Found myself home alone yesterday so decided to do my long run a couple of days early. Headed off down to Putney and along the tow path south of the river. It was very wet, muddy and with lots of pools of water. So I decided to cross at Hammersmith Bridge and continue on the north of the river - a bit of an adventure. More urban and lots of running on roads and pavements compared to the south side footpath. Eventually got to 8 miles and turned back. Got a couple of miles and found my way blocked as the road had completely flooded in the interim 40 minutes. Had to take a detour which involved running alongside the A4 for a while - hardly an idyllic riverside run! Finally got back on to the river.
I then felt my glutes really tighten up, particularly on the right side. It became really difficult to raise my right knee too far. It was a miserable day weather wise too; constant rain. I was really glad to get home and have a long soak in the bath.
It was probably too ambitious running 16 miles only 5 days after my previous long run and after a really long day at work but it is done and I don't have to do it tomorrow.
On a brighter note I have now run 500 miles this year, the most since 2008!
FRC - I am having trouble with my HR monitor. My theoretical HR max is 163 (I am 57) but even during my slower sessions I am getting a reading of over 166! I think I need to calibrate it by doing a tough hill session and finding what my real HR max is (as read by my HR monitor). In the meantime I am using the monitor to see how my heart rate changes with exercise/over time.
As I have no real bench mark to work against I am having to guess (a bit) how fast to run my long sessions. Hence running at 10 mm pace which is 1 m/m slower than my proposed marathon pace and 2 m/m slower than when I got my PB at Edinburgh. I am relying on educated guess work and 10 years of marathon training experience to guide me through this.
It is the first time I have tried this approach. Previously I ran all my long runs at close to marathon pace. I feel like I am putting a lot of trust in theory, although everyone says it is the way to go. I still feel like it is a leap of faith!
So my overall approach will be a hybrid one. After London next year I may well do all my base training led by HR training methods. But first of all I have a marathon to run and I can only rely on my instincts and experience to do it in a way with which I am comfortable.
Double ups - now that is serious. Not even in my crazy days back in 2007/8 did I ever run twice in a day. I know a woman who would certainly have something to say on the matter. Hopefully she will be well enough to comment soon!