If Tom were to follow something like P and D then it would be foolish in his first campaign to add on extra miles to long runs, and madness to run the full distance. You dont need to run the full distance in training, you have to prepare yourself to do it on race day. I foolishly did a 26.5M training run a few years back and still copped the worse cramps I've ever had at 24M on race day, this year I did the least long runs ever, never went over 20M and my legs were the best thay have ever been, the difference being double doubles, and running long runs on already tired legs (which is how P and D works).
Starting to get a bit fitter, this week included 12,5+5,7+5,5+8, plus a bit of swim and bike.
Tom -you have to focus on rununig slwly as well as fast.
Wardi -I think they see athletic potential in him rather than a diesel engine.
TT - nice, let him have a go at lots of sports beofre they have to diversify. My lad has hadto give up footy for cricket this winter. He sometimes plays cricket with and aginst another local 14yr old lad that couldnt always play as he had footy with Pompeys academy. Pompey have just sold him to reading for ??135k, so maybe they were looking after their investment. Big money for a 14yr old.
I still havnt recoverd from my last visit here, but I wanted to say well done to pp and ms pp (cracking run), muss, lev (that 3 runs/50m week plus massive xt works well - maybe its the magic formula) and ryan (great performance).
Tom - dont go too mad too soon, run slower than you think you need to for a lot of your running, and dont start doing 20milers until about February, or you'll be a burned out mess. Other than that go P and D (ignore the bllx about it not having enough long runs) after Christmas, stay healthy and you'll be looking at under 2:40.
Youngest has been given some fantastic opportunities this winter by the county but it needs being at southampton sunday mornings, afternoons and two evenings each week. Meaning racing opportunities wont be around very often, but I will try to targte the odd one and leave the spo to juggle everything else.
TT - sounds like a good plan, swimming is a frustrating beast though !
Selbs - nice to see you, the MTBing sounds great, It will have done you good too.
Al_P - nice to see you too, Congrats on the new arrival, I hope all are doing well. I should bump into you somewhere along the way this Autumn, but not sure of which Sundays I have free to race on yet.
Bainsy - you have had a worse run than TT, hope you get back to it. I can see the social appeal and togetherness of running clubs (I spend enough time with various cricket teams), its just not my bag and I try to hide as much of my sports as possible. No targets here other than to keep juggling it all, VLM will be on the radar but only as a 2:54 day out again, assuming I can get enough miles in during the build up.