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Minni - I suspect your high readings early in a run are because your HR strap isn't getting a good connection with your skin because you aren't perspiring. I used to get this quite a lot in the winter, and it didn't start reading properly until I'd been going for a couple of miles and got properly warmed up and started to sweat. Simple solution is to lick the contacts before you put it on.
Only 9 miles for me yesterday. I'd intended on doing 17 - 1 lap with the group then a 2nd lap on my own, but I realised at about 4 miles that the blister I picked up last week wasn't going to stand anywhere near that kind of distance. No idea why I got the blister in the first place - same socks & shoes that had done 15 miles without issue suddenly gave me a great big blister doing 16. I'll have to track down some big Compeed plasters as all I could find on Saturday were the small ones, but even then I'm not sure the skin will have recovered sufficiently for a long one next week.
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Steve - that's still a good race, especially considering the conditions. Andy - loving the pics. Nice LSR KR; it is very dangerous out there. I'm going to stick to the Field until the ice has gone (btw it's a football field, not a farmer in sight!)I ended up doing my 10 miler yesterday morning, which was a bit of a novelty for me. Very pleased that the field is only a few hundred metres from home as it turned out to be very convenient Nipping home and back in the middle of the run added to the mileage and it ended up as 10.9 miles starting out at MP+30% and ending up at MP+10%, average pace 8:42 min/mile. The toilet break also earned a few brownie points as I took the opportunity to put another load of washing on at cheap rate!
Steve - that's still a good race, especially considering the conditions.
Andy - loving the pics.
Nice LSR KR; it is very dangerous out there. I'm going to stick to the Field until the ice has gone (btw it's a football field, not a farmer in sight!)
I ended up doing my 10 miler yesterday morning, which was a bit of a novelty for me. Very pleased that the field is only a few hundred metres from home as it turned out to be very convenient Nipping home and back in the middle of the run added to the mileage and it ended up as 10.9 miles starting out at MP+30% and ending up at MP+10%, average pace 8:42 min/mile. The toilet break also earned a few brownie points as I took the opportunity to put another load of washing on at cheap rate!
Pavements were like bliddy ice rinks yesterday and, after nearly going A over T several times during the 5 minute walk I do to 'warm up' before a run I decided I was going to have to be brave and go to the gym. 1 hour and 58 sodding minutes on the treadmill for a 15 miler. To entertain myself I started at 7.1mph and increased the pace by 0.1mph every 10 minutes (it's good to having something to look forward to, I believe...), finishing at 7.08m/m (although that's 0% incline so is probably more like 7.20/7.30 outside).
I'm whimpering already at the thought that the big freeze might be here for a few more weeks. Please let it either snow properly, so that I can run in spikes to stay upright, or be completely dry so that there's not a thin sheet of ice everywhere...
Still, 50M for the week over 6 sessions and, touch wood, the man flu has not re-appeared.
Steve - Sorry you're a little disappointed with your race time. Not ideal conditions though and certainly not a time to be sniffed at.
Joolska - The ice is exactly the same here. It lasted several weeks last year so I hope we don't have a repeat. It's very misty too and you can see the ice particles floating in the air.
FYI, The Farm were ok but nothing spectacular. For whomever asked (Keir?), yes, they were a poor man's Manc band! The gig seemed to be full of friends and relatives but we did get bused to a secret location for a party afterwards, which was also full of their family. We left quite quickly to go home and watch The Ashes instead.
Great to catch up with everyone's running - you're all doing really well with 50 mile weeks, 15 milers here there and everywhere and getting round the difficulties that the snow / ice is presenting. Whether it's 2hrs on the treadmill, laps round a field, everyone's got their own way of getting the miles in. I feel a good vibe coming off the thread and can see everyone having a good time at their spring marathon
Keep it up!Managed not much last week with a mild cold/cough. Nothing bad but my plans to do a Parkrun took a back seat in favour of rest. Nice gentle 5 miler into work this morning was lovely.
Keep on keeping on
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Gul Darr wrote (see)I ended up doing my 10 miler yesterday morning, which was a bit of a novelty for me. Very pleased that the field is only a few hundred metres from home as it turned out to be very convenient Nipping home and back in the middle of the run added to the mileage and it ended up as 10.9 miles starting out at MP+30% and ending up at MP+10%, average pace 8:42 min/mile. The toilet break also earned a few brownie points as I took the opportunity to put another load of washing on at cheap rate!I hope they were the right kind of brownie points!
LOL! I really ought to read back through my posts before submitting them. Yes, I can confirm the washing was nothing to do with me needing the toilet!
