I've been following the first couple of weeks of the P&D (55/18) plan to see how I hold up, one thing is clear already is that I can't do back to back hard sessions, my aging frame needs more than 24 hours to recover. Meant to be doing a 13m with 8m at mara pace tomorrow but I'm going to do the mileage but not overly worry about pace as most of it will be on muddy trail, just love the mud .
Have a good weekend of running everyone!
Iansi, I got about halfway through that plan last year and started to struggle for the same reasons, mainly 5 runs per week rather than my usual 4. Went through the rest of the plan by dropping the shortest run in each week to give an extra rest day but had some physio along the way
This year I'm doing my own version, still 4 days per week but more 20 milers and I'm hoping to be at the point of running 40+ miles per week and a long run of 13-14 miles when training "proper" starts on 15th December
Another tip I found useful was for the 2nd longest run of the week, usually the 11-12 miler, I did my usual Saturday morning 8 miler and then when I got back home, went out on a 2nd jog with my son doing a further 5K/3.5 miles which meant I ran at a more sensible pace but still got the distance in
I do my long run on a Monday night as, weekends with the kids are too hectic to "steal" a large chunk of time, plus I don't run Sundays so do get the rest day in either side
Each to their own though, my plan may not suit a large number of people on here
So far so good, I've been short on the mileage in the first two weeks by a few miles but got the key sessions in. I'm planning to run forty miles this week, 10 in the bag already with 8 tonight (4 at threshold) and then a 4 a 14 and another 4.
No major aches or pains which is what i'm testing for, I think when I start the plan for real in mid December I may well drop the fifth run in the weeks where there are two recovery runs in favour of an additional rest day.
AM - I'm enjoying the strava group and watching everyone's progress, that with jantastic in the new year should help through the long winter months!
AM - It's the up to 55 plan. The plan doesn't call for back to back although P&D do say in their book that some (dependent on fitness/age) should be able to do back to back hard sessions, not me, I had nothing in the tank on Wednesday and called it quits after 5 reps of 100m strides (should've been ten). I only made mine back to back due to family commitments getting in the way on Monday, normally I'd run Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat rather than the Tue/Wed I ran this week. As I said I'm just trying out the first few weeks of the plan to see if goes well before going live mid December, knowing that if it doesn't I've got time to tweak/change the plan.
AB - It's in week 2 of the P&D 55/18 plan, although I'm not going to be a zealot about it as I'd rather just enjoy my run this weekend than be a slave to pace.
I've joined the Manchester Strava group and followed those who I don't currently. I've been following the first couple of weeks of the P&D (55/18) plan to see how I hold up, one thing is clear already is that I can't do back to back hard sessions, my aging frame needs more than 24 hours to recover. Meant to be doing a 13m with 8m at mara pace tomorrow but I'm going to do the mileage but not overly worry about pace as most of it will be on muddy trail, just love the mud .
Managed a good 10.5 miles last night at just above marathon pace, back held up well. I really concentrated on form getting my hips forward working my glutes, keeping my back straight and shoulders loose. Had to really concentrate to keep this form towards the end as I got tired, I could feel myself starting to hunch and lean from the hips.