Introducing First Timer Craig (aka BoDuke)
Welldone on the no smoking- i must say im finding it really hard but have definitely noticed that I feel healthier all round although Inow eat my way through shifts at work so have stocked up in fruit and carrot sticks so nothing that can do too much damage!!
I've got my long run tomorrow of 15 miles, then off to my best friends hen do so not much running this weekend but I must do my chief bridesmaid duties on the champagne front!
Happy running all!!
BoDuke wrote (see)
Thanks for the advice Ruth, appriciate you saving me some cash and more importantly, some calories for real food! Tried a porridge idea from the RW nutrition book this morning in prep for 10 miler today. Very nice, honeyed banana. Yummy. Only 260 kcals and set me up, OH and small person also enjoyed!!! Mushroom and bacon omelette when I get back and then gonna bake bread. Regarding cross training.
but easy on bacon the eggs where probably enough protein!
Not heard theory that 1kg=10sce faster but I guess the individual variation would be huge on this and hence only perhaps good for motivation however if healthy and lighter you will often go faster if you also do the right training!
It's amazing how motivating it is to write your food down eh? Even just thinking about doing it made me put the chocs back in the cupboard this afternoon and have some brazil nuts instead.
Be careful - don't lose too much too quickly - I think Ruth'd agree that you need to make sure that you're getting enough calories to fuel your extra miles without depleting your body! She'll know better than me but if you start feeling ridiculously tired you may need to eat more! I dropped to nearly 8 stone from my usual (just below 9) whilst marathon training (5' 4") proving nicely I think that you do need some extra calories...
oscarr wrote (see)
Hi Sam - pulling a hip flexor sounds nasty and I'm surprised it didn't hurt! Re cross training, where do you feel rowing (water rower in the garage) fits - substitute or supportive? It's cardovascular and exercises the upper leg/bum and core but maybe not all the running muscles so could it be both? When would you use it in a marathon schedule? Interested to know how best to use it to help my running.
Hi Sam - pulling a hip flexor sounds nasty and I'm surprised it didn't hurt!
Re cross training, where do you feel rowing (water rower in the garage) fits - substitute or supportive? It's cardovascular and exercises the upper leg/bum and core but maybe not all the running muscles so could it be both? When would you use it in a marathon schedule? Interested to know how best to use it to help my running.
Oh it hurt alright, just not until I tried to weight bear on it! I'd class the rowing as cross training really. It could substitute or 'add' an easy run or a steady run, depending on how much effort you put in (or even a faster session if injury required it). In marathon training, it could help you increase your overall volume of training without adding extra miles - I'd be doing it now really, in the base phase. You could see it as a 'double day' where you use it to substitute a second run on a day you've already run or are going to, if that makes sense...
Craig, whoo, those splits were fast for the 3 x 1 M fast! And great that you felt good afterwards. I am going to sit tight with existing paces until after your race on Sunday - but depending on the result, I may adjust. How are the long runs feeling, pace and mileage wise?
About pace and weight: losing weight will have an effect on your pace provided your fitness remains the same, or improves. If losing weight involves cutting silly amounts of calories from your diet, leaving you tired and vulnerable to illness/injury then it's not exactly going to help! There's a fine balance with weight loss and training and Craig has set a great example by losing weight slowly and steadily.
What a day... Good lord, I've been busy. In the office early, catch up on some paperwork, then meeting with some people and back to Peterborough to see someone else. Literally have not stopped at all since posting this morning, including three mile steady run. Hoping tomorrow will be better leading to calm(ish) weekend where job application needs to be started...
Today: Three miles steady in 30:13, ave pace at 10:04. Feeling wise, was a bit nuteral to be honest, neither good or bad, but think my day has afffected that a bit. The accelleration stride continue to provide much entertainment though (including to local dog walkers/fishing peeps).
Sam: I think that I started to go quicker in the last couple of miles, was really careful to try and remain in the 'easy' boundaries, but started to lose concentration after about mile six or seven and thinking about food, was quite hungry by then. The run did feel 'easy', but I totally know what you mean about 18 miles not being 9...
tenjiso: Looking at the timetable and considering the training run... Might make a decision at the weekend. Know what you mean about the build up, it's really sneeky like that gaining bit by bit . I there is one thing that really does my head in it's BMI measurements... Even more grrrrrrrr. Might be an OK guide, but no account of any individual factiors at all, even gender! Good work in the weight loss, it so nice losing the inches. For me (I was BIG) it good not that have to worry about sizes any more or my belly showing...
VikW: Good work. It's really hard not snacking on unhealthy stuff. Like the carrot stick idea, cheaper and less anti-social than chewing gum... Hope you enjoyed the run and have a good hen do.
Sleepy, Ruth: Got this great app that even read barcodes!!! Pick up something bad, scan it, go: "what how many!!!" Then put it back and get something healthier. While I do have a weakness for grilled chicken kebabs and wine, been good both ways I think. My BMR appears to be around 2000 kcals, while trying to lose, eating about 1850 and also eating the majority of my exercise calories too.
Food today consisted of:
BreakfastStarbucks - All Day Breakfast PotNew York Bagel CoKraft - Philidelphia Light With Garlic and Herb LunchWaitrose - Love Life Roasted Vegetables & Goats Cheese FlatbreadDinnerSainsbury's - Wild Mushroom TortelliniSainsbury's - Chicken and Bacon Ravioli Pacino's - Tomato & Basil Pasta SauceCheese - Parmesan, shredded
Craig - well done on your 3 mile run and making through a hectic day! Like the food for today, I love Sainsbury's filled pasta!
I did a 5 miler this morning, easy pace!
Very quickly, splits from this morning's five miles:
11:24 11:12 11:23 11:02 and 11:11.
Spent the run thinking about work... grrrrr.
Hope everyone is OK?
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