I don't think I'm going to be able to keep up with this thread but it sounds like everyone is getting good base miles in ready to go in January.
50 miles for me last week with a 20 at the weekend. This will be an easier week on the running front with hard [Christmas drinking] sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Teknik- xc was on Wimbledon common
When training for my first and second mara I did a lot of speedwork with the club- track sessions every Tuesday and tempo runs on Wednesday. Looking back I think I was doing way too much and also doing hard sessions too close together and often at a wrong pace. The majority of runners in my club are a lot faster and trying to keep up with them especially during Wednesday tempo runs left me constantly knackered and frustrated with a lack of improvement (or not much improvement as I was hoping for...).
I've now cut down on quality sessions and started doing my tempo runs on my own at my own pace and I'm already seeing improvements.
So this time will be doing things differently. Planning to stick to P&D and cut out all track sessions until they're called for in the schedule. And I vow to recover when I'm supposed to.
Gobi - I will try as you say and report back!! Now all I need is warner weather... I hate the cold? Can you help with that too?
Ok, for the newbie... What exactly is a tempo run?
Jennie- there are some proper experts here who can probably explain much better but I'll try.
Tempo is basically a type of speed session where you warm up for let's say a couple of miles, then run at your tempo pace for 20-50min and then cool down. Your tempo pace is something between your 10k pace and your half marathon pace. The best way to work it out is to do a race (let's say 5k) and plug your time into a calculator like this one:
It will then give you your training paces for different type of sessions like tempo or long run.
It's meant to be a good speed session for middle and long distance runners and I found it works for me better than short interval sessions on a track.
Hope this helps
Can anyone tell me how important it is NOT to do your tempo too fast? Do you miss out on some of the benefit by going too fast? According to mcmillan I should be doing 4.43-4.55 min/ km (sorry, I work in km...). On a good day I average 4.37 so a few seconds/km faster. Should I try to slow down? Or am I overthinking it?
Gobi- I do 8km at this pace and by the end I feel like I'm about to die. So I guess I should slow down a bit...
Mon: Knee-deep in mud on Wimbledon Common? Must have rained like hell...
Easy 4m this morning. Beers tonight so tomorrow's long run is going to be fun...
Teknik- it was! I also didn't realise that there are so many hills... Usually run around it avoiding the middle.
Enjoy your beers tonight and good luck tomorrow.
Thankyou - I'm sure that's a major part of it - I was going out 4 times a week, but the schedule I followed only suggested one +20 mile run before two weeks tapering. I also had sporadic achilles and foot injuries (the latter caused by my 8 year old son kicking me when we played football!) which meant that I didn't do as many of the 6-8 mile tempo runs that I was planning.
Richard - I did my first HM of a weekly mileage of around 25, then changed to HR training, gradually increased my weekly mileage to 40 - 50 and found that I my pace really picked up.
I've just spent this last year out due to illness, so I'm doing nothing other than rebuilding my base mileage at the moment, I'm no expert, but even I could see the benefit the higher weekly mileage was giving me.
Lots of good running and good advice here- nothing new to add
10.12m for me tonight at an easy 8.11av Really pleased with how easy it felt. In a good place at the moment Time to make hay
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