I also find for the longer runs Ipod music really helps me. - contraversial I know
I've downloaded a few specific running mixes from here - http://runningmixes.com/ a couple are around 2 hours long too.
They're free and whilst it does depend upon your musical tastes, I've found them really helpful.
i used to run to podcasts (IMTALK and Marathon Talk) and they did really help. However I have decided to ditch the music and focus on my technique as I was getting injured and I suspect this might have been happening because I was not correcting my obviously pathetic running technique I envy those of you who can just 'run'.
Yeah I was feeling weird aches in my hips, and knees as usual which would come and go as I relaxed myself to try and alleviate them. For the first time I also got a little pain on the front side of my leg right at the bottom where it meets your foot - like in the joint. Really really glad i pushed on and made the 20 miles though. Feel like it was necessary to do that psychologically and the final mile was relatively easy going.
I did not really feel that cold during my run apart from my chin but i kept covering that up with my buff. Still, i think somehow the cold did get to me during my run somehow. I felt really cold when i was at home for AGES. Had the shivers even. Feeling much better now though
We went to someones house this evening. I've never eaten so much dessert in my life Feel very satisfied right now lol. Got a running workshop in the AM! Off to bed soon.
S3200H - it's first come first serve for the Conne Ultra. Entries will be open by the summer for next year, and it will probably be full by the end of the year. It's not a cheap weekend and not the easiest place to get to as Galway airport closed a couple of years ago. I will be going back next year, it's a firm fixture in my racing calendar but I've missed a few when I've been injured.
Rattler - join a club. You can usually go along for a couple of sessions before deciding whether you want to actually join.
Khanivore - well done on your 20 miler but please eat breakfast next time. You've felt unwell before after long runs so it might be even more important for you to top up those carbs in the morning. LOL at the dessert
The workshop sounds interesting.
Sofaboy - well done, that takes some dedication to do that distance on a treadmill.
Slowkoala - hope it's not too cold out there today.
Rest day for me today, I've had an easy week. Today I will draw up a plan for my training for the next few weeks and must do some housework as well
Thanks Shades. I will eat next time for sure. How much gap between porridge and running do i need? About an hour? I always worry about needing the toilet during the run. Running seems to make me want to 'go'.
The workshop is with Sam Murphy: http://www.sam-murphy.co.uk/about-me
I saw her talk at the VLM meet the experts event and found out she does a workshop that includes running technique/form. I decided to give it a go. Will let you know how it works out.
Khanivore - it varies, but an hour should be OK, on race day you may want longer as race nerves can slow digestion.
I've met Sam Murphy several times, she is delightful. We used to have healthy arguments about long run training pace, she used to encourage runners to run close to MP for their long runs.
Slowkoala - well done, tough going in this cold weather. Eat whatever you want for the day now, hope you can put your feet up for a while too.
I've just cleaned the bathroom, I'd rather be out running....seemed like a good idea at the time
my feet are feeling ok today but my legs are really achy. that 20 miler on the TM yesterday was the hardest thing i can remember doing for a long time.
no offence to any of the mentalists on this thread, but i can't believe people do this for fun. lol...
give me a sportsbike and a set of scrubbed knee sliders any day.
20.5 miles this morning. Had a jam sandwich at 12 mile and it worked well. I have tried jels and not really found one that suits. The High5 ones were ok but did not seem to do much for me. so may be jam sandwiches, High5 4-1 drink and jelly babies that get me round the 35miler
It was very cold though, put my gloves into my running belt to eat my sandwich, but they fell out at some stage so my hands nealy fell off by the time i got home
20 miles on a TM, no offence Sofaboy but are you a bit mad
Some decent runs going on - @FastKoala - always a great pace, nice work. @Sofaboy - that TM work is impressive, must have been inspired by the rugby
@Khani - good luck witrh the new job
I failed the Rattler geography test again today - went out for a 20 miler and ended up running 21 - my legs feel it too - averaged 9.49, was around 9.40 for the first 17 miles or so, then struggled to maintain this for the last 4. but this bit does have a few hills, thought i could take advantage of the downhill parts, but these hurt my legs the most so kinda backed off here.
Took a bottle of water with Zero tablet and had Hi5+ gels at 9 miles (~90 mins) and 15 miles (~150mins). Wore gloves and a few layers too.
Really tired at the end. The idea of running 9 min miles and another 5 miles in 8 weeks feels distant and difficult, but I'm up for the challenge
Still cold here too, in the wind i was cold today but out of the wind and in the sun i was too hot....
Still 9.5 miles mostly 8:55 to 9:10 pace for the splits but 9th mile was uphill and 8:15 as i ramped it up to see what i could manage. Sporttracks sayss 108 foot climb in that mile which sounds about right, one long climb.
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