For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Final week of faffing about with 17ish this morning. Once the kids go back next week things should be easier.Now where did that plan go....
RS, Wardi and Al_P rising from the bench
RS - short frequent runs are a good idea
Dids - that a lot of ~MP miles in a week, your legs must be nice and tough
SL - 3 x 20s in a week, and I was pleased with a couple of 13s and a 16 !
Toro - 4am run would be a bit mad and a good hour earlier than I've ever run at.
My base training for becoming a fat adapted runner continues. In that I am managing to force down loads of food without any exercise,so depositing great energy reserves for when I start running again in the new year. I shouldn't need an energy gel for several hundres miles at least Going out on the bike tomorrow for 3 hours to check if the man flu is definetly in remission.
Good to hear the ribs are getting better Wardi, and the backs improved CW - nice 18 miler too - RS78, hope your back to your normal self sooner rather than later, and hope Al_P's ITB holds up after today's 12.
Good long runs too from Jools, TR, coronium, Cheerful Dave, Lord Didsbury and postie.
Toro - good run at WA, I enjoyed the course apart from the water. I had it as bang on for distance, but guess with those kind of last minute changes there's not a lot they could do.
Just 13 miles for me today and 47 for the week, in to week 3 tomorrow of my schedule for Paris and think the intensity is going to go up a notch over the next few weeks!!!
Coro - Pasadena HM sounds pretty cool! Sounds like you're still running pretty well - I bet the 20M was at a fairly decent pace...
LD - 92M off one run a week, blimey. The holiday period makes me realise how much training I could do if I was a full-time athlete!
SL - very impressive training.
Weekend for me was 18M on Saturday (a bit shorter now as only 2 weeks to the ultra), and just over 70M on the bike yesterday (very windy and hilly!). Allowing for punctures and a brief stop at a cafe we were out for over 5 hours yesterday - was pretty hungry and tired by the end!
All right Coro!
SL - Bloody hell, I thought I was doing well with 5 x 20 milers over four months. 3 in a week?!
I managed to keep up a decent level of training over the festive eating period. From Xmas Day: 14, 9, rest (dog walking), 13, 8. The 13 was a mixed hill and tempo interval session and the 8 was a pissed-up run back from a pub in East London at 2am yesterday, incl. an undefined distance (no Garmin, and I was pissed) tempo section of the Regent's Canal when I got a bit carried away trying to keep up with Prog in a 9/8 beat. (#iPlod.)
So has anyone done the Finchley 20? I know JAP has cos I saw his lovely mug on the home page.
PP - yep, I've done it a few years ago. I like the 4 laps as it's good for marathon training e.g. you could aim for 34 mins first lap, then 32, 30, 28, or something like that. Dan had a really good run there one year (2:03 maybe, beat me), and Marders did a ridiculous time there at least once.
Nice training by the way. I've never tried doing a decent length run when drunk, so would be interested to try it - in your mind you think you can run really fast but maybe that doesn't happen in reality. The closest I came was on a running pub crawl where we started racing the last few.
Dids - 50M at not much slower than MP is still impressive, I'm chugging out 8mm at the mo. Agreed, its not good seeing olympic heroes struggling in other sports, I'm probably a better all round sportsman than some of those. Wouldnt mind a few gym tests with that Helen Glover though !
Padams - good long run and bike combo, windy day for biking y'day.
PP - pissed up run home, in your disco dancing shoes ?
I did Padams 3x20min in my 90min turbo today, pushed a biggish gear (~80rpm) on the efforts. One more ~90min run tomorrow and then I'm back to normal training, thats 90min to 2 hrs every day since Weds 19th (except for a rest day Christmas day).
Seasonal greetings... long time etc etc
Not sure if I'm the first of the returnee's but I just had to. Posting again in an attempt to legitimise another campaign and hopefully instill some much needed discipline.
I've had a hellish couple of years with work taking over my life (bad times). Went freelance and now sort of wish I hadn't. Busy is good but too busy is bad. I still need to adjust to that side of things.
Goals: If I can get anywhere near where I was FOUR years ago I'll be made up. So far I've only entered Wilmslow Half but probably looking at Manchester for the 'A' race. Its the one I bailed on last spring and its not sold out yet.
Glad to see familiar faces. Reading about all the training makes me feel a proper lazy git - which is inspiring. I'm hoping with some more free time (I'm making space for some and a contract ends in 2 months) I can get back on track.
TTFN SJ (long time lurker, recreational poster from a few years back)
Saintjason, that name sounds familiar....
First run of marathon training today - a recovery 5 miler. It was hellish. Admittedly I needed some recovery from yesterday's 16 mile point to point run straight into a monster headwind on the route of the Northumberland Coastal with extra added in, and it was pretty windy still today, but really, 8.55 pace? And it didn't feel *that* easy. Not helped by a cramping stomach. Cereal instead of porridge for breakfast was clearly not a good choice. The only way is up I suppose.
Evening all. Nice to hear from Saint Jason (it's been a while!). Looks like some (Dids, Phil, SL) are training very hard. To think I was pleased with myself for getting out for 12M this morning in the rain whilst on a long NYE weekend away in Devon. Undid the good work with crumpets and cake in Totnes this afternoon, however
May 2013 be a year replete with PBs for the thread!
Nice to see SJ back again, hope you find enough time to bag another sub3.
Al_P - a bit of roller and stretching should see you ok, esp if it let you do 12M y'day.
more good miles there Jools, I'm not training hard yet its all easy paced stuff here, I'm not looking to see any peaks until April.
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