CW - So far I've done 3 big weeks, 1 easy week, then 3 big weeks. On the first phase of big weeks it was exactly as you described, very tired, lots of plodding, legs dictating pace. But after the easy week it started to feel manageable and the next two weeks I was able to add sessions. The 3rd week (last week) was a bit of a struggle again but I'm assuming the body will continue to adapt with each phase of training and the mileage will become more and more manageable.
runspoonrun - I use fetch too, just rediscovered it over the last month and it's great if you're a bit of a statto like me. I'm still struggling with the fasted runs but hopefully it will get better.
Reg/HA77 - It's pretty consistent, although haven't tried the resting heart rate crawl training yet. I've found so far that it tends to be most efficient on tempo runs/races. I've been down in the 90X's for them.
JBBR - No it's not normal, my biggest programme before this was for Manchester last year where I averaged 60 mpw with a bit of supplementary cycling. I was just inspired by watching a few others on runners world try and succeed with big mileage. It's the Glasgow Clyde marathon I'm doing.
Scott - good luck with the 3,000m!
Glad to hear the weather is so good darn sarf. It was miserable here yesterday but is looking better today. I went along to club last night for my first speed session in quite a while. The session was 5 x 1 mile with 0.3 mile jog recovery. I only did 4 as taking it easy before Sunday. Pleased with the splits (5:10, 5:10, 5:04, 5:06), reassuring to see I still have speed in the legs after so much plodding of late.
LMH - Nice sandbagging I'm sure sub-40 will be a breeze, good luck!
RB - I would love to win it but Frankfurt is the bigger picture and don't want to end up knackered and missing 2-3 weeks big training because i pushed too hard on Sunday. I'll be going out at a steady pace and still hopeful I might sneak a podium. I've had a quick look at the entries, there's a good few I don't know but of those I do, I would expect two to be aiming for around 2:45 and another few around 2:55 (including one of your stag party) so if i can get somewhere in between there and see what happens.
CW - Cheers. I figure it's worth trying and it's 9 weeks out so no risk of it affecting Frankfurt (as long as i don't bury myself). It was yourself and Ryan that convinced me to try the big mileage training. Very tiring but the legs seem to be coping so far, hopefully it pays off. Quite tempted to try the heat acclimatising runs too but need to find out more.
Wardi - Weather is sh*t up here. Cheers
Mile reps at club last night (0.3 mile jog recovery). It was meant to be 5 but I only did 4 as taking it easy for the marathon on Sunday. It was my first speed session in quite a while and it definitely felt that way. Really pleased with the splits though (5:10, 5:10, 5:04, 5:06). Got dragged along by a couple of the real fasties. Easy running planned from now until Sunday.
15West - Training for Frankfurt. No target yet, bit early in the programme and have never done training like this before.
Tom - Really sorry to hear that, but if you didn't hear anything pop or tear then hopefully it's just a strain and will need a short rest.
HA77 - Thanks for the advice, and yeah I think a negative split is the main aim.
Reg - Sorry I assumed I was behind the curve on this and everyone else already knew it (as is normal). I like working by heart rate and normally go by beats per minute but someone told me recently that beats per mile is a more accurate way of tracking fitness so working to that now. Well done on the triathlon, sounds like a great result despite the mechanical issues.
Scott Pulley - Nice 5,000m time. I did my first (competitive) 5,000m last month. Slowest (predicted) in the field, got split from the main group on the second lap and ended up having to solo time trial it the entire race on a windy night.
Nice parkrunning Millsy and Tricia.
Nice MP running Macca - you could be on to something with the beer and ice cream diet. If you need any test subjects...?
JoeBloggs - You should be knackered at the end, that's a bloody hard session. Well done for managing it and I would definitely say 2:50 is on the cards.
Runspoonsrun - 20 miles without breakfast, why would you do that to yourself!? I've started trying to do my 5 mile commute without breakfast and my stomach is screaming at me the last couple miles!
Disappointing week last week for me after being so tired all week that I only managed one hard session and my long run was a bit of a plod. Or that's how i felt yesterday but after a bit of analysis this morning I've managed to find several positives; 1. I still managed to get the mileage done (114 miles) 2. It was the 3rd big mileage week in a row so was going to be tough. 3. The harder session went well (5 miles at 5:40's, feeling pretty comfortable) 4. My average bts/mile continues to come down with 932 for the week (compared to 971 on week 1 5. The long run was done while away in Arran on the club training weekend after a night of massively overindulging on tremendous food and drink and very little sleep (in my bunkbed!) So happy enough with how it went. Easy week this week and currently have entered a marathon on Sunday. Changing my mind daily about whether to do it. If i do it, it will be at a comfortable effort, although I have no idea what that will be yet. Never done a training marathon before so not entirely sure how to treat it.