Sounds like you've all got some good running in Exciting times with the race packs coming through, my marathon still seems ages away although I'm sure it'll be here before I know it!
fenn I agree with IccleJim about the bus route idea; i went out with my oyster last week in case my knee started playing upand I needed to get home (without running). Myy bus passed me while i was running along in the pouring rain and i thought I'd actually much rather run in the rain than sit on a bus freezing cos you're wet and cold with no way of getting home...
I 've had a new approach to training this week and have been getting up extra early to run before work, and now have a new found enthusiasm for my training! It's so nice to have the run over and done with beofre breakfast when I would have itherwise just been snoozing. My evenings are much more relaxing as don't have to fit in long runs with everything else Works fo me but only cos I'ma morning person, I'm sure it is some people's idea of hell! I was very tempted this morning to ignore my alarm but somehow made it out the door!
LSRs are meant to be S - slow - so generally should be slower than marathon pace! if you're looking for 4:20 (10:00 per mile) then I would expect LSRs to average 10:30 per mile, though you're best to increase the pace a little in the last 5 miles (or the last quarter of the run), though ot necessarily every time.
The only harm in running LSRs at a "steady" pace (i.e. all at MP or slightly faster) is tiredness. I'd prefer to take it easy in my LSR and perhaps do a few extra miles slowly as a recovery run on the next day (and then go hard again the next...!)
Bigeater, if you're very sore and tired now, have an easy week rather than tapering... run as many times as before, but just reduce everything 25% and then in a week's time, go long (and slow) again.
I'm doing the London Marathon and had planned a 20 mile run tommorow but being up north we have been battered by snow, its very deep now probably over trainer deep and with huge drifts most places, so what are my options, wait it out and do it midweek or do the miles on a treadmill which will be about 3 hours. Or just go out and do what I can.
All you doing a LSR whats your plans if affected by the snow?
Usually a bit of snow wont stop me/us but this is very deep and with it drifting id imagine hard to run in.
Hi Fenn, no dont pee when do my LSR upto 22 miles, dont stop for the toilet once. Its bad up here.
I would suggest that if you can't do an LSR over the weekend due to the weather, then just swap around your runs through the week... do a short-ish hard run now then try and make the LSR on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday.
The overall aim would be to keep your weekly mileage the same, even if just by adding an extra mid-length run...
Did 20 miles on a treadmill, round here theres no pavements and its all ice now. Treadmill running was awful, hot, humid, hard, felt sick after mile 10 and had my tights on too.
We didn't get any significant snow, just a biting wind. I did 12 miles earlier and didn't warm up at all. I am now officially tapering for Brighton
Who said treddy running is bad for the hips? Not sure about that! I seem to remember one of the elite ladies (can't remember who) did all her training on a treddy. The furthest I've done on one is 15 miles and it's boredom that gets you rather than injury
Mark, well done for sticking with it.
Hope everyone has stayed safe in these poor weather conditions.
Yes Well done Mark - You'll have had to have dug deep to carry on.
THe wheels totally fell off on me today I did an out and back along the canal and the conditions were rubbish - icy, slushy, muddy, wet, puddly and generally yuk. Anyway, I got to the turnaround point in just over and hour and a half and felt good, but I turned into a headwind, there'd been some thaw and the puddles were even bigger and I HATED it. Got to about 15 and came back a long the road, still running into a headwind, but it wasnt pleasant.
Finished in 3.12 which is 7 minutes faster than my last 20 but I was so sore when I finsihed, Walking was difficult! Got home, sat in some cold water and feel a bit better now but boy that wasnt fun.
Andrew your miles are brilliant - well done. I'll try get one more long one in next weekend and hope that the conditions make for a few more pleasant miles!
10 today and I felt shyte. Enough to annoy good running buddies who ran and deserve all the credit! Also two dates with pub food which is gonna hurt!
I say PBs only count during registered proper races. I even got shouted at for counting a 30k PB as a mid-race split, despite a chip time, though I shouted louder as Paula's world record for 30k was a London split! now I'll even just count the race time, so tend to avoid races without chip timing, or will start my own watch at the gun rather than the start line!
Well done on all the training guys, sounds like it's going well for everyone!
I opted against a long run today due to the icy pavements and just coming off the night shift. I went for a 12 mile hilly trail run instead, to be honest i found it harder than my 20 miler last week due to the ankle deep mud and snow, the ice and the steep hills! It was so cold that when I got home an inch ice pack had formed on the tongues of both my trails shoes, brrrrrr.
I feel like i should of gone for that long run now, I have got next weekend still where i will do 21-22 miles, my last 3 long runs have been 20, 19 and 17 so hopefuly this will be enough! This bl00dy weather is doing my head in now, wish it would go away.
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