Training hard for two marathons a year can indeed be tough and take more of a toll on the body than you realise. That said, I think if everything is moving correctly it can be done. The problem is that marathon training does a great job of amplifying any little anomalies that you wouldn't otherwise notice.
I've been incredibly lucky this year and I'm very wary of pushing that luck. Then again I also want to make hay while the sun is shining and see how far I can go.
Training is going well here. 8 miles at 8:30 pace on Wednesday, rest Thursday (with beach sports cross training ) and 5.5 today with a 5K pace section in the middle.
Tomorrow I'm going for 16 miles, 8 out at 8:30 and 8 back at 7:30. Should be interesting!
Hope everyone else is going well.
Feral Bob - so sorry, I missed you out earlier
Sounds like the mojo is definitely coming back or at least it'll have to with all those races planned!!!
How are you feeling about Sunday? Do you have a target in mind?
Sarah - great to see to see you at TR24. You did brilliantly to do 6 laps at that pace. You could definitely have done more too and next year I'm sure you will.
Gosh, I didn't realise thy were publishing in the Conti Climb results I had most likely just walked prior to doing that whereas you'd have been running hard - definitely a disadvantage. That's the first time in 3 years I've had the pleasure of trying it. Quite good fun
That was a brilliant blow-by-blow report of Northumberland. I was knackered reading it. I have just added it to my 'races that sound a bit too hard to attempt' list
I've started my 10 week York training this week. Being on holiday makes that alot easier 9 mile progression on Monday then 5 miles with 10 x hill repeats yesterday.
I'm loosely following the last 10 weeks of my Paris plan but this week I'm mixing things about a bit. I'm keeping the long runs the same though.
No parkruns here in France - what am I going to do?
Apologies for the radio silence. Mega busy with work last week and now away on holiday
Thanks for all the TR24 congrats, much appreciated. Sarah and Angela did brilliantly too. They were running much quicker than me as well. I can see them going way further next year.
I think most people are capable of running much further than they think and this event is a great way to prove that. We had several people with us who thought they'd only manage 1 or two laps who amazed themselves by doing 3 or 4. It's a great way to boost your confidence and get you setting your sights higher.
ArrowsLou - so sorry I missed you at TR24. That's such a shame. But it's brilliant to hear that you're back running pain free again. Very happy for you indeed! You've been so patient with your recovery and it's paying off now.
Those are impressive times for your laps because that TR24 course is not easy at all. Nice going!
Stan - yes, race-go-go! Good to see you getting back into your running.
I am indeed still following Ruth's advice. I'm sticking to the 3 meals and 3 snacks strategy and keeping off the nutritionally vacuous foods like biscuits, cakes and ice cream in favour of more of the healthy stuff. I still have my bowl of cereal before bed and my weight isn't going up.
I say all this but as I'm on hols the beer count has gone through the roof so I'm not looking forward to the scales when I get home. However, I'm trying to keep the activity levels up to consume the extra k-cals.
You have to come to TR24 next year - I'll guarantee you'll do more laps than you think! In fact I'm happy to bet a cheeseburger on it!
McHilly - well done on your half! Right call to take it easy and treat it as a training run.
TR24 sells out really quickly so you need to be in there on the first day. Entries usually open in November.
Do let us know about those races!
Reikirabbit - really glad you had a great time at the games. It's looked fantastic on the television. Must have been brilliant being there.
Really sorry to hear you're in pain. I reckon the massage was a good move - sounds like you're tight all over. What the devil is Meralgia Paraesthetica? Anyway, I hope you can sort it out soon.
Mr P - with you on the sand, it's evil stuff. We were at the beach the other day and we sand and horrible mud. I nearly had a breakdown. Thank goodness we didn't go with Mrs Malcs' suggestion of a picnic on the beach. That would have finished me off.
Sticky - great to hear from you, and great to hear you're back running again!
Wow, what an amazing performance in your cycle and an astonishing amount raised for charity, brilliant!
The TdF through Yorkshire looked fantastic - what an amazing experience for you to look after one of the buses too!
How did York 10K go? Doesn't sound like you and Sarah ran into each other?
So we ended on 12 laps, 10th place in the mixed pairs which I'm gobsmacked about.
For me personally that was 90K (55 miles) and about 11 hours running time (can't say for sure as my watch ran out of battery ). I never thought that would be possible, particularly with no specific endurance training.
I had some great help from some of the guys on the other teams who ran (and walked) with me at various points. That was a massive help.
It was brilliant meeting up with Tigger, Angela, Sarah, Jenf, Clive, RunnyRunRun, Minni, Brolish and all the others.
Looking forward to next year now!
PS. thanks to the person who came over and said they had been following the thread and well done to you for getting your GFA time!
This was our 3rd time at TR24. If you've never heard of it before then you simply have to give it a go because it's a truly awesome event.
It runs from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday and you run laps of a fantastically varied and quite tough 10K trail circuit.
There are teams of 6-8, 3-5, pairs and solo runners. I was running in a pair with Mrs Malcs. This suited us well as I wanted to be able to go and run my laps without impacting on anyone else and Mrs Malcs only wanted to run 2-3.
I did the first lap and then passed the baton to Mrs Malcs for the second. We swapped again for lap 3 but I then came off the course for some refuelling.
It was incredibly hot. I don't know how the solo runners were staying out there.
I left it until about 6pm to go back out. I knew I had time on my hands so there was no point killing myself in the heat. I did another lap then swapped with Mrs Malcs again before returning to take the baton from her again.
By this time it was starting to get dark so I had my head torch with me. However, I'd failed to check the batteries and when I reached the wooded parts I was getting virtually no light. I resorted to trying to follow other people as they came through and this seemed to work. I could then head back to camp to get more batteries.
I took the opportunity to have another little rest and then headed off again. It was 10:30pm so darkness had really settled in now.
My next two laps I did as a double. This took me 2.5 hrs. Up until now I'd been averaging about 1:07 per lap so my pace had dropped.
I returned to camp at 1am for more food and drink. I had a massive craving for a burger and thanks to the 24hr catering my prayers were answered. That was the best cheeseburger I had ever tasted I washed it down with a coffee and felt like a changed man. Well, apart from my legs which, with 60km on them, were now feeling a bit sore.
I went back on course at 3am to attempt another double. I really wanted to beat my total of 7 from last year so this would do it.
The first lap was tough but oddly I found the second one a bit easier. Maybe it was because it was starting to get light again? It was really weird starting that second lap in the dark and finishing in daylight.
Can't tell you how pleased I was to cross the line and bag my 8th lap. Absolutely brilliant feeling.
I went back to camp and got some more food down me. It was 5:30am. Mrs Malcs got up around 7am and went out for another lap at about 9.
I had thought that would be it for me but part of me really wanted to do the final lap and finish at 12 noon.
Well, that part of me won and I headed out for lap 9. I was surprised that it didn't feel any worse than lap 8. Don't get me wrong, it was tough going but the pain seemed to have reached a plateau.
I was definitely helped by the amazing support from fellow runners all round the course. That was the same throughout the race but it was definitely at its peak in this final hour.