TS -- I think by adding 16 miles to your race you win And well done on the result. (And JH1 -- not a proper podium for me, just 3rd V40 -- but they're generous with the vet prizes, I'll get a voucher for that. Organiser is a V40!)
Nice twenty JH1. I had to shout a few 'excuse me's too today, though the route has improved to cut down on traffic.
runningowl similarly, nice consistent run.
TR -- I think I'm just low on speed training. The 8 m/M top-up on presumably glyco-depleted legs was fine, so I'm geared up to fat-burning endurance. But I need to work on maintaining a bit of power.
PiMan -- a mighty run, nice one.
jonny -- you did say you were aiming to stick at 6 m/M Great stuff, though I can see 119:59 would have been preferable.
Bedders -- another PB!
Dachs -- classy toilets... don't be offput by the pace slipping, it sounds like you've been doing a lot.
So here I was, feet up on the sofa with beer and nuts and dried fruit and telly, all very relaxed, and I notice two odd things. 1) second toe (only) on right foot keeps dipping by itself, something I can't even do consciously without moving its neighbours, and threatening to cramp. 2) Bruise has appeared again above 3rd/4th toes, without any pain there. This is vertically above my troublesome blister spot underneath and suspiciously close to my annoyingly protruding 4th toe. Honestly, I think a slight cosmetic amputation could fix a lot of problems round there. Look away now:
CC2 -- valiance in the face of adversity there, epic stuff!
Bedders -- 31 *is* young
HR -- sounds like a classic off-roader. No shame in big pace numbers over that terrain!
LukeStur -- great run, I (naturally) approve very much.
bufo -- well done on the inter-counties, that's big boys' stuff. (As it was for CC2.) Good pace today too.
Steve6 -- wow, I'd take that 10M race pace as MP if you can do it after an 11.5M warm-up.
RS78 -- nice racing double, I'm still in two minds about Borrowdale...
Good run Jools. I had a similar thing once when I overtook some relay runners and they started following me the wrong way!
Right, Cambridge HM for me. Lovely weather, quite warm, bit of a breeze, but all in all PB conditions. I thought I was maybe in 76-77 min shape -- bit sluggish compared to last year -- and so it proved. But things felt beguilingly good early on, so I held a greedy ~75 min pace until 8M when I started haemorrahaging time somewhat, and things felt a bit grim towards the end, not an ideal way to run a race. Anyway, 1:16:15, 12th place out of 3316 (better than hoped), 3rd V40 prize. And after a pause for chat and surgery on the blister patch (almost got away with it), I did another 13.3M afterwards, and maybe 1.4 as a warm-up beforehand, so near enough 28M for a big marathon training day.
I also set an all-time record by consuming no less than 5 alcohol-free beers this weekend: 3 Super-Bocks at a party I (unusually) drove to last night, with today's race being an excuse to quietly depart early, and 2 more today courtesy of race sponsors Erdinger. My next one is going to be at least 5% by vol...
Dan -- really sorry, that's $h1t. But as others have said, you'll still have that training in the bank once you've shifted the current problem, if it doesn't take too long, and apply it to some events you'd not previously considered.
PP -- going well now! Nice session too Jools.
CD -- congrats on yet another win there, good run overall.
Tmoth -- I was wrong about your trashed legs. Obviously I thought you meant 0.5M *vertical* reps with your fell-running buddies
TS/HR -- just looked back at my training log for last year (big PB): T-1 week: 14M inc 7M@MP T-2 weeks: 20M inc reps 2x0.5M, 2x1.0M, 2x2.0M and some overdressed/hills (!) T-3 weeks: 26.4M inc 6M at better than MP. Golly, I was a bit fitter a year ago I think...
Good luck to all the other racers -- I'm lining up at 09:30 for my half. Hoping the breeze is less than forecast, though I can hardly complain about 10-12 mph given what others have endured recently.
Hi Selbs, welcome back! Hope you're over the worst of it now.
Bedders -- 23M at an easy pace 3 weeks out is fine, but I wouldn't risk doing it too hard. Maybe just part of it at MP if you want.
Wardi -- it's the same blister, which I hadn't really let heal from a couple of weeks ago. I apparently land on the same square centimetre of right foot the whole time...
Tmoth -- great hill session, but if you're anything like me your quads will be in an agony of DOMS from the descents for a few days, so no way will the MP trial work tomorrow!
Dan -- oh, nooooo....
Lev_ -- sounds like you're on good form. I don't think there's much to choose between the two 20M approaches in terms of damage, so maybe do whichever boosts your confidence more.
Just a couple of miles this morning with a brisk 0.5M finishing on the race finish line for Sunday. Still feeling a bit sluggish though. Carbo loading like mad today just in case it helps (but I'll eat only lightly tomorrow).
HR -- that's a big 3 days, my legs wouldn't have appreciated the tempo on day 3!
DrD -- oh no, really hope the hip gets better. Reminds me of TT being out of action for ages after banging his knee on a child's cot; brief moments with horribly lasting consequences.
PP -- great to hear things shaping up.
Hope your calf continues to heal TR.
Bedders -- my usual recipe if you want to test if MP is realistic is to do 10M easy, then 10M at MP, then see if a few more still feel comfortable. If so you've probably got MP about right. Better to do that than the entire run at MP + a bit. But that's a tough session, maybe 3 weeks out is too late for it; could reduce it to 5M @ MP.
Another taper tune-up for me, but I was feeling a bit sluggish (maybe the unaccustomed speed already this week), and I had a hint of tightness in my outer calf too. So 5M generally light, with 1M @ 5:58/M as a bit of a tune-up without risking anything. I also completely redressed my blister wound yesterday, really hope it holds together during my HM. I had similar problems for the last two Cambridge halves and got away with it mind.