Old no 7 - have used it in the past. Ended up training my heart rather than my legs and got a very fit heart that my legs couldn't keep up with, lost that cardio fitness, got it back again, legs couldn't keep up again, rinse + repeat. In short, IME train your legs and the heart will follow. Still useful to keep you in check on easy/recovery runs but I wouldn't use it as a guide for anything else. That said, I'll still wear it in order to analyse my progress. I just won't let it guide my efforts at harder running.
Al_P - heel strikers more economical? (haven't read the full article yet so I don't know how they define economy)
Just a drop-in to suggest that Wardi consider following a plan such as P&D or probably better suited to you would be plan A in Daniels book. It straightforward to follow in that it prescribes 2 sessions per week, one of which is usually your long run and you fit in the rest of the miles however you like. It also tells you what % of your peak mileage you should be running each week.
It will challenge you in areas that you probably haven't worked on too hard for a while but that's a good thing! The plan is nominally for 24 weeks but the first 6 are all easy running with a few strides in the second 3 weeks. If you haven't got a copy of the book pm me your email address and I'll send you on the plan.
Lev - Legs endurance not leg speed. That's my experience, I know of others who have had it and it fits with your recent return to running but it still could be something different for you. I haven't been keeping that close an eye on what your training is and can't remember how long you were out injured but if your base is lacking you'll probably get a bigger bang for you buck focusing on that than doing the marathon specific sessions. Lower injury risk too.
Selbs - Good to hear from you again. Hope you can make it back again.
Jools - Good news!
Dachs/CW - Tibialis anterior was what kept me out for 20 months. It in istelf wasn't the problem though. It was mostly a glutes problem. Still not fully resolved but enough that I can run. If I understand it correctly the TA isn't that strong and if you're having problems with it it's likely that something else isn't working and taking it's share of the strain.
Al_P - Good luck on Sunday. I'll be watching out for your time.
TT - Sounds like good news on the asthma front. Hope it keeps that way. I'm interested to see how you get on at Maidenhead too. I briefly considered joining in as I was thinking of moving my 18 w/10 @m-pace forward a week because I have a 5 mile race I've committed to doing next week but 2 hours driving each way is more than I can justify.
Padams - Sound a bit dramatic! Hope the recovery continues.
A small hiccup in training. I can't quite work out if it's ITB related but there's a trapped nerve somewhere which is causing me to lose power in my left leg. I was able to 'run it off' on Wednesday's 14 miler but it was pretty bad trying to walk the day after and I had to concede defeat after about 3 today. I'll take another day off and see how I go on Sunday.
TR - I think it's more impressive that TT resisted any urge he might have felt to hit the arbitrary milestone. Nice running by the way. Whether you do Abo or not if you sustain a reasonable level through the autumn I'll be looking for a 2:4x from you next spring.
TT - For a body which can absorb such a huge amount of training it seems in other ways to be quite fragile. Hope you can get it all sorted out. The challenge of training is enough with the mental juggling that you're going through at the moment.
LD - Why hills? Reduction in likelihood of injury?
CD - Hope everything turns out well in the end. I imagine that it's initially scary and subsequently frustrating.
Al_P - Some nice mile reps and decent endurance. Got any target for Frankfurt in mind?
SJ - Although I have my doubts I hope that you're right about the last few weeks before a marathon.
bufo - Very nice racing and pacing.
CW - Probably dreaming here but any chance that you would take a couple of months towards the end of the year to do lots of easy running with a higher volume to set you for the next VLM?
Jools - Fingers crossed for you
Lev - You're flying. Re: heart rate dropping during a marathon pace segment: I get that when my heart is fitter than my legs. Suggests that your endurance is going to be your limiting factor.
Wardi - Look after yourself. Hope the infection clears away completely soon.
HR - That's pug-esque weight loss.
LS21 - Great to hear that you're running again. Be patient!
Dan - Congratulations on the ultra. You almost routinely seem to complete some staggeringly difficult races. I was following a few UTMB competitors online at the weekend. It brought it home to me just how gruelling these races must be when I got up in the morning to see them with loads of miles to go having watched them start several hours before I went to bed.
I managed 138 miles for August which was 7 more than July but a bit less than I had planned. I've had a bit of shoe trouble - courtesy of lack of planning - and ITB pain. Interestingly, as I've been following the recovery path I've been encountering all the niggles that I had in the lead up to my injury except in reverse order. One of the pairs of shoes I made a mistake with gave me blisters and lead to a minor hamstring strain but massage, ultrasound and a couple of days off seem to have sorted it. 15 yesterday has my ITB grumbling again. I still haven't entered Dublin and don't think I will unless I manage to stop my ITB from complaining and get at least a couple of 20's in. 8 weeks to go from today. There's still time yet but not that much.