Nice to hear about people recovering slowly from the sick bay. Jools and Speedy, you should be pleased with your milage considering where you were 10 days ago. Gul is up to 10 and all we need now is That Boy to get a full recovery and we will all be up and runnning (I think)
Saying that, I felt bad this morning. Chesty cough and felt as if the cold of middle last wk perhaps hadn't gone and I might have over did it a bit. Feel a bit better now though. Think I will keep running, but keep it easy. Too icey to go out this morning, but I will venture into the cold after school today.
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Race jase - I'm doing brass monkey and can probably get someone to take your entry if you decide not to do it. Mr Minni is doing it and it will be his first half marathon. He's not as keen as me!
Sure, if it's allowable by YKH. I dont want anyone running in my name though. Naturally I would expect a donation equal to the entry fee to a charity of my choosing for the tranfer.
RJ - What sort of weekly milage are you going to be doing, are you increasing it compared to Abingdon?
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I'll be doing largely similar, so up to c85mpw. I would hope that as Abo was succesful if I just do more of the same I will get a bit quicker naturally. I'm toying with the idea of just doing London next year and then sepdning May - November next year focusing on 5k & 10k and getting quick over those before another big build up to VLM 2012.
AoE - if this snow doesn't stop I might not make VLM never mind Brass Monkey!
Really impressed with everyone's training - not an easy thing to do in the awful conditions. Some really great mileage being put in though.
Not been around for a few days as I left my computer at work Wednesday evening to then find work was closed for 2 days due to the ice and snow. Wooo Hooooo!! Still, a few days away from the computer was a refreshing change.
Joolska: Wow, I adore the Avon Gorge and having a step-daughter at UWE, so I'm in Bristol and Clifton at least 3 times a year. Love the place (although the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a little high and I have problems crossing it by foot!!)
Well, had my second physio appointment on Friday evening (had to walk to the hospital as the roads were so bad). It took me 25 minutes to complete the first mile as the pavements were sooo treacherous and a total of an hour and 10 mins to complete a 2 and a quarter mile journey! Still, it was really worth it as I'm really feeling the benefit of the ultrasound therapy. Feeling so much better although Mr Physio man has still banned me from running for a few weeks yet. Have to say though, I'm just getting so excited at the prospect of even a little running in the coming weeks. WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!! It is such a relief to actually feel that I'm finally healing. After 10-12 weeks of little or no improvement it really starts to "play with your head".
Of course once back, I'll have to build training VERY carefully and small steps at a time but I really hope to be back out there "tempoing" by March. SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!
You never know, I might even be able to post some miles and times myself soon!!
Keep smiling all.
RJ - If you're thinking of focussing on 10k/5k etc you should drop in and look at Stevie G's Moraghan training thread sometime. Interesting to see what he's got him doing. Very different to what we're all doing
Steve - My initial reaction at your background is what a bad time you've had with injuries so I'd have thought the priority with any plan is to stay injury free. Bearing in mind you can commit 5 days "only" you'd presumably be dropping one of the recovery type runs in P and D and hence max-ing at about 50 miles per week. I do slightly worry the jump from 30 to high 40s is too much for you and runs the risk of injury. That happened to me due to over mileage when I first tried the P and D 55-70 programme. On the basis of 10 per cent increase every 3 to 4 weeks- if you're doing low 30s now I wouldn't think low 50s in a few weeks is realistic. Can you do VLM as a test marathon and spend the summer building the base injury-free to have a tilt at an Autumn mara ?
I know alot of folk on here recommend recovery runs to be REALLY slow. I struggle to do them as slow as I know I should cos I find my gait is weird if I go too slowly. I'm trying to get better at that
Don't think a test week is really valid - it's more the overall load of week in week out (almost) doubling your mileage which is the issue
Don't take up tiddlywinks just yet !
That Boy - I may have misread your post but I sense you're feeling quite positive at the moment Good stuff.
Steve - What might be an idea, following on from what Fraser has said, is to get P&D and have a good read through to see what it actually entails. There is a lot of 'general aerobic' running, which most would do at a fairly easy pace. Obviously you want to get the longer runs in so following the <55 plan might be loosely possible if you knock one of the aerobic runs on the head each week, in favour of rest or cross training. They tend to be around 8-11 miles I think (don't have it in front of me). Also, I think the <55 starts at about 38mpw so following that as 'a tester' won't give you any reliable information.
I think Keir has a naughty online link to the training plans from a website where they were reviewed.
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I know alot of folk on here recommend recovery runs to be REALLY slow. I struggle to do them as slow as I know I should cos I find my gait is weird if I go too slowly.
Cheers B and B - Quite rightly I can see I'll never be allowed to live those shocking pictures down ! Concentrating on staring straight ahead at the gym wall these days....
Steve - I've got to go but I will write you a reply this evening as you're in a similar place to where i've been with the FIRST schedule and the results you've got were similar to mine not that long ago.
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