Jovi nice marathon PB. I think the relaxed approach is quite difficult to achieve, well done. It feels like a mental balance between not going for a PB and going for a PB and hoping that the two sides of your brain don't figure out what's going on ... if anyone sees what I mean. (?)
FRC Absolutely agree with you about magic running shoes. I think I was just hoping against hope. Running in shoes that are past their run-by date can cumulatively cause damage I think, but of course throwing on a new pair can't then reverse that damage.
Started foam roller use Wednesday last week and continued over the weekend. After two runs breaking down with knee pain on Tuesday and Thursday last week - both around the 6k mark - I decided to go ahead and parkrun since that's only 5k anyway Had another great run - 19:51, just 4 seconds off my PB.
Having felt really low about my knees - on Wednesday and Thursday in particular - my parkrun really lifted me. This morning I ran 9k in 45 minutes. Though there was the slightest hint of knee pain around 7k/8k I felt good throughout and never considered stopping or slowing. FRC I see what you're saying about too fast too soon. Certainly I've missed too many of the longer slower runs in the last few months. Going to build up the distance slowly and get back to a weekly long slow run. Also re strength work, that is something that my TRS coach has introduced me to and I shall be continuing as a permanent part of my training. Until TRS I have been, what I guess is a fairly typical casual runner, someone who basically just runs. No other related work. It took me quite a few years to even regularly stretch out after a run. The strength work that I've done to date I can really feel the benefit of; improved core strength means I'm better able to maintain my more efficient TRS running technique and I'm sure it is also a factor in my long standing sciatica being in the best shape I can remember.
Thanks for your interest and support people.
Just had a quick read back.
Jovi - LOVED your report. Just fab.
Cicero - keep up the exercises etc and I'm sure that knee will settle. Do you know what the prob is? (sorry - haven't been here enough lately to be sure... is it ITB?) I'm sure a fizz, TRS will advise, but if it IS ITB, the thing that often makes the knee sore is inflammation from chafing of the ITB on a bursa/bone. Even if all the exercises and TRS stuff is helping, my understanding is that that inflammation does need to be allowed to die down for once and for all. There might be a case for a week or so of not running just to let it do that. But check with a fizz first.
Ikle - 8 miles with a sore throat Nutter! But understand the frustration.
In a controversial move I'm not running this week. I might not even swim, either. I've been so blimmin knackered and stressed lately I was imagining me starting my marathon training in a state of exhaustion. Not good. It's a beautiful day today for running but am knuckling down and sorting out loads of wrapping, shopping, planning and admin crap that's needed doing for ages. Am sure that's helping.
Training starts next week. Still haven't got a plan though. Hey ho!
AH, Good call on resting up. Sometimes I just crash out, done too much, fatigue, but especially around xmas, gets hectic and stressful.
Ikle hope the cold/ throat improves, you are being sensible. my missus had a cold & throat last 4-5 weeks, did 3 hard runs with me in 7 days, felt good, then went backward with chest infection. Hasn't run for 9-10 days now, hopefully will jog/ walk tonight - doing a 22 mile Hebden Bridge event together Jan 19th so time tight.
Tutu, glad all is well.
Scott, hope job comes your way in Jan. Cracked rib?
Cicero, aches on Tue & Thu, then a park run? I know they're "fun", but any injury worries, 5k would be the last distance I'd do and arguably most risk of injury since so short. Any twinges I always stop, find a wall/ bench, stretch, take some neurofen after even. Compression socks may help with knees, xmas present?
League race Sunday. Meant to be road race so my lovely WHITE Saucony racing flats on, the thin mesh ones with holes in the sole for triathletes, water to drain off. hmmm. Waiting to start, mention of "off road" and standing water but avoidable. HHHMMMM. Set off steady (6:25-6:30mm ~10k pace), not mad sub 6 pace as my pal has done last 2 races. Worked myself into the race, tend to find hit the first km mark and then stay around that pace, 3:55 so spot on. Some minor incline, a few hills just taking the edge off speed. Red club shirt way in distance, but 1/2k maybe. KM markers mostly under sub 4min km apart from the hilly or muddy ones.Off road but suddenly we are going through thick mud in places, and then a section with 6 inch deep water. Feet now in grey shoes feeling cold & wet. Grr. Running through some single track, occasional little cobble narrow footbridges, couldn't get past people, but spy my pal just ahead. Can see his arms going slow, runners going past him, struggling - 6 min miles at start again, nutter. 8km go past him, try to pull him along. Final hill at 8- 9k and then mad sprint for the line. Km 1 3:53/ 2 3:51/ 3 3:55/ 4 3:57/ 5 4:01 Km 6 4:03/ 7 3:56/ 8 4:04/ 9 4:04/ 10 0:54 5.7 miles in 36:45 with soaking wet feet, managed to get my first ever scoring point for the club. Nice end to the year for club stuff. With mile warm up, switch to different shoes + backpack on ran 13+ miles run home with pals, tired legs so first 20 miler for 2013 ultra+VLM plan. Legs felt sore after the race but gradually warmed up. Only downside, back & shoulders sore from my pack being a bit too tight, but massage yesterday helped a lot.
Oh Stanley doing fine, has already knocked the Christmas tree over. (see not just running )
Thats in my neck of the woods......sounds like longer and slower to me!! Sorry to be obvious. Buxton start and all round here. Here is the link. September race usually.http://www.highpeak40.co.uk/entryform.html
Nice running FRC........ Up to 13 miles yesterday and today.
Your Ice Bar pictures look ace Susan
Did a club run for the first time in ages last night as I was lured by mince pies and mulled wine - a hill session in a pair of flashing deer antlers was not easy. Hoping to do a run with Mr WT tonight to deliver our xmas cards - I need to run to get rid of all the calories I'm taking in with home baking - not good!
SD - I'm considering doing the HP40 next year. I've been out supporting for the last two years and still in two minds as it is only two weeks after the Bullock Smithy and there's a fair bit of road in it. It always seem to be warm then as well!
18 miles done in two days so having a rest day today.......I reckon I would run out of steam after 26.2 miles......have to run a lot slower I guess to do the HP40..... whats the Bullocky Smithy off to google it.
It's quite exciting starting marathon training on Christmas eve.
Brighton. 14th April. Zippee! Avec AH plus Others. Can't remember who? Susan? Sorry!
Scott go on the Grindleford Gallop website, download the Google Maps route and put it into Google earth now theres a hilly route 21 miles too!!! The edale skyline is one I fancy doing too. Done most of the GG route in training need to iron out a few more navigational issues before race day.......March 9th. The Mam Tor route is lovely on a sunny day when the mist is in the valley.
scott you and me both, I still do not know if I have a club place, should know tomorrow.
Going to do my longest run for ages tonight, 8 miles! Off to mummy's for the weekend so I wont do my long run, it wouldnt be fair.
ooh its 3 weeks till I go to Peru, flip!!!
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