Carter- you deserve a wee rest from running. Hope the tattoo heals nicely. Sorry for Mrs C and hope she is out of pain soon!
Robert- Great Scottish Run is a big half marathon, multiple start waves and normally a decent elite field, a fun race to be at. Glasgow has good wide streets which suit it well!
PS- pain about your foot Hope it stops causing you bother! It sounds horrid. No spring marathon booked yet but looking at a few... just need to try and find ones that are in school holidays or long weekends now that I can't just book a Monday off work to recover...
Will- keep me updated with your half then. Good you're ticking over nicely- well done. What's your HM PB?
Sean- fabulous race report! The short stuff is DEFINITELY as tough as a marathon or half marathon... so, so painful! I feel ya. Good time and good race too. Well done.
Last night a 3.5 mile steady run and short gym session after work. Was a nice night to be out. Tonight, club session. 1.5 mile warm up, 2 miles tempo, short recovery, 2 more miles tempo, just over a mile cool down. Total session 6.88 miles and 8:26 min/mile average. Tempo sections done at about 7:40 pace. Was a tough session but enjoyed it.
Robert- sorry you and the OH are having tough time after tough time! Sucks. Keep up your good work on keeping other things going. Good luck for your 10k- close to 47 minutes would be fantastic. Fab 20 miler done by you too!
Carl- great time on holiday! Don't know how you managed to fit in so much! Impressed. Holiday sounds fabulous. Running at altitude is very good for you My XC group is good thanks, and the wee ones really do try their best. It's heartening to see some youngsters who do not have a great base of fitness giving it their all. I hope I'm getting them into running a way they enjoy and don't find intimidating.
PS- PBs this year over 5k, 10k, 5 miles and HM. Only races I have done before and not got PB over are 4 miles (only done twice in life) and marathon. But will try those next year Well done for keeping up on your training schedule, I'm seeing on fb a great consistency...
Will- nice to see you. No long runs entered for me just now, well, no marathons... going to do the Great Scottish Run in October which is a HM but that's not necessarily a PB race, just a great big run that a lot of my club are doing so should be fun! How's your race schedule looking over the next few months?
Sunday I meant to get a long run in but various things happened, I've been feeling a tad (just a tad) under the weather and so has my OH so we had a day in instead. Gotta do these things sometimes. So last week a very low mileage week with only 20 miles in the bank.
Back on it yesterday with 4 miles steady at 8:52 pace and then a bit of spinning at the gym. Aiming to hit around 30 miles this week. That's about my highest at the moment but as you've seen from recent training I'm getting in good quality and speed as well as the miles. So 30 is enough.
Sean- please do a report on your mile race! I would love to hear how you got on. It's a tricky beast! Well done on continuing the weight loss, almost there.
Will- congrats on the wedding, nice one. Nice to hear from you. Keep up before your half!
PS- I totally understand your dilemma, I have it ALL the time with Mr Ali. If we both have a day off together and I dare to suggest going for even a quick 4 miler it's all 'Oh I thought you'd want to spend time together' me: 'well yes but we have a whole day and I'll just be out a tad over half an hour' him: 'HMPH'. What can I say apart from non runners just don't get it. And I know that non runners would scoff at that but that's all I can put it down to.
Yesterday got in a couple miles with my little school XC club I'm taking, they're doing well but all pretty novice. Giving it their best! Had a v quick gym sesh after school.
Today I went out to Strathclyde parkrun. Arrived to a fairly sunny sky but some ominous thunder clouds which did indeed open over us not far into the run, but it was fairly light rain and kept us cool. Saw at the start line a lady I recognised who I knew was a bit faster than me but not many other people I recognised from other runs. Thought I would aim to place quite high amongst the ladies with not many of my recognised 'competition' faces there. Decided I was aiming for a new PB after my last attempt where I managed to hit my existing PB (22:32) on the head to the second but not beat it.
My garmin always measures a wee bit long at Strathclyde (perhaps up to 100m there or there abouts) but it is a good flat fast course. Given the measuring thing I decided if I was going for a good time today I had to try and bear in mind to run the tangents today and keep to the shortest route possible. I did and my garmin today measured 5.04km so only 40m over which is an improvement All these little things add up!
Was aiming for just under 4:30 per km in order to get a new PB. First one took off a bit too fast in 4:18. Was running alongside a man from my club who I did the intervals session with on Tuesday. He was a bit faster than me at the session. Second km slowed slightly to 4:26 and that felt more manageable, up round the top of the loch and down the other side of it, keeping steady, and hit 4:25 for km 3, so looking good. After the turn to go back round the loch and back to the start it was a bit windy and this slowed me a bit. I was by now ahead of my club mate though, and another man who we had been keeping paces with. I could see two ladies in front of me, but not too far ahead, and was scanning the distance to see if I could spot any more.
