Shades - what does your serious winter training plan look like and what is your next planned race?
Today's 8 mile run might have been very cold and blustery but it was positively tropical compared to the weather right now. I am so glad I got it done early.
The run was 'awkward'. I always struggle with pacing in windy conditions and my heart rate was higher than it should have been. That sore muscle at the top of my calf on the outside of my leg was playing up too. It felt great when I remembered to totally relax my lower leg and 'flow' in to my run. Problem is I often forget to do that The whole run felt a bit of a struggle - not hard... just a struggle. I am glad this is a lower volume week for me to be honest.
For carrying gels here are a couple of options that I have - not that I have ever carried more than 1 gel lol:
http://www.spibelt.com/products/specialty-spibelt/spibelt-with-water-repellent-pocket-and-gel-loops - I have only ever carried one gel in this with my iphone in the pouch itself but it does have loops you can jam multiple gels in to around the belt (I think you can carry about six gels outside of the pouch itself).
http://shop.camelbak.com/2012-delaney-race/d/50043_cl_1935 - i only use this for runs over 15 miles as I thought it might be wise to carry water for such distances. It has a bumbag on the front you can put whatever you want in, including gels. It also comes with two mini bottles that you can pour gels in to if you want and these sit on the front on either side of the bumbag.
The SPI belt is really unintrusive. You really don't know it is there at all. You wear it a bit lower than you might imagine and then it just seems to disappear.
Hope that helps.
Khanivore - my next marathon is 20th Jan at Gloucester, I might do a shorter race before then but unlikely as I haven't really found anything suitable.
Training plan is still work in progress but I will be building up my mileage to peak at 100 mpw a Xmas/NewYear as we have a shutdown at work and the time off gives me a chance to get some extra miles in. Will drop back to 70 to 80 mpw after that.
It's very hard to run in strong windy conditions, one of my least favourite of weathers and it does make it hard to relax when battling with such conditions.
Slowkoala - stick with the jelly babies if they suit you, most gels are just sugar so a very expensive way of taking on the same ingredients as a few sweets.
Good idea to start early. If you're doing Level 2, the mid week long run has a few miles at marathon pace. All races should be run at race pace for that distance, i.e. half marathons at half marathon pace, only exception would be if race was very close to your marathon or you had a niggle/injury or were recovering from illness.
@Slokoala - I have different 'methods' but check if you actually need gels. Jelly babies/wine gums/haribo might also work. Heres some ideas for tights.
1) in the back pouch of my tights. This makes the gel slightly warmer so even in winter it's not so 'gloopy' to get out.
2) Camelbak/bumbag/rucksack - depends on what works for you. I used to hate having anything around my waist but since using my camelbak - it's made a world of difference.
3) Wrapped in a headband around your arm/wrist. Easy access
4) Sellotaped to a bottle you're carrying. Simple and easy option.
When you run 16-18 miles you want something comfortable as possible that wont annoy you.
Oh I didn't realise the mid week long run should be run at race pace for half marathon! I've been plodding in it
Should the weekend long run be at race pace too?
*blush* I just clicked on the 'notes' tab for the first time
now that i have read the notes page, those are actually very good questions lol. I was wondering the same thing.
Khanivore - I think it's the last 3rd of the MWLR that is a marathon pace. You are not the only one to not notice the Notes page!
Big G - so Sunday's run may be a shortish one?
Slowkoala - you can buy tiny bum bags, I bought one, Nathan ID, I think it's called, fits very snugly around the waist, big enough for 3 gels or a fair quanitity of sweets or a mobile, don't even know I'm wearing it.
If you're only taking a few sweets just put in a plastic bag and tuck into waistband of tights/shorts...you need to be wearing lycra though!
5 mile temp run, is 1 mile warm up, 3 miles at tempo pace, 1 mile cool down. Fartlek is the same, measured from the start of run
Shades - just reading back through the last few posts, you mention adding electrolytes to water. I've been using Torq Energy for a couple of years, which has electrolytes. It's a powder you add to water and comes in big tubs, but I was just wondering what you use?
Big G - I use this http://www.eletewater.co.uk/index.php it's just electrolytes, no sugar. I carry it in a tiny bottle and add a few drops to water provided during a race, maybe 3 times in a marathon. I get stomach acid if I use sports drinks during a race.
Hmmmm......I'm wondering about the North Dorset Village marathon. Any thoughts on that one, in terms of route profile etc? It looks to get very good write ups for atmosphere/scenery/organisation etc.
If (a big IF ), I sign up to that one it will mean Bideford Half in early March and then North Dorset Village marathon in early May. That sounds achievable doesn't it?
So my aim would be to still target Bideford Half for a PB, and do a couple of 15-16 milers up to Bideford Half if possible, but then crack on for the full in May (if Bideford goes okay). As I type, the aim of the Marathon would be to get around and try and enjoy it. The first (and only) marathon I did, I didn't enjoy at all. How does that sound?
@Big G - I've heard a lot about the North Dorset Marathon and it's all been good. If you're 'around that area' have a look at the Giants Head marathon in June. There will be a large contigent from RW going.
I use hi-5 and nomally keep them in a little bag in my bumbag and add them if I need to water provided on the course (especially if its hot).
@Shades - Are you affected at all by the floods or bad weather?
Another numpty question #23433: I've got 2 weekends until the next marathon - are the following training runs completely stupid?
Remaining this week: Fri: 18 miles, Sat: 10 milesNext week: 5,10,5,14 Week after: 5,5,26.2 (optional 8 miler MWLR)
Or am I pushing it too much?
We had our first team event yesterday evening and it was a great success! But I'm a little tired this morning!
Big G - North Dorset is one of my favourite marathons and very popular with the Trotters now too.
You need to enjoy your next marathon, so aim and train for a good positive experience.
Emmy - that looks fine to me for your next couple of week's training, but back off if you feel you need to.
Not personally affected by floods or any other weather, but very close to us.
Fantastic trip to Florence. Beautiful city. Thanks, Shades & VR for your company .
Finally managed to get out for a recovery run. Left foot is still a bit sore (bruised?), but didn't hurt at all while I was running . I was a wimp to get out though because it has turned so cold. Tights now with jacket and gloves - I want to hibernate until the Spring .
Shades - how are your niggles now?
Big G - North Dorset is a lovely marathon. Low key, early start, lots of people cheering you in at the finish. I've booked up to do it again this year.
mowzer - and thank you for your company, it was a great trip wasn't it? And I finally bought a handbag at the airport, for some bizare reason the shops at the airport were cheaper than anywhere else, even the coffee.
The top of my foot is still a bit sore to touch, I've not run and I'm feeling it less and less, did Kettlecise last night and it was fine. I think mine is bruised too, although it's no longer discoloured. Back running tomorrow as I'm doing a streak for December, better sign back on the RW Challenge too
I'm finding it so cold here too, was zero when I drove home from Kettlecise at 8pm last night and heavy frost on the cars now..
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