I've been doing 13/13/13 this year. 13 HMs in 2013. I've done 12 and the last one is scheduled for this Sunday.
However, a fortnight ago I had a truly awful sickness bug. I was completely out of it for 4 days and am starting to get back to normal, getting better every day. Still ridiculously tired - can sleep for 12 hours at a stretch and still doze during the day. Still have some feelings of nausea although the vomiting has stopped and I have a cold!
As a result I have done only one very short run in the last fortnight and I haven't run more than 7 miles at a stretch since my last HM a month ago.
I have time to do a long run this afternoon, but should I?
I'm not chasing a time on Sunday but I'm going to do it, even if I have to walk. How badly will I feel the fact that I haven't done a long run for so long? Will a long run now help?
I normally do about 1:50 but am planning to set out at 9:30 pace and see how it goes. So, basically do I need to do a long run this afternoon to have a hope of keeping 9:30 up over 13 miles?
After all the great advice I got, I thought I'd give you an update.
Hi Statt, sorry I didn't see your post before, yes I do lots of racing.
I've lost half a stone (Rosemary Connolley's GI Jeans diet, if anyone's interested, surprisingly easy to stick to) which has brought by BMI to 20.5 (I was wrong before, it was 22, 26 was my body fat %.)
I've introduced an extra run and made it a true threshold run. Have been building it up, but currently do 3m at 8:15 or 2 x 2m at 8:15. Sometimes take the kids with me on their bikes, when it will be more like fartlek with long intervals, as I have to run back to let the little one catch up.
Still doing all the cross training
Anyway Colchester half yesterday, I knocked nearly 1 and a half minutes off my PB!!! Am thrilled.
BTW, Colchester is an excellent race, really well organised and friendly, excellent facilities (at Colchester Utd football ground) loads of well marshalled parking, not too expensive, t-shirt and medal, plus lots of edible goodies and they have women's fit t-shirts, so I can actually wear it!
I thought you might say that, but isn't cross trying supposed to be good?(clutches at straws). I can't run for an hour on a treadmill, 20 min is my max boredom threshold. I could do some reps, but using the treadmill feels like cheating.....
Thank you all that's really helpful, although those paces sound scary it gives me something to aim for.
Are the spin sessions helpful or detrimental to my running?I do them because I'm at the leisure centre for my kids swim club.I'm not supposed to leave the building so I can't run outside, it's either sit with coffee and chocolate, spin, treadmill or, some other gym session.
I like to think the spin is a hard workout, good for stamina and burning calories without the stresses that running can cause?
My BMI is 26, not over weight and lower than it's ever been since puberty hit, but to high to be a good runner?