Hi Nell, saw that report myself funnily enough, he does a good blog that man.
Stuart I am racing a HM next week so that's my long run. The next week I will be doing my first 20 miler of the campaign! Scared/excited.
G- must be good to do 20 miles with the club. Always someone to pull you along if you feel it getting tough. No excuse to stop or walk. I think that could be beneficial.
Did a couple of slow miles after work today just to relax really as was too tired for anything else. Had planned 6 but really wasn't in the mood, tired, long day at work, and slightly achy legs after this week. End the week on 33 miles though and though I had planned a bit more that's OK by me.
Next week busy travelling with work a couple of occasions so it will just be an enforced taper/rest period before Alloa HM on Sunday. The week after that I have my first 20 miler scheduled.
Carl hope you feel better soon. Sometimes a good sleep is enough. Good stuff about the Royal Parks- I've always fancied that one.
Stuart what's your LSR this week?
Carter- great run there. What kind of times do the winners pull out on a course like that? You must be close to tapering now for London, how long is it to go?
I was going out tonight after work for a dinner with my workmates but got in a 10k on the treadmill before doing so. Started slow and sped up as I went, avg pace of just over 9 min miles, keeping the legs feeling fresh for same distance tomorrow but outside not treadmill.
I sponsor people if I would like to donate to whatever charity they are fundraising for. At the end of the day that's what it's all about- money going to charity- so why quibble over who's doing what for it. I don't really care if it's a cause I'd like to give to. And I do like to sponsor people doing something out of their comfort zone or out of my perceived comfort zone.
Nice to 'see' you Big G. Good HM times. You wanted that to be more your aim this year than the marathon so you're doing well
Sean- speedy 800s. Very good. I find the shorter the distance the harder for me. I'm not natural with speed. I think somewhere in the middle suits me best probably.
Canter- you've probably done it now but I think a very easy 7 miles would be best for today or whenever you get back to it. 7 miles is never going to kill you but speed can aggravate injuries.
Carl- you have a tough couple of weeks ahead but you are also sensible this time knowing you have to get in the rest too to benefit from all this mileage once you get to race day. Plan that taper.
Carter- I am another one with no will power. Pure greed me. But I do try and eat sensibly most days for an occasional blow out...
Nell- have not run Alloa before but am looking forward to it. My 13 mile run at below MP the other night put me in the mood for it. I am not going to say I could do a PB but I think I am in decent shape. You feeling less nervous about it now?
Last night I had limited time but had time for 45 mins on the treadmill at the gym before having to rush home. So did a session of quick warm up, 10x 400m intervals, couple minutes jogging in between. All 400m splits between 1:33 and 1:45. Found these even harder than the 800s I did the other week. (well at the quickest speed anyway). I'm not a natural for speed. Enjoyed it though and did a quick cool down for a total of 45 minutes, and 8km/5 miles approx.
Rest day today then running again tomorrow and Sunday after work. Then take it easy the week of my HM.
Stuart- wow, so you don't have actually a huge amount of spare time but you really make yourself do it. Very good. I think after a 12 hour shift every day all I'd feel like is bed?!
Sean- yes, on the iPad thing...I would also find it weird seeing people doing Insanity at the gym, as I too thought the whole point of it was for people who wanted to get a great workout in their own home!? But I bring mine quite a lot now to watch TV episodes/film because when I have to do a longer run in the gym it really passes the time well.
I think what you're planning with the garmin for the 800s sounds fine. I couldn't think of a better way. I've never done using my garmin only on a treadmill so not the best person to comment.
I went out tonight to do 13 miles. This week on my plan is a bit of a cut back week in terms of length of the long run. Not really planning to cut back otherwise but the long run a few miles shorter.
At first thought I'd just go out nice and easy at my usual LSR pace but a couple miles in decided I felt good, I thought why not see if I can do the 13 miles at marathon pace (approx 9 min mile is my goal pace for Edinburgh). I usually struggle to run for an extended period at marathon pace- unlike some of you there is always a huge discrepancy between my training times and race times. I can't pull out great times in training.
Was a tough run as it was quite windy but I really knew I was feeling good and trusted my fitness. Ended up 13 miles exactly and splits 10:49, 10:13, 9:52, 9:12, 9:03, 8:52, 8:40, 8:16, 8:21, 8:29, 8:11, 7:48, 7:52.
So with a few exceptions really a progressively faster run and my last two miles the fastest of the lot at under my 10k pace. Overall 1:55:39 and 8:54 pace.
One of the hardest runs I've done in training recently and I'm really pleased with it. Hopefully a sign of the fact I can do well/OK at the Alloa HM next week.