First is hard in that, if your not feeling great, there's no hiding place and its very easy to talk yourself out of a session. On the plus point, after a while you get used to the slowest run you do being at something around mp so big daunting looking sessions when you first start the schedule just become second nature and you become glad its not a tempo session.
Yesterday for example was 13 miles at mp plus 15 secs. For me that's 7.10 mm. The thought if that session when I started out on this was terrifying, however I viewed yesterday as an easy session to the extent I'd done parkrun the day before and elected to drink a bottle of wine Saturday night.
Recovery week tho week. I've a few aches and pains, particularly in my left foot so if need be I wont run all week.
I am planning to do Bristol at end of September. I did it in 2012 and it is unquestionably a fast course. You do have to run three miles up then three miles down the Portway, which is susceptible to wind. You just have to get your head down and ignore the boring aspect.
I don't understand why you are wrapped up quite so much, Skinny?! I was the only person at parkrun on Saturday in vest and shorts. I was fine within about 100 metres of starting.
Somehow it got a 2.5 difficulty rating so propelled my handicap from 5.5 to an all time high of 5.1.
Charlie, mine is currently at 59 and predicts 17.30 for 5k. I don't think it is a measurement to be used between runners, however for personal purposes it is a decent gauge of fitness as it does go up and down with the peaks and troughs of running.
What's your vo2 reading at now, Muddy? I hate those runs where you've got the nutrition wrong.
Well done your 13.1, Lit.
I couldn't run that far so early MCF! Well done!
Re muddy and his jammy dodger situation...
On my long run route there has been a pigeon that I first noticed on new years eve. What is interesting about this is that 5-6 weeks on it is showing no signs of rot and its not been touched by another animal. It's becoming the high point on my route and I wonder each week as I approach it what its appearance will be. I've not had any thoughts of chowing down on it just yet though as I go out armed with jelly babies these days.
Oh and I wasn't hungover from the wine, just a little weary.
For the BPM crowd, I was 157 today. Did identical run mid September at 7.08 mm for 162. Definite progress, albeit not when I run a 5k!
15 with 13 at mp plus 15 just. Thought id take it easy following parkrun yesterday and fact I'd had a bottle of wine last night but came out at 7.09mm average and felt quite pleasant, despite the windy conditions.