TS, I spent a great deal of my HS career on detention so one more will not make a lot of difference. I do hear you and it does make a lot of sense to be cautious during your rehab. The investment of a few months now will be paid back handsomely if you can get back to running.
ceal, I could not agree more especially with that tooth guard thingy in you mouth as well. I can see once you decide to focus on something you really go for it, are there any trophies to be won in singing?
10.7k done in the warmth of +2c, with a 7k tempo in the middle. Disappointed with my average pace but I held my HR solidly in the zone so happy with that. Xtraining tomorrow which is good as we have yet another snow storm passing through, where is the spring I have had enough of this.
ceal, It has been a tough winter here but I am certain that all the rain you have had has been just as bad.
TS, I am amazed that you can walk so far and so fast without any issues but yet running even a short distance proves so difficult. Given your walking mileage I am sure once your body allows you to run your return to fitness will be quick.
Welcome Chris, and good luck with your coming retirement and exciting trip.
I was in a similar position to you 5 years ago. As a life time runner I was excited by the prospect of being able to devote as much time to running as I wanted to. It turned out to be very different than I expected.
What I did not understand or anticipate was the impact of aging. Being a very experienced runner I thought that it would be a matter of doing more of what I had been doing for the last 40 years but no.
I ploughed into a intense training programme and achieved my goal of an over 60 sub 1:40 half marathon but at a high cost. My achilles broke down and although I have been able to continue training and running it has been a slow path coming back.
My approach to training is now totally different and much more focused on combating the effects of aging. I still run 5 days a week, but having lots of time, I now devote a lot of effort to keeping my whole body engaged. So a typical day for me now is a run followed by lots of exercises and weight work. I also devote one day to cross training.
I joined a local gym and have made new friends who are retired but very active and with very similar goals. It has become as much of a social activity as a fitness programme. It was slow progress at first but now after 4 years my overall muscle tone and general fitness is much higher and my running intensity is increasing week by week. I have entered three races in the Spring and am really excited and motivated to place high in my age group in all three.
Tell us more about your running history.
Graham, Ok, I am now 8k behind so I can't lose any mileage due to having a root canal done. Do you have a plan worked out for the coming weeks? My goal race is a 10k so I have geared my training to that. My LSR is around 21k which I think is long enough, I may increase it a bit depending on how things go. My two weekly speed sessions are one tempo run which I will increase to 8k and the second one varies, hills and faster intervals. I am relying on the tempo runs to build my stamina and the intervals to build my speed. My gym work includes strengthening glutes and hamstrings with lots of squats and bridges which is slowly producing results.
TS, That was respectfully quick for someone who is walking with a creaky back.
You are right about the cold and a root canal problem. When I went out for my LSR today I just had the usual ache but not an issue, however when I came in from the cold after my run I forgot all about my tired legs.
Today was very warm at 0c with lots of sunshine. It was very windy though. I ran 20.8k feeling comfortable all the way so happy with that. This completes my week at 64.8k or 40 miles in English.