Rob- good on your for getting your runs in too. And good plan re going on the wagon diet wise with Mrs Rob. It's so tough sometimes in winter, I find myself tempted by all the hearty, rich, comforting foods... but I'm determined this year to keep being good. RE: xmas running...I'll probably do Xmas eve and Xmas day parkrun if I can as the double will be on in Edinburgh near my folks. So that should be fun. Doing any xmassy runs yourself? I also do a 4 mile race on NYD which is great.
Nick- RE: your plan- I think adding more to the long runs will get you greater value than more short running. I think your plan is quite low on mileage and contains not a lot in terms of long runs. So I think pushing them further would be best for you. Your other training sounds to be going well.
Carter- this all sounds very interesting. Does it mean no speed work? I don't think I'd try it myself but good on you, you're always up for trying new things with your training and being open minded. I'm sorry to hear about your job. Such a shitty time just now. My work is too busy and stressful a lot of the time but at least it's pretty secure.
Well after Sunday's run I didn't feel too well at night, feverish and sore pains in my back. Same last night. I took yesterday off work which is very unlike me. Today the same. Went to the docs to get an emergency appointment and I have a kidney infection. Got antibiotics which is good and will hopefully kick into action sharpish- I should be feeling a lot better by the end of the week.
At least it gave me time to reply to you lot on here
Nick- your training sounds to be going well. Some good workouts. RE: the Asics plan... this is just my opinion, but... when I was doing Manchester previously I used the whole Asics app thing and their plan. I thought it was AWFULLY low mileage for the predicted time they gave you. And it didn't quite work for me. It had me predicted at a 3:45 finish but only running like 20-25 miles a week. Which doesn't seem right to me.
Ian- glad your long run pace is working for you and feeling comfortable. Keep up the good work! Listen to Carter's advice on marathons- he is very wise! You get up at 3.30? Wowsers- what do you do? Your NYD marathon is a crazy but fun idea. I always do a race on NYD- a 4 miler in Edinburgh- and it's great fun, fantastic atmosphere. But a marathon... hmmm I don't know if I could! Go for it though if you think you'll feel up for it!
Carter- your HR training sounds really interesting! Would it work for all runners or just those who prefer the longer, slower stuff? Sorry the shin splints are holding you back again. You'll be back before you know it.
IBB- running gives me sanity too! Is work manic just now? It is for me.
Rob- thanks for the marathon advice! I have actually done Edinburgh twice and despite some people's misgivings about it being dull I actually really like it! Coastal and quite nice and wide roads once you get out the city so not cramped feeling like some city marathons. Nice running from you and 15 miles is a great long run. Well done. You've had a tough and stressful time recently by the sounds of things so it's great you're still getting out there! The eating though- get back on the wagon!!!
Since I last posted I did the National XC short course champs... was a great race, really enjoyed it, did the 4k at 6:48 min/mile pace which for XC is great! Faster than my 5k PB pace I think so that tells me I should have a go at a flat road 5k sometime again soon and get that PB down further!
Last weekend I had another XC race, a 4 miler in Balloch which was very wet, muddy, hilly, generally difficult and I did not fare so well as the week before. Found it really tough but slogged it out to the end!
This weekend I didn't have any races on but went for a 11 mile run with a clubmate out in the countryside, we used some brilliant forest trails and it was tough, hilly, but really beautiful. Some great views and a nice way to end the week.
Work has been unbelievably manic, really really stressful. That's why I'm hardly on here- just lacking time! However, always look forward to catching up!
Firstly, on holiday, went to France for a few days with a friend. Nice chance to relax and recharge though I did run a bit too. Did a couple of 10km runs on my own round the town- was really nice and relaxed, very slow and easy.
I've been club training a bit, mainly speed sessions, and feeling quite fit at those just now. Everything going in the right direction.
Last weekend I had my 50th parkrun so that was a nice celebration. I decided not to run my own 'race' but to pace another runner who I said I would help to a sub 23 time. I paced him to a new PB of 22:52 and he was delighted. This was a great morning, and also, I was amazed at how easy it felt to run that speed well within myself. It was 'slow' enough for me that I could encourage him the whole way round, chat, give him tips and pointers and updates on speed etc... Two years ago when I'd lost a bit of fitness that time would have killed me, I just wouldn't be able to hack it at all, and now it's a time I can pace others to! So that's a nice feeling.
