Shades, sorry to hear you're a bit under the weather. Have you decided to make the journey?
I've just entered Dartmoor Vale Half for next weekend. I was toying with the 10K, but went for the Half. It'll be a good race for me to see where I am with my pace (i.e, how much work I have to do!) and I think I'll use that as the basis of my training paces. I hope to get under 1:45 again, but ideally nearer 1:40. We'll see
Cal, X-post there. I should have said that when I say Milton Keynes, it's not the "main" marathon I'm talking about. Enigma do loads of events in MK (around lakes....) and I'm in one of those in March. http://www.enigmarunning.co.uk
Shades, actually I haven't allowed for niggles/colds. To do that, I should really start the plan on Monday.....hmmmm.
SK, any thoughts on P&D? When I look back on my training from earlier this year, virtually all my runs were slow but I raced a couple of halfs, and also raced a 20-miler. The 20-miler in particular was a big confidence booster. I did a small number of interval sessions (which I did enjoy), but the main thing is that all my longer runs were very steady. P&D do introduce quite a lot of MP sections into their long runs, which would be quite a change for me. Also, they do fairly long tempo runs, ran at Half pace, and I didn't do hardly any of that earlier this year. I wonder if the tempo runs, plus MP runs and the other interval sessions may be too much (main aim is to stay injury free), compared to what I've done previously.
I know you probably can't really answer if it would be right for me, as it's so individual specific, but again if you have any general thoughts they'd be great to read Was it tough to maintain in terms of tiredness? The weekly mileage is fine (I'd do the 55-mile plan - I think you did the higher mileage plan, didn't you?), but it's the different mix of sessions which I wonder may be too much.
Anyway, I jogged around parkrun today and it was nice to get back out. It was cold, but the sun was coming through the trees and it was really enjoyable. I was late arriving (), but I caught up the back marker so it was all fine. I'll run tomorrow too, as I feel I'm pretty recovered from the marathon now. It's only taken a week to start feeling more like myself!!
I'm off to jog around an off-road parkrun this morning, and I'll probably stick another couple of miles on at the end.
I was thinking of doing a local race tomorrow - Tavy 7. I did Tavy 13 earlier in the year at MP, and that was a great event. However, I've just seen that Tavy 7 sold out whilst I was in Palma, so that's that plan out the window!
As I haven't been running, I've spent this week looking ahead to training and race plans. I've also re-read P&D and spent time going over what I was doing earlier this year, when I was running quite well. I've never actually followed P&D, but I'm thinking about it for my March marathon in Milton Keynes and the plan would start mid-Nov (it would 'officially' start the week that I have a trip to Bruges planned, which is typical!). I'd follow the 'up to 55 mile' plan which is doable for me in terms of mileage, but there is a lot of MP work in there, which is different for me. I wouldn't want to break myself, so I'm not sure yet. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? In the past, if I've done too much speed work I've injured myself, but maybe I'm a stronger runner now?
One thing from P&D is that I'm not drinking anywhere near enough water during the day. I think I drink a lot, but I need to up my game there.
Also, it dawned on me that I should possibly target the MK marathon in March as opposed to London, so I could then try and enjoy London a bit more, or have it as a back up if MK didn't go to plan.
senidM, I agree it's not going to happen. But is there not an argument at least that if an athlete needs drugs to compete due to some illness (legally, via a TUE), then that in itself is introducing unfairness into the system? So, if all other things are equal between two athletes except Athlete A needs a TUE due to asthma and Athlete B does not, could that be described as being unfair to Athlete B? And why stop at TUEs for illnesses - what about levelling the playing field around length of legs, or an athlete's weight? ;)
Is it at least partly dependent on what the point of elite sport is? Is part of the point of elite sport to see who is "naturally" the best at something?