Hi everyone, just wanted to see how everyone was doing.
@S3200H - thank god that you're not too badly injured
@Slowkoala - please change your name to speedykoala
Big G- I'm not surprised you were tired yesterday morning, probably deydrated too didn't help.
S3200H - good idea to take it easy. It's usual to feel worse a couple of days after, partially due to shock.
Slowkoala - I hate a hill in the early stages of a race or training run...unless it's downhill of course
bootsie - a bit of rest for that knee and if you swim don't do the leg action for breaststroke that's not good for knees, so front crawl is probably best.
Emmy - what other races have you entered lately?
I know my target marathon is a long way off still, but I was thinking this morning whilst having my porrige (dangerous, I know!). I'm going to be staying at a B&B that is close to the start, but I'll have to up, fed and out before they serve their breakfast as the start time is at 8.30am. I will ask the B&B owner if they wouldn't mind me pinching some of their milk if I take my own shredded wheat and sultanas, but if they say no to that what do others do? I suppose I should be practicing eating something that I can easily make on the day.....maybe jam sandwiches or something?
When I did London in 2010, this wasn't an issue because the place I stayed at was geared up for runners, plus the start time was later.
Did anyone see that Horizon program on TV the other night about exercise? Apparently, only 12 mins per month (that isn't a typo) of vigorous exercise is enough to help see certain improvements. The program was first on back in 2012 but I didn't see it then. It's on iPlayer now if anyone is interested.
A review is here.
In order to test the theory, Mosley played guinea pig. The metaphor was an apt one as after 20 seconds going berserk on an exercise bike he was indeed making some noises like a tubercular rodent. But he came back after one month of Hit and both his insulin sensitivity and his aerobic fitness were vastly improved. As these are two things that are likely to make you live longer, Hit, in his case, was a hit.
Any thoughts? I thought it was complete ballcocks myself, but I do like this guy's programs and he does seem to go about things scientifically. He did one last year on the 5/2 diet where you "eat what you want" for 5 days a week and "starve yourself" for 2 days a week and see weight loss improvements.
Not sure how any of this impacts us on this thread, as we're obviously all highly tuned athletes but interesting none the less.
Big G - yes I saw that TV programme, found it hard to believe but I think any exercise will show improvements in health (if you start off unfit), but the intensity of that brief time on the exercise bike was scary! And your heart and lungs wouldn't show the benefits of aerobic exercise. I like his programmes too.
Re your pre race breakfast, most places will do an early breakfast especially as you don't want cooked, even if they lay the stuff out for you and you help yourself and maybe make your own toast. But just in case they don't, take a thermos flask and put cold fresh milk in it, will keep it fresh for your brekkie the next morning. Good idea to have some extra supplies of your own just in case you want to top up your pre race carbs. Malt loaf, bagels, and the jam sandwiches
Shades - good idea about the milk in a thermos. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks! I'll start experimenting to make sure I can run on jam sandwiches too.
I think I mentioned I am planning a half marathon next weekend, assuming the number transfer goes through okay. It is a flat course so not really similar in terrain to the North Dorset Village marathon, but I'm thinking I'm going to go for a PB rather than treat it as a LSR. Would that be okay? Could we then use my time to make sure I'm doing my training sessions at the right pace? I'm still 12 weeks out, so is it still okay to be thinking about tinkering with training paces?
I am little bit torn, because I've said all along that I want to enjoy this marathon and that is still the main aim. However, I also want to do a reasonable effort and I know I'll be a bit disappointed if I feel I could have gone a bit quicker (assuming I finish it). I know these two objectives don't really go together! I suppose what I am saying is that I don't want to blow up at mile 18 and really hate the last 8, but want to finish strongly. The proverbial "sprint finish" would be great I hope this makes sense?!
I'm waffling! I'll post my half time next weekend and go from there. If I have a nightmare next weekend for whatever reason, I have another half I'm planning at the end of March as well.
Big G - yes, race your half marathon and go for that PB and if you get it we will recalculate your training paces. In my training plans I advise racing once a month for speedwork, more race experience, pace control, and to recalculate training paces.
I know you had a rough experience in your last marathon and as long as you continue training well and on race day stick to your pre-determined marathon pace (no faster) for the first half of the race you will feel strong and you should do a good PB.
Emmy - LOL, there's non stopping you now, you'll soon be in the 100 Marathon club
S3200H - glad you're feeling OK after your bump. Camping...eek
Slowkoala - that is fast but hard to run a mile time trial on your own.
You really do need to change your forum name
I did 8 miles and felt pretty good! I think the massive drop in fitness i perceived in my last run was actually due to my cold more than lack of running. I ran much more easily today. Ok not 100% but certainly not the 50% i felt in my last run!
I don't know whether it was wearing running tights that did it or whether it was the mental state that going to the marathon event yesterday left me in but I felt pretty good in todays run. I know i was working much harder than i would have been before the enforced break from running as my heart rate was 15 bmp higher throughout. Nevertheless I felt good and was able to keep my muscles relaxed.
I checked my notes on the marathon pacers by the way. Pen 5 will have 2 pacers running 9 minute miles aiming for 3:56:00 finish. Pen 6 will have 2 pacers running at 9:43 minute miles ainging for a 4:15:00 finish. Pen 7 will have 2 pacers running 10 minute miles aiming for a 4:22:00 finish. There will be faster pacers in the lower numbers pens and slower pacers in the higher numbered pens. These are just the ones I noted down. Hope that helps.
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