Was going to address you as just 'Dad' as a shortened version of your username but decided that sounded a bit odd
Running in the heat is indeed tough, but I do enjoy it. Though not probably as hot as you are talking. I'd rather have heat than cold but hey ho, little choice in Scotland and it's not gonna be heat most of the time! But this winter has been pretty mild so far. Your marathon progress is fantastic and what an exciting time London will be!
Rob- so is MK marathon your first this year? I've heard great things about it! So I hope you enjoy it and get that PB. How's training just now?
Nick- glad you think my goals sound possible. My A goal is really a far off target that I can barely imagine happening. But my B goal and C goal I think are quite realistic. I have done run commuting quite a bit recently. 3 miles for me so pretty easy. So the night before I bring in spare clothes etc. Run to work, shower at work (lucky as in a school so we have showers etc) and run home. Nice to get in two easy runs in the day and I run with a colleague so nice to have the company. Probably wouldn't do it if I didn't have good facilities at work.
Good week of training behind me this week- and 35 miles which is most I've done in AGES.
Did a few gym workouts too. Tuesday night went to club for speed sesh. Warm up then 4 x 1200m then cool down. Just over 6 miles total. Wednesday did 7 miles of run commuting. Friday did 4.8 miles of easy running plus a gym sesh. Yesterday I ran at parkrun- it was held on the alternative course as our usual course was very icy. Alternative course is basically the first bit of the normal course but repeated 4 times instead of going further on. So a bit boring but gets the job done. Also it's deliberately long as apparently the RD doesn't want course records being broken on it. Ha. So it's about 3.16 miles. Despite it being icy and very slippy even on the bit we were doing I still went all out- well, as all out as you can do whilst still being quite careful not to slip. Came in in 21:48 which I was really pleased with. I reckon on shorter course and with better weather conditions it's worth a wee 20 seconds faster so not a million miles away from current PB of 21:10. I was 2nd lady- still never managed to come first! Did a bit of warm up/cool down to extend the run too.
Today went out with a clubmate for 12 miles around some of Glasgow's parks, it was a lovely run. Fairly hilly too. We did 7 miles at 9-9:30 minute mile pace then the last 5 all at 8:xx pace so pushing it for a big negative split. Legs feeling pretty tired now but I really enjoyed it.
I've written myself a basic plan for Edinburgh. Following basic principles of the usual marathon training plans but basically mainly focusing on what my long runs will be from now till race day. So started at 12 today- building up to 20 and I've included 5 20 milers this time which I hope I can stick to.
washwood- good to see you. What will your plan look like and what marathon are you running again?
IBB- I love the 4 mile distance. Perfect speedy race- bit longer than a 5k but less painful than a 10k.
Carter- nice to hear from you. Shin splints are a bastard. Really can take a while for them to bugger off. You doing your LCHF thing again? Hope we hear from you soon.
Rob- great targets for the year. I'm sure you can do them! I have indeed entered a marathon... went for Edinburgh. 20 weeks to go.
Nick- your running is going great. I'm amazed at how you're sticking quite prescriptively with these planned runs. Paces all look great.
I've had a really nice week of running. 10 mile hill run on the West Highland Way with a couple of club mates on Tuesday. Intervals on my own on Wednesday. 4 miles with colleagues before work on Friday. Pacing duties at parkrun on Saturday- was pacing for 24 minutes and got in at 23:57 with some very happy runners who'd reached new PBs. And today 6 miles at a steady clip. Plus a couple of spin classes and some gym work.
I entered the Edinburgh marathon today. 20 weeks to go. Which is good because it's enough time to train really seriously. I am determined to run my best. Current marathon PB- 3:59... from 2013!!! Goals A: 3:40 B: 3:50 C: PB
Nice work IBB- were there lots of people doing the double parkrun? 2 gym classes too. Wow. When do you go back to work? We're the 5th up here. I am soooo dreading it.
Carl- Portobello was great thank you- beautiful morning for running too! Yes, I like posting on here to keep me interested in the whole training process and to get insight into what it looks like for other people. Great training done last week, well done. I was on about the same mileage as you which is also higher for me than it's been recently.
Ian- well done, 8:35 MP would be a 3:45 marathon right? Don't worry about cutting back- you're well ahead of schedule!!!
Yesterday I did the Portobello 4 miler which is an institution of the Scottish race calendar and always attracts a quality field. I ran 27:55- over 30 seconds quicker than last year and 28th lady out of 130something I think. It's a flat and fast course doing a short out and back then a longer out and back of the beach promenade, the only tough thing yesterday was the wind on the final 1.25 miles which was really tough to run against. Really enjoyed it and delighted with how I ran.
Last few days off work so today has been very lazy but tomorrow morning I'm going for a hill run with a couple of girls from my club.
Rob- 40 miles in a week is big...well done... did you make your 1500 in 2016? You're also building up speed I see by your fast 9.7 miler- well done.
Nick- a great XC race, rapid, well done! Your approach to your 'build up' runs sounds about right- I take it that's Asics' way of saying 'progression run'? Which I love doing, btw.
Carl- bless, how nice of you to remind Carter of his anniversary!!! A lovely post. The Asics plan sounds good for you. Well done for starting! Your pace is looking pretty great again, 7:xx minute miles are not to be sniffed at! Awesome to see you back- keep it up.
Ian- well done on MP run- at what speed are you running those? Great parkrun PB- mine and yours are similar now (21:10 for me) so you will be a good person to keep track of.
IBB- was that you 7 seconds off a 5k PB? If so jolly good job! That's speedy! Where was it?
Sorry been neglectful posting again. Here's a rough roundup of my running since I last posted.
Kept up my long runs, doing 10.5 miles two weeks ago, and a 12 miler this week. 12 miles was over a hilly route and at 9:08 min/mile so felt fairly tough.
Made a couple of club sessions but not many. Favourite was 1.8 mile warm up; 1 minute fast, 1 minute slow- repeat 10 times; 1.2 mile cool down. Very fun and a great way to get in a tough workout in a short space of time.
Over the week of Xmas I did a fair bit of running (for me) making the parkrun on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, as well as a Festive Handicap Trail Race (very tough! Mind blowingly tough!). None were for fast times- I ran the Xmas Day run with my wee sister who's not really a runner- but all were fun.
This week I've been out 4 times and run number 5 shall be tomorrow at the Portobello 4 Mile Road Race. Last year I did it in 28:36 so hoping to beat that.. and maybe even squeak under 28 minutes. I have now done a fair few parkruns at sub 7 minute mile pace- can I do it for 4 miles?
Anyway- a happy new year to you all. Though I don't post as much as I used to, I still love hearing what you're all up to. Keep it up and speak soon!