thanks to everyone for the advice after last Sundays issues. I decided to back off a little this week after what happened. My schedule called for 8 miles last night, 9 (with 5 x 1km at 5km pace) 12 on Friday, 5 on sat and 20 on Sunday. Instead I gave myself an extra day off yesterday, ran 7 tonight at around MP, will run 10-12 tomorrow, 5 on Sat and the planned 20 on Sunday will still give me a weekly mileage of over 40 miles.
Carter, keep fighting mate man flu is no laughing matter it causes a large number of angry wives every year and shows no sign of easing its grip on society. seriously though, even though they felt harder than normal, that's good running with a cold!
Oh and the only race I am entered for is Brighton Marathon on 6th April. Ill look at half marathon/10k races after this date nearer the time. (in the past ive booked them early and had to pull out of at least half due to injuries.)
in think this poor LSR must be catching, I went out for my 18 with 14 @ MP and all started well, two mile warm up at around 9.30 m/m pace then up to between 8.15-8.25 all felt ok for first few miles despite a couple of nasty into the wind stretches, but at mile 11 I had to stop to take on water (I usually drink as I run) and by the time I hit mile 12 my legs had simply gone, was still at least 5 miles from home so walked a for a bit over half a mile before starting again. Dragged myself to mile 16 at around 8.30 pace before cutting the run short with just one mile warm down at 9.00. I've not checked the exact paces yet so it's possible there were a few miles around the 8.00 which may have contributed but i don't think so. I think it was a number of things... It's warm today I think than it has been despite being damp and windy so my usual running attire of shorts, running tshirt and a hoody may have caused my to overheat. I didn't take anything to refuel today other than my bottle if water (which unusually I had finished by mile 15) I had planned to stop en route to buy some Harribo or the like but felt ok so kept going. The wind may have been a contributing factor also but I think I'm clutching at straws with that. Maybe it was just too much for me after 21 last Sunday, then runs of 8, 12, 5.5 and 4.5 during the week? Last excus may have been simply timing. I didnt go out until 11am when my usual running time is closer to 9.00 on Sundays. Although I ate later also I tend to get hungry around 1.00 regardless of when I've had breakfast.
sorry just looked back at how much I've written moaning! Essentially I'm frustrated, exhausted and slightly concerned with marathon edging closer.
Carter, Nell and Ricky have already said it, I'm sure it was just one of those runs. We all have them and usually there is no good reason for it that we can think of.
I did a recovery 5.7 miles last night and a tempo 4.5 today. Just the 18 to do tomorrow. Like you Carter, this is due to have a large section at MP so fingers crossed as last time I did a similar run I really struggled. I think for me there is a very fine line between my ideal MP and the speed at which my legs are not happy maintaining for anything longer than 12miles (the final mile of my half marathons are still fast but feel like hell!)
Ricky, very jealous of you going out to do Berlin! Brighton isn't quite as exotic (apart from the time I went there on a stag do that happened to coincide with gay pride!)
Yup I'm with Stuart on this, I will only count a PB if i have achieved it in a race. I've broken PBs a couple of times according to my Garmin but one way I look at it is that whenever I have raced a distance, my Garmin will always read a higher mileage than the race distance, so it doesn't feel right if I use an exact measurement from the Garmin. (I always assume this is down to simply not running the optimum line and moving in and out of crowds).
It's great motivation though to achieve a new time in training. I'm really looking forward to my training after the marathon so I can go back to shorter faster training runs. Want to get 10k down to 42mins and 5k as close to 20mins as I can
Like most here I suspect I mix and match depending on what is most convenient to work on. So most distances I think of in miles (unless predetermined races, 5 or 10k) but most intervals are much easier to break down in terms of metres and KM. So I would do a number of miles warm up before swapping my thinking to KM for a number of reps at a set distance and then cool down with a couple of miles. Bit strange but it works for me. My Garmin is set to miles but the treadmill is always KM.
Ali, my week beginning depends on what I'm looking at. My schedule starts the week on the Monday but mapmyrun starts on the Sunday as I use this to track my training I kind of stick to this most of the time.
stuart, I'll have a look at Runhub, sounds good added motivation!