RS - very very nice!! Well done. Good luck for the final run-in.
Looks like plenty of good training and racing going on from the rest of you too from a quick scan back.
TR - sorry to hear you're still not 100% with the ear/sinus thing. Fingers crossed it all settles down and you can get back to it fully.
I had my first run for over 2 weeks yesterday, with no other exercise in between either (bar a few ~3.7m bike commutes). It was horrendous, but as expected. I've decided that the easiest way for me to regain fitness without knackering myself is to embrace some discipline and HR training (using the zones from Joe Friel's Triathlete Training Bible), so set out for 6m in zone 1. End result was a 8:11m/m average for a 65% WHR, which is bad enough without adding in that my pace nosedived as I was averaging 7:50 at halfway.......... Still, it can only get better!
It has all been worth it though as I had the house revalued yesterday (still have a few jobs to do), and for a total spend of ~14k (by the time I've finished), I've ended up with a house worth 90k more than I paid for it (not selling, so had it valued just out of curiosity). It was worth all the work and inability to train just to make it a home for the kids and I anyway, but that is a nice bit of icing on the cake
Big mileage Jools. Not surprised you felt tired towards the end of the half.
Shame with the wrong turn ES, but still a good effort, and well done for not dialling it in.
RS - I can say this as somebody who has, at times in the past, put too much emphasis on it - it's only running, don't beat yourself up about it. You'll enjoy it much more if you can just dust yourself off after a race that doesn't go to plan. I ran Jersey as my second marathon (not including the two as a kid) in 2007, 3 weeks after my first. Assuming the course is still the same the first half is very uphill and the second half very downhill. I'd recommend not taking the same approach I did where I set a (then) half-marathon pb on the uphill first half. The second half was, shall we say, predictable...........
Sounding good for Sunday LMH!!
Nothing to report here. Literally. I haven't done anything at all since Friday. Decided there was no point racing Sunday (Maidenhead) as I'd be thrashing myself to finish probably 7 or 8 minutes outside my best. Also ruled out even jogging around Berlin and putting all my efforts to finishing the house.
Been working around the clock on the house since then (took a day off work yesterday and got probably what would have taken me well over a week of working just evenings and weekends to get done, finished) - much better than the half-hearted exercising/half-hearted diy approach I had been doing. I reckon it'll be completely done in a few weeks (bar some very small jobs), so can then get to work on the process of getting fit again.
Dan - your running is sounding a bit like mine. Some (most?) days even a 7-high run feels like hard-work. I suspect in my case a lot of it is cumulative lack of training over 2 years (i.e. no base), but can't say for certain. I've decided to train (mainly) by HR to see if that helps to bring things under control, but maybe wearing the HRM might also give some insight into what exactly is going on. Likewise, maybe sticking a HRM on could also give you some insight? Either that or, as LMH suggested, back off for a while?
As above, I'm running/cycling by HR for now, at least until I start to build up some decent volume (I had 12 runs last month in double figures, but no long runs, which is something I need to rectify), but probably longer term - I need to start working with my body if I want to get fit again, instead of battering it into submission. The only exceptions will be a weekly track session, and a weekly spin class.
Track last night was 3 x 10 x 200m off of a 40-45s jog, 400m between sets. Buried myself and averaged 37.4s (whilst aiming/hoping for 40s). A 33 flat nearly finished me off. Effort wise the majority were probably around current theoretical 800m race pace. Doesn't seem too bad until you realise that current theoretical 800m race pace is roughly about 10k pb pace........... it'll be a long road back to any form of proper fitness.........
Haha LS21, I'm working on the swimming thing. Surely only a matter of days before I'm gliding through the water with all the style of a dolphin (caught in a net..... ). I'm in the same boat as you at the moment (not really making any inroads into the improvements required), though not really training might explain that.
AlanB - congrats on the win!! Now recover and absorb it before pushing on again. Hopefully the cold passes quickly.
Well done on the trail podium ES.
And likewise on the hilly 10k podium LMH.
Nice weekend of training/racing Jools!
CW - cheers. It takes a lot to faze her so she'll be fine either way.
Training has still been hit and miss. Slight improvements, but I'm not getting the time to really do anything longer than a MLR (working on the house), and that's not going to improve much for the next few weeks as I've decided to have one last push on the house as I reckon I could (hopefully) have it pretty much finished by the end of September if what I have left goes to plan, so the chances are I'll do similarly to what LS21 is considering and just enjoy the weekend.