For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Very impressive long runs as always here, getting back into decent training again after uni work getting in the way then a slightly self inflicted it band issue (fairly fast 26 miler to celebrate the end of term, would have been fine if not followed by a 3k then elimination every 400m race on the track a day later).
Done a couple of parkruns and local races and steadily building up the length of runs again - hopefully will be up to 50mpw or so soon and will probably just do lots of steady runs + racing quite often (at small things such as park run/local hill races etc.) to get ready for the xc season. Might go for the Forfar 10k in 4 weeks time and the Moray half marathon at the sart of september if my leg is ok with the miles to have something to aim for and see what my fitness is like.
Good luck with the the BGR preparations CW, defintely something I want to do in the future and hope the weather holds for your attempt (been making the most of it in Scotland, walked Cairn Gorm, Ben Macdui and 3 other Munros on Saturday, 27 miles + 7000ft of climbing - awesome views and a swim in the highest loch in the country at 900+m).
Funny you should mention the nasal spray Spirun - at a recent ironman event (it may have been the one padams did at Nice, but I'm not sure) they drug tested 50 finishers at random. On the face of it that might seem like a good idea, but it strikes me that that sort of approach is only likely to catch people who've been prescribed some sort of medication that happens to contain something on the banned list. Does anyone here check everything they take against the WADA list? I know I don't, it would never enter my head to bother - after all, everyday stuff is OK, isn't it?
Wardi, Dan,CC2 and CD great racing. I hardly ever race so great to read about others that actually do. CW is your BGR attempt still on? Have you some scheduled dates in mind? As for me I continuing with Maffetone/Lydiard approach. I measure my runs in hours rather than by pace now Did 60 miles last week at MAF pace and it took a LONG time. Aiming to do 70 this week. Starting to see an improvement in speed at a heart rate of 140. Still many more weeks to go before I am hopefully approaching a pace beyond jogging
Sounds like you've had some fantastic running in Scotland, bufo (guess you live there and study in Cambridge or at least near enough to have done the HM here, or just a holiday up there?), and thanks for the good luck.
TB -- yes I'm on for it unless anything goes wrong. I aim to do it in the second week of my holiday in Keswick (12-16th ish), after my legs have had a bit of exposure to real mountains. The nice thing about my solo approach is that I can just take off at the time and day of my choosing depending on the weather etc. Tell me about measuring runs in hours at a poor pace, I averaged 10:36/M on Sunday!
Run-commute to work this morning; intended some hill reps on a cycle bridge (yes, really) but my knees still felt a bit cranky from Sunday's big run, so I stayed on the flat after all for an ordinary 6M. That's 50M for the week and I still have until the end of Friday. But then I suppose this should be my peak week before the Lakes...
I keep forgetting how fast everyone is here! And how far everyone runs...
I have finished with Tri for now after 11:37 at the Outlaw inc 4:15 for the marathon. I am now going to increase mileage and try to remain injury free as I have been selected to run the Washington Marine Corps Marathon in Oct.
Tomorrow I have a 5K to find out my training paces and to see how much running fitness I have lost since London. At least the weather's nice.
8M on the South West Costal Path for me this morning; sadly, the rather industrial part from Plymouth city centre headed east and back again.
5m with Brilly just now. They're on good form.
10ish through the soup this morning. The two ensuing thunderstorms still didn't made much of an impact on the humidity.
I ended up binning my runs last week due to the heat through work hours draining all my energy and lack of sleep through the night.
CW - I'm spending this summer working in Aberdeen (can probably guess what industry), been getting used to rather abnormal weather for here! Just been walking in the hills so far and not run there yet, but hopefully by the end of the summer when I can do longer runs will do some interesting ones. Will find some hill/fell races to do as well. Easy 6 miles this evening, will probably do about that every day this week.
Part of the reason for the it band problem was I think not having done any core/leg strength exercises for 3+ months before when I had been doing that 1-2 times a week - and hadn't had any injury problems since the summer before. It's definitely something I'm going to make sure I always do now and not the first thing I skip if I'm short of time.
My, what beautiful tumbleweed we're having this year
12.25M including a few hills for me at lunchtime, testing out my new hydration backpack in case the organisers of this weekend's race (called a half-marathon, but according to their route map, c. 15M) really are going to continue to insist we have to carry a water-carrying device despite the 7 water stations and predicted end to the heatwave. Definitely the best one I've tried (so much better than the waist-pack I used on Saturday!), so if the worst comes to the worst, I shall use it.
