Carl - when you say 'looking for a new job in the near future' is that going to be your choice or are you expecting to be summoned to your boss' office ? I'm assuming you're not putting in the ridiculous hours any more ? Are you getting much running in now ?
Nell - 'not' pushing it at 7:08 miles is rather impressive still. Maybe get yourself on to the trails to mix things up a bit ?
An easy 4.7 miles at lunchtime for me. I say easy but I started feeling it a bit towards the end. It is the third consecutive day that I have run so to be expected as I can't remember the lat time I did that. The knee is aching a little bit but with plenty of stretching and rollering I'm sure it will be ok.
Canter - like you, I am rubbish at pacing without my watch. I spent all of Manchester earlier in the year looking at my watch after every mile. I had no idea if the mile I had just run was quicker or slower than the previous one. God bless Garmin ! Very best of luck tomorrow mate
PS - when marathon training I run 5 times one week and 4 the next and continue that throughout the plan. The 4 week run will be about 26 miles and the 5 runs per week is starting at 34 miles (this week) and will peak at 50-55 miles about 4/5 weeks from race day. I also will only do one speed session per week, and it's mainly a tempo session, I don't do many intervals, as doing any more tends to break me. I had to adopt this last time in order to protect my ITB and it worked well. The joys of being geriatric eh ??
Enjoying the cooler weather and running in the dark and loving running up the hills, not so much down. Living in Sheffield it is hard not to have to go up/down a hill during any run. Just started my Manchester marathon training plan which is my focus for the early part of the year in an attempt to get under 3:30. It's an extended plan (22 weeks I think) as I will be doing one week hard and one week easy; this is to protect my dodgy ITB which hasn't totally gone away in the last 2 years.
Then, my plan is to run the St Cuthberts Way ultra in July (46 miles), Ultra Tour of the Peak District (50k) in August and Harmoors 60 (60 miles) in August.
So, I'm in week 1 of my extended marathon plan. I'm starting with a hard week of 34 miles, which is hard for me at the moment. My long run on Saturday is going to be 14 miles, a distance I haven't covered on over 3 months. An easy run yesterday followed by a tempo run today were both made difficult due to the back end of man flu making it breathing somewhat harder than it should be.
Hope everyone is in good shape and looking forward to starting their plans.
Nell - sorry, I'm trying to man up ! Glad to hear the foot is better, maybe you could get Mrs Nell to give you a foot massage each evening ??
PS - I thought you said you were buying some fell trainers ? You wouldn't need them to run along the river or canal. Unless I have completed made that up of course ! You should give off road running in the dark a go, it really is rather exhilarating, make sure you know the route you run though so you don't get lost ! How did you get on at the podiatrist ? Did you go because you are injured or is it just for maintenance purposes, in the same way as a sport massage ?
Marathon session number 2 done at lunchtime. It was meant to be 5 miles along the canal with 3 @ tempo pace. Due to the blocked nose and difficulty in breathing (see above re me manning up) I could only manage 2 of the 5 miles at tempo pace.
I have also started back with my stretches and rollering as the knee has been telling me recently that I should. That flippen roller doesn't half hurt when you haven't used it for a while.