I'm pulling a late one so I can spend some time with Mrs SJ on her BDay tomorrow.. (today now)
TR - Mighty miles recently - got me feeling rather tardy with my single runs not amounting to some of your individual double sessions.
I need no excuse or seasonal chocolate production as I devour anything that is in the house like a locust in a maize field. Its a major failing of mine. Major with a capitol M.
I'm still plodding about hovering around 8m/m pace for most runs. I have noticed a general trend downwards though in terms of weekly average pace. To be expected/hoped for at this stage.
Easy week for me this so just an 8 miler tonight with 5 x 600m in the middle. Legs were awful for the warm up miles. Stopped to stretch calfs a couple of times. Reps came out fairly well 2:16, 2:08, 2:06, 2:03, 2:02. It felt quite comfortable but being 600's no time for much damage to kick in especially as recovery was a very generous 90 secs. Good to get legs turning over anyway.
Feeling a little uneasy about lack of specific pace work but I have a few sessions coming up were I will get a chance to feel the target pace.
41 (just) over here. Started running in my mid twenties but didn't have a clue what I was doing until my mid-thirties. Set all my best times when I was 36. This is the first marathon for 5 years for me and a test to see how much I've lost.
Cutback week going well here so far. Moved the second rest day to yesterday so I've only run once this week so far. Best finish up my work and get out there in the pi$$ing rain by the looks of it
GaryW - Congrats on the PB at Wrexham! None of my best times came easy and I distinctly remember them all hurting. Well done again. See you at Wilmslow - you done it before? I have and its the hardest race to start sensible in... so many quick people about you get dragged along. When I recorded my PB there in 2009 I ran the first mile in 5:2x IIRC.. Yes... I was hanging on from 9 miles
RunningTap - Nice weekly write-up and showing good consistency. The best recipe for success.
PeteH - Nice MP running in your 17 at the weekend. Excellent running after a big week.
AliBali - Well done on the 20 miler. I too had to take the iphone out with me for something to listen to as the last few 20 milers have bored me. I listened to all the War On Drugs albums so can't advise on podcasts.
bigeater - cracking 23 miler in the bank. First half or route may of been tougher in your estimations but still gotta run those miles at the end.
carter - Nice long run with the MP stuff too.
Nonstick - sending positive vibes for the knee. Hope it improves. Word of caution, don't try and catch up those missed long runs. They have gone now. Just focus on the training you can do and not what has gone. I've been very guilty of this in the past. Only increases the likelihood of longer term injury.
JonnyB - I used to be the same. Head out the door and all my runs ended up the same pace. I've wised up as I've got older and realised that to get the volume in I need to slow down occasionally (personally speaking). Hardest thing to do is to run a little slower. I also find I don't go as stale mixing my paces up. One day a week I feel run totally on feel and may power up some hills and kick on for a fast finish etc. Other non session days I'll plod happily and tick the miles off. Getting to the stage where the 20 milers feel easy is the secret. They need to be run correctly though. Too fast and they are unlikely to ever feel that easy. Too slow.. you face being under trained. Tricky one but you'll get to know what works for you. I'm only on my 5th marathon btw so no expert.
Julie - I have run Trimpell before. It's a great tune-up race with people of all abilities although it does have a strong club presence. Its a fast, flat course along a wide path/cycle path. It's never that busy to be a nuisence. It does have a turn-round point and you do end up re-running some of the start again as you come back to the running track on the outskirts of Lancaster to the finish. Great way of getting a 20 miler out of the way with company.
So, I've been consistent if unremarkable I would say. Have managed to average 55-60 mpw since the new year and completed my third 20 miler at the weekend. I would say it wasn't much easier than the previous two but I did sneak in a 10 miler on the Saturday so legs were tired.
I'm still increasing the 15k/half marathon pace runs and I'm up to 6 miles now. I am contemplating a return to my running club in order to get some sessions in prior to Wilmslow.. not sure. I've got injured pushing the pace at this stage when in actual fact its a steady-Eddie approach from here on in as the legs are constantly fatigued.
Also contemplating a 10k up in Blackpool a week on Saturday as I've raced so little in the past 2 years I don't know where I'm at.
Rest day yesterday and a ploddy 8 miles tonight followed by a less than impressive 4 pancakes after my tea. Pathetic.