velloo, doesn't sound like the session went too badly. I wouldn't fancy doing it with a hangover. Alcohol definitely affects people in different ways. I seem to recovery quite quickly whereas my wife suffers for about three days.
DT, the athlete I'm coaching for the Brighton marathon has been a little concerned about his lack of higher-end paces. However, from my perspective it's obvious why he's not feeling quite as speedy: highest mileage he's ever done, tough training sessions, the focus on marathon pace. I can't imagine PB-ing in the lead up is easy if you're really training hard.
I take it this evening's run felt better than the last Sub-LT venture?
How have you determined that you're not getting enough protein? I find it quite interesting how different people respond to varying ratios of the basic food groups. I personally do very well off a high carbohydrate diet, but have noticed several other runners who cannot tolerate too much.
Dr D, it was supposed to be 2 easy at the end to cool down, but he "felt ok" so stuck on an extra 3. Shows there is a lot of endurance there at least.
A bit of both with P&D. What I object to first is the idea that 3k and 5k correspond to the most useful VO2 range when that's only true for elites.
If they have written the schedules with the belief that the intensty at which these sessions should be done should vary according to the athlete's ability (i.e. reps should be longer and less intense for slower athletes), then that's fine. But that doesn't make sense to me.
I don't think the P&D schedules are bad, and I don't think it matters all that much (at least not for marathon training), but that part just bugs me.
WJH, it's a shame when it all seems to go wrong on race day. There'll be others when it all goes well though. I was meant to be doing road relays in a couple of weeks, but half the team is injured, so not sure about that. I'm in no rush to race until fitness is properly back. Have considered maybe doing a couple of halfs as training runs.
Bob. Excellent result. I felt a bit of lactic reading your report. Best way to find out what type of MD runner you are is to obviously compare times across 400, 800 and 1500. Of course, it's not always as simple as being either a 400 or 1500 type, although it strangely often seems to be. 10 lbs to lose to get backto pre-injury weight and probably another 7 before I get to peak racing weight.
Great stuff, Duck. Confirming that no smackdown should take place between us any time soon. You should switch back to 800/1500 with your endurance gains this last year.
Hoppy, I had my marathon athlete do a nice LT session yesterday to really test him: 3 easy; 3 @ LT; 2 easy; 2 @ LT; 2 easy; 1 @ LT; 5 easy. He seemed to handle it without too many issues.