TBH I'm very impressed with the comfort and general feel of the Saucony Peregrine so am wondering whether to switch to a Sacouny race shoe as well. I seem to remember some comments about the Fastwitch on here a while ago - anyone any recent experience of Saucony road shoes?
I use Saucony Guides as my 'work-horse' shoes, and have run over 2000 miles in two pairs, without injury. I also use Saucony Kinvaras as my racing shoes, over all distances from 5k to marathon. I think they are both great shoes, so don't think you can go far wrong with Saucony.
I'm a Saucony fan too. Peregrines for trail and Kinvara 4s for everything up to marathon. I have some Fastwitches too but find they are lacking in forefoot cushioning for serious miles so don't get taken out much. I'm not so keen on the later incarnations of the Kinvara - too cushioned for my liking - but many do like them and everyone is different!
Badbark - hope this weekend's marathon is a good one.
GDawg - good solid running from you. Race day is still ages away and you are putting in good strong long ones (oo-er) already.
Gul - great long run despite that "late" start
Abbers - you are running well, is the work life balance a bit better now?
BikeIt - well done on the surprise PB! That's a great time.
Philip - that is one hell of a long time to be going. Secret to running longevity please?
OO - still super speedy. You don't seem to ever slow really.
Birch - heavy legs makes me think that they are lactate filled. Did you run the earlier steady run a bit faster than you would normally? Or fail to eat enough carbs to fuel the muscles adequately before depleting them in that run? You did do a lot of running at variable speeds which would give me heavy legs without having to think about the reasons why. I think you are too hard on yourself!
Lorenzo - hello neighbour! Looking good.
SJ - how's the body holding up?
Speedy - big hugs. Congrats on that excellent parkrun standard.
Finished the week today on 47.5 miles with an 11 mile trail run at 7:51/mi. It reminded me to avoid muddy trails for now as my calf tweaks slightly at the moment from the instability. For Boston training, I will need to keep it boring and keep it paved. There. I said it. Week 1 of 12 begins on Monday.
BikeIt - thank you for the great advice. I will play around with my downhill form using the technique you recommend. I think the downhill at Boston is a gentle one which is what catches people out. Perhaps Poacher (and anyone else who has run it) can give me so inside info?
BadBark - that sounds very promising. Good luck this weekend in holding back more than anything
Sorry not to read back and comment. A quick browse shows you are all doing well and I don't think anyone is on the bench which is WONDERFUL. Let's keep it that way team! Just wanted to say to Birch (because obviously you want bossing around from me), that even if you aren't marathoning I think you should still train for stuff. It is vital we keep moving as we age as the old adage "use it or lose it" really does apply. You are also an inspiration to me so please keep up with your amazing feats.
Quick Me Me Me update (feel free to ignore!) Have been busy revising for exams which is a bit of a shock to the system having not sat exams in two decades. Have come to the end of an 8 week maintenance plan to take me to the start of a 12 week schedule for Boston. I have never managed to complete a plan uninterrupted by one thing or another so I am hoping I will manage 12 weeks and get the essential elements in. Using McMillan having signed up for their Run Club which gives me access to plans, coaches to grill and seek advice from. So far so good. Mileage not massive, only around 40-50 or so. This week have done: Mon 7.33@7:20/mi Tue 7@7:33/mi Wed 11.5@7:14/mi Thur AM 3@7:38/mi; 1 hour yoga; 3@7:36/mi and today will run easy for 50-60 mins. It is all based on time which is quite nice because I can just choose a loop and run free. When the marathon plan starts there is more quality stuff in but I will err on the side of caution given my injury history. I don't want to risk not making it to Boston having had to bow out of York last Oct due to an ankle sprain. Sorry, enough me. Back to my books.
BadBark - sounds like they are on top of the situation which is great (whether you like it or not!) And anyway, if you can run a 37 min 10K one weekend and a marathon the next it seems to me you are still managing to do more than the rest of us combined Keeping fingers crossed for you. And good luck for the weekend!