Wednesday 8th October 2008

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08/10/2008 at 17:01
LOL Catch-up at moving south to Sheffield.  For a soft southerner such as myself Sheffield is way oop north!
Dubai Dave    pirate
08/10/2008 at 20:05

The North starts somewhere between Exeter & Taunton as far as I'm concerned.

08/10/2008 at 21:14
AF - thank you for your feedback, the 3 times week is to allow my legs to recover in between runs and also to allow time for rowing training which is 6 times a week. At the moment I do 9 training sessions in total  - they take up 10/12 hours a week, including boat time, ergo time, weights and circuits. I have to say that, apart from blisters (on my hands!)  and the occasional stiff shoulder from the boat my legs are never tired and I have very light occasional  doms. But I do take your point, if my body is recovering well there is nothing to stop me from adding other running days.  I am just really scared of getting injured again! So what do yuo say, when I pass the 20 miles x week I could add another day? I could always go for a 3 miler before getting on the boat.
08/10/2008 at 21:24

LOL Mava.... likewise

What - 9.27m Club run
Why - the weds Route... went too fast though
Last Hard - yesterday
Last rest 8 days

Take care

08/10/2008 at 21:49

Agree that people over rest and then go back into hard training too soon. I'm guilty of racing too soon after London this year and I should definitey know better by this point.

Gobi wrote (see)
AF, looking at the likes of Hippo, Ian Sharman and myself I'm not convinced by the two hard marathons theory at all. Just using me I have run 5 sub 2.45 marathons this year. Maybe it is under racing that causes the issue :~) Of course if I get injured tomorrow I may have to change my view :~)

I definitely agree that multiple marathons/long races don't necessarily cause issues with respect to injuries - think it's more down to how well-conditioned/strong an individual is with respect to a particular activity - running in this case, and how fortunate that individual is with respect to being injury-immune/less injury-prone.

However, there's absolutely no doubt that multiple marathons/long races compromises performance. No disrespect intended, but you're nowhere near achieving one of your stated goals for the year (i.e., sub-2:30 marathon), and I think this is largely down to being unable/unwilling to focus on a single marathon and spend the necessary time prior to such an event to bring yourself to the necessary peak (i.e., one key marathon rather than 5 run at a reasonable pace).

Be interested to hear views on this.

08/10/2008 at 21:51

Recovering from races.   I agree that several days of gentle running is the best way to get rid of DOMS, but on several occasions I have pulled muscles while they are still tight, and not fully recovered.   I remember, that at least the first time it was from playing hockey (with more unpredictable sudden movements) too soon rather than running. Certainly agree that obn the whole, the better prepared the less time it takes to recover, but also how hard you have managed to race, which seems to be mainly due to mental strength, rather than related to distance or preparedness.  I remember reading that Paula had difficulty walking downstairs after her marathon WR, and you can't say she wasn't prepared, but rather that she had the mental toughness to put so much into the race -

For several weeks after a big race I find that some days training seems back to normal, then get an unexpected tired day, especially if I have tried to get back into structured training straight away.  

Thirdly, I think there is a lot to be said for having a week or two of rest, or at least very easy training once or twice a year.  After a good race it is easy to be fired up to begin the next phase, only to overdo it and get injured soon after, or go down with a bout of CBA.  Far better to plan rest and recovery periods,  than to have them forced on you by injury.   As someone else has said, most of the elite runners have rest periods after big races.

 Stellina, with all that rowing training you must be really fit.  How does your pace compare with when were running before you strated rowing ?

What: am hard weights session  pm; 14ml, easy. A pleasant run on a sunny evening around Sutton Park, counting rabbits!
Why: I happened to have a hour's gap between patients this morning and didn't want to waste it; midweek medium run, between 2 hard days 

08/10/2008 at 22:26

a lot of my views are based around elites and rest periods. Many of them have a habit of coming back too hard and getting injured hence my view that even they over rest.


I think you are probably right but only one of them was a planned attempt at anywhere near 2.30 and that was Toronto(others were on the way to Comrades). Toronto ended up being derailed due to a poor 50km run(100km next month is real focus) so although I did the training including the speedwork I didn't do the full taper. That said I still went to Toronto confident of a sub 2.34 but the conditions were far from ideal.

I have learned that if I really want a sub 2.30 I will have to do 6 months of focused training and TBH as you know I'm not prepared to so yeah looks like I am admitting that I had ambitions above my ability.(focus)

How are you ?

Blisters    pirate
08/10/2008 at 23:34

TmR has summarised my interpretation as well. I understand about Gobi's fear of over resting, and it seems logical. But the truth is that a marathon where one has really pushed for pb as a target race will mean that the legs are a bit mashed. Maybe not that there's major muscle damage or tears but minor damage like a piece of tenderised steak. The biologists will probably say that the white blood cells do their repairing in the same time span, ie about 10 days. I believe that it's important to keep light training going in, immediately after the big race, in order to keep the tendons and muscles stretched. Letting them spring back or shorten will lead to the injuries, especially if you then try doing some fast work or long range work.

Of course, not everyone does go out and mash themselves even on a target marathon or ultra. Various reasons - just see the thread reports the day after FLM for excuses etc. And those who do loads of marathons surely cannot adopt a periodic approach to extracting the peak performance. Otherwise Hipps would have a sub 4 easily.

And as for the lyrics: I would have said that the situation remained normal.......except that would be a clue. You pays yer money you takes yer choice.

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