8:15 min and 8:12 min. This was the pace I settled into after the intervals

Cool down 0.75 mile at 8:56 min/mile. 6 miles in total.

The MP miles felt easy(ish) after the intervals. It was almost a relief.

Rest day tomorrow and then LSR on Saturday.

28/02/2013 at 23:08

Fast reps Carl - good workout.

Who indeed is next up for a go at a PB? My race isn't for another 3 weeks so there must be somebody racing before that? No chance of beating my HM PB of 1.41 though so aiming to beat my "born again" PB of 1.53 which I ran last September.

28/02/2013 at 23:20
Fast reps indeed Carl, not even sure I can run that fast!

Ricky I'm doing reading half which is 2 weeks on Sunday... Gulp!

My previous pb is 1'54 so I would be really gutted not to beat that. I'd be really happy with anything under 1'47... Now I've blown it!
Cheerful Dave    pirate
01/03/2013 at 20:03

Great PB James, that's a big chunk off the old one.  Nicely judged pacing too.

Those are quick intervals Carl, the MP afterwards must have felt like a gentle jog by comparison!

I'm racing tomorrow, but I don't think a PB is on the cards.  It's a duathlon over Box Hill in Surrey, I do it every year as a pre-London race, good fun but hard going.  If I can get inside 3 hours I'll be happy.

01/03/2013 at 21:35
Great running James a well smashed PB !
01/03/2013 at 23:02

Dave - best of luck for tomorrow not that you will need it.  

01/03/2013 at 23:48
Atb for tomorrow Dave - sounds interesting!

Will a nailed on PB for you @ Reading I suspect!

Long day at work (15 hrs long to be exact) today and in early in the morning. So I have had two consecutive days rest which I felt were needed.
Planning a 6 tomorrow anoon and 14 on Sunday - all easy pace - and that will be cutback week at an end.... Hopefully suitably recovered for the two heavy weeks that follow.
Edited: 01/03/2013 at 23:49
02/03/2013 at 10:09

Hope the race went well Dave?

12 miles this morning in glorious weather. Pace 9:09 min mile. Felt easy till the last mile when my legs started to tire slightly, but still enough left for a fast finish. 

02/03/2013 at 16:55
Rachel - great run from you today. What are your thoughts on running Manchester. Do you have enough weeks left to build up the endurance through extending the LSR's up to 20 miles ?
02/03/2013 at 16:58

Carl, I think I could do it for sure, whether I should or not awaits the consultants opinion a week Monday...we'll see...but it was great to be back out covering proper miles.. I'm due to do the Liverpool half in 2 weeks as well, so need to make a firm decision about that too. Obviously Icould easily jog it, but I'm so competitive, I know that wouldn't be an option....

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