Lack of sleep is without doubt my biggest failing. I train purposefully, consistently and (mostly) sensibly, I stretch, go to pilates, gave up cricket as it wasn't compatible, have cut right back on the booze and eat well, but no matter how much I tell myself I'm going to address the late nights it just doesn't happen. Any tips, Mace on what helped you make the change? I get really frustrated with myself, but there's always something I find to distract myself well beyond midnight most days.
Bob, it's just a change of routine and is perfectly normal for me now. My wife has always been an early riser, she gets up at 5-5:30 as she likes to get up and sort things before the kids are awake. She used to complain at me going to bed so late because she can't sleep until i go to bed. So she was getting fairly knackered.
One day she just asked if i'd start going to bed earlier and run in the mornings instead of evenings. I'd tried this a few times previously as i don't particularly enjoy running on my own in the evenings but, although i enjoyed the early mornings, i didn't have any energy . So, i gave it another go and gradually got used to it and made sure i did have the energy needed by going to bed early.
I'm at the stage now where i almost always beat the alarm. If you wake up like that then you can't be too tired to train, surely !? On the rare occasion the alarm wakes me i assume i'm too tired to train so i'll do it at lunchtime or evening or can it depending on how i feel.
NP - sounds like you're melting into the pool don't lose too much more as i want to be able to find you in London
Stuart - that's a decent chunk of weight to lose
Stewart - how is your son now after his op ?
Nurse - be careful with the cramming, i've done the same this week and really started to feel it. I think i've just about got away with it, touch wood
Plodding along with P&D 70-85 here and as mentioned i've front loaded this week's miles as i have a 20M race on Sunday which i want to do as 5 easy then 15@MP or something like that. The effect of the miles really kicked in on Tuesday night when a MLR 14M felt quite tough towards the end. That was 97M racked up in the previous 7 days and a very slow 6 + 4 yesterday meant that i hit 100M from 7 days Thurs-Weds, without realising it until this morning. Will now have a welcome mini-taper with a day off tomorrow ( first for nearly 4 weeks ) and an easy 5 with a few strides on Saturday.
Keep up the good work everyone and hopefully enjoy some warmer weather and a bit more daylight
DT - I sleep VERY well both in quantity and quality I'm sure i wouldn't cope if i was sitting up watching TV or doing some sort of work / DIY until gone midnight which was the norm in my pre-running days. I think regular good sleep, certainly for me, is the main priority in this game
Also my kids are at a fairly independent age now even though they do need ferrying here there and everywhere quite a bit. If they were as young as yours ( and Lou & McF's ) then i expect it would be a much more difficult ask. Regular good sleep and young kids tend not to go together. Not in my house it didn't anyway !!
x-post Bob, nice session, sounds promising Don't forget that 100M in 7 days isn't the norm and it's only due to front loading this week. 100M sure didn't feel like it was sustainable and i'm glad of a bit of a rest now.
As for this week, i've been a little preoccupied with helping my son plan his paper round which he started yesterday but other than that it's been stacking the miles ahead of Sunday's race. Tuesday night's 14 ended up being quite hard work ( i think maybe the gingerbread man playing up from mile 9 didn't help )
Not surprising as that was 97M in the previous 7 days and i've just realised that a 6 + 4 yesterday made it 100M in 7 days. No wonder i could only plod them two out at exactly the same 8:08 m/m.
10M this morning was aerobically awesome and a bit quicker at 7:28 m/m but legs are feeling it on the climbs so are due a rest now until Saturday's 5 w strides.
EDIT : x-post Skinny
Yep, i spend a lot of time wondering if i'll put in a final spurt down the Mall at 5:30 pace or if i'll be crawling Yep again, 7@LT next week. 5 days after a 20 w15 @ MP should be fun !!
I've just remembered you're doing Manchester and so is a club mate of mine. I'm not sure but i think he's aiming for sub 3 ( but maybe GFA which is 3:15 )
It's getting ridiculously difficult to keep up on here but i'll give it a go.
Skinny - I tend to agree with Lit although if you could knock that session out so close to a what a confidence boost. I certainly don't worry too much about hard sessions being close together now after doing some of the Daniels back to back hard days in the Autumn. I missed your 12@MP, so well done, do you have a target/race strategy in mind yet ?
Bob - good work at the Nationals. I'm quite jealous of your war wound and anyone who ran it, including 2 of my club mates. One of them finishes very high up in our local league ( usually top 3 ) and he was down in the 400's. Just shows the quality and i'd love to have a crack at it next year, possibly as the finale of a full xc season. After all, i bought a pair of spikes and only used them once this year !!
Madbee - I am certainly guilty of a fair mileage increase this year that's well beyond the recommended 10% p.a. I'd say more like 20-25%. I think it helps that (1) I'm usually tucked up and knocking out the z's between 10-10:30 and am up at 5:30ish (2) I steer well clear of the booze, infact a single pint last week watching football with my son was the first this year (3) I live about a mile from work
marrows - good to hear your bum is back in shape and those 400's suggest you're in a good place
McF - sounds like a wise call to skip Sunday's race, take care
DT - good luck but if you're in the same boat as muddy i'm expecting a big pb
Lit - i tried some 200 reps last week at the end of an easy run and couldn't get anywhere near the pace i was hiting in the Autumn
7 @ LT - although this is a devilishly tough session that looms ominously on the horizon of the P&D schedule, i actually found it not too bad last year. I told myself i'd only do 6 but when i got to the last mile i felt ok and actually quickened up and was quite surprised. So the schedule does seem to get you fit enough to do it.
Stretching/tight arses etc - after my balls up before the Thanet 10 in December when i think i over-stretched, i've done very little apart from the odd couple of minutes here and there. Having said that, last night i did a good 20 mins all over, especially glutes/hip flexors and gave my quads a savaging with the roller. That actually brought tears to my eyes but i feel a lot looser today for it. The foam roller has MAGICAL properties