Then in the afternoon I went to a race as part of a relay team with my club. It was a road relay race in Glasgow, a very famous and long running race which invites local clubs to compete. 4.85 miles, hilly route, 3 in a women's team, 4 in a men's. It was blooming tough and I did feel my legs tired after the morning's parkrun, but finished in 35:35 which is about 7:19 minute/mile, which I was delighted with... thought I'd be a lot slower given the course and the fact I'd already run.
This week I have had a good few runs already, and this weekend is the National short course XC championship. So I'm looking forward to that. Hundreds of competitors from all over the country coming to run 4k up and down and round and round some muddy fields. We must be mad.
REALLY keen to finalise where to do a Spring marathon but just haven't had enough time to think about it properly. Would love some suggestions please.
Would prefer early to late but could do late if need be. Don't mind where as long as it's easy enough to travel to. Would prefer flattish to try and get a good time. Give me your thoughts.
Sorry been away ages again! Trying to catch up through everything- easier said than done!
Nick- good choice with Manchester, sure you'll enjoy it. I've done it twice and enjoyed it both times despite shortfalls. The mile markers were well out both times at points which was confusing. And obviously up until last year there were a few years of it being short. I'm sure all these things will be very much sorted for next year- as they'll be wanting to keep people happy! Your XC sounded good, I do loads of them, pretty much weekly here in the Winter... very good for fitness and fun events too. Yes, you learn it's not pleasant to go out too fast especially over those kinds of terrains... can be a painful second half
Elle- it was great to hear from you and fab you're still supporting your mad OH
Rob- I loved your blog! I know that's ages ago now but I really enjoyed your reporting and love the attitude you put into these tough races... you did so well! Good idea in missing out on those races you were tempted by recently... you've done so much recently. Just keep ticking over!
Carl- glad you're in for Brighton! It looks fab! Would love to do myself but have not been organised enough to get entry. To answer your question about marathons- yes I think I'm going to do one! I just haven't got myself organised in terms of deciding which! Any suggestions are more than welcome from everyone... would be prepared to travel (UK) so give me your thoughts...Also, well done, you're back to training well.
Carter- glad your niggles aren't stopping you, well done. Heart rate training baffles me. But you've always been very forward thinking with your approach to diet and fitness so I'm sure you'll do brilliantly in embracing this method of training and making it work for you! RE: shin splints- get the foam roller out. And stretches/strengthening for calves... apparently often shin splints are due to calf issues?
Ian- nice to see a new face. Erm regarding short runs- marathon conversion. My times are 5k 21:35, 10k 45:06, HM 1:43, and marathon 3:59.... so getting worse as the distances go up, basically...!!! More miles will do you plenty of benefit before your Spring marathon, if you can run more than twice a week. Looks like you and I have fairly similar times... I'm just desperate to do a better marathon than I have so far!
Will do another quick post about what I've been up to recently- not that it's been too exciting!
Carl- go for it- I am a huge believer in entering races to keep you motivated and to give you something to aim for, even if you don't perform your absolute best in them. I entered lots of races a couple of years back when I had put on weight and was feeling very slow and unfit. Each race I did a little better in spurred me on. I bet Brighton marathon would be a great one, I have heard very positive reports of it.
Rob- you ARE awesome! I think you have such a great attitude to racing. You are also not afraid to be adventurous.
I had the Dunbartonshire XC relays this weekend. It is an event where a whole host of west of Scotland teams are invited to bring mens/ladies teams and the relays are across a 4k course. The course was through a forest and was very tough. You did one lap of a playing field, then about 800m solidly uphill through a forest, absolute killer on the legs, then about 800m downhill (I wanted to be shouting 'weeeeeee' as I flew down.) Very muddy/lots of leaves/tree roots, so not the easiest to run on. And the hills were steep! Up was just torture on the legs, and down was fun but you were worrying the whole time of slipping and falling. Back to the playing fields, run through them, and then start again and repeat the whole thing.
I was out second leg. My club had I think 4 ladies teams competing. I was part of the B team and we had a really good A team so knew we had a decent chance of winning a prize with them.
The lady who was out first leg in my team ran strongly and when she came to hand over to me we were in second place. I ran hard and held this place until about 400m from the end when a girl from the local uni running club stormed past me- she was a really fast runner and I had no chance of keeping up with her. She finished just in front of me.
I passed onto our third leg runner and she again ran strongly and kept her place in the field. So we finished third ladies team!
Our A team finished first ladies so our club took two out of three podium places.
The mens' team also won the mens' race! Totally great day out and I don't think I've ever been part of a winning team before. Time for me was just over 18 minutes though time is always slightly irrelevant at XC events.