yeah, I went through the first mile in 5:30, I was running at about 6:30 pace and was surprised, I then ran the next 2 miles slightly faster and was 11:55 @ 2m 18:05 @ 3 miles ..
However my overall time was 1:26:00 which is about 6:30 pace. .and i felt I ran very consistant, maybe 6:15-6:40 miles depending on the wind and is about right for my pace/effort and a small PB.. on the flatest half marathon course i've done.
So I think the overall length was fine, just the mile markers were out
everytime I go out running at night in london at least 2 street lights go out when i run underneath them.
tonight near the end of a 10miler one went out just after i passed it in clapham common. I ran on checking over my shoulder and about 20ms away it suddenly came back on.
rightI thought, i'm gonna prove this once and for it isn't my imagination, so i walked back up to it, past it.. nothing, glared at it.
turned around and walked back past it and the damn thing went out again !!
got about 30m's away and it then came back on.
I declined to go back for a 3rd attempt.
I also find that any digital watch i borrow or buy always packs up about 45 mins into a run with the LCD flashing away and all alarms going off. the only watch i've ever been able to consistantly run with is the free one from RW!!
anyone else get this ! is there a cure, are the aliens after me ??
bearing in mind I was averaging 20mpw before I started.
also in week 6 and 7 I covered that mileage in 4 or 5 days, then was unable to run despite being perfectly fine because I was out of the country !
my conclusions so far, theres no reason why I couldn't be doing 100mpw if I wasn't working, I've had no injuries, and worse i've felt is tiredness, probably due to poorly managed diet.
Oh, I did get burning pains in my stomach recently, but diagnosed it as lack of magnesium in stomach which apparently is common deficiency when training hard, took some supplements and the pain vanished over night.
I still have another 6 or 7 weeks of this base building stage, hopefully I'll get at least one 100 mile week in :)
One thing I've learnt so far is that 100mpw is easily within the bodies capabilities, in fact theres some monks that run a marathon a day, every day for 7 years !!
Also, from a reasonable base fitness you can ascend mileage very quickly as long as you don't push yourself to run fast.
In about 3 months time i'll report back and let you know how/if my race times have improved !
fastest run was 8 miles @ 7:30 all other runs i've crawled round @ about 8:30 pace.
no injuries, legs feel ok, just very very tired. struggling to find time to do the runs this week. At one point I had a choice of eating, or a 9m run, in the end had to grab a burger king then go for the run :)
another time I completed a 15 mile run at midnight.
I should have more time to manage things next week as less pressure from work so expect it to be a bit easier.
it's strange, when i've tried to increase the milage before i've really struggled when i get to 35+ and feel i'm getting injured, sore muscles, slight pulls etc then backed off as everyone advises to ascend slowly over time.
sometimes I think you just need someone to tell you it IS possible, and just to run nice and relaxed etc and not worry too much if you feel sore.
at 45 mpw i felt s**t, I had 2 muscles i felt were pulled and at one point had a 7m run the next day I just felt if I tried it i would just end up injured.
anyway, I iced and gently stretched before and after. Over the next three days I seemed to run through the problems and the week after (this week) i'm feeling as strong as I ever have.
Just did a 6 miler in 40 mins cruising along like it was a breeze, depite doing a hardish 14m yesterday. legs feel fresh !
its like i've run through a barrier and my body has just gone, sod it, ok then lets do it :)
I'll probably get injured next week after saying this :) and i'm sure the 70m+ weeks are going to be a another test/step to get through.
anyway i'll post back in a couple of weeks with how its going !