Gorgeous sunrise this morning, that's the one good thing about morning running, you get to see things like that that you would otherwise miss lying in your scratcher! Got my 8 miles of hills done yesterday and 5 miles this morning and starting to feel a lot better cardio-wise! Still tired a lot of the time though but that should pass in the next couple of weeks - hopefully! Got a 16 miler at the weekend, need to switch to Sunday morning rather than Saturday as I have a big night out on the Friday
1204, what gels do you take? I'm taking the high 5 they dish out at Edinburgh but find I need to take one every 3 miles rather than every 6?
Hi Pelican, I'm going for sub 345 too, (although secretly hoping for nearer 330!!), what plan are you following?
Kathryn, feeling for you, hope you're doing okay and good luck with the physio, I know only too well what it's like to be sidelined so keeping fingers crossed for you. For what it's worth, I think you're doing the right thing - now there is something I would not have said 3 years ago, I would have been out there causing more damage to myself!
Simon, plenty time to get it sorted before the Marathon, I'm still trying not to think about having to do these sort of distances......
"Treating" myself to a sports massage next week to keep on top of things, it's gonna be sore
Russel - a machine - haha - I certainly didn't feel like that this morning, I was very grateful to my plan for only giving me 3 miles to do today!!! Lighter mornings just keep coming, will be so glad once it's gets warmer again though!!
Got 14 miles done yesterday, went a different route for a wee change so beautiful scenery as the sun was shining - still cold though!! Well done everyone else, keep it up, all the info keeping me inspired to not get lazy!
Morning all, must still be asleep and dreaming as the sun appears to be out!?!?
Hoping that is now the start of Spring as my LSR on Saturday morning was done in nothing short of horrendous conditions. The cold wind I could handle, the driving rain I could just about manage but hailstones - come on!! Anyway, got it done but can honestly say it was one of the toughest runs I have ever done! did a wee 5 mile recovery run on Sunday, easy 3 miler on Monday (with strides - never done them before - was fun!) and 7 miles of hills this morning so feeling very smug - sorry to those who can;t get out at the minute but my wife is already fed up of hearing about me and my progress! Just pleased it's going so well so need to share it somewhere, you lot know what I mean!
Russel, I also want to shift a few kgs, whether or not that will happen I don't know as I am now into the "I'm hungry" mode of training and eating loads!
Colin, depending on how intense your other runs are in your plan should determine how you run your 5 miler. I always count the days when I struggle as Fartlek sessions to make myself feel better, just remember now is not the time to be overdoing it though.
PT / Ali - I've still not decided how to approach Alloa, I wont get a PB but going to try and push myself. The great thing about Alloa is when your at the hillfoots the scenery is stunning so you can just enjoy it, hoping for a nice sunny day! Also, just think of it as part of the training. Re the hubby comment - he means well that story reminded me of when I did a 10K with my wife - thought she was going to punch me at the finish after I was "encouraging" her too
Good news Kathryn! Just goes to show that the sensible approach is the correct one. You've got loads of miles under your belt anyway so you'll be absolutely fine I'm sure when you get back to it. Yes, far too many hills for me, I keep telling myself they are helping me but there are times when I just want to run around on the flat! I had a horrible run yesterday, only managed 7 1/2 miles out of 8, and only ran 3 "fast" miles as opposed to 6 I was supposed to but as you say, plenty time to go, so not panicking. I do feel that my fitness needs a lot of improvement though from how I was this time last year so still reassing my goals on a weekly basis as I tend to do! Pretty sure I wont be getting a PB at Alloa 1/2 in a few weeks though!
I felt exhausted last night so treated myself to a rest day today, 14 miles tomorrow though - will be all flat and slow and some tasty new mixes to listen to whilst I'm out there so I'm actually looking forward to it! Just hope it's not raining and warm. Have been able to drop the tights for the last two runs which has been great!
Twiglet - good for you and good luck with the training. I am always full of admiration for those who have to try and do it around shifts as it must be tough?
Enjoy your runs this weekend everyone!
PS - I just signed up for the GSR in October today too, just need confirmation for NYC Marathon and it's going to be a great year of running!
Simon, I'm with Madbee, I think you're doing far too much and unless you're a machine, I also think you should build in a few rest / easy weeks or you will knacker yourself. As it's your first Marathon, the last thing you want to do is get injured and then miss out after all the training - you will be gutted. To put it into perspective, I'm only up to 12 miles on my LSR so you are probably ready for your Marathon in a few weeks time! I'm not saying it can't be done but just look out for yourself
James, I'm again with Madbee (who is actually very sensible ), there's still 13 weeks to go - you'll have some good days, some bad days, some days you can;t even be bothered sticking on your shoes (ie. me yesterday!) but don't let it get you down, there's a long way to go to get it right and also to change your plan if need be? This is the best time to experiment with what you should be eating before runs so you know what agrees with you or not
I got 6 miles of hills done this morning, already feeling the benefits of the training starting to kick in, however got a fast 8 miler on Thursday, which I'm feeling slightly apprehensive about so it might become a fast 4 miler and a slow 4 miler!
Gripe of today is with dog walkers who let their dogs crap all over the pavements, is there really any need you selfish feckers! I was almost dancing at parts of my run today avoiding the shit!