Peter M - stress fracture sounds bad. Are you sure you're not going to give yourself a really long term injury here? I know its always easy to advise people to get things checked out but this sounds like it might be really worth it. Cross-training sounds good though.
JR - Wow! 15 weeks of base training BEFORE marathon training starts! You really do this properly.
Mungus - Ha Ha, we knew you'd be back for more . Chippenham is meant to be a good local autumn half - fast and flat and don't be put off by the thought of Chippenham, it goes out of town. Bradford on Avon should get its own half together.
Lovely little club run, with the usual killer hill at the end last night. I'm feeling recovered and ready for 21m tomorrow.
Peter I too hope it isn't as bad as it sounds
JR you are a running machine. I've never even ran 50 miles at the peak of my marathon training, let alone a base!!!
BM - Hoping the base training will pay dividends with half and full Marathon PB's later in the year. Good luck tomorrow.
Mungus - would endorse the Chippenham HM, 2/3 is through the countryside and is pretty flat with bit of an incline between 10-11m. A nice downhill finish though, it always gets good reviews. It's open for entry now & is on 7th sept. I'm thinking of doing it but don't let that put you off!
Cbo - I wouldn't go that far! Last time round my mara training peaked at 58 miles but this time looking to add 10 miles more. Recovered okay after your half on Sunday?
Peter - Hope things have improved?
TP - how about an easy week, a week at 75% of your previous peak and then the same taper as before? Something I've never done , someone else may be able to help.
Easy run tonight, 6.04 @ 8:09
Thanks for the recommendations of the Chippenham Half. I'm away on hols that weekend and I also really dislike running in warm weather, so training through August is a no-no. Shame, it's very handy!
I've only done 2 x 2 mile runs since Sunday, my legs are still in shock I think! Plan to go longer tomorrow and at the weekend.
I live in Spain so getting into warm weather running is something of a must. Last year I stopped completely through July and August, but this year I'm determined to keep up the training through the summer. I think I might look for a race to sign up for a in late Sept in order to force myself to focus.
Mungus - I needed a good long rest after Bath last year. It was almost two weeks before I ran any real distance. However, this year.....I've just run 20 miles Apologies for that bit of showing off - its my longest run yet.
That's not showing off BM, that's taking proper pride in your achievements. And if you can't do that here, where can you??! That was the Devizes/Bath run I take it? Well done you, hope you've had an enormous dinner to celebrate.
Cracking run BM - are you doing another long one before tapering? Did you finish in Sydney Gardens.
Mungus - good to get back into it gently! Another local one for you... Bristol HM on 21/09. I also did Cardiff a few years ago, similar atmosphere and course (flat) to Bath but a much better goody bag. I've never been great at warm weather running but i have to get through it this year...
Just a meagre 6 miles again for me compared to BM. Nice easy 8:15 pace.
Evening all. Didn't make it out for my final gentle 3k run yesterday because of work, but made up for that with an elite athlete fuelling strategy of a damn good curry and several glasses of a cheeky little kiwi Riesling this evening. More seriously, no booze tomorrow and a big carb-heavy dinner in the offing. The weather looks fantastic for my HM on Sunday morning. Good luck to any and all running this weekend.
Best of Luck Gaz, and anyone else running their HM this weekend! look forward to the run reports .
Right onto me :P, and "footgate" :P. Essentially if you pull your toes back, on the big sticky up tendon for the big toe, i have a small painful lump, only 2mm in size, about 1inch back from the bottom of the toe, just on the top and inside edge of the tendon. Went to my local walk in centre yesterday (GP office told me to go there instead as they have Xray facilities. I brought a book with me (was there for 2.5 hours), saw the nurse, had an X ray, saw another nurse. Apparently they can see no break/fracture etc (though internet says there only really 50% chance of seeing it anyway, and as its not that bad, if it was one, it's more likely to be in the 50% not showing up ). Alternatives the nurse offered is tendentious,.. after some googling of that, i discovered its not far off in cause and effect, what i have (but also not dissimilar to a stress fracture anyway :P). Nurse lady said to RIE it (she said Compression is now a no no, so stop saying RICE guys, its just RIE) and take Ibuprofen (i argued I'm not in that much pain, but she explained its for the swelling, and suggested the gel). So i got some of that and started using it yesterday.
After only doing 2 spin classes this week Tues and Thurs, i thought i'd try a SLOW parkrun today (foot willing). Stuck some gel on at 7, went for a tester jog around the block at 8 and all seemed well. Went to parkrun and helped a friend beat her PB and go sub 30 mins (29:25, we smashed it ). Had a few niggles here and there from it a couple of times, but it went away and wasn't to detrimental. So we'll have to see how it is tomorrow. Will continue to gel it up, ice when i can perhaps. If its ok tomorrow, will try another run out, maybe 10km with some of that at HMP, then see how the rest of the week goes.
My first HM is a week on sunday (got my race number through with its disposable chip attached. I'm number 38 out of 2600 .. does that mean i have to finish around there? :P). So goals for this week,..
1) get foot in best possible condition for Sunday
2) dont knacker yourself out for Sunday, but also,.
3) try to get in SOME runs this week, with a few miles at HMP
4) make a big pasta bake on friday and mostly eat that friday saturday (probably don't do any runs friday saturday either).
But first, lets see how it is tomorrow!
Good luck all, happy running guys.
Good luck for tomorrow Gaz and to anyone else racing too.
PeterM - sounds like a good plan, focus on your race next weekend and don't worry too much about the runs between now and then. You can worry about your toe after that.
As for the rest of you enablers...I've entered the Cardiff Half in October!
Gaz - best of luck tomorrow, looks like the weather will be with you.
Peter M - take it easy. You'll have done enough in the last few weeks to get what you want.
Mungus - excellent news you'll enjoy it.
6 for me last night @ 8:09 & just over 12 today @ 8:12. So that's 38 miles for the week and the 1st wk of base training done...
Mungus , Cardiff must be a nice race, and october gives you plenty of training time . I'm looking at 3 others near me, 2 hilly, 1 flat. Litchfield half 4th may, buxton half (very hilly) end of may, and 'potters art' 2 weeks after . Considering doing all of them, though I'm not sure how silly that would be :P. Got to still get through my first one though . Anywho, congrats on signing up for another one, sounds like the bug of running is having a nibble .
JR: yeah, thus goal 1, ensure foot is in best possible condition . no point pushing it to hard and keeping the injury going longer then needed, especially as i'll have other events after this as well. But it'd be a shame to stop training altogether. 38 miles, just for base training , just for week 1,.. sounds like a tough plan you're on.
About to leave the house and head up to Cambridge for the race. Pasta for lunch yesterday and a big pasta dinner, so should be OK on the nutrition front, but feeling nervous! I'll drop by after I've finished and maybe will post a photo or two.
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