So after a 47 hour break, I put in a nice reps + tempo run this morning -- I could still feel my legs were ploddish yesterday (but didn't run). 6x0.5M (@5:43/M), 7.7M@6:33/M, and total 13.4M@6:33/M avg. Yet on Weds am I couldn't quite hold 9m/M -- so it does affect me hugely. Having a break followed by a fast run at least renews my confidence that the plods will lift to leave something better behind when required... I'd still love to understand it though.
The commute home should make it 20M for the day, then I feel a wild boar burger coming on tonight as we go out for the latest round of celebrations (GCSEs this time). With all the exam results now in, things should calm down a bit in the CW household...
LMH -- I've oft wondered what on earth is happening physiologically when I get the plods -- especially as they can sometimes 'lift' after a few miles (or just get worse), or be better one morning despite having had no training respite. Unpredictable. I suspect they're related to DOMS but without the same acute stiffness/tenderness, and probably brought on by not resting the day or two after long hard runs. Part psychological I'm sure -- I challenged myself to put in the odd faster burst yesterday, but was soon back at 9 m/M. There's a PhD in there somewhere!
But anyway, with my legs still feeling cranky at the end of the day, I rode home on my "emergency" bike and changed plan to a run-rest until tomorrow morning at least, which will hopefully bring that Shake n' Vac freshness back. So my 100+M week is out of the window, but my legs will hopefully thank me. I'd had a 9-day streak, which is long for me.
LS21 -- always a joy to hear your updates, good luck!
Alan -- wow (great reps), the difference is that you seem to be able to clock the big miles AND do fast stuff. When I clock up big miles with no rest days (as I am this week), I get terrible plods (e.g. at 9 m/M on my way to work this morning), with very jaded legs. I'm only doing it because it seemed to work for VLM last time, but I might do a quality week next week for variety.
AlanB -- wow, heroic and wonderful training. I'm just going for a big mileage block myself. I swear by training marathons, which I don't find damaging so long as they're not too close to race pace or course.
LMH -- coo, thanks for the tip. I'd never even heard of DSA (but have now Googled it).
Another 8M commute this morning, feeling much better than yesterday when my legs were pretty kaput; I said back then I wouldn't do it again, but I'm veering towards doing another 4-week block of 100+ mile trudging as I did before VLM, as it seemed to work wonders then. With heat acclimatisation runs too (won't be hard today!).
LS21 -- hope you've seen the back of your woes (sorry!).
Wardi -- sad about the cat, even if it had done well.
Before I get my pronouns in a muddle I should explain that my eldest recently identified as male, so from now on I'll use "he". (Always was a tomboy, should have guessed!) We're all chilled out about it, so long as he's happy (is happier now, with a nice girlfriend), though I'm sure it won't be the easiest life sometimes, and he did well to get decent A-levels when there were bigger things on his mind. And we're definitely going for our usual luxury hotel option Wardi -- yes, Travelodge again...
(Speaking of which, I booked a great-sounding bargain flat near Tower Bridge for next VLM months ago, only to have my booking cancelled by the owner; but have booked a Travelodge for that too now.)
In a massive 7-day streak I creaked to work this morning having done another rather underfuelled training marathon yesterday (including 10M @ marathon effort, but that came out worryingly slow!). The last bit of that was pretty pathetic, running on vapours, but hopefully it was useful "metabolic" training at least.