Same here Jason. had a bit of a stomach bug last week and my first blank week since I started about 7 years ago
Really struggled after the buzz following VLM but starting to find my feet again (literally) Have pulled out of Edinnburgh next week as I think another marathon will leave me jaded for another few weeks and will eat in to my Frankfurt build up. Not only that I am nowhere near mentally prepared for it and have nothing to gain from it.
Hope to get some good base stuff in June and July then light it up in August and September
Wow! After several days of CBA's I managed the gym this morning followed by what should have been a pleasant 10 miler around Cardiff and over the barrage to Penarth. Knocked out 10 miles at 6:05 pace - I have never run at that pace in training before!
I assume you mean 1 per week and not just 1 interval session and 1 tempo run this year?
I love Parkrun but found that racing every week can bring too much pressure and a bad race can cause you to rethink your plan. I like to stay away until I feel I'm in good nick and then start racing them 6 weeks out from target race day. Having said that I also use them as a sharp effort at the end of or in the middle of a longer effort. So its 5 miles out, Parkrun, 5 miles back - that works quite well.
Managed to make 4th place on the Marathon Talk podium this week
I went to a talk with Peter Elliot and Roger Black at EIS and I think I need to focus on the minutiae of what I do. Unfortunately that means things like diet and rest and making the 22 hours/day where I don't train geared towards the 2 hours that I do. If I'm totally honest I still go out and run too much at 6:30-6:45 pace because I'm not focused, comitted or fresh enough to do something different. Basically it's a case of total dedication to the 2:30 goal but with a wife and 3 kids (one at 18 months) it's not that simple. Oh and there's a full time job to hold down as well
In terms of training there are a few tweaks here and there that I'm planning. I'm going for a longer plan (20 weeks) with a slower build up to 90 mile weeks. First 4 weeks will be lots of easy paced high mileage (for me) and I want to be hitting 20 mile training runs from 12 weeks out and building the pace each week. I did a lot of core work and upper body weights this time around and found that my form held much better so I plan to continue and build on that and I want a minimum of 2 interval sessions each week.
When I look back to 2007 and my first 10k (45:16) having dropped a stone down to 12st - I have to wonder where all this came from. It's mental!