Calf seemed to go Ping tis morning 12 miles in on a 15. Stagged into work. It seems to have got better as the day has gone on but will reassess in the morning and may jog the odd mile or two to see how things are.
bufo -- sounds like you landed a cracking summer job (I guess you're a chem. eng. or earth sciences guy or something like that?). Enjoy the hills.
jools -- I've got an Inov-8 "H2ozontal" hydration pack which I never use, but when I did found it was fine in the rucksack, but bounced up and down horribly in the waist pack. On the BGR I'll alternate between two 500ml bottles in the outside pockets -- one to use, one to stew half a sterilising tablet in.
Legs were oddly reluctant today -- maybe not so odd, now 63M for the week with still 2 days to go. Bit worried about newly cranky knees, though the left one got miraculously better after cracking loudly when I knelt down to pack my rucksack for the journey home. Must be my age...
No wonder there's Tumbleweed when there's talk of "hydration systems" knocking about.
Did a 20 mile run on Sunday.... 13 of them at 6:30 ave without water and somehow survived. Although I did feel the need to have several bottles of German beer in the afternoon, which obviously was a great concern.
following in the footsteps of other sub-3ers I shall be setting sail (M6 in a car) for Cornwall tomorrow. The padstow to wade bridge path and Delabole to Polzeath road being the highlights When I'm not hill training.
sub-2:35 is very much still on as 5:55 min miles are now possible without the need to puke after each one.
I was going to blame the last poster y'day for killing the thread, luckily CW has popped up to post a niggle update to put all our minds at rest.
Postie - give that calf a few days off before you run a mile or two on it just to make sure it really is hurt.
I ran 6M at lunchtime, whoopie doo ! Youngest broke the school yr7 200m record y'day though.
Steady 6 miles along the sea front today, fairly uneventful until on the way back when someone threw an egg at me from a window - first time I've ever had something like that happen. Just landed at my feet so had no idea what it was until getting back and finding bits of eggshell - thought it might have been a bottle which was slightly worrying. Think I'll avoid that street in future.
Cycling to work at the moment but thinking of starting to run, 5.5 miles each way (easy way of getting in 11 miles a day) but will probably have a laptop with me which might be a bit annoying - will see how well my rucksack works.
Bufo - I've been egged a couple of times. Both were direct hits. One was from a passing car (which could have been painful as the egg must have had a relative speed of 30+ mph), and the other was more mysterious as it was dark and no obvious culprits about.
TR - hats off to TR Jnr.
Not been egged around here (yet), just the usual shouts from cars etc. (run Forrest, yawn).
TR - fantastic run by mini-TR. What time did he do? Faster than I could manage I bet!
Did some reps in the park with the club on Tuesday - 5x1200ish on a big hill, not pushing it too hard. The tried the club 10M time trial last night for the first time this year - 24:42 which is within 30s of my PB. Hoping I can take a bit off that in the next month or two, partly just by pushing harder, but also using the TT bike, aero helmet etc.
3k relays this evening plus cycle there and back.
Padams - good work on the bike, in decent shape still. Some of that sort of training would do me good. Nipper said it was 27 something, not sure if a world record would stand on a grass school track though, hope they measure it accurately.
Jools - Were you running out around Saltram park in Plymouth or further east on the coast path? I've done runs there a few times were visiting the in-laws, but they live further out east, so I generally was on the much more rural parts of the path.
Dids - Quality long run sans water. The human body is apparantly very good at dealing with temporary dehydration, as long as you redress the balance afterwards, beer or otherwise...after all that's what a lot of us do post VLM
Postie - Hope the calf isn't serious
Padams - Nice hill session
TR - Congrats to TR-Jnr on the 200m record
RR10 XC race last night for me, preceded by 4.5M easy warm up miles, legs felt great warming up and then rubbish in the race. Quite a hilly course, it's all either up or down with very little flat bits. Was seriously contemplating binning it half way around and then got passed by one of our quick junior runners, so decided to pull my finger out and not get beaten by him! Came 10th overall 4.65M in 29min, but that was probably bolstered by the fact that it's considered one of the harder courses of the series (usually a quagmire, but not this year) and so less of the fast track orientated runners turn up...
Al_P - that ties in with my experience that how my legs feel in a race is inversely proportional to how they feel in the warm-up. Well done for toughing it out and not being beaten by a junior!
TR - think I might manage a 27 but not sure I could go much faster!
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