With the whole training being cumulative aspect of things TR I think you'll still have a good shot of 2:4x even with holding back a little. There seems to be, overall, a bit more quality to your training than I remember previously too. Plus you're probably due good weather for a change
Padams - probably right on Murdoch; Hannibal ftw then Sounds like the chest is almost cleared!
I got some naproxen for the pain yesterday (basically ibuprofen+++++++ apparently), which is having a good effect. By this morning I could actually move without wincing, so back to the gym and 2hrs straight on the elliptical - all pretty easy, but enough to leave my legs pleasantly aching
Scores for the month: Miles: 163.84 Pace: 6:47 XT time: 7:30 Rest Days: 11.
If I manage as many miles in April I'll be very very pleasantly surprised, though the recovery time for the back is usually 4-6 weeks, and if you count from when I stopped running it has already been 11 days, so fingers crossed!
Tough break on the chest infection Padams. Fingers crossed it clears quickly! Surely The Face is too much of a pretty boy? I'd have my money on Murdoch - completely unhinged = a good start for a distance runner
TR - I can hardly do worse than spring time I know you'll most likely disagree, but you've got to be in with a good shout of a 2:4x.
selbs - nice long run
Al_P - nuts, but nice!
SL - impressive. You're sounding very strong.
Lev_ - great run. Canova alternating kms? I hate the elliptical with a vengeance. Will have to suck it up for the next few weeks and hope that it's only a short term requirement! Not been on it since Saturday though - too sore after too much diy over the last few days.
Fantastic collection of long runs yesterday. There will be some great spring times bagged this year!
CC2 - sorry to hear there's no improvement! I didn't consider something like Tabata but there didn't appear to be any structure to what he was doing. Still better than what I saw this afternoon as some guy vogued walking uphill on the treadmill
Making the startline is often the hardest part of marathons.
For me in spring it's practically impossible! I'm not even going to bother trying next year.
Got the slight complication of needing to do sh!tloads of work to get the house ready to sell (probably 2-3 months of stuff most evenings I don't have the kids) so I can close one chapter and start the next, to be offset against the back issue. Luckily there's no heavy lifting involved and the xtrainer, as I found out this afternoon, actually seems to help loosen it off when it tightens up, but still something I could do without right now. It's probably no harm at all that I can't do London tbh.
Lev_ - stunning stuff! Delighted for you. I've been easing myself into it. As I spent some time on it a few years back I know if I go at it too hard too quickly I get fed up, so the first 4 days have been singles of 1hr, and 45mins x 3. Turns out I seem to be ok on the recumbent bike too, so will use that - this morning was 75mins consisting of 60 on the elliptical and 15 on the bike. Will look to do a bit more later as my first double, and then start introducing some form of efforts next week.
SL - also looking very good. Impressive running!
I hope the physio helped Al_P. Some good training bagged too.
selbs - with you on the sleep issue. I had some massage to loosen up the muscles which were tightening up as a result of the disc, which has removed some of the pain, so maybe worth looking into? Good luck with the run.
Congrats on the win ES You can't do anything about the course.
One of the most frustrating things about the x-training is that the gym I'm using faces out onto a park so I keep seeing runners going past. On the plus side, there is some amusement in the gym with what some people get up to. One guy done the 'whack the speed up, jump on when it's in full flight and see how long you last' (about 5s a go), but then, after 4 of those, stopped the treadmill, jumped off, and started using the back of the treadmill for some convoluted stretch that made it look like he was humping the floor!
Selbs - A couple of reasons, my sense of direction is terrible, the last time I ran in a unfamiliar area an easy 6 miles turned into a 21mile run because I got dreadfully lost. Plus I wanted to do some timed efforts.
Well if you'd intended a 21 anyway, you should have just gone out and tried to run 6.
Exactly what I thought!
Dan - less fragile and more that I need to avoid anything that can be construed as diy as that seems to be how I keep picking up the big injuries. Unfortunately no chance of that for the foreseeable as I need to get the house done up to sell. Maybe I should have a decorating party