For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Ant I'm also distraught, nay gutted, about the Garmin. But sometimes it's nice to ditch the timepiece and run to feel. It's an interesting exercise in stress-lite pace judgement and gets you ready for when the Garmin dies during an A race.
Not sure how long the battery life is on the latest Garmins, but the older ones seem to have about 8 or 9 hrs i.e. no use in very long events anyway. Conclusion: rely on the rhythm in your head, or something.
AR - "quit talking and get chalking" as they say in pool - i.e. just go for it. The confidence gained from a faster-than-expected half far outweighs namby pamby things like "recovery", whatever that is.
After work, and far too icy underfoot to run at that time. I'm not daft.
Nicely paced run BTW
I have been offline for a few days, we have moved out of home temporarily while work is being done, so no broadband and more importantly I have had to rethink all my running routes!
Brilliant effort Lorenzo, I always like reading race reports. It would surely appear complete madness to non-runners!
Some great long runs in the snow. I was very lucky as rain wiped out Saturday night's snow by Sunday morning, although news reports from no more than 25/30 miles away showed several inches on the ground.
10 miles in 76:19 last night including 5 @ 6:57 pace. Glad to get some quicker miles in as P & D is a bit short on speedwork in the early weeks and I am not sure how much pace I will have for Wokingham.
Bike it - Yes, don't test it before seeing the fizz, and I'm sure it'll just be a "N" instead of becoming a full-blown "I".
Good quicker stuff from Slokey and CJ.
Garmin-less I went out and did nearly 8M on feel, and got home to find the av pace had been 7:18mm but that's all I know - I'm sure there were 3 or 4 quicker miles in there as I was working quite hard at the end, but we will never know as I didn't use any lap functions.Quite pleased, anyway.
The other thing was that the weather was/is absolutely atrocious - I've rarely seen such persistent, heavy, lashing rain. I got totally drenched through, down to my new trainers , and worst of all, despite my best efforts to the contrary, suffered the Curse of the Bleeding Nips. Ouch.
RJ absolutely flying,and in those conditions too.
Gul good to see your steady build up, be careful in those fields.
SJ good 10m after your weekends long run, training on tired legs will pay off on the day.
CJ yes a nice 10m also.
Lorenzo hope the legs are getting back to normal.
AR as others have said, go for it plenty of time for recovery.
Ant thanks for the get well wishes, i feel a lot better now so tomorrow i will have a go at a few miles and see how things go. Sorry the weather is bad over there and i hope it improves soon as my good lady wife as booked us an extended weekend away in Barcelona in a few weeks Oh nips= vas
Evening all - from balmy snow free Scotchland !! You lot do all moan when you get a couple of snowflakes
Hope you get a nice shiny new Garmin Ant - Like a Ship without a Sail.....
PMJ/RJ - that indeed was a Toaming episode. Perhaps if it happened regularly we could call it <<SLIGHTLY OFFENSIVE MISOGYNY ALERT>> your "Toam of the Month" - boom ! boom !
Hope you get your leg sorted BikeIT. Sensible to try to address it head on before it develops
Welcome to the new fellas. I agree 5 -7 weeks out is the time to really try to hammer a half out. In my experience they shlould feel really pretty hard work from the off - almost at a pace that you're seriosuly questioning whether you can sustain in the early miles. Don't look at your watches and just get your head down and try to blast it
Quick 10 from ChrisJ78 - looking very nice
I'll hop over to the Abo page and check I'm on the magic list SJ
Nice little session on the track this aft - usual warm up then 6 miles done as 0.5 mile @ HMP (6.06) then 0.5 mile @ fast end of recovery pace (7.15). Copyright Moraghan but feel free to nick it. Pleased to say I def felt I was holding back for the HMP bits. The little rest last week must have done me some good
Checked the Abo list - thanks for the info SJ - I'm on the list too.
As usual some serious work out there.
CNBA is a constant companion this time of year. Before Xmas I was getting an hour during the day twice a week , and I ran one and swam the other - no time at all now, so setting off tonight in the dark at 7.30, minus 3ºc with an east wind wasn't easy. Still, dragged my way round 9 miles - not too quick but did the last 3 at 7:45s.
Good 10 miler there Chris and nice sub 7 5 miles, looking good for Wokingham which is a flat course - so AVIT!
Blimey Ant, all that running to feel made your nipples bleed, may I suggest you don't feel them when you run. Good sesnory run though.
efc col - jealous of the Barcelona trip. We were in Oxford at the weekend, nice place & stunning architecture. I'd love to go to Barca to see all the cool buildings.
Nice rep session there Fraser. Good to see being under “M's” wing is doing good. I think mixtures of paces like that without stopping is a tough but good workout, as over time the faster pace feels more “normal”.
Chillies, get that CNBA out of your head as that's where it only lurks. It's suprising how you can turn it round when you get out and into a session - got to keep thinking bigger picture and why you are doing it.
Nice reps there BOTF with the progressive nature of them. Also, your HR is quite low for that kind of pace - or is mine very high?
Another good industrial session Speedy. Those ice patches are the worst as you don;t see them till the last minute and pavements are worse at they slope down too. Good speed too.
9 miles tonight with a 1.5 w/up, 4 x 2000m reps with 400 recovery and 2.5 w/down. 2000m reps came out at 7.58, 7.45, 7.38 & 7.37. Started off steady for a change and think it helped the consistency.
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