For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Hello Upsy - I'm a morning/evening boy myself, sorry I can't be of more help.
RFJ - That stack of yours can only now be described as funny as you've lived to tell the tale...
Picked my way gingerly through the streets for 4 miles tonight, terrified lest the hammy went twaaaang or pop, but thankfully got home in one piece. Game back on.
Lorenzo - good snowy hills.Jools - hope more stretching does the trick. Did your friend find a room somewhere else?CL - how did the long run go? Ah, OK I see.SD - sounds promising.DS2 - take care of yourself.UD - welcome back. My lunch-break is only 45 mins, so usually just some cross-training for me (walk home and back again).Blisters - need to work on your stealth.Minni - well done on the double. More snow forecast here too and just as it was beginning to clear!RFJ - glad no damage done and a good session in the bag.Ant - good news.FINgers - I can't wait till lunchtime for my lunch let alone afterwards. I'm usually tucking into my sandwiches by 11:15 Abandonned the field today and did 3 slow mile on the roads.
DS2 - Forgot to say before - Your 305 sounds like it's on its last legs. I would definitely get in touch with Garmin and start hounding them for a replacement.
Gul - You must be pleased to be out of that field...aren't you?
Upsy Welcome back. I do all my running either before or after work, so can be of no help.
FINgers this is also something I spend to much time stressing over runs and the feel of paces. As I posted earlier in the week I accidently ran 8 miles at PMP, whereas 10 days before I couldn't run MP for 4 miles. We have good and bad sessions and SJ is right about moving on (even though I don't).
Hotel booked. You have got a stalker Jools, the family and myself are in Premier inn Waterloo on the Sat and Sun night.
Fingers - You say you have reduced running recently. Although you might feel fresher after a rest, it takes time for the body to readjust to the effort levels and it might be the case that with your fast start your recently rested body might have put the blockers on (central governor) to stop you continuing in that vein.
So forget how hard you perceived to be. If you covered 7m @ PMP you should be pretty happy.
Oh, one more thing, forgot to mention that my latest blog is up... It's vaguley running related it you're interested.... My Blog
For tempo runs, I started off where I finished last year - expecting to be churn out miles at my half marathon pace. I ran my first tempo miles (9 miles with 5 @ 6:15pace) and although I was only just slower, I was pretty wacked afterwards. It was then that I reminded myself that I have a different approach this year. So now I am running tempos on effort, and occassionally look at heart rate while running. Pace is something that I am vauguely interested in afterwards, and as I don't tend to run the same stretch each time, don't really overanalyse it. So long as I ran in the range 82%-91% MaxHR, then I put a tick in the box and move on.
Upsy, I did Paris 2011 hope you enjoyed as much as I did.
6 for me last night, still not running great but the parkrun this week should give me an indication- if it's not snowed off.
I better look at hotels this w/end....
FINgers - The main thing is that you got the session done, and well done. Of course it is going to feel hard, esp towards the end. Tick the box and look forward from here.
4M on the treadmill for me, and hamstring feeling really tight in the final minutes. Luckily my osteopath/fizz/Gran Inquisidor had an hour free, so I went to see him. Extreme agony ensued, involving pressing, kneading and stretching to unimaginable limits, and then I was declared fit again.
Ant Sounds fun
10 miles bagged in 8:06 pace, it just started snowing very lightly when I left the house.
Anyone travelling on the Northeast line - tickets are released for travel on the Friday. I've just booked four tickets for £58.
Ant - yes, but I bet I haven't seen the last of it yet... Sounds brutal, but effective.FINgers - although it might be hard to gauge that session in terms of performance, it's got to have had a positive effect. So that counts as a good one in my book!SD - Waterloo is obviously the place to be. Well done on beating the snow.OO - Not surprisingly, I've heard on the grapevine that KL parkrun is cancelled. As I've already done 2 reasonable quality sessions this week (and a cut-back one at that) I think I'll just take it easy instead.Time to get back to afternoon snacks... (malt-loaf and lots of fruit).
Fin, and others.I normally find that if I am trying to do a few marathon paced miles at any time it feels darned hard, if it's in the middle of a long streak of daily training and 50 mile weeks. It can be depressing. The only exception is when I do a 4 or 5 mile race midweek. Then I'd be doing almost 1 minute a mile faster, and expecting it to be hard.
Get the taper right, and it will all click.
(Just 6 miles for me last night, calf tightness)Swim later. today.
Looks like I'll be missing out on the Midlands XC tomorrow as I can't afford the petrol on my own. I thought I had a lift sorted but...
365 days until I become a veteran.
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