reikirabbit - crikey, your accident sounds horrible. Those are nasty injuries. Seems really unfair if they are affecting your running this far on. Was this the car accident you've mentioned before?
Well done for getting some hills in. I think it's definitely worth training for that. I know it's only at the end but those are two pretty substantial hills and it would be great to be able to finish strongly on them than go at a crawl.
Are you still racing tomorrow? If so, very best if luck!
Angela - whoa, that is some serious mileage! 21 followed by 14 is very impressive - gotta be pleased with that.
Very good idea to have a cutback week. I hadn't used these prior to Paris and I think I paid the price. Often the effect of cumulative training on the legs is not obvious, at least I find that anyway. I think I can just keep piling on the miles and by the time I realise I can't it's too late
I think you're pretty well in tune with your body and are doing all the right things.
Bacchus is coming up soon? How will you be training for that? Interval runs to the off licence?
I'm on a cutback week this week so 15 tomorrow - 1m warm up and cool down with 13 miles fast in the middle.
Did Parkrun this morning. Bit of a disaster - dropped a lace so had to stop and re-tie. Then I foolishly tried to get the time back too quickly and died from then on. 19:50 in the end - bit disappointed but a few lessons learned.
On the plus side it was nice to see Steve there. He was looking good. His calf problem is improving which is great news. Fingers crossed this is the start of his comeback.
reikirabbit - many thanks. If Hackney wasn't so far away I'd be there in a heartbeat. Maybe one day though. I quite fancy doing a bit of Parkrun touring.
Sounds like you had an eventful recce of the course at York! When you're running in a race you naturally don't pay much attention to whether there's pavements or not so I had no idea you'd be facing such perils!
I did know about the hill at the end. I'm dreading it already. My mum lives at the top of a hill here so all the runs I've done since I've been up have ended with a steep incline - I hope my body gets the message and builds some adaptation in for York!
Very well done on the 22.8 miler. I know it wasn't at the pace you wanted but you have to be pleased to have got through it given the problems you've been facing. That has to be a big positive.
Mc Hilly - wow, what a fantastic half marathon result! You must be buzzing! I hope this will give you a load of confidence that you can achieve that more ambitious target. Clearly you have the speed.
Mr P - welcome back sir! Glad to hear you had a good time. Mrs P must be getting very excited now. GNR is just round the corner. Let's hope that's the end of the rain and some decent (but not too hot) weather is on the way!
Sarah - cheers. My diet of cheese and 1664 is clearly paying dividends now
Good to hear training is going well and you're racking up the mileage. Not sure whether speed work is a good idea or not when ultra training. I guess there has to be much more emphasis on time on your feet but you don't really race these things like marathons....or do you? I dunno.
Nice to see the puppy is keeping Chris busy
Feral Bob - that's such a shame but it sounds like you definitely made the right call. Better to live to fight another day. Your legs must need a break after the hammering you've given them over the last few months. All those damn hills!!!
Onwards and upwards. Actually, not upwards for crying out loud - do something flat for a flipping change!
Angela - wow, what an epic run! Sounded fantastic. Don't know how you manage running so far in one go though. Actually I do. You're Angela, you just do these things
lol - Marine Corps and NYC marathons in the same trip, only you!
I don't think there is any doubt you'll finish the ultra, not in my mind anyway. Definitely a good strategy to do it with no time in mind. Just make it a slow one so you can PB it next year
I've managed to get 5 runs in while I've been up here so things are going well. 40 miles last week over 4 runs. Pick of the bunch was Sunday's 20 miler. A tough 250m climb up to loch Thom but worth it for the amazing views over the Clyde estuary. Sadly had no camera with me but it was stunning looking over the estuary to the mountains beyond.
Finished the run with an 8 mile progression from 8:30 pace down to the last two at 7:25 pace. Hard work but I've felt worse at then end of past 20 milers which were flatter and done at a much slower pace so confidence is on a high
Sticky88 - great to hear you back and into your running! Very well done on breaching the 40mpw barrier too
Sounds like training is going well for York. I can't believe it's only 7 weeks tomorrow! . Keep up the good work. I hope to be back on here more regularly once work settles and the school hols are over.
Mr P - hope you had/are having a great time in Greece!
Mc Hilly - you star, thanks for updating the race list. That's much easier adding your own so as Sarah has followed suit we can make that the standard procedure from now on.
How did your 30K go the other week?
Angela has done amazingly well. Hard work is definitely a key ingredient and I think it helps that she has a great understanding of how to train properly. However, I think it's her belief that has been the biggest factor. This is where many people hit a wall - they just don't believe it's possible for them to run further or faster. Angela sticks two fingers up to the word 'can't'
Good luck in your half tomorrow!
reikirabbit - sounds like you're still improving. How is the gait this week, still getting better I hope?
What did you think of the York course?
So glad you got to meet Sarah and Angela at the York ParkRun!
Stan - great to hear your return to running is going well. I'm sure that ParkRun time will start tumbling down once you get going. Did you do it today, if so how'd it go?
Have you recovered from dead sheep gate yet?
Sarah - wow, great TR24 report! I want to do it again right now!
Quite thankful the photo didn't come out, it didn't sound too flattering!
Gosh, Team 'Sangela' would be quite a force at TR24 next year. What's this about babies though? Were you talking about yourself or Angela?
Hope the ultra training is going well. How are you finding training for such a long distance? Are you running everything slow or mixing things up?
Feral Bob - good to hear that the training is going well. I hope it served you well at Cheddar. Looking forward to hearing how that went. Did you smash last year's time?
Hans C - wow, your buggy running is going immensely well! Maybe your body will adapt so much that the buggy will have to become a permanent fixture?
Sounds like an impressive bit of kit anyway!
Angela - great to see you back on here! Always impressed by your enthusiasm. Got me quite excited reading your post. I have no doubt that your shoot for the stars approach will get you to 3:19 and beyond. You have the determination and the ability so keep on doing what you're doing!
How are you feeling about Saltmarsh? Not long to go now. You've got Baccus in between too of course. Nothing like a busy schedule
Well done on your 23 miler and best of luck for your 30 today!
We did the Greenock Parkrun today - new PB for me 19:02, tantalisingly close to that sub 19. Easier course than Orpington mind. However, I haven't done much speed work since my 10K so I'm pretty damn pleased with that.