Hi all I managed a 6 easy on Wednesday, just a Speedflex session Thursday, and my first MP [4@8:45 in the middle of a 7] session this morning - is it the word marathon or something? Always seems daunting to pull out MP.
Then I went for a Tui Na & got sort of electrocuted - this was wierd & very traumatic, one of those OSIM machines [with the little pads] was applied to my left calf, & yowsers, the charge did not leave me for almost 30 seconds after it had been switched off - and my left leg feels like it ran a marathon - it's a bit rigid.
I had a similar reaction to acupuncture once - he said it was neural.
Too right it was neural!
But that I need to progress this to thicken the nerve. Er no I don't think so.
I weigh 8st 3, which is 52 kilos, so before Reading I did a 3 day sort of progressive carb load [was reading one of your posts on Day 2 saying you don't have to do 3 days!], was aiming for 10g carb per kilo of me, managed 376.91 on THursday, 465.54 on Friday, 499.67 on Saturday.
I do eat a lot, but to get to this leel I added oatcakes, Cherry Active, & a couple of Gatorades the last day [don't normally have sugar].
I just felt sluggish, tired. Mind you that could have been the training & lack of taper.
For VLM last year I did a 2 day load based on what you said to the Paris guys, didn't get beyond 400g daily though.
I too like the 10, 10, 6 strategy, having always gone with halfway, 20, *the rest*, & just get to 20 in 3 hours then do utmost, factoring in the extra distance to that last 10K rather than freaking sooner too.
Had a bit of a mare at Reading - Left knee pain kicked in at 4ish, mildly, right soleus protested very slightly in the last couple of miles, so from that point of view it was all very reassuring on the injury front.
It was total carnage out there though - worse than the marathon as less patience at the start, & I quickly reframed my goal, & actually finished just one second better than for my Brighton half training run I think - 1:53:22 anyway - had hoped to go sub 1:50, but had low energy on the day, and just didn't feel like the fight, becoming increasingly grumpy at the frustrations all the way, including those awful water pouches, getting elbowed so hard I nearly fainted, and having a massive bloke fall sideways onto most of my left leg and a traffic island.
They're all on caffeine this lot. Speaking of which my 2nd 5K was way too fast & that would be down to a C gel @ 3 miles.
I have had less funny items appear on YouTube than the start I had, where I got tangled in a plastic bag and a foil blanket on the line with my tag bleeping away, & couldn't kick them off.
Horrible if very doable.
I'm thinking that the carb load really was too much, felt shattered yesterday, and like I was battling 7 lurgies simultaneously.
However today I was sprightly & all ready to hit the track, where I had a storming set of 2 min Vo2 max reps, 2 min jog, 20 secs maximal, walk back x 7, with 1.5 miles easy either side. This is a Sam session I loved last year. I like something to think about.
Paces have come out at just under 7mm/just under 6mm at WORST! I should point out that Christine O & the team were practising for the weekend on the same track, and I was possibly being more runnery than usual, but this is through the roof for me. And I got faster not slower as reps progressed.
James I'm liking your race strategy a lot, & am very confident on your behalf for the 3:45.
James Linney nice 20 there, I'm pondering what to do on mine this Sunday. Will probably try not to wipe myself out with 17 x 9:45, 3 x 8:45 or something. Finishing faster on most runs really helped me at VLM last year.
I like F1 as well, but then I like everything to varying degrees from darts & snooker to ski style.
Killer half Ruffles!
Orapidrun you're going to have to make up that half mile, I get it! I often wonder the same, & have met a few so I know there are forumites everywhere i go.
Ruffles - hope you feel miraculously better on the day, as has happened to me before now. I've been in an asthma flare up these past few months, and have even had mini attacks during Watford half & one of the 10s, but I do find that I can hold reasonable pace if I breathe faster but more shallowly.
I was hoping for a PB at Reading also, but will not push it at all if it's going to floor me, or if it's chucking it down sideways in howling gales.
The top of my left foot & around achilles were sore again yesterday but it turned out my posterior tib had switched off again, he is now back with the show and no more rolling my foot with spikey balls.
James I do like Battersea Park, we have our work 10K there every year.
Managed to consume 375g carbs on Thursday, 465 yesterday, going for the 500 today - it's not easy and I do feel seriously loaded already. This is more than I managed for VLM last year, so maybe it's overkill.