Well done Matt and so you should be happy with that
Welcome Marshallini sounds like a challenging and beautiful route- off road I am guessing?
JT- some awesome training, as usual
Cal and Lily- I am with the plodders. I have been running now for about 6 years and for the first 4.5 years of my running I never every managed to get faster than a 10minute mile, even when racing a 5k on a flat course. I loved running every bit as much as I do now, and I am quite a bit faster now.
Me- I (nearly) did it- 19.8 miles this morning! It was really quite tough going from 17 miles on, when I really fell apart a little, but kept going... but I got to 19.8 and felt I could literally not walk another step! I had between 18-20 in mind, and slightly miscalculated the route. Of course now I am kicking myself at the extremely un-round number but overall I am chuffed with myself. It is odd that it was much harder than last week's 18 although the pacing was pretty similar throughout. It took 3.15. I *have* been doing my long runs as far as possible on the River Lee which is flat, and today I did a hilly first hour to factor in for a friend who provided company for 3-4 miles before heading to the river. Maybe the hilly start made the latter bit tricky? Also it was a very sunny day, which was lovely, as it was still quite chilly, but I wonder if that got to me after a while... OR is it a fuelling issue? I am taking those sports jelly beans starting around 6 miles and then every few miles as and when. But I cannot stomach a whole packet and the *official* guidelines say I think 40g of carbs per hour. On packet of the sports beans is about 25g, and I nearly manage to finish those over the 2nd and 3rd hour... might I need to tackle one of the vile gels?
Anyway, really I am happy with myself and relieved that next week will be an easier week before next Sunday's HM.
Sorry for the ridiculously long post and endless marathon talk- I figure you lot might not mind my rantings and questions
Next week will be pretty easy leading up to the half (Roding Valley- never done it before but it's local so good / easy for the marathon training). Monday usual hills, Tuesday pilates, Wednesday 7ish speedy club run.. Yes, I was planning on doing a shorter easy run on the Friday before the race. i was thinking though of maybe around 8 ish but I will take your advice and do shorter.. That is really helpful. Thanks again!
Me- club run with the fast lot tonight so it was a tempo run for me for the first 6.5 miles in just over 54 minutes. I got the old man to drop me at the club tonight so I could add some miles by running home, so I followed that with another 3.5 at an easier pace. Good to get 10 miles in relatively painlessly.
Quick question to you more experienced types (Strangely, Jack, someone else?): I was planning to do 19-20 m this Friday and I'm a little ahead of schedule with the long run, but have been building the long run slowly and steadily. But I'm doing a half next weekend, so should I be doing a taper instead? Do you taper for halves when you're marathon training? I *had* thought that next week ( the week of the HM) could be an easier week in terms of mileage as I won't have any runs longer than the 13.1...does this apply?
Hi all, just popping on here, I feel wiped after tonight's pilates. Who would have thought that that boring slow lying around doing weird movements whilst not sweating, could also be hard?! Last night was the usual 9 reps of the hill. Faster than usual.