Wow SL, that was epic.Top respect for digging so very deep and holding it together when it was all so horribly tough. And hey, while you'd no doubt do much better if trained for it, it was still a fantastic result too. Chapeau.
And you've reminded me of my Borrowdale Fell Race last year, which I totally underestimated as an endurance event -- took me nearly 4.5 hours for the 17M, and so underfuelled that everyone was just walking past me on the last easy, grassy climb. I'll know better what to do this year... but for now I've definitely got it a bit wrong, as my quads are considerably worse today after my hill training on Sun. It's not that I want to be competitive, but nor do I want to disgrace myself, and I have a duty not to be so wrecked DOMS-wise after the race that I can't do mountain walks with the family in the days straight afterwards (they effectively sacrificied enough holiday days when I did the BGR!). So your write-up reminds me all the more that I do need to train for the specific demands of the event. (Shame I've also got a 10K and 5K booked in, which promise to be rubbish given my lack of fast running of late!).
Well done PP, I have tender post-N Downs quads too -- I was down that way to visit my Dad again and wanted to grab the chance of more hill exposure before the Lakes in 5 weeks. Too late to enter your race, so I just iterated some suitably brutal climbs (with a good 2kg rucksack (like padams) inc laptop for work on the train), clocking about 3000' and 19M for the day. I hardly dare mention my DOMS when folk will be reporting back from the Alps though...
Congrats in advance on the first RS! And maybe see you in Borrowdale. Enjoy the Lakes this weekend.
ES -- unlucky, hope it clears up quickly.
bains -- I start bonking on the bike much earlier than while running (no idea why).
Encouraging TT, TT!
PP -- wow, MsP is a bit good, isn't she?
My legs seem to be on the sluggish side still -- next 2 days off I think. But I did some more plyometric hops, jumps, bounds and sprints as part of my commute in this morning regardless. (What the other busway path commuters made of it all I couldn't say...) I'm still waiting for the magic running economy boost from stronger, bouncier legs...
bains -- more nice training there! And yes, Colworth HM was part of the 3-day 'marathon challenge'. So while I haven't checked, some of my rivals were no doubt worn down a bit by the 5 and 8.1 mile races already. And my 235m was 17 iterations of 73 steps of about 19cm each -- arranged in short flights of 10 or so... I stopped at 17, a thoroughly non-OCD number, when I started to feel it in my legs, and didn't want to DOMS myself (and I haven't).
Muss -- good lunchtime session after the morning 10, that.
dct -- welcome and congratulations! You're already doing well to have done a sub-3 marathon from a 1:26 half, indicating that you're attuned to the marathon distance. Opinions vary on mileage for its own sake -- I started as a low-mileage guy but it's crept up with time -- but pretty much everyone agrees on 3 ingredients:
1. A 'medium long' run (MLR) mid-week, of say 11-14 miles. 2. Some speed work but with a focus on longer intervals and tempo, not 400s 3. A weekly long run -- here I prefer to go to town and often do the whole 26M or more in training, but that's considered eccentric by most. And sometimes those long runs should include blocks of marathon pace (MP) or similar, but not every week.
Actually my recovery takes so long I tend to sneak speed work into the MLR or long run.
Just a steady 6M commute to work for me today, similar return journey planned. I've picked up a slight strain I think on the outside of my left ankle which I remember landing awkardly on in my off-road race on Sunday, but it doesn't seem to matter much when running.