Nell - 3 week holiday. That must have been great. And getting a site with a running club too. Those of us with suspicious minds might think you planned the perfect holiday.
Well done for doing so much running and congrats on the GFA for London next year. Is sub 3 hours is your new target after trying it out in international territories ?
Don't know what is going on with Garmin Connect tonight. It has transferred my running data from my watch but will not let me log in. Another issue I found out is that my watch is not storing the latest running data. It stopped on Jan 16. Must find the setting that is controlling this. If only I knew where to look .... This is where I need a 10 year old to work it out for me.
Anyway tonight I decided that I would try my usual hard hilly run at pace. I must be mad. It was a tad warm. After the exertions on Sunday / Monday I was wondering if the legs and lungs had it in them.
Pleased to say that I did manage the 8 miles at an average of 7:38 min/mile. I could not have squeezed an ounce more of performance out of me. But am pleased with that.
This is week 1 of my marathon training. Am loosely following a plan. 4 runs minimum. Hills or interval. Tempo. MLR. LSR. I might also throw in a parkrun or a few miles at MP as a separate run. Just got to work through the weekly mileage to make sure I increase it at a steady pace and I am going to throw 3 20 milers in.
Am adopting the Sean training principle of going with what I want to do and not stressing too much about rigidly following a plan.
I think there is a good base. It is just a case of mixing it up, putting the miles in and adding a few races. Easy when I say it like this.
Only thing to work out now is what I think my MP should be.
I am running faster at shorter distances than I used do. Does this mean a faster MP or actually nailing the time I was shooting for in the Spring. Decisions, decisions ....
You look away for 5mins and there is a mad rush of posts ....
Sean - yes the scenery on the south coast is so much different from running in London and it does give one a spring in one's step.
Great 10k from you even if you did not get that elusive sub 40mins. It is only round the corner I am sure. And with no marathon to worry about you can focus all your effort on cracking this one.
Carter - not over here for long this time. Just dropping and heading back to work. Back over in a few weeks for a little longer.
Did manage another 7.5miles last night at 7:35 m/m pace. This was much harder on the legs than the 10k the previous night.
Great that you have finally settled on your races for the autumn. Had a sneaking suspicion that you would do the longer stuff. I am still struggling with the concept of a training run being 25 miles long. You must be made of sterner stuff than me.
PS - good solid training from you. Seems like you are really focussed and getting those runs in.
So I set off from London last night at about 7pm and made it to Kinsale in County Cork tonight just before 6pm.
Quite a long drive with a car full of noisy kids but we all survived.
After unpacking the car I decided that I needed a run.
KInsale is a beautiful harbour town on the south coast. Only problem is it is hilly.
I set out with a plan of 6ish miles. Did not bring my garmin so had to use my phone. First time I had the volume on while running with Map My Run and was surprised to hear it speak to me after the first km. The first 3 were all uphill and I went for it. It is certainly tough starting a run and heading up a steep hill from the outset. My recent hill runs came in handy.
Listening to the phone every km is certainly interesting motivation to keep the pace going. I was surprised that after sitting in the car for so long that I was getting faster as I went. So first 4 miles I got faster each mile and then it was a case of holding on at the end as the route picked up elevation coming back home over the last 2 miles.
So 10km in 43:12 mins.
Mile splits 7:31 ; 7:04 ; 6:56 ; 6:22 ; 6:46 ; 6:52 and 6:56 for the 0.25 miles.
So 6:56 min/mile average was a good workout after a long car drive and was totally unexpected.
This is an unofficial PB for 10k. I have never run sub 45 in a proper race.