Good morning from the "elite" training camp on the Algarve - I say elite as it is very much what I'd imagine there training camps are like sleep, eat, run, eat, rest, run, eat, sleep.
Just popped in to say a massive well done to Tracey, Mick and Graham for their races, fantastic performances.
Like NZC said about her daughter I now tend to walk more hills than I run, using that method yesterday (where literally there were no flat bits) I mananged 10k in 64 minutes. Almost certainly my walking was quicker than my running on hills.
Good to see Impey back running and a great 5k time trial from Ceal.
Last 2 weeks have been a disaster running wise both Liz and I have been unwell and almost no running at all. I did run the Eastleigh 10k on Sunday but with no running and bad stomach all week it was a run with no energy. Managed 48.52 which in the circumstances wasn't too bad.
Ceal, you are most probably right. Achillies OK but won't run until tomorrow, already arranged treatment for Monday (after the 20, just in case).
Yesterday I won a spot prize £15 voucher for gels etc and buy one pair get a second (different ) pair free - which is handy as I need another pair of road shoes and some trail shoes for the holiday.
Unfortunately Liz is still confined to bed and as that won't fit through, even our extra wide, doorways she can only look through the bigger window we had put in in November. Initial spring target is to get the back garden sorted so that she has something decent to look at. We've just hit 4 years now since she was up for any length of time and for the first time some doubts are creeping in as to whether we'll see her "up" again - but we just plough on in the hope that she will. Amazing thing is that she is so upbeat, it's quite remarkable.
This week I have just run alternate days and kept mileage low to try and make sure I didn't get a reaction from the achillies, including today I managed 26 but achieved my aim.
Today was the first test of the achilles with Hampshire Road Race League event, Salisbury 10m. It's a little undulating but not as bad as I remembered from 2009 - that might be because I was told it was flat so pushed it and then hit the incline at 6 and 8!!
The target was to run in the HR range 150 -154, as you'll see below didn't quite manage it but overall average was 154. I was hoping that would bring me in at around 1:20 and give me a good idea of where I am after the two weeks of no running. Splits were:-
1) 1m - 7:29(7:29/m) 142/164bpm -slight incline then flat 2) 1m - 7:28(7:28/m) 153/158bpm - relatively flat 3) 1m - 8:01(8:01/m) 151/159bpm - 2 fold slight incline, I think, & trying to hold back 4) 1m - 7:42(7:42/m) 153/161bpm - must have had a down 5) 1m - 8:11(8:11/m) 154/159bpm - and an up !! 6) 1m - 8:09(8:09/m) 156/159bpm - and slightlyup still 7) 1m - 8:31(8:31/m) 155/159bpm - hill, hit 157 and walked plus protecting ankle 8) 1m - 8:17(8:17/m) 156/159bpm - another but not as bad as memory 9) 1m - 8:12(8:12/m) 157/159bpm - trying to push on, legs weren't too keen 10) 1m - 8:10(8:11/m) 159/163bpm - finished on track but nothing left
Chip time 1:20:09, ave HR 154, wHR 81%, AG 66.8% - all in all happy with that as achieved what I set out to do, plus showed still in reasonable nick.
Achillies was a bit sore/stiff but massaged area and thankfully am now pain free. So at the moment the 20m race is still on for next week, again not a race but trying to run between 145-150 HR and see if this equates better to target marathon time - all getting a bit scientific.
What a lovely day, a bit warm for a race but I'm not complaining ............. too much.
Welcome Chris, like Pammie I haven't hit the 60 mark, although a lot closer now than when I first posted. I too am retired, early at 53, but my wife decided she didn't want me home full time so I've been working part-time for the last 4 years. I live near Portsmouth.
You'll find us a supportive lot and there are some who can offer really good advice, and have certainly helped me in my 10 years of running.