Rachel - enjoy the hols.
Dave- I think you are right. The first run is about reminding myself how to put one leg in front of the other, breath and all that jazz.
So I went out there and did 7 miles today. The legs were a little heavy but that was to be expected. I decided that the first mile would dictate the type of run. If I was struggling I would do it all easy but if it felt ok, I would push a little without going mad for a few of the middle miles. The first mile felt good.
Splits as follows :
Mile 1 - 8:40
Mile 2 - 8:24
Mile 3 - 8:17
Mile 4 - 8:15
Mile 5 - 8:14
Mile 6 - 8:42
Mile 7 - 8:49
Overall 7 miles at 8:29 mm pace.
So its great to have got back out there. But this felt hard, particularly my breathing which I suppose it was always going to and I need a bit more recovery time to get my breathing working as it should. Not sure if this will happen in time for next weekend. Suddenly 26.2 miles is seeming an awful long way !!
I do not feel overly tired a few hours after doing this. I do know I have been exerting myself.
I guess the next run is going to hold the key to what I do.
I am thinking 10 miles LSR with a few miles of MP thrown in for good measure. Is that too much ?
Good running tomorrow Ricky.
Today was all about getting back out there and seeing how it felt for me. I am not 100% over the illness yet but am on the mend so its a case of getting the right runs in and trying to be 100% clear by a week on Sunday.
DD - I used use a Nike + watch but it started to give trouble and stop recording, losing data etc. Changed over to a garmin and there is no looking back now.
Will - you could be right about taking the pressure off. After all we do this because we enjoy running ....
Ricky - great run from you today. Great pace too considering that you got frustrated at the start. Imagine mixing the kids in with elite athletes like your good self .......
As you say this pacing thing is really tricky. I am going to throw a few miles of my original target MP into my run tomorrow to see what it feels like. But I am not going to stress too much about pace this week.
Just checked the paris marathon website. There are 50,000 registered runners for next Sunday. Just as well I pushed myself up the field when I enetered and am in the Blue pen which is sub 3:30 time. At least it is a wide start and straight unlike London.
Carl - I sense a shift in your thoughts... looks like you are going to give Paris a go?Dd - I wear my HR monitor all the time... find it very useful to keep pace slow enough on LSRs and also great for measuring your progress over time.. quite satisfying to see your avg HR come down over the same route & pace during the course of a concentrated training plan.
Used it today and it told me I put less effort into the 2nd half than the first even the though I ran each 6.5miles at an almost identical time. (HR in first half of the race avgd 162 and 157 in second half - overall avg for the race was 159). Explain that one!
Ricky - if I was injured it would be easier to give in. As it was only a virus (albeit a very bad virus) I should be able to get round. I am sortof stubborn and hate not doing something. The difference with thios marathon is that it is the first time that my finishing time actually matters to me. As I was running for charity on my last 2 attempts, it was all about taking part and getting to the finish line.
Just need to convince my OH as on Wednesday I had sortof said I would not do it.
10 miles today with 4 miles at just above MP. Felt really lethargic before and during the run. Feel a little bit better since.
First 4 miles at 8:46 mm avg.
Next 4 miles as follows : 7:55; 7:49; 7:49 and 7:48
Final 2 miles at 8:30 mm each.
Overall 10 miles at 8:21 min/mile avg.
Mile 8 was hard and needed me to dig deep and really push hard. A few weeks ago I would not even have noticed. The virus has taken the edge off my lung capacity and that will be a factor in Paris (assuming I convince you know who).
Need to think about what other runs I fit in this week. Do not want to overdo it but need to keep rebuilding the confidence.
Going to be a challenging week while I work out what race day strategy should be. I could run it conservatively. I could try and race it with my 3:45 time in mind. I could stop worryinga nd just turn up and go and see what happens ....
Going to be a challenging week.
Ok my training for this week is as follows :
Tue - 4 x 800s at MP
Wed - 4 miles easy
Thu - 2 x 800s at MP
This should hopefully get rid of that sluggish feeling I have at the moment after being a layabout for the last two weeks.
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