Oh dear I'm not managing to keep posting very regularly!
Carter- congrats on the wedding. Really happy for you! I'm glad you enjoyed some amazing activities and didn't put pressure on yourself to run! Your fitness will improve quickly you know... you've been here before.
Nick- club track night sounds great! I've really enjoyed similar with my club. I like that at yours you tried some really different events like the steeplechase! That's so fun! I'd like to try jumping too but have never done anything like that before. Also well done on some amazing performances- you have some track potential! I am too slow and lumbering.
Rob- tough work today. Well done for finishing. A marathon is no piece of cake when it starts to go wrong. It can feel a very long four hours indeed. Rest and recover.
IBB- your GNR time is indeed VERY respectable. Well done. A really good time even though no PB. Good work on the health too. Working hard.
Carl- enjoy Tokyo and good to hear you're still getting out there!
Well for me, an update.
Firstly don't think I'll do this marathon in a month's time. Yeah I've done long runs (plenty 12/13/14s and then a 16, 17, 18, 20) but today I was exhausted and didn't get out for a long run, and I said to myself that I would only enter it if I could get in my second 20 miler today. Not happened. So probably best not to run and do another one later
But all the training I'm sure will be good for my Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in two weeks time. Sure I can do a decent time at that.
Last weekend I did a 10 mile race. Was ideally thinking a time around 1:16-1:17 would be a possibility given how I've improved from last year when I did 1:19:10. However 50mph winds on the small island of Cumbrae made it a very difficult task. It is a run along coastal road so running into these winds was really terribly tough. I finished in 1:18:58, so a 10 mile PB even if only by 12 seconds, and I truly was happy with that!
This week training has been good with a few 6 mile runs alone and with a colleague, a club speed session, and a short run yesterday after I volunteered at parkrun.
As I say- Great Scottish Run will be next big goal in two weeks time and while it may not be a PB (1:43) course, I would estimate I can do a time of around 1:45 so will be going for that.
IBB- good luck for GNR- smash that PB! Do you feel good for it? Hope it goes well!
washwood- great holiday running chum! Well done! You're doing amazing. Are you going to the gym for strength work?
Nick- good club running. Back to it now after some weeks of more squash than running. Well done.
Rob- not entered the marathon but still hoping to feel like I can! Haha laughing at your weight loss woes... I've totally been there done that! Good luck for Kent Coyote.
I feel bad I haven't posted in so long. After posting almost two weeks ago, I went out and got a new parkrun/5k PB at the weekend. 21:35. It felt super tough but I was delighted.
That weekend I did a 16 miler in training too. So two race PBs and a long run in a week. I felt great.
Last week I toned down the training a bit as I was doing a HM on Saturday. The Highland Perthshire HM. It is a great, scenic, lovely run. It is a circular loop- mostly pretty flat but with a big fuck off hill at mile 8-9 which I know from previous experience can kill.
This year I managed not to walk any of the hill and I finished in 1:45:34 which I was delighted with. Just over 2 minutes slower than my PB but my second fastest HM time ever and a well run race in terms of pacing and how I felt.
This week I will do a few week day runs and then a 10 mile race on Sunday as part of my club summer league. Last year I did it in 1:19 so this year I hope to better that time. Fingers crossed!
I'll try to keep up more regularly- keep me updated with how you are all doing.
Carl- yes, got in my 20 miler on Sunday last week. Went fairly well! So last three weeks, I've done 17, 18 then 20... not bad. Good to hear from you- keep it up- and I think you're being wise with your goals! A 10k sounds like a great thing to aim for and the marathon place will still be waiting for you next year! Your running is going well.
Nick- you should deffo do your track night, they're really fun!!! I liked the 1500m the best. And yes I did my 20 miler. Happy days!
Rob- don't worry too much- you've done SO many races including marathons and ultras that you will be fine despite some training set backs! Experience is so valuable! Thanks to you too for asking about my 20 miler- it was good!
