Nell - I mixed my interval sessions during spring training and it certainly makes for a more interesting week. This time round as I have been alternating the hill reps with intervals I am sticking to 8x800m or 10x800m depending on how I feel.
6 miles easy to moderate for me at 8:20m/m pace last night.
Home too late tonight and really tired from burning the candle at all ends so will get tempo run in tomorrow and LSR early Sunday.
Carter - good to hear that you had some rest. You will be fine for Ladybower. First run was always going to feel tough. But you know the drill and anyone who can do an ultra with as much elevation as you had must be able to manage a flat 50 mile ultra with ease. Had a look on the website and it looks a nice scenic route.
Re the speed sessions. Having put myself through this for quite a few weeks, I can say that they most definitely have benefited me. I feel much stronger when out running now. I can see that at the shorter distances i am getting quicker. Am assuming that I will get a benefit when I run a marathon provided I can pace myself properly which has always been one of my downfalls. So if you have got the time to build them into your base building before marathon training then you most definitely should.
Nell - great interval session. Intervals are tough whenever you do them. First thing I find incredibly tough as the body is not really awake and then you are straining it with every interval. Late in the day and the body is a tad tired so same thing.
Speaking of intervals I did mine tonight instead of the rolling hills. Nothing like a bit of variety.
About 9 miles in total tonight.
2 miles warm up at 8:12 m/m.
10 x 800m intervals with 200m recovery jog/walk in between.
I cannot say I enjoyed it. I ground it out really. After the incessant rain yesterday and more again today it was much cooler but also very windy. There was a 200m section on every lap that was brutal with the wind in your face and then across your body. I was spent after the last interval but had no problems with the cool down mile.
Again I think the speed work I have been doing helped me get through these 10 intervals.
Have looked back at my spring training diary and I only did 10 x 800's once and that was 2 weeks out from race day. Tonight I was faster overall.
Carter - am probably only going to do 3 x 20 milers this time round as there are just not enough weeks left to do any more. 16 miles is the longest run so far. I am not so worried about the miles this time round as getting enough quality runs in and getting a good few weeks at 40 - 45 miles. As I have been doing more speedwork I want to try and give the body a rest and pushing it with 50+ mileage weeks and trying to squeeze another 20 / 22 miler in is probably not worth it.
I do have a big challenge come race day. It starts way too early for me. 7:30am. This means having brekkie at 4:30am. That is sleeping time.
I am going to try and introduce a few runs in the early morning during September just to get me adjusted to the concept. Only other thing is that 7:30 US time is 12.30 our time so maybe my body will think it is actually later than it is. Weird or what.
Nell - kids back at school already. Wow. Mine would go mad if they had to go back this week.
Running is keeping me sane at the moment as work is pure madness. The next few weeks will be tricky as it is a crucial period of marathon training and also a crucial perod of work too. Had hoped to be over the work madness so that I could focus on running and getting into good frame of mind for a tilt at a PB in the Windy City. Not so sure about this now.
Will keep trying to get the quality runs in and see where it leaves me in a few weeks.