Malcs, I’m quite excited to see what you’ll do in York after all the speedwork you’ve been doing – looks like you’re going for quite a fast pace if you’re doing 20 mile runs with middle 15 at 7:30mm!!! Are you gonna beat my next marathon goal before I have a chance to get there?
Malcs, my body is certainly feeling the high mileage, so David and I spent Sunday training for Bacchus – we walked into town to have lunch at a pub (almost 2 miles) then we walked home and I left him in the pub whilst I did some kneading of the bread I was making then went back out to meet him in that pub- it felt like it must be the last day of summer so we had to get some cider in J
Hans C That half ironman result is incredible, and you’ve inspired me! I’ve done one triathlon before, and the shock of the cold water gave me an asthma attack; I was last out of the water, but recovered somewhat on the bike and was fine on the run- that was only a sprint, and I put it down to never practising in open water here in England- who knew it was much colder than Sydney! But RRR and I are going to do some OW swimming this weekend, with a view to working toward a half iron next year. Be interested to hear more about your training. I would suggest that you need to keep all your running between now and York slow- possibly add speed during the 2-3 week taper in the same way you would maintain speedwork had you just worked toward the marathon – slow stuff the next few weeks will help you repair and recover from your half ironman. Get the distance up as best you can – maybe 15, 17, 20, 15, 8 for the next few weeks of longrun. I tend to err more on the side of caution than most, but in order to do the hard work /speedwork etc, you need to have a sufficient volume of ‘recovery work’ slow easy stuff, and the two need to balance out- a half ironman doesn’t really count for that, but an easy swim may help your recovery- doing work where your muscles can create energy with oxygen- if they do too much without oxygen, it causes acidosis, which is not a great environment for your muscles to operate in- I would keep everything light and easy until your body is raring to go, and then put in some speed from there, but remember a marathon is long!
Well done in your race Reikirabbit! You’ve got to be pleased with that- especially speeding up each lap. I quite like multiple lap races- you can set yourself challenges within the race, so even more motivation J
Mr P, hiya, are you planning on doing Chester marathon? Or half? I remember you doing the Sandstone trail last year- looks a fab race J
Hi Rachel, sorry your running has had to have a hiatus due to your eyes. Didn’t realise how common detached retina (retinae??) were, but it really does put you out of action. Will we still be seeing you at Bacchus? Have you got your fancy dress yet?
Sarah, I would encourage a nice bike as long as you can store it securely! When I bought mine, I didn’t have a car, and it was my main form of transport around Colchester, so it was quite easy to justify the cost- previously I had my sister’s old Raleigh max which was such hard work carrying up the stairs to my flat, and it was too big for me- road bike I can just pop on my shoulder, and its very easy. But you don’t want something too nice that it would get stolen... An entry level road bike for a man isn’t that expensive- they are a bit more for women, because they tend to have a higher specification at the entry level on a woman’s bike... Both david and I have the most basic of road bikes but they are still great fun, nice and light, and I wouldn’t spend more on it, but just get it serviced regularly. Good luck in your taper (and no sympathy for too fast long runs )
Malcs, I’m quite excited to see what you’ll do in York after all
Wow Malcs, Can't believe you do a progression at the end of a 20 miler, although I guess my training is making my legs constantly tired, so I can't imagine too much faster than 8:30 mm for any length of time.
Reiki, sounds like an interesting analysis- what do you think of it? Does it seem consistent with your experience?
I've had another high mileage week... Am now at a total of 220 miles for the month, my most previously was July where I did 180ish, and that included 43 miles at TR24 and the Lakeland trails marathon. No races this month, just lots of training. I did another 21 miles on the Essex way yesterday, and saw a grass snake!!! managed to take a picture - it was so small and really struggled to slither across the road, but as soon as it got onto the grass verge on the other side of the road it began moving very fast! And then this morning, I ran to parkrun, ran parkrun with my hubby (who drove), then ran home, then out with a client who's training for a half marathon, so did a total of 14 miles. My first significant back to back long run, and actually the later miles felt better than the earlier ones.
My legs are feeling quite tired though, so I'm going to keep the mileage low this week- I've got a 10k race next weekend, and then bacchus marathon the following weekend - I'll taper for Saltmarsh 75 from there.
Mc Hilly, Reiki rabbit, Although I set the goal to qualify for Boston, I'm not so sure I actually want to run it- but if a bunch of us were going it would be worth it. I know Sarah and RRR might be up for a trip if we all went. I've been to Boston before as I have family there, but am also forever going to the states for the same reason, and would probably rather spend a holiday elsewhere having a holiday - not exactly a cheap place to visit. We're in DC this autumn for my cousin's wedding, and I'm not going to go there a week early to do Marine Corps marathon, nor am I going to get an overnight coach to NY to do the NYC marathon (thought hasn't crossed my mind... honest!!!)
That's the real reason I had to enter the ultra!! Yes, I'm quite excited Sarah, the possibility of finishing it seems within reach now. Its funny, I was just talking to one of the other trainers where I work about my ultra and he was asking about what time I wanted to finish in... I had to say I genuinely have no goal other than to complete it - I don't think I've ever done a race before where the only thought in my mind was finishing - I've always had a time in mind, even if that time was completely unrealistic.
Feral Bob, sorry your race wasn't great. With all you've had going on, its not surprising that you didn't manage to get in sufficient training- make sure you recover from it.
Mc Hilly, I only baked these sweet treats, as it really was ultra training- I wouldn't run on cake and florentine when i'm at threshold pace.