Graham well done on the medal winning performance.
Ceal, true but most of the miles are slow. I've been reading Matt Fitzgerald's 80/20 book and think I'll follow the theory. Also thinking about finding an online coach, looking at Nick Anderson's Run with Us at the moment which might also help reduce the over training risk.
Work has been getting in the way a bit, I know I shouldn't but been doing unpaid overtime - just can't face the backlog I'd have - unfortunately with such a clear cut election result I fear our service will come under even more pressure at a time when child protection is so high profile.
Having said that in the eight weeks since I went away I have averaged just over 30 mile a week so that's good. Also booked up for another week in Portugal next March.
Last week I used Parkrun as the last third of 10m run. Timed so that I arrived exactly on 6 miles and as the briefing started - sheer fluke. Went out hard for first half (11:38), turned and came back in 14 mins against a very strong "breeze".
Monday I "treated" myself to a Yasso 800 session, target marathon time 3:45 therefore pace for the 800's 7:30 - can't be hard can it? I managed the five of them but failed with the pacing which was between 7:15 - 7;20, not sure if that's good or bad.
For today's Parkrun I was fresh, compared to last week, and the "breeze" was slightly less. Went out in 11:23 and came back in 12:11 for 23:34, fastest 5K for about 16 mths
Impey sorry to hear about your friend, what a shock.
John, what a nuisance but it seems us highly trained athletes are so finely tuned that we do ping from time to time; hope heals up quickly. i haven't had chance to congratulate on your Parkrun achievement.
Mick good news about the all clear and the 3 days of 5k.
Graham you've done really well in those relays, they seem to add hills in just for you
If I haven't missed you Ceal hope you have a great holiday, sounds like TS did (except for his phone, a blessing in disguise perhaps).
Mick, it's amazing the daft things we do isn't that then mean we can't run; mine was lifting a fridge with builder and hurting my knee 3 years ago now, wow time flies.
John, great Parkrun - that time is coming !!
You asked about Lakeside as you'll see from the link that course is a bit convoluted but there are now sharp bends, it's not pancake flat just an incline in the 2nd and 5th K .
NZC what a great performance in the marathon when you weren't in training for it, you must be very strong mentally to run it without the training.
Yesterday I ran the Southsea Parkrun for the first time since our return, 4 weeks ago, to the original course. We had a strong wind in our face on the way out, I tried to stay relaxed and went out at about 8:20 on the way back I managed to get a really good rhythm going with the wind and came back at 7 pace. Finished and Garmin said 22:18, I was amazed until I notice the course was short by 0.21 of a mile However, the race director uprated all the times so my official time is 23:58, which I'm pleased with as it's the first time for a year that I've dipped under 24. Race director said he'd "refund" the entry fee's for anyone who wasn't happy !!
Today ran a wet and windy 14 miles, including two laps of the ladies 5m route which has some lumps in it. I think I might use this route for my long runs and just add in extra loops as the lumps will help leg strength and the repetition the mental side.