tricia - Best of luck, my facebook feed has been clogged with pictures of the picnics some runners are taking! Fling might just be my spring race next year, we'll see...
Ollie - Nice run with your brother
NP - Yip, I agree with that. Build up with easy miles, then once you have a good base drop the miles a bit and add in more speed. It's just about finding the right balance, and I think that can take years to find out!
Nice running and swimming
Gym, and 4 mile run yesterday. Nothing much to report there!
Tek - Fantastic!! That's you're first attempt at 5k in a while isn't it? So likely that there is more to come, sub 20 definitely on the cards
Yellow - That's a tough looking session for your 1st one back, in fact, it's just a tough session!! Good luck
Dr Dan - Hope you managed a swim, and good luck with parkrun tomorrow
Stewart - Sounds a tough session, I hate doing reps where some are into the wind, and other with it at your back! Looks like you have a good few races lined up too
Interesting chat about the lower miles/higher quality instead of endless miles. I'm a bit nosey and like having a read of what the fast boys on fetch do. And while some of them do pump in astronomical miles, I noticed a good few of them don't run much more miles than I do in the lead up to a marathon.
I see one guy who ran a ridiculous time (2:35, at 50 odd), who seems to 'only' run about 60 miles a week but it looks like all his general running is done at MP, long run slower and a weekly parkrun.
We had this discussion before at club and yeah, while you probably want to run as many miles as possible there's always a point where you'll find you can't recover quickly enough from the miles you are doing, so blindly adding in more running isn't the answer. A few boys I know (ok, they aren't marathon runners) have had great improvements in the last year by doing 3 hard sessions running, and a couple of big cycles each week which is essentially your FIRST approach that Dr Dan is doing.
I suppose, as with everything, training is a case of you don't know until you try. Some of us might respond well to lower volume but harder efforts, whereas some of us might need more miles to improve. I think, for me at the moment, the best course of action is more miles with less proper speedwork, but a good bit of tempo/MP stuff. But I enjoy going to the club too much so I don't really stick to that.
That ended up more of a ramble that I planned
Running up and down to the gym shortly, parkrun tomorrow. Not done a proper effort at Falkirk since December so would like to hit a course PB if possible (19:43)
5x (just shy of) 1k with the club tonight. Tried to stay sensible and keep the pace in the 5:50s, then again given the state of my legs I couldn't have went quicker. Aerobically it felt reasonable for the pace.
Stewart - Well done on the 6. As for the plan (for an autumn marathon??) I'd say it's maybe worth alternating between 2 out of the 3. Doing all 3 of those each week on those big miles will take it's toll quickly I think. Saying that, I'd try it...
Ollie - Good 6 in changing conditions
NP - That's a good double today
Dr Dan - Great pace for the intervals
9 steady for me this evening, windier than I expected.
Has anyone done Amsterdam? I seem to have settled on a autumn different marathon every day so far this week...