I made my way down to the local not flat football pitch. I had noticed that it had been mown very recently, so a good time to hit the grass.
A mile warmup to get there. After a couple of strides I then set about running (3 x 2 mins run/2 mins walk) x 3 with a 3 min active recovery between each set.
I wasn't at all sure I would be able to finish the session, but I just about did.
The 2 strides were ok, my Garmin says that I ran those at 6.16 mm and 6.01 mm. I am not sure that I believe my watch!
The 2 min run intervals were mostly .26 mile long, but there were 3 which were .27 mile. The fastest was 7.19 mm and the slowest was 7.52 mm. But there were several around the 7.30 mm. It would have been better if I had had my watch set for kilometres. But I couldn't be bothered to change it. Lazy me!
There were 8 x 2 min reps in total then knew I couldn't do a 9th so did 2 x 1 min reps. to finish.
These were .15 mile, 6.43 mm and 6.37 mm. I like running fast for a minute
I still have a bit of touch in my legs but not the fitness. Hence all the recovery 2 mins etc.
I did a mile cool down very easy, but it carried a high HR of 133.
Hearty congratulations on your new granddaughter. A good weight. Do you have a name yet? When do you think will you be going to see her?
Time to say an awesome run today!
I am not sure now I could ever finish a race with dignity. I am always seen grabbing onto the nearest rail, or hanging onto my knees, red face, sweat pouring from everywhere. Not a pretty site. But I have observed others who certainly have finished races with dignity!
All best with your new running schedule. What 5k time are you aiming for?
It seems you are still not sure whether the correct dress is ski gear or shorts! Some steady 4 min reps on the treadmill. Was that an old training session that we used to do a few years back which came out of runners world magazine? It seems familiar.
Another big jump in your training, but you seem to be thriving on it. Apart from your HR! The important issue being that your back is holding up well.
Sounds like a good time was had by all. The only negative from your well judged marathon pace is sun burn, that can't be bad! I had to smile at your description of your family after get race! Your daughter did well even if she didn't quite achieve what she wanted in the way of a time.
Yes, as I said above, happy legs after a marathon has to be a HUGE plus.
To run a marathon when the conditions were warm (hence the sunburn) and worst of all with a cough and cold could have made you fail in your mission but it didn't and you managed to go sub 6 hours which is what you were wanting. It will be interesting to follow your progress with JG's training plan for your half mara.
Lainey and B Greenwood
You were on the course for longer than the others, that could have been extremely tiring but your were both quite fresh afterwards too. Huge congratulations.
You were so near to getting a time starting with a 5. Next time for sure it will happen.
Brilliant, just brilliant, it seems that 4:1 worked for you very well. I bet you are wondering how you could have got rid of 5 mins so that you had a 4:------ time!
A question, how did you all decided what ratio of run/walk worked best for you?
I think what is impressive too is the lack of injuries from training for a long distance race. Plus you are wanting to go out and run again so soon.
I remember being wiped out for a few weeks, in that I couldn't run more than 5 miles at a time without a rest. Whereas a run walk approach would have been just the job.
I don't particularly want to do all my training as a run walk. At the moment just my longer training runs will be done like that. However, I will experiment with the odd week where I do all my training in that way plus some 400 intervals and see now it goes.
I do hope this thread will continue, because I shall be more than interested to see how you all progress. I, personally, think, when a suitable time has elapsed after doing the marathon that some concentration on running a bit faster might be the way to go. But I don't know what JG recommends and I would not want to interfere with his experience and suggestions.
I am finding that having a routine to follow on a longer run sort of gives one something to think of besides the distance that one has to cover!
Right I have gone on a a bit, so must now get on with my morning, or what is left of it!!!
Big apologies if I have missed you out, it wasn't intentional, you, if it's you did very well too!!!!
I am so impressed that you all, without, exception had legs that worked the following day I have ran 2 marathons and both times I was in pain for about a week afterwards, especially coming down stairs. But note I ran. When I ran London, I got 2nd in my age group but I was very disappointed. My training went well and I was on for. 3:45 mins at the age of 67 yrs and I finished in just over 4 hours with massive cramps in my legs, so bad I could hardly cross the line
I wonder if I had run/walked the course if I could have finished faster and with less pain!!! I will never know the answer to that, of course. But if I ever do another marathon (unlikely, as my talent lies in 5000 and 1500). My bio mechanics lies with no particular distance. It lets me down often, despite gym work, home exercises, stretches etc etc. but I have to say my body has done me proud with a couple of world records at aged 70 yrs, plus a few UK records at aged 65+ and of of course at aged 70+ too.
I took a year off last year with injuries and a feeling of not really wanting to run. But started again early this year. I have had 3 weeks off with flu, so that makes it 3 months training. Recently, to help my husband to get around a very tough half marathon I have started to accompany him on his longer runs. I knew I could NOT run further than 6 miles. So we embarked on run, walk. I would not have known about this until Chris joined another thread that I post on. I can only thank her profusely for enlightening me of this method of running.
We have managed an 8, 9 and a 10 mile run walk. Legs just fine, I felt tired, but that would have been down to time on feet as much as anything. We have adopted a 4 mins run 1 min walk. This seems to work for us. I tried the 30/30. But for me this seemed hard work. I don't really want to lose my running form which is not a marathon style, ie. I lift my heels up behind me, because I am used to running faster than mara pace. So the 30:30 or anything similar to that means that I can't really get into my running style before it is time to slow down. BUT I will try again. I don't want to dismiss anything.
I have to say my longer walk runs have not been any slower than my 4 mile runs which I do easy. I do run by my HR.
Now back to you lot, who are my inspirations.
I will continue on a new post, this one is getting long.