I'm this side of the big pond for an extended Thanksgiving break. I won't promise to be around a lot or even regularly again because life has its ups and downs.
Most recent exploit: Philadelphia half marathon, official race time has not registered quite correctly but I know it was 2h36' and change. Not my best, not my worst and not bad all things considered. Training for the full was going pretty well, when it got bombed in the crucial weeks by a course of antibiotics (ear infection) and my dad passing away. (He had been ill for a long time, but it still came a bit quicker than expected.) But I ran the whole thing the whole way (with a short pit stop) and felt great.
Now I'm eyeing up some speedwork and 5K schedules for a change.
lyrics: no, but probably yes when I hear it. Plus ça change...
what: 4M slow
why: recovery and maintenance
last hard: Philly half
last rest: Mon-Wed.
Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate. (and welshpoppy: it's 26 Nov. here )
Hey Wabo: congrats to all, and speedy recovery for all. Sounds like a tough start to life, but I assume things are looking up? Sorry that Snowdonia had to fall by the wayside, but there will always be another chance for that- your grandchild is such a bubba only once.
LMH/ mark*w: thanks for letting us know. If I knew the patron saint for shoulder ops, I would light a candle. (I’ll make do with Saint Rita of hopeless causes?)
Blisters: best of luck to Miss Blisters! Ah, to be a frosher (as they’re known here) once again…
What: 5.98M with 3m tempo in the middle
Why: swapping key run 1 and 2 this week
Last hard: Saturday’s key run 3, aka long run/slow slog
Last rest: Sunday (if you don’t count cleaning the kitchen top to bottom and sorting slides from my trip to both Koreas, which had me up past midnight)
Lyrics: nope. Did know last week Wednesday's but then forgot to post.
The heartrate training seems to be working: although I get to the top of the zones quite quickly on the start, I have noticed my recovery is very fast (drop 30-40 bpm in a minute during interval training), and today’s tempo was faster than previous, on the same route with the same zone. So I’ll just continue doing what I’m doing as it seems to be working.
Work has been insanely busy the past two weeks, BUT I have made the 3 key runs a non-negotiable. I feel much better for it. Perhaps I’m finally growing a bit wiser as I am growing a bit older…
Why: X-training and getting fellow Fellow out of bed and into the pool by 9.15
Last hard: Sunday's 2hr run
Last rest: Saturday
Heart rate training is paying off, and the cooler weather is also helping. I still feel as if I go very very very very slow on the long run, with the snails zooming past me, BUT the numbers don't lie: for the same HR, the average speed is getting faster. I also don't need an afternoon nap on long run days. Why did I not start this 5 years ago?
Congrats on getting Ashes tix, Emzap! I'm left stranded without TMS in the background while writing, until the next international on home soil.
I did not mean to disappear for days on end after posting last Monday, but with the start of term near, life suddenly became hectic. Had another good ramble on Tuesday (it was hot and humid), our cooldown was walking on the boardwalk through a bog, and we were rewarded with views of sundew (plant) and pitcher plants. Interval training on Thursday, and this weekend a conference has stolen my running time.
Nice race, Donaldo!
LMH: shoulders... had mine done at 18 to stop it from dislocating, so technically different but still a pain to recover from. I sense recovery strategies have improved, though.