IBB- Miami Beach?!
So since I last posted... I've got in some good runs! I did indeed do my 20 miler last week on Sunday at 9:39 min/mile pace on a pretty hilly route. That was good. Monday I did 4.65 miles with a new work colleague who's also a runner. Nice to chat and run.
Last night I did a local race. Put on by another Glasgow club. 4 miles, mainly on canal path/trail. Really beautiful night to be out, if a bit hot, but the race was FAB.
I came in at 28:24 and was the 2nd female over all! Never happened before in my life. I was delighted. Tomorrow I'm running in the morning (gulp- I never do that!) with new colleagues again... a lot of teachers at my new school run...
Weekend I will do a parkrun and then long run on Sunday. This week have planned 16 as a step back from last week's 20. So that doesn't sound too daunting. Still haven't entered the marathon- may be a last minute decision if I do!!!
Carter- HAVE A GREAT WEDDING and speak to you afterwards. Enjoy yourself. See on fb that you're already having lots of lovely travels. Great stuff.
Rob- thanks for the advice. I think I can probably do it if I want to. Going to try for 20 miles this weekend! Think if it goes well I'll feel I can do the marathon... When is Kent Coyote?
Nick- it's a small marathon which I don't THINK will get full so safe on that front. And price is fairly low- £28 including chip timing/T shirt/all the usual stuff, so I think that's pretty good. Well done on your parkrun. That's a great time. You are more of an all round sporty person than lots of us on here- who only do running really. I mean I like my gym too... but I don't think that's really a 'sport.'
This week so far I've ran a couple miles on Monday night, then it was my club track championship on the Tuesday night. I ran all the races, just for fun. 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500. It was tough but I really enjoyed it. When we got the results I looked at last year's and was pleased to find my times were faster in all races except the 200m where somehow last year I was faster. I was also pleased that in the 1500 my time came down by 20 seconds which is quite a lot. The 1500 I did in 6:12 which I know I could do a bit faster, if I hadn't raced 4 other distances beforehand... lol. But I really liked it! Used two guys to pace me round three laps then ran off and bolted the last one.
Last night did 4 recovery miles nice and slow in the evening sun. V pleasant indeed this weather isn't it. We haven't had enough in Scotland up till now haha!
Rob- as ever, great running and racing. Your 10k sounds all in all a good one despite not feeling 100%, I know that feeling well, and well done to Elle too! I'm glad she's still enjoying her running. Laughing at the picture of you with giant jugs of ale all day.
Nick- Gauntlet games sounds like a fun way to get a workout in with friends, if nothing else. Nice one. Always a good atmosphere these types of things.
IBB- that is such an awesome achievement. Well done! I can't believe you carried all that!!! Did you have to do much research in advance, places to camp etc?
Last night I did a club speed session, which was great. 1 mile warm up, 1200m, 800m, 400m, 800m, 400m, 1 mile cool down.
Today I rescheduled my weekend's long run... normally I'd run long at the weekend but I have my best friend's wedding on Saturday and celebrations on Sunday too.
Today I ran 18 miles at 9:21 min/mile around city/canal routes. It was miserable. Like truly miserable. Raining and windy and really really cold. But it's done.
OK so now I need your advice. The marathon I really fancy doing in October is 9.5 weeks away. I've done over the past couple of months long runs ranging from 10-14 miles, and then last week a 17 miler and this week an 18 miler.
I'm not sure whether to enter this marathon. I really fancy it. Lovely route. Quiet. Much smaller than ones I've done before. BUT I am worried in case I go back to work (back to school tomorrow) and fail to get in the long runs. So I'm holding off entering.
Is it silly to keep aiming for marathon training over the next few weeks but hold off entering the race? I would like to see if I manage a 20 miler next weekend at least before entering.
Am I realistically going to be fit enough to do a marathon in 9.5 weeks with the long runs I've done so far, if I keep up the momentum?
Has anyone entered a marathon fairly last minute and felt like it all went OK?