Thanks for the comments, Team. Some very wise advice coming out, cheers. They accept late entries so I'll leave it as late as possible to make a decision based on how I feel after the Surrey Half.
Went for a very easy 7 miler yesterday with a mate, 7.40 pace felt very easy. Seemed to free the legs up because...
TODAY I GOT A LIFETIME BEST!
10k PB of 40.50 which is 6.35 pace. First time ever under 41 mins.
Filthy conditions with heavy rain and wind but I had a tempo session planned. Decided to skip the puddles on rough pavements by running to the cinder track one mile away, do 4 miles there and the mile back to the office. On the way back I noticed a sub-41 was on the cards so put the hammer down and bagged me a PB, Oh yeah, baby!
47 miles since last Saturday with another 10 planned for tomorrow night making 57 in 7 days. That's big news for me. It will mean a weekend of rest before a mini-taper for the Surrey next week. Feeling confident.
Quick question. My pal and I have a 24 mile LSR planned for the week after the Surrey Half (next week), On the same day another mate is trotting out the Thames Meander marathon. A flat route following the Thames tow path from Kingston. Out and back route.
It's suggested that we do the race as our LSR as it would be more enjoyable, it's only 2 more miles and we get a medal.
It will be 4 weeks away from Brighton, so seems ideal for the timing. We would defo run it at around 8.20 - 8.30 pace.
Felt totally rubbish on a slow 22 miler on Saturday. This week's long 'un drops down to 14 miles and I could only fit it in tonight. Not ideal.
Knocked that bad boy out at 7.40 pace, had to hold back a bit so as not to get carried away and my pal wasn't feeling as good as I was. How can things be so different so soon...and on a night run...and straight after work...and after eating half a lamb and downing half a brewery yesterday???
I'll never understand this running lark!
Right, time to read back...what you all been up to...?
22 miles at 8.15 pace today. Was a real effort after some quality sessions during the week. Legs had no drive at times, just had to tap that bad boy out.
Must say that the pace felt slower than it was as we tried to keep things sensible. Wanted to build in some MP elements but my pal and I were shattered from the midweek runs. Correct decision, I think.
Just over halfway in the campaign now. Performance signs are good but must keep things well managed as a few cracks are showing with injury niggles.
7 miles of hill attacks yesterday. Average pace was 7.30. On that session I run steady and bomb it up the last 40-60 metres of an incline. It's almsot like a hill reps session but not as structured. Certainly has be breathing out of my jaxy after some of the hill crests!
Legs feel really tired and there were some cracks showing yesterday with various aches and pains coming on. I even rerouted the final downhill mile to remove any temptation of bombing a quick one and risking injury.
22 miles first thing tomorrow with 5 miles at MP planned for it (but only on flat bits).