Gul - - "Longest run of the week this morning (younger daughter's birthday tomorrow). So 24" was relieved to read the next line was "laps of field" - momentarily thought you'd knocked off a near mara in training . . . . . As for your question - VLM was meant to be my swansong, but I now have the club V60 record (oh what straws we clutch at) a mere (!) 1 min 50 secs away . . . .
GD - fine relay work - tea & cake always a good reward !
OO - good return to faster running
MsE - I guess most on here would make interesting case studies . . . . . naming no names (well ok, I'll name one or two) - -Blisters/Lorenzo/Poacher/BikeIt/madbark/SJ - all fit my criteria - going further than 26.2, disciplines involving water and/or machinery, strange costumes etc etc oh, and 24 laps of a field probably qualifies . . . . (btw, SJ - bit too much info re nads . . . . )
anyway, 16.5 this morn - 12 warmup, parkrun, 1.5 trot home. Unlike OO, legs still tired (3 weeks still not long enough from VLM), so around 21:15 (official times not up yet) - 30 secs or so slower than pre VLM, and same pace (6:50 ish) as my March half mara. So, clearly not recovered yet, but a good morning's outing, with the 12 mile warmup in lovely sunshine with 4 chums - what could be better?
Didn't do anything much different than usual, so, yes, think was the "consistent consistency". After the 2012 Boston injury woe & most of 2013 building back, I had to do spring and autumn 2014 in order to get on track (and get the gfa) for mara completion 26 at this year's VLM. Fortunately stayed injury free, so I think the 2 marathon cycles leading into this year (probably a couple of dozen 20+ milers in total inc the 2 maras) made an impact. I also noticed I was a bag of spuds lighter around Feb time so this probably helped my big improvement at parkrun & half marathon. Felt a bag of sugar had returned by VLM, but was happy enough with the result.
Thanks again - we VoGits have to stick together ! Do you have marathon plans this Autumn?
More or less an inverse taper for me - averaged 61mpw for the 13 weeks pre taper, then 51, 36, 17 + VLM, 17 (5 day rest, then 11 sat, 6 sun), 41, & this week I'm aiming for 52, for no other reason than it will give me 1,000 for the year to date. Probably settle at 45-50 for a while . . . .