Anyone need a hotel for VLM? Decided to pull out a little while back with a combo of head cold (now gone), tweaky hamstring (gone I think) and an extension to the skiing holiday (still going on and loving it) which means mileage has gone. It's a good base, anyway! A great base for the MD season about to happen...
Yup, YD, I have been getting miles in. For two weeks before heading out here the concentration was on the mid-week longs, as I knew my weekends were full. Plenty of 18 milers in those two weeks. This week I knew I wouldn't make the 18 milers, but saying that I hit 15 miles on the treadmill earlier today but there was no way I could restart the treadmill after the second stop (max 60 mins permitted then it goes to cooldown so you have to stop it and restart). So these two weeks are about miles rather than long runs, and I have managed 67 in 7 days, with only 3 on one day and no running on another. Suppose I could count some long walks as well - cross training, you know? Legs aren't feeling so bad right now. So tomorrow I'll try to get in a bit of shorter, sharper stuff in the morning before an easy in the evening. Plan for this week is simply more miles.
General plan is bringing up the MP miles over the next two weeks, with only the occasional sharper session. After that it's a week in the snow, so not quite sure how to deal with that other than I will be exercising about 6 hours a day. Just not running. Then it's three weeks to go, but because of the holiday I don't plan to taper for three weeks, I'll get in another week of mileage and MP before a two week taper in which I'll drop the miles quickly but keep some exclusively MP runs and go back to the sharper sessions with the club.
Note that because of the timetable it's really tough to fit in a down week, so I'm fitting in rest days instead. I'm not recovering as well as I used to, but I expect that the long term effect of all these miles will be better recovery in the future, as long as I can stay wise and note the bad days that call for a rest. Also, because of the timetable, I haven't raced! I think that's a bad sign - it feels like one and that's self-fulfilling. There haven't been any days where I've really taken my legs to the max and then had a couple of days recovery to build in the benefits. Last year's PBs at 10M and Half gave me great confidence to pace the Full. This year I don't truly know where I am. 3:05 prediction because of that - if I get it wrong I'll DNF.
Nice long again, Curly. You should try fuelling your way around one session, just to test the difference.