For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Well done Lorenzo, amazing to run the first half at that pace & then hang in for the 2nd half- mighty impressed. I could never do that....
Minni I'm unfortunately away tomorrow on a trip to Geneva so responsibility falls to Mrs OO to get me a place in Blaydon.
I also managed 16 miles and a bit this morning in 9:13 pace. Rather slow I know but there was a fair bit of snow about. Weekly mileage achieved 53 so another decent week. I'll cut back this coming week and do a few hill reps to prepare for my 34K in Bettermere next week.
Well done Minni, OO and Speedy in doing the decent thing in the snow - really hard work, that. Yes, hope for your sakes the slush doesn't freeze - it's a nightmare.
My training plan for Tuesday says I should do 8M incl. 12 x 2 min uphill. How should I go about this? What sort of effort should I be putting into those hills, and how steep does it have to be? Is the risk of injury greater than that of doing reps of some sort? Etc? I always though hill work was to be done before the season, to get some strength in yer legs, so surprised to see it included in Week 6.
Lorenzo - great respect for your achievement - as one who has never considered going further than 26.2, I really don't know how you do it. Did you manage to get out of the car unaided?
Some good long runs logged - Martin - (faster than what is now my mara race pace)!! Ant - good first 20 of the campaign, esp in those conditions & surroundings . . . .Minni, OO - fine effortsSpeedy - must have been a slog in the snow - my 6.5 today felt hard enough, sliding around . . .
this followed my 20 miler yesterday - set off at 07:15, 2nd half done in glorious bright sunshine, before the steely grey descended ahead of the snow. 58.5 for week - rounded down to 58 for the diary. Despite the sunshine, I felt quite despondent on the run y'day - just feeling slow and maybe that the years have ratcheted the gears down a touch once more. The more optimistic view is that I'm just a bit weary after 5 consecutive Saturday 20's, and this is the first time for many years I've done back-to back campaigns (Autumn & Spring), so could be a factor? Time will tell - maybe taper time will rejuvenate me.
Lorenzo - awesome stuff mate. I really don't know how you do it ! How are the legs today.
Good sessions from Ant and Martin - both going very strongly now
Also great runs from Minni and OO
Nice long 'uns from several ! CC2, PMJ, Birch - prob others too !
Rather unsually it's snow free and almost balmy up here. Lovely sun and very pleasant today. Grand total of training zero miles in last 3 days though. Have been having a mega cut back week - day one of 16 week campaign starts tomorrow. Have used the time to sort out our fence - now done and not going to disrupt training all being well
Birch - You're bound to be feeling a bit weary after such a long time at so intense a level, so give yourself a break, meaning don't be too hard on yourself. Your body is trying to tell you it needs some sort of recuperation. Listen to it. In any case, that's what the taper is for!
Thanks for the advice, Jools!
Ant van Oviedo wrote (see)
Well done Minni, OO and Speedy in doing the decent thing in the snow - really hard work, that
I feel a bit of a fraud now because we don't have any snow. We did have 3 or 4 inches last Monday - and yes I did run in it, but it wasn't plastered all over the news at 6!
Spinning - I did spinning last year and I can only liken it to childbirth. The first time I went I was so traumatised I had to stop at the pub for a quick glass of wine on the way home and promptly fainted. I have my own turbo trainer now and don't push myself so hard.
Well done on your long runs, Minni, Speedy, Slokey & O&O and Birch & Ant for your 20 milers.
Looks like a very tough week ahead Speedy. Although come race day it will all be worthwhile.
Ant - I would probably half the number of reps. VLM isn't hilly so not much point in concentrating too much on hill work apart from just strength. If your normal routes are bumpy then you may be better focussing on intervals (not much of consolation)!!!
Just a nice leisurely 4.13 miles for me tonight at 8.19m/m. Not easy underfoot as either compacted snow or slush. Ends my week on 48.77 miles.
Gul Darr wrote (see)
"Hill" reps for me today. Pulling the kids on their sleds!
CC2 - Speedy Goth wrote (see)
That's not the week ahead, that's the week I've just done. It was only 65 miles.
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