Cheers WP! That's exactly how I'm feeling about the next few months but for different reasons. I'll not be in top shape for the Cardiff 10k which I'm very sure about. Following my previous post, I've now actually been persuaded to enter the Cardiff half by my family as I'll likely be back in Wales that weekend anyway the way weekends are working out. I guess it will provide something to focus on and unlike last autumn which was ridiculous in the number of races entered, it certainly won't be like that this autumn or ever again for that matter. So see you there WP and DT!
Excellent training again DT! That certainly is a big session for a half coming up too but again, what works for one and all that, etc! It definitely appears to be working for you! I'll be trailing you by some way come October 4th...
I turned up a little late for the Great South Run a few years ago for getting a sufficient warm up in and ended up stuck in the mass start. That was a nightmare with a complete stop before the first mile was out and from that point the race was over from a PB perspective. Also started too far back at the Chchester 10k this year in February and couldn't get into any rhythm until the first uphill section was past and think I could have been perhaps 10 to 15 seconds faster if it wasn't for that. Just as well all in all its a pretty fast course with a very strong field!
Managed to fit in a 7 mile effort this morning which was a sort of progressive tempo effort and a steady 7 on Friday. At least the fitness continues to come back a little bit week by week.
Hi all nice to see a few more here posting recently. Hi Welshpoppy, must be good to be back training regularly if you have not done so for so long! I've done the Cardiff half for 5 of the last 6 years but currently am not planning to this year. i will be doing the Cardiff 10k in September though although am still some way off my peak fitness due to family commitments with a two month old! Are you local to Cardiff then?
Good to see you back at it Dr Dan sounds like a nightmare injury there. Haven't you had that previously?
That's another excellent session DT! Agree with Alehouse if you can hold it all together injury wise before then. I might take a leaf out of your book with some of those sessions as I do seem to recover rather quickly from quality efforts (my 10k PB from 2013) followed the highest volume of quality/speedwork I'd ever done even up to now.
Just about to head off for an easy 5 and hoping to do a Parkrun when back in Wales tomorrow. I don't expect to be anywhere near my current years best though let alone anything near a PB. However, with those expectations, I'd be satisfied currently rather than disappointed!
Wel done Alehouse and Andrew - patience seems to have been rewarded for both 5k performances there! Nice work!
Looks like the fitness building strongly DT - it will be very interesting to see if the greater proportion of quality work you have been doing will work for the Cardiff half!
Incidentally, I don't think i'll be in good enough shape for entering the Cardiff half as struggling currently to get out for any longer runs which are needed. That could all change of course but since Cardiff is fast and (largely) flat bar a few inclines and short sharp hillier (12 miles in) sections, it is not worth doing unless aiming for something faster! That said, I've already entered the March race (World Half Marathon Championship event).
Things progressing a little here and managing some more running compared to recently with other family commitments and injury. Managed a semi decent tempo effort the other night in sub 22 minutes - not near my best but a step in the right direction...might end up doing a Parkrun on the weekend which will be the first "race" erm timed event I'll have done since the Manchester Marathon. Got to laugh though, prior to injuring my calf in June, my tempo effort was roughly down to my marathon pace from April...it's amazing how quickly the fitness can go. Conversely, it is also quite something how the fitness can come back with a bit of consistency if you already have a certain base level of running built in!
Also been using the Concept 2 rower on the gym more recently too and seeing my 5k times progress down on that quite nicely. Certainly an excellent workout to compliment the running that's for sure!
Thought so Alehouse, good luck if racing it this week!
Likewise DT, good luck on Wednesday! Will be interesting to see how the new training regime is going,
Nice one Andrew, on a cooler day a PB may well could be on.
Not much going on here at the moment. After a few sensible weeks of slowly building things back up, I am almost back to square one with my right calf slightly pulled at the moment which is the first injury I've had for almost 3 years (same calf but more of a strain which prevented any running for a few weeks). Hardly anything to be worried about on one hand, but at the same time its hindering being able to run.....work and life with baby WJH has also been a bit hectic but hoping to at least get some good cross training in this week which will be a nice change.