Hi everyone and hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. I've not posted for ages as I find it easier to cut myself off from running altogether while I'm not running. My last run was on 28th November so I'm giving myself another couple of weeks before I try again, to see if the shin splints have recovered. We had a very quiet festive period, which is just how we like it, but obviously I ate and drank far too much. I jumped on the scales yesterday and didn't like what I saw at all so am back on the healthy way of eating. While I'm not working I plan and getting out for some long walks in the Peak District and also use the stationary bike to start getting my fitness going again. Today feels very strange for me as it's my first ever day of being unemployed. The job hunting starts today and hopefully I will pick up something fairly quickly. I don't intend to post too much until I'm up and running again so good luck with all your marathon training plans
Carl - happy birthday to you too and thanks for the kind words !! It's been an enjoyable 4 years despite the ups and downs we have both encountered. It has been good following everyone on their journeys for each race and being able to offer up a few words of 'wisdom'; we received some great advise to good to be able to pass on to others as well. Good to hear your training has got off to a decent start, do you have any ideas of a target time yet or waiting to see how the training goes ? How are you enjoying running regularly again ?
Rob - well done on the running streak, not sure it's something I could cope with. And congratulations on winning more stuff, you can never have too much running stuff !
Ian - congratulations on the new parkrun PB. A PB at this time of the year is hard to come by, due to the festivities and the colder weather, so looks like you're in good form. And 20 miles on Boxing Day is very impressive. Sounds like a good idea to find an earlier marathon, you don't want to peak too soon or, as Carl says, introduce more easier weeks in your plan if you to run Manchester. You might be feeling great but if you have over trained you will certainly get found out on race day.
IBB - well done on the nearly PB too !
Washwood - welcome back
Ali - I've seen some of your pictures on FB and it looks like you've enjoyed running in some lovely places with nice weather as well. Keep in touch.
Nick – re temperature, how about starting off wearing a jacket then when you get warm take it off. Then, as you cool down you can put it back on again. How is the HRM acting in the colder weather ? (I haven’t looked on Strava for ages)
Ian – sounds like you are getting into good shape ready for the start of marathon training. Re tempo runs, I think they are mainly to get you used to running at a higher effort for longer periods of time and also to have a quickish leg turnover. Hill work will strengthen the legs. If doing hills and speed together then maybe do intervals rather than tempo ?
Rob – good stuff on the excessive eating and drinking ! I have been doing exactly the same. Well done on the run streak, are you doing the one where you do 1 mile on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd, 3 on the 3rd until you get to the 15th then work you way backwards own to 1 on the 31st ?
IBB – treadmill challenge ? Urgh !
Ali – no heart rate training at the moment so cant bore you with any more of it ! Plenty of good racing from you as usual and it goes without saying that you have another PB. Well done !
Carl – work still getting in the way ? Remind me which marathon you have entered ?
So. I’ve spent the last few weeks getting my CV together and sending it out to recruitment agencies and doing a lot of networking on LinkedIn. I’m finding this looking for a job stuff is actually harder work than working ! There’s a lot more jobs out there than I was expecting, especially for this time of the year. I’ve had a bit of interest for some permanent jobs but I’m looking to go down the contracting route which is notoriously quiet at this time of the year. I’ve set up my own limited company ready for when I can get a contract job. I’ve not run for about 2 weeks or so. I’m definitely suffering from shin splints in my left leg, I’ve got a burning sensation on the shin bone etc. The right leg, however, has a pain on the inside of the tibia but no burning feeling. This could well be a stress fracture of the tibia but at the very least it’s shin splints in both legs. So, it’s a case of resting for a few weeks so I now won’t be running until the end of January. Which means I won’t be able to run in either of the ultras I am booked in for.
Nick - it's still way to far out from race day to be worrying about missing runs. The squash will keep your fitness levels ticking over nicely. If you need to miss any runs, though, try and make it the shorter, faster ones. You will need to try and get in all of your long runs if possible. Re the Christmas shopping, Mrs C sees to all that stuff so I have no hassle whatsoever !
Rob - yep, will be getting a nice pay off as been there nearly 10 years. Mrs C and I have been talking and decided it will be worth while trying to go down the contracting route, rather than get a permanent role. It can be very lucrative and having the cushion of a bit of money in the bank takes the pressure off for a short while. That's a decent parkrun time considering your current fitness.
So, last week, I went out for 2 short runs. It can be quite tricky running to heart rate as I just mentally switch off and before I know it I'm running too fast. On Saturday's run though I kept looking at my watch and went completely the other way. I'm aiming to keep my HR under 126 and the average was 119 which meant my pace was 11:40 per mile. This included a lot of walking as the moment you hit an incline your HR will start going up. I'm also working on increasing my cadence as high as possible as this should help reduce any injuries/niggles. Previously, my cadence has averaged about 160-165 and I've got it up to 170-175. It feels like I'm 'tip-toeing' along at the moment. That said, running so slowly and increasing the cadence is certainly helping. After the run I don't feel tired at all and the shin splints aren't hurting much either. Have a good week everyone
Ali - I'm not overly worried about the work situation, not yet anyway. There are jobs out there which, at this time of the year, is pretty good. In the new year, when new budgets are released, I imagine there will be more vacancies. Re the heart rate training. They suggest something like 3 months of running under your MAF heart rate (I think). After that you can introduce some speed sessions but not too many. On the FB page I have seen people say that they have run at below MAF for months without doing speedwork, then entered a race and they were flying. It's all about becoming more efficient. Whereas, with MAF, you train either over or under your MAF rate, there are other methods that train by zone. For example, your long weekend run would be in zone 1, steady running in zone 2, tempo in zone 3 etc. To get your zones you would need to take either a lactate threshold test or a VO2 test where they take your blood or measure your oxygen levels etc. I don't think it is for you either as you enjoy your racing so much so I would carry on if I were you