Hit 4km in 4:31, knew it would be a bit slower when my watch beeped and just resolved to put in a bit of speed for the last one even though it felt tough. I was using Paula Radcliffe's old 'count to 100 over and over' trick in my head just to keep my mind off how tough it was. However I always seem to be able to push it for the last km. I was getting closer and closer to the lady in front of me but she managed to finish 11 seconds in front of me. Pushed it right to the end and last km was 4:22 so a good finish. Women at the finish tunnel said well done, and told me I was third lady. So I was really chuffed to hear that then.
I had stopped when I finished to bend over and breathe as I couldn't even stand up, so I didn't stop my watch straight away. When I did stop it it said 22:12 which I was delighted with but I knew it might be a few seconds out.
However on getting the official results it is 22:05 which is even better.
Carter- good thoughts re the diet, I agree that sometimes you need to accept that incorporating the things you enjoy will make it easier to stick to in the long run. And that's what we're all after. Your watch sounds awesome- that's brilliant battery life compared to my pathetic Garmin! It doesn't even much above 4 hours as I have found out doing marathons with it! Great race plans, really excited for the direction you're going off in. Thoughts about your next marathon? I'm looking for a good early Spring one. Nice work too on the wedding stuff, you're a calm guy and organising won't get you in a flap I'm sure. If it does... run more.
PS- there isn't an official long run night at the club, Thursdays are fairly long with runs up to 9 miles or so, and there are unofficial little groups that do long runs together.. it's just a case of finding people around my pace to do it with... but tbh I quite like long runs on my own. I more find the running with others very useful for speed stuff. Don't write yourself off for Chicago. Go into the race expecting the best of yourself. Don't set too lofty a goal but don't write it off either. Your training has been consistent.
Carl- well done for the running you have managed whilst away. Great to hear you're having another holiday- you deserve it Enjoy. What's your hotel like?
washwood- great to hear from you. Benidorm half would be brilliant fun!!! Go for it! I'm thinking of doing a marathon abroad in Spring... don't know why it seems daunting, the organisation etc, but I'm really tempted...
Since I was last on, I have run twice. Tuesday was a speed session with the club. 1.75 mile warm up. 4 x 1 mile rep, fast. (For me, each rep ended up being about the 7:00 min/mile mark with my 3rd one being fastest). 1.75 mile cool down. So 7.5 miles total. Really hard work but I was in with a good group of people all around similar pace so we were working off each other.
Tonight I did about 7 miles (Garmin didn't find signal so not sure exactly but roughly this). It was a slow warm up for a mile, then 15 mins tempo, 2 mins recovery, 15 mins tempo, 2 mins recovery, 10 mins tempo, short cool down. Ran with another two ladies who are about my pace, enjoyed it but it was a very hilly route so the legs are feeling it now.
For me, those are quite long runs for my short runs, if you know what I mean. Normally I'm not doing much more than 6 miles during the week, so two runs over 7 is a fair bit. I'm happy though, it's all good progress, and this weekend I'm planning a parkrun and long run on Sunday. What's everyone's weekend plans?
Sorry been away a few days guys, was away at the weekend on a training trip to Arran with my club and didn't have a computer. Hope you're all well.
Robert- sorry to hear about sad times with you and family... hope your mrs is OK and you are managing to keep her spirits up. Well done for your continued weight loss and running. Deffo get to a club. Has been a great thing for my running and my enjoyment.
Carter- yes lots of XC planned over winter and will carry on building my long runs. Glad your new watch is good! Sounds a good bit improved on your old garmin! RE the eating, have you maintained your initial weight loss? Are you going for more?
PS- those runs sound like a godsend for getting in a decent long training run. Wish there was stuff like that here! 9:04 pace for 20 miles wowee. Well done, great run. How you feeling now?
Carl- how was your long run? Hope it went well.
Sean- 5:20 would be a cracking mile time. I did the 1500 at the track champs but it was after the 100, 200, 400 and 800. So really it was pretty slow, but everyone was in the same boat so we were all knackered. My 1500 was 6:32 and I felt I could have run a lot faster if I hadn't done all the other stuff beforehand. But hey ho it's all good training. Hope your knee is OK soon!
Since I last posted last Wednesday I did an easy 6 miles on the Thursday, took my school XC group on the Friday though it hardly involved much running as they are beginners, then went to Arran with my club Friday night till Sunday for a training weekend.
Saturday was a morning session of pyramid intervals, warm up, then 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute, 4 minute, and all the way back down 3, 2, 1, with either 1 or 2 minutes recovery jog in between each interval. Cool down at the end totalled 4.3 miles. In the afternoon there was a beach reps session with running on the sand on a loop, hard efforts but pretty tough/slow to run on sand. Did 3.1 miles in the afternoon so 7.4 for the day.
Sunday was a hill run of 10 miles. However me and another girl went out slightly earlier to do 4 miles beforehand as we both wanted a longer run. It was a brutal run and I was gasping, and much slower/less fit than the others who were out. Some of them were brilliant and made it look so easy going up steep, rocky inclines like mountain goats.
But I got it done. 14 miles total of very difficult terrain. Stunning views from the top though, really amazing. So a heavy weekend of running and lots of fun in between at the hostel we were staying at.
Hope you all had a good weekend and painless Monday!