Ian, I thought that Manchester was one of the early marathons and that there is not much choice before hand. It is important not to peak too early and leave the best miles on the training runs so think about building a few more cut back weeks into your schedule to keep yourself fresh.
Ali - it is good to be back running more regularly but the body is not getting any younger and getting the rhythm going is not easy. But it is a good start and am not setting myself any targets as such other than reaching the start line for Brighton on Apr 9th.
Looks like you have been running well and getting the miles in. 12 miles at this stage is a good distance to have under the belt. What are your plans for this year ? How did Portobello go today ?
Like you I am not posting as much but trying to keep up. Am going to try and post more frequently this year as I find that having to keep everybody updated forces me to keep going. Motivation of a sort !!
IBB - How did the double go today ?
Have completed another week of my plan. 5.5miles fast on Wednesday (sub 7:30 min miling) in freezing cold; 5.5miles fast (again !) on Friday in the dense fog and 11 miles today in pouring rain and then freezing wind. Took ages for my hands to warm up after I came back in.
Also took my lad out for a 2 mile jog yesterday.
So 27 miles in total this past week which is my biggest weekly total for months and 11 miles is my longest individual run in a while. Fairly pleased with it although it was tough on the body.
Am toying with a half marathon at the end of Feb. Do not have to enter it yet as it never fills up. It is a tough course but it sort of fits with my plan so am tempted.
Ian - 20 miler already and the day after Christmas Day too !! Amazing run and good pace. What marathon are you doing this spring and when is it ?
IBB - hope the 10 miler went well.
I ran my Christmas Day 8.5miles on Monday and have done a short 3 miler. Later today have a 5.5 build up run planned which will be a little testing as body is telling me it is not up for it. But we will give it a whirl ....
Nick - have taken the same approach as you. 3 sections to the run getting faster each time and trying to hold the fast pace. Not easy at the start of a training plan. My plan had me do another one last night and that was tough. Think teh first one was still in my legs and it was windy and wet so was not the most pleasant run. But another one down. The plan has me running 8 miles on Christmas Day. Not sure I can do that ...
And sometimes it does not matter that you do not follow the plan exactly. The important thing is getting out there and getting a decent shift in.
Rob, great mileage for the year. Last year I did 2015 in 2015. No idea what i did this year but will have gone from my highest ever yearly total to my lowest. It was a bit of an obsession and I needed something like 30+ miles in the last week to make it. Best of luck with getting to your target. Am sure you will nail it.
Ian - good MP run from you.
IBB - nearly a PB shows you are in good form.
My local parkrun is doing an extra one tomorrow. Might be able to sneak out for a short dash ...
Happy Christmas all. Enjoy the festivities and hopefully keep the running going too.
Carter. - happy 4th birthday / anniversary . 4 years ago this you 'won' the competition to get mentored by Spoons. While you might be having some injury issues at the moment you have achieved some amazing things these last few years. There is a sub 3:15 marathon in you and I am looking forward to you achieving this.
Over the years ass we have all gone on our running journeys your words of wisdom and advice have been really helpful.
So chin up, wishing you a speedy recovery a nd looking forward to the next leg of your journey.
Ali - a new park run PB and that with a hangover too. Amazing. You have been on great form this last year and think there is another great season ahead of you.
Nick - great XC run from you.
Rob - great result winning a pair of trotters. 3 marathons in 3 days !! Could not do it myself. 2 in a year is my target for next year and at that I think I am pushing it.
Ian - great tempo run from you.
IBB - treadmill challenge. Cannot think of anything worse tbh but if it is helping the running- and it seems it is -then well done you.
I have started my marathon training. Needed a straightforward plan so decided to adopt the MyAsics plan. On one level it is not as aggressive as some of my previous plans but 4 runs per week is not shabby. Tonight was my 6th run of the plan. Should have been my 7th. But too much going on with Christmas around teh corner.
6 miles in total described as a build-up run. Starting pace was supposed to be 7:50 getting to 7:07 for teh final 2 miles. I completed it more or less to plan with an average pace of 7:30m/m overall. I was nearly dead trying to keep teh final mile on about 7:!2 pace.
the good thing is I completed it and now I am beginning to think this plan is not as easy as I thought it was. Taking each run as it comes rather than stressing about all the runs. Lets see if I can get some decent training in over teh Christmas break and then keep it going into January. Work will be as busy in the New Year with no let up in sight. Good thing i suppose but I am going to have to make sure I create the time for the training.
Anyway enough rambling. Good to get on here and post.