GM - not terribly scientifically is the simple answer. I run to feel and then see how the run comes out in the end.
I'd settle for another sub 3:10 (i.e. 7:10 pace) in the November marathon and then use that as a stepping stone for a concerted effort to go sub-3 at VMLM. For this campaign I'm going to experiment with one of the higher level Fitzgerald plans (I think it peaks at around 80 miles) and see if my body can stand it then I'll be more confident about following something similar at a slightly faster pace over the winter.
From what you've said, if 7:10 feels comfortable for 10-13 miles then it sounds as though it's a question of stepping up the mileage at that pace, or perhaps doing a 20 mile progressive run with the first 10 at (say) 8/8:15 and then the second half is at MP. Have you got a flat marathon planned as well as the Jersey one?
Just for Gul's benefit (as I think he said he was a big Zola fan), I've just finished Germinal - excellent book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Assuming it was you who recommended it, many thanks!!
Fingers crossed GD - hope things sort themselves out soon.
Ditto for you Gul, albeit with a different emphasis.
Wise words from Jools!!!
Slightly disappointing 8 mile MP run yesterday. Was hoping for 7:10 average, but it was probably 10s / mile slower. Hopefully it's just a reflection of where I am in the campaign at the moment. Followed that up with a hilly 6.5 miles this morning which felt surprisingly good.
Great report Madbark - you're seriously flying at the moment.
KR - another paragraph that reinforces why I don't want to even contemplate doing a 24 hour race. Great dedication to the cause.
11 hilly off road miles with a mate this morning - made a very pleasant change from running solus and we put the world to rights throughout the run except for the steep bits up the side of Box Hill/
Took me up to 111 for the month (which is OK seeing that I was away for almost half of it) and 1,318 for the year so far. A decent burst of autumn training should get me over 2,000 for the year for the first time since 2011
G-Dawg - difficult to know what to say. Are you in the kind of industry where there are opportunities for short term contracts while you're looking for the ideal job? Fingers crossed for you.
Good set of intervals there PJF
Slightly later start than normal for my long run this morning - had picked a route that I thought was around 19 miles, but it ended up at 20.4 so I'll take that. Very undulating trip over to Leith Hill and back with a couple of nasty steep bits, but all good training.
Am transferring my Abo place as I'm definitely not in shape for a decent time in 7 weeks time, but the Phoenix Riverside Winter Marathon (starts in Walton-on-Thames) on 22 November looks to be a good one. Have we got an autumn marathon list yet?
Very hopeful for a successful session in Beijing over the next hour
Sounds like there are alot of folks waiting for the holidays to end!
Nothing much to report other than a gentle 4.5 mile run through the woods this morning and the pleasure of working from home which generally means more toast and less coffee consumed that when I'm in the office.