For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Ah yes - middle of Febuary.... too far away from race day for the adrenaline to be taking over but far enough into heavy training for full on marathon training fatigue to be taking hold.
I'm sure the focus for VLM will be just the same as usual, concentrating on a handful of 2:04 runners for the whole of the race , a limited last minute catch up with the lead Brits for 5 minutes and then cutting away from the finish line at exacty 2hrs 18min before some twat with yellow/ginger hair comes across the finish line. The last 3 hrs of the coverage will then be covering the real stars of the day and their rather splendid costumes........ not bitter me
Al_P - looks like a very timely blister to me then.
Postie - do bathroom doors have a blood supply then ? Mine hasnt, maybe thats why it squeeks a bit !
London was heaving as usual, didnt see anyone famous, although I wouldnt recognise any of Dids famous mates anyway.
Hmm, charges reinstated yesterday? That sounds convenient. Without knowing the truth of the matter, having the best legal team money can buy (including apparently a former Scum editor as spin doctor) must help in these situations. HR's Blackadder quote could be quite relevant. Is Oscar the new OJ?
And on the doping side, if Armstrong got away with it for so long then there's no reason why any other successful athlete, training group or sports team couldn't be cheating. It comes down to whether you have faith in them or not.
LD - I agree that Mo perhaps got a bit lucky that the field was not quite as strong last year as it had been in previous years (e.g. Bekele, Haile, Tergat etc.). But that doesn't really matter, he still did the job! Similarly with Kelly, I think she won just by being more intelligent than the others. If someone had been running like Dibaba is at the 1500m at the moment she would have been blown away.
Couldn't face going out in the freezing cold again for the pursuits last night, so another 80mins on the turbo inc. 2x20min (270W for anyone interested). I tried wearing a HRM for the first time in ages - still struggle to get the HR up on the bike, but better than last year. Was able to hit 75% of max for a 20min effort, and that wasn't max effort.
LJ - none taken mate. Love a good debate on drugs, and guess I'm just saddened at the way running (and cycling) have continuously been undermined by revelation after revelation, particularly in the light of more advanced testing. The number of Russians who have been exposed retrospectively this year alone is enough for me to take the world champs away from them in 2013. It's as bad as the East Germans of the 70's.
Media don't need to worry about Mo. The big story will be whether the sub 3 pacer can go sub 3.
Marigold - if the director cuts away from the finish line at 2.18, you know what to do. Just pull your finger out man and get there earlier.
16m last night. Utterly bored of the cold weather. Somehow I managed to run into the wind the entire way. Twas my 13th run over over 15 miles this year. Will do 22 on Saturday, then start a 3 week taper.
btw, I think Oscar is going to get off. Too much doubt already. He could retire from athletics and take up biathlon. Easy enough to get some sort of ski attachment to his legs, and he's already well practiced in the shooting.
CL - Sorry to hear you've got half a cheek on the bench. All the best.
Marigold - You need to take your media-whoring skills up another notch. I reckon a blue stripe in the canary yellow hair this year, and they might leave the cameras rolling for another minute or so. Or just hurry up, like Dan says!
Dan - Nice effort. Constant-wind runs (chilly weren't it!) are character building.
Padams - I don't suppose wattage is properly comparable when I'm on an exercise bike with trainers and rubbery pedals, but I repeated my 2 x 20m (10m ~240W, 10mins ~260W, 100rpm) yesterday lunchtime and for a laugh had a sprint for the last minute or so, managing to eek out a measly 355W max. I'm sure with some carbon-soled racing shoes and a razor-blade saddle I could've maintained 400W for 60 minutes.
Also tried out my new (Chichester V40 prize) Brooks Defyance on an easy run last night. Seemed OK, a little less springy than Nike Zoom Elite but very comfy, and I'm sure the extra 6g weight will have a beneficial training effect at least equal to a daily shot of beetroot juice.
Marigold - run next to Mo for the first few miles, rumour is there will be the odd camera on him...
Oh no, CL, hope they get better. I had a bit of achilles trouble a couple of years ago and do some 'heel drops' on the stairs every morning as part of my ever-lengthening preventative exercise campaign now. As I understand it, tendons and ligaments repair themselves with a quick bodge of scar tissue initially, but actually need some stress to then replace that with pukka ordered tissue, hence the heel drops.
