Good to hear from people and yes it is a big deal that IBB can now run marathons!
I'm going to email the sports doc and suggest not going to see her for another couple of months - see if I can get better knee control first.
Off to Pilates tonight. Also have booked a 1-1 swim lesson for next Monday. And am going to the tri club swim training once a week. What can you do? I can't run or walk and I'm bored and want to see humans!
I am on 99 parkruns because I volunteered for Abingdon before going off to do Durban as #99 so I could do Abingdon as #100. Over the summer all my mates have been getting their 100s ... oh well.
Well famously Scott Jurek bust his ankle in a friendly footy (American: soccer) game just before he ran (and, iirc, won and set a new course record). So clearly even the greatest do, but that would be the main concern - the risk of doing yourself a mischief.
Ultras are obv a long way and so in training you need to practice ... well, running (and walking) a lot. If you don't have energy for proper ultra training and footy that's an issue. But if you have the energy and are willing to take the risk I'm not sure why it would be a problem playing footy for a couple of hours a week?
I was thinking Manchester FRC! And it's never had a heatwave yet. Who cares if you get hypothermia after a PB
PS did I mention Hal Higdon? A little simpler than SmartCoach which can be a bit odd sometimes. But really you have to look at schedules and see what you're drawn to. e.g. some folk love the Furman 3x week + cross-training scheds . I bought the book: it said, for sub-4, one workout, 3 x 1 mi @ 7:40 with 1 min recovery. Hmm I thought but you don't know until you try. I did a mile at 7:40... rested a minute... then went home and threw myself weeping back into the arms of Hal Higdon (Advanced I) begging for forgiveness. Still got the sub4 (just!).
Actually Paul it may be that you look in such good shape that they didn't realise that when it came to running you were a complete beginner, and were just (in their rough and ready way) trying to encourage you. You did say you go to the gym!
Or they may of course have been the sort of person of whom everyone else would say,
"Oh dear - did they say that? Oh dear - no, don't mind them, they can just be such idiots sometimes!"
Hi Marty, the idea is that on race day (having rested for up to 3 weeks, carboloaded, and even perhaps having a caffeine gel every half hour ...!...) you'll be able to perform a bit better than in the middle of training. Of course the whole point of training is to do something that you're not perhaps as good at as you'd like, to frighten the body into adapting to be better at it in case you decide to do it again!
So it is quite normal for the sort of performance you hope for to be a real effort in training. If it weren't, then arguably you could set yourself higher standards
I have a similar rule of thumb to HRR - if I can do 10 miles continuous at planned marathon pace ("PMP"); 20 mile long run at an average pace of PMP+10% (so 9:59 m/m if PMP is just over 9 m/m); and a 20 mile long run with the last 10 miles at close to PMP (if you squint a bit) then I have a chance of doing PMP for the whole 26.2 (Garmin will say 26.4) on the day. Of course you can roll those 3 into one run
You still need luck on the day, you know, no wind, no warmth, a stable tummy, good health, a happy mood and a clear head and no potholes