Nicely done PP. Looking in very good shape with 8.5 weeks to go
CJ2 - 4 weeks
Matt3 - any races from 10m up I usually make them part of a long run. I don't like doing solo (longer) tempos, so tend to use races as replacements for those. Making it up to a long run also means you're helping your body to become more efficient (at fat burning) too.
This week is becoming increasingly difficult to fit running in as I'm dashing around doing last minute bits for Kenya, and have an extra bit of time planned with the kids too. I think if I make it over 130km it'll be an achievement at this rate!
lol CC2. One good dose of sarcasm deserves another
Nice report PP and congrats on the bling It will be an interesting comparison. It's too early to talk figures for Maidenhead, but given my HM pb is on the New Forest course, untapered, at the end of a big week I'd like to think that the next few weeks would see my shape rapidly improve and allow me to take a good chunk off of that. Get yourself on the first leg @ the SEAA' and we'll see
Good to see the continued progress piscator.
Nice 10m CJ2.
And welcome Matt3 (if I haven't already said).
I never got to run yesterday (too busy getting stuff ready for Kenya, etc), but had the frustrating feeling that Sunday took very little out of my legs (bar the big chunk of flesh! ). I did manage to bag a progressive 25km today which proved I was right - 5km splits of 22:07, 21:06, 20:17, 19:29 and 17:54 - the last being both easier, and quicker, than my last 5km on Sunday! Running is starting to feel more fluid (even if the paces still have a way to go).
A pb RS. (2:27:48), but I'm becoming hopeful that I can take a good chunk off of that if the next 9 weeks goes splendidly! Snap on the races - just Maidenhead HM 3 weeks out, then SEAA Relays 6km 1 week out.
Down Tow Up Flow HM for me today. Horrible conditions (obviously) but this was along the Thames Towpath, so you can guess at the impact! Easier to do this by lessons learned rather than a report, so..........
1) Brooks t7' have to be the most inappropriate trainer possible for a primarily off road race in these conditions. 2) Gravel rash hurts - even more so when the reason you've got it is because you slipped in the mud yet managed to clear all the mud before you landed. 3) Nearly ending up in the Thames is particularly scary when you can't swim - refer to point 2; and yes I did actually think I was going in!!! If I hadn't grabbed a tuft of grass as I hit the ground and was sliding I may well have done. 4) A big bug getting caught in your throat will cause you to get physically sick. 5) It's frustrating to be closing ground on the leaders when you hit solid ground and reduced to a very slow jog as soon as you hit mud, and not much quicker on grass. 6) On days like today times are unimportant.
Somehow I still managed to come second (took a clubmate about 600m from the finish), 38s down on the leader. Points #2/3 and #4 cost me between 1:30-2:00, never mind the conditions/footing. I'm confident that today, even with the weather, I'd have been well under 75 on road (vs the actual 78:09).
I had intended to make this a 32km run, but I was shivering by the time the St. John's guy had sorted out the damage from the fall (still got some embedded gravel that he couldn't get out!), so didn't bother with a cool-down, so 26km for the day makes 170km for the week. Looking back it has been 45 weeks since I exceeded that, and I have to go back 109 weeks for the last time I put more than one week of that volume back to back (only 4 weeks bigger than this in all that time) - slightly scary figures given what I'm hoping to accomplish in 9 weeks time!!!