For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
MsE - great to hear the "Wrong Trousers" are still on the go - your mention of them made me laugh; slightly disappointing you had to change into fresh gear, though . . . Speedy - best wishes for Munich - I'll not say "luck" because we know luck isn't involved (notwithstanding freak 90F temp!) - you've done all that's necessary and proved you can execute your plan brilliantly - so as Poacher says - keep your nerve!
Dylan Man - There is a running/fitness app called sports tracks with a plug in called training load which is good if for nothing else showing you the benefit of your training runs and taper. Some clever bugger has put an algorithm together to show a Training stress balance line on it which you want to be negative (ie body under stress) right upto race day where it needs to go positive which (allegedly) means your body has the right combination of fitness and recovery. Might be a total placebo but helps simple peeps like me make sense out of the taper. I would send you my graph as a demonstration but a little cocker put paid to that.
Moof - Hope it passes soon.
Dylan - That is a very pacy set of mile reps - the main benefit of them 10 days out is the confidence boost, I would say. You're looking in great shape.
Speedy - Gute Reise, and all the best for the race. You know the rules by now...AVIT!
Gul - Nice fauna spot.
Best wishes to all those benched and/or lurgied.
I'm starting to feel like a runner again. Another 7 miles today, out and back - out 26:01, back 23:59. No sign of injury... Wildlife Watch: cows, goats, horses, sheep, chickens.
Public Holiday tomorrow so off to Zamora province to run between vineyards and cornfields. Oh, and to drink wine and eat meat.
10M for me tonight including 4 x 1M at planned 10M pace so about 6.30m/m (in the p!ss!ng rain) and then sports massage. Hamstring tendon is still a little tight but much better than last week, so going in the right direction.
Birch.. hope the op goes well, I need all the old codger company I can muster! Fingers crossed for you.
SJ - Sports Track Training Load This should take you straight to the plug in. You will need to download Sports track first but it is free in a limited version and is more than good enough for me.
EFC-Col - If it's only once every 4 years then I wouldn't worry too much about the wine and champagne consumption! Please report any stag sightings in Amsterdam...Mennania - good news; keep it easy now.AR - look after yourself.SD - hope you find your mojo soon. There is one particular spot on my run up to Sandringham that is good for heron spotting, but not likely to be going that way now until the spring.Poacher - nice twitching.DM - looking very good; don't think you're losing your edge but sounding sharp and should be all fired up by race day.Moof - after effects of the lurgy will soon be gone.Ant - sounds like a perfect holiday; running, eating and drinking... Enjoy yourself. Jools - good news on the hamstring.I went for a haircut this morning after my 3 mile recovery run, hence the "late" post. Have a good weekend everyone and all the best to anyone racing. Weather forecast says a spot of rain in Munich today and a nice cool weeeknd (14/15C) with just a chance of a light shower on Sunday morning. Sounds ideal for Speedy.
Menna thanks for that plugin. I will have to study it to figure out what it means.
I use SportTracks to log all my training runs.
I log all my runs in a spreadsheet (goes back 5 years now). I mail it to myself occasionally (workhome) so I have oodles of back up copies in inboxes. Simple but effective.
As for my training plans, I've been trying to absorb all the advice here and from my newly purchased P&D. It has now dawned on me that not only do I need to lengthen the long run (10m+ to 15m+), but that I need to lengthen at least one of my mid-week runs (5m to 10m-ish) - I'll just have to "make the time" as they say. This to get me from 30mpw to 40mpw off 5 runs before I start on a specific marathon lead-up plan. That's the idea anyway. I have a couple of months to do that.
Thanks, Wardi - I notice you have returned from your travails in fine style, so I take inspiration!
Our runners don't need luck as they are prepared but hoping for good running conditions for Speedy at Munich.
Quick mention to off forum runners:
MatrinH at LeicesterRace Jase at Great Eastern Run hoping for a 69.xx half!
14.5 at lunchtime in 1:50 so the lunchtime runs are starting to look a bit better.
Here's to a happy Sunday afternoon of pb race reports
Good luck Speedy!
GD, KR - see you in Peterborough, maybe! Have a good one!
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