Wardi - no troubles really. The back just highlighted the lack of motivation to do what is necessary to run quicker than what was my ultimate target anyway. If I had run 2:22/3 and sub-2:20 was a possibility then I'd have felt differently, but I can't see that a pb of 2:26 or 2:25 will feel any different to me than a 2:27. Nice long run!
selbs - there'll be a few clubmates there I think so I'll have motivation when I start flagging. I think the biggest thing for me will be learning to eat and run at the same time - given I can't currently have breakfast before a marathon it presents an interesting challenge. And yes, I get what you're saying with the 5km, but a useful marker nonetheless.
CW - nice week! If you look on the results page that's more up to date and lists the 75 miles. A clubmate done 65 last year which was good enough for 7th, so there could be a similar jump in depth this year too which would make it interesting.
I'm well aware that the increase in volume and quality is the most likely cause for both the migraine and back issues (though the windy long run with efforts last week won't have helped on the back front). Lack of any functional fitness is also a big part of it, plus not having trained properly for over a year.
What probably doesn't help with focus is that when I came on here I had, in my mind, plucked the ultimate target of sub-2:30 out of the air, and having run it 3 times in wildly varying conditions I don't really have another target that appeals enough to make me want to continue putting off all the other stuff I've always wanted to do, yet always avoided because of marathons, so I'm starting a weights programme next week and have signed up for Endure 12/50 in mid-July as a solo runner (course record is 75 miles on a 5m lap for the 12 hours), as well as looking at some other more adventurous race possibilities.
The 12 hour race in particular is going to be interesting given that I can't even eat breakfast on the morning of a marathon at the moment..........
I'm still going to do marathons though, and still want to run them as fast as possible, but if that ends up being a bit slower because of the other stuff I'll be doing then I can live with that.
That's a very good 5km for an extra 5kg selbs! Only 20s off of your course best despite the ballast I see!
Congrats on the team silver Jools.
Huge mileage RS!!!
Sorry to hear that Lev_. Fingers crossed everything settles/heals up soon.
I too was supposed to be running the Southerns on Saturday, but my back kicked off again on Friday to make it a no go. I was on driving duties though so still went along to watch, but was reduced to lying on the floor of our tent for most of the afternoon. Booked an appointment with the chiro for Monday, before which I ran 4m, which was the limit of my pain threshold. He aligned my hips and lower back to their rightful place, and I managed an easy completely pain-free 20m Tuesday and my best track session in ages last night - 2 x 2km, 4km, 1 x 2km off of my usual long recoveries. Wanted 10km pace for the first 2 reps, HM for the 4km, and then a touch quicker with a faster last lap for the last 2km. Went harder than expected/planned and averaged 83s laps for the sessions (so just squeaking inside Mara pace for a lot more effort! ).
Nice workout Padams. That's similar to my hills & stuff sessions! Almost there. Still got a bit of a headache and tight calves, but nothing major now. It usually takes a week +/- for it to clear completely.
CW - I looked it up and apparently migraines can cause (or be associated with - the order is unconfirmed) mineral depletion, so in my case the screaming calves was probably due to cramping. Sodium and magnesium seem to be two of the main culprits and I've not been taking magnesium for the last few months, but started back on it now.
Nice one on the consistency selbs. Loads of time, especially for somebody who responds as quickly as you!
Nice progression Padams!
bains - I'm with TR. Get healthy first and then crack on. One of the hardest parts of running is to accept when you need to stop (I had it last week).
Nice repping Jools.
I'm sure you will Dachs. You looked mega comfortable out there today.
And I hope things are not too bad CC2.
CJ - why in the work gear? I think you and CW are trying to stitch us up!
All part of my cunning plan Wardi. Fat and unfit instead of over-eager and injured
More big volume RS!
After ticking off Monday to Thursday as intended (more or less - track on Wednesday was hopeless as it iced over) I came down with a killer migraine on Friday. First one in longer than I can remember, but it was lethal. Tried to run on Saturday, but couldn't muster any faster than 7:40 for 10 because my calves were screaming (always have this with migraines) and my head was still a mess. I ended up having to be sensible and give the xc a miss on Sunday.
Quite a bit better, but not perfect, yesterday, so got in a solid 12. More improvement today, and almost there now, so I somehow managed to knock out a decent (for current fitness) long surge run - 20.8 @ 6:42. Surges of 1,2,3,4,5,4,3,2,1 minutes, starting every 6 (i.e. 5mins easy after the 1min, 4 after the 2, etc). Averaged 5:38m/m for the surges and 7:08m/m for the recoveries. 5m before, 8m after, both @ 6:57m/m. Bit windy out.