My "performance combo" MLR this morning wasn't too good. The 4x0.5M to start with -- should be around 5:15/M when I'm fit -- averaged 5:48/M, not even HMP, with my usual 2kg rucksack (with a bit of headwind, to be generous). Then 8M @ 6:35/M to give 13.1M @ 6:39/M average overall. When I'm fit, the average is more like 6:20/M for that kind of run. So I'm a bit sluggish overall, and my peak speed is absoultely non-existent; hope that's because I've now clocked 66M for the week, whereas in the past I would be quite fresh for such runs, and that it will all come good with some tapering and sharpening. The only crumb of encouragement I have is that the 15M race 10 days ago actually went pretty well.
Like ES I have a half in 2.5 weeks; plan was to do one more high miles week next week before dropping massively to taper for the half, but now I'm tempted to do a lower-miles, more speed-intensive week next week to (I hope) restore my fragile confidence... I suppose in the past, my low-mileage, multi rest-day regime meant I was always reasonably fresh for tough sessions, so I'm not used to what should perhaps be normal, i.e. finding training performance distinctly impaired by overall mileage until tapering or backing off. All this self-pity and I'm still at about half the mileage of the big boys!
Charlie: the much higher mileage will slow your training paces. In the words of the great and sorely missed Douglas Adams: Don't Panic! The taper will mean you come good in time for the big day.
Phil: I'd say the problem with the shoes is that the Brooks Shoe Naming Department can't spell.
Marigold: I've definitely got late February marathon training blues. At least next week is a cut back week for Bath
CL: I'm another who needed orthotics to sort what had become a long line of injuries, including AT issues. IIRC one of the main difficulties is the poor blood supply and so simply icing it doesn't help in the same way as it would for a sprain or strain. I seem to recall that rest, stretching (both the calf and 'pinching' the tendon itself) plus the eccentric loading exercises did also help resolve it.
8M very easy for me this morning and am spending my day out of court doing some much neglected housework. Bleurgh.
Charlie - it's all over mate. Retirement is the only thing that can help you now.
Orthotics - I have worn em for the past 10 years. I was getting some foot pain which the orthotics cleared up pretty quickly (and the same happened to me in the late 80s).
However, I do often question whether they are that necessary. I used to get loads of calf injuries and I grew out of them over time. Ditto sciatica. Would the foot pain not have gone too?
Am I not just carrying a bit of unwanted weight in my shoes?
Don't worry CW, my half mile intervals today were barely at HM pace, and that's without the rucksack. 5:15 would be an unheard of luxury. You'll be fine.
Bike in was chilly today. Got to make the most of half term though.
Did you hear the one about the Irish Giro d'Italia?
Jools - I'm with you on the mid feb training blues, two great weekends and now I've got a quad moan (the VLO I believe, after a sport of google self-diagnosis) that doesn't seem to know whether it's coming or going! No run yesterday, a very easy 5.3M today and it's still there but not really bothering me whilst running, very annoying....thinking about just swimming tomorrow morning and seeing how it goes for the weekend
CW - That's a decent sounding run, but you need recovery to be able to put in big sessions with high volume and pace. I can't remember, was there a particular reason for upping the mileage this time around?
Managed to stop the wheels falling of my training after spending a few days quaffing red wine, scoffing kippers and cramming in the cake whilst staying Craster in Northumberland.Did a lovely run past Dunstanburgh Castle to track down a strava segment on a local hill. 10 mile run back home today to get the acohol and sugar sweated out of my system. Tomorrow sees me running 16 miles to work (with hills) and 10 home. Then hoping to run a steady 18 miles on Saturday.Still not a clue what time my next marathon is likely to be. Feel like beating my PB should be doable, but not convinced sub 02:50 feels very reallistic. Last year my motivation was easier I knew that from my training I was likely to knock 30 minutes of my PB for running the marathon distance. Yet this year despite training harder it seems that knocking 9 minutes of my PB is going to a real challenge. Not going to be to hard on myself. Sort of see next year as the year when I will make the marathon the main focus of my running. I have several Ultras of bewteen 50 and 110 miles this year and I think at the back of my mind I am protecting myself for these races in training.Think I am starting to use posts to this forum as my therapist!
CL - just checking, but that achilles pain is not right at the bottom of your achilles pretty much on your heel is it? Does it wear off with running?
Just asking cos I had something similar a few months back and think it's OK to run if the pain does dissipate when running, but stop if/when it comes back. Also, don't think you should stretch it as that will make it worse.
If it's higher up, then god help you.
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