Big G - really sorry to hear about your 'injury'. Hopefully it is not too bad a some physio will sort it. You have been running so well too. But as others on here will advise best not to run through it if it is for real as that will mean a longer layoff.
Canter - interesting on the shoes. I have transitioned to a new pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire some weeks ago and will probably have about 300 miles on them by race day. I have another pai in a box. Do I breal them in and have say 50 miles on them and use the fresher pair on race day ? will it really make much of a difference ?
So 400m intervals for me tonight. I was home late and the girsl were a little high spirited shall we say. I had to put them to bed so it was 9.30 when I got out.
Where did summer go. I am sure it was here at the weekend. Clear skies so teh running track was quite dark as there was no cloud reflection of the london street lights. It was also freezing with a very strong wind. I had to run directly into it down the back straight and it was hard work.
I was aiming to get my time for each split between 95 and 100 sec.
Splits as follows :
96 ; 97 ; 95 ; 95 ; 93
96 ; 96 ; 94 ; 95 ; 95
95 ; 92 ; 95 ; 92 ; 86
Always nic to get a really fast time in for the last one. Makes you feel good even if it was 10.30 when I was hopping over the gate.
Part way through, the police van that patrols the heath passed and shone the spotlight down on the track but left me alone. I also had another runner join me on the track late into my stint. This was strange as she just appeared out of the gloom. Was a bit unsettling for a while as you try and work out if there is about to be trouble and then you work out that they are another mad runner doing laps in the dark.
I would love to run during the day but just do not have the time. It is nights like tonight that you wonder are you barking mad. Training in the dark. Pushing yourself as missing a session now is bad news. Hopefully it will be worth it.
Carter - I am still undecided on pace for race day. So I did manage 14 miles at a decent pace. But can I hold taht for 20 and then another 6. Not sure as it was tough for 14 miles. I was still feeling it tonight when I went out. Took a while to run through it.
Really pleased that your race number has arrived and you are in a good place. I remember this time last year so well done to you for sticking with it and coming out the other side.
Big G - great reporting. Compared to some of the running club websites I have seen in my area yours is fab. Loads of info and it does look like a club for everyone - not just the super fast. Well done on your new role. Guess you will struggle to post on here so much as you look to have your hands full.
Carter - 50 plus miles for you. That is great running considering your dodgy knees, You must be easing off now with Manchester just around the corner.
Canter - a great half from you and on the back of mixed training with illness recently. Sub 3:30 must easily be within your grasp. I will be watching you from behind on race day as you are a bit faster than me for sure.
Stuart - I love parkrun but at 9am on a Saturday I am usually taking my little fella to footie training. I got a few in last year and will try again in the early parts of the summer.
I had a much better sleep last night and did not get out of bed until 10am. 10am. I have not done that for years. I felt so much better for it.
We were having my 8 year old's class birthday party today so I had mentally decided that I would run later in the day as I would have had to been out the door by 7am otherwise.
30 girls for pizza / pasta and then to the cinema for Monster High something or other. The good thing is we did not misplace anyone else's kid.
Having survived this I left for my 20 miler at 16.45.
It had been a lovely day in London with blue skies, sunshine and summer temperatures. It did cool down quite quickly and it was chilly down by the Thames.
With it being late in the afternoon there were a lot of people in my way as I passed through Oxford Circus, down Regents Street etc. The worst place was Tower Bridge where I had to walk for a while as running was impossible with all the tourists and the stretch back to London Bridge was also congested.
The stretch through Hype Park was a little bit challenging due to there being no light. Daylight dissapeared much quicker than I was expecting but I guess it is still early spring. It was only yesterday that we were having floods and gales.
The plan was for 10 miles of MP in the 20.
I somehow managed to go a little off piste and did 14 miles of MP.
Overall I completed 20 miles in 2:41:20 which equates to 8:04 min/mile.
That explains why the body is telling me that it is tired and achy.
My MP miles were at an average of 7:51 min/mile which again is a little faster than I should have been going as I had planned for 8:00 min/mile.
So considering I was feeling crap yesterday, this was a great run.
41 miles this week.
2 more big weeks before my taper.
This week will be my biggest week and I plan to break 50 miles.
Carter - hope you managed to get up thoses stairs to bed last night. That sounded a really tough run whatever the time was. Curious as to the time of the winners. It must give you confidence for Manchester that you can stay ob your feet and grind something like that out. It will be so much easier on a road with no mud !!
Big G - well done for grinding out the last 3-4 miles to make it a 20 mile run. You really have dived right in with your club and I think it is really helping with your running. Where can we find your articles. We will naturally want to critique them ... well just read them.
Stuart - you have got plenty of time to your marathon so why don't you go all out for the half at the end of the month and see how far you get before you need to slow down a little. You might surprise yourself and if you overdo it tyhere will be no harm done as you have loads of time to recover.
Ali - some great running fro you at the moment. Even with your busy life you seem to be getting teh runs in. And your enforced taper this week might help with your race. Particularly now that Nell has shared with us teh profile. Looks a tough one but sometimes these are the ones where we do best.
Stuart - well done for keeping the show on the road.
Have not been feeling great today. Not sure if it is a virus coming on me or I am just tired. Heading for bed to see if I can sleep it off and hopefully will be able to get out there tomorrow for my LSR. It is a toughie as it is meant to be 20 miles with 10 miles at MP. Need some energy in the tank for that.