Cracking day up here in Lake District-cestershire - the ice-cream is flying out!
wardi - sorry to hear about the cat, but 19 is indeed a fine age for a feline. Looks like you're clocking up some decent mileage/sessions too, so fingers crossed for you for York.
LMH - good luck in the 10/50k!
RB - well toughed out on the 20 at the weekend, especially after finding it a struggle the day before. I can't actually remember if you've got any target races coming up, or whether you're just ticking along type thing?
Alan B - tremendous mileage again, and cracking mile reps too! Super stuff.
Nice mileage from Charlie too (and glad things seem ok on the domestic front).
Not much to report here. Still plodding along and still running every day (albeit slowly). I managed my first 20 for a long time at the weekend. Blimey it was hard work! I was absolutely on my arse for the last 30 mins or so. I had a real bad spell around 7-9 miles but I was pleased to push through and get it done, especially as I had to run past the car during that phase. The temptation to bin it off was huge! I think I'll get round Berlin ok but I really don't think it will be very quick. I seem to struggle hitting even 7'30 pace at the minute, and my beats per mile thing on Fetch has suddenly gone upwards of 1100 again. It's only ever done that when I've been really unfit before, so God knows! All you can do is keep at it really, and hopefully I'll turn a corner. Still sleeping on the floor too, even though I've had the house to myself for a few days (my missus and the little 'un are in Whitby). Means I've been able to do some training without time pressure though - 60 miles and a couple of gym sessions in the last 4 days, so hoping that will be of benefit in 5 weeks' time!
Bit quiet in here at the mo, but I hope everyone is ok.
Nice to see TT getting back to it and hitting some decent paces in training. Nicely done re the weight loss too. 5 weeks now chap, and then it's sausage time
Dachs - cracking stuff on your respective race wins and PBs. Superb! Not to worry re not calling in when you were up here too. Maybe next time eh? And re giving up pretending to be a fell runner - I've never even tried to start with! Roads and easy-going trails for me!
CW - well done to CW Jnr on getting into York Uni. Good luck with the Mara training, and well done on your races in the US!
I've had a bit of a weird week. The old body is still creaking but it's not too bad. I've been sleeping on the floor and my back seems a lot better. I may be jumping the gun here but this back thing started 10 days after we moved into the new house back in Feb (and I started sleeping in a different bed). I'm wondering if this may at least be part of the issue (and possibly even the root cause?) Something I need to sort really, but it does make sense (even if it turns out not to be that).
So along side sleeping on the floor I've been doing a lot of strength/stability stuff, a few drills and stretching a bit. It seems to be helping. I've ran every day thus far this week (with a long run still to come tomorrow) and I feel ok. Quite slow and hard work at times, but progress at least. I've got 5 weeks now to Berlin. My thoughts are just to try and keep doing what I think is best really. Mostly easyish stuff but with some harder running a couple of times a week. Genuinely no idea what MP is/might be, but I'm not that bothered really - I feel closer to making the start than I did last week, so I'm getting there (slowly!) I still feel it could all go awry at any time, but there we are. I'll just play it by ear I think.
Ha, cheers all. I notice nobody picked up on the 5'53 I did for the first one! Sadly I haven't ran since - my back isn't good at all. I've kipped on the floor for the last 5 nights (much to the delight of my better half) but it hasn't really helped. Berlin is hanging by a thread I think, but not to worry. I think I seriously need to look at my form etc if I want to continue running Marathons, but not sure I do really. Getting a bit fed up of it all of late (probably the working hard to get fit, injury, over-eat and drink too much, get fat and slow, start back again and work hard to get fit, injured etc etc - not overly enjoyable tbh). Will give it some thought though.
Nice to see Al_P popping in - sounds a hectic few weeks!! And good luck with the Abingdon build up
Glad to see everyone seems to be do rather well, in either a running or training capacity.
Nice to see Toro popping back in. Enjoy Perth. I was lucky enough to visit there once - almost 20 years ago now! Great place though.
ES - great stuff re training and the Half. You seem to be nailing this campaign. Be interesting to see how you do if you can maintain it til race day. Well done!
RB - nice to see you back and glad you had a nice time.
LMH - superb stuff (and very modest) again! Mind you, given you're a drugs cheat it's hardly surprising. You're not Russian are you? Little Miss Happykov has a nice ring to it. Fantastic stuff though. And I agree with the others - I think you could do pretty well regardless of the race.
wardi - solid week there fella. Looking good for the Mara!
CD - good stuff. Never been to India but it sounds like you had a good time.
Alan B - fantastic week again (stomach issues aside). I think that's a problem for most (all?) of us on occasions. Good luck trying to sort out what works for you.
padams - hopefully by now everything is sorted, and you've got a little padams to cuddle. Hope everything is ok.
TT - good stuff re Berlin prep. Hopefully you can keep on that track and get a bit of fitness back.
And a cracking weekend from joolska - not a bad run given the mileage you'd already done!
Things still a bit rubbish here, but not too bad. I was struggling with my achilles as I said last week, but then (perhaps more worryingly) my back started playing up again. It seems to come from the back of my ribs and then I get a constant dull ache around my SI joint, and bad nerve pain in my glute/piriformis. And it's often at its worst first thing in the morning. Anyway, said back thing flared up quite bad at the weekend. So I carded zeros for both Sat and Sun. I then rang the osteo and managed to get a cancellation for Mon.
My pelvis was out of line a bit and he re-set me (so to speak), but he did say he thought it would go straight back out as soon as I ran again. Bit of a chat re Berlin, and he said to try and get through that as best I can and then maybe have a re-think re my training. He didn't say to stop running (nothing of the sort), but I perhaps need to mix it up a bit as my body can't seem to cope with the constant 60+ mile a week. I need to do a bit more gym work too - just to get a bit more robust and to try and balance out all the imbalances I've got. So I've since done a couple of gym sessions and I managed a run last night. I did just over 10 miles actually, which included our club session (4 x 1 mile reps off 3 mins). These were on a grass track up at the school. Pretty windy and the track isn't exactly flat, so I was quite pleased with 5'53, 5'32, 5'42 and 5'45. I was working hard but not at 100%, and although my back was tight I was ok. My achilles was fine, so that was a bonus!
I've then been swimming for the first time in ages this morn. I ended up doing 2k in a bit of a pyramid session - lengths of 5, 10, 15, 20, 15, 10 and 5 again to finish. I'm useless and slow, but not to worry - that never stopped me running. Back aches a bit now so will see whether to run, gym or eat pies later. Hoping the x-training helps - I need to do something though. If I carry on as I have been then I may as well pack in, cos my old creaky body can't cope anymore!