It's a quiet time at the moment with all of the spring marathons done and everyone getting ready to start training for their next events.
Mine is in July, the St Cuthbert's Way ultra. 46 miles starting in Northumberland and finishing in Melrose, Scotland. The legs have been a bit temperamental, one day feeling ok the next very sluggish. I'm sure it won't be too long before I am back to normal.
Nell – good to hear that you are getting back in to shape and the niggles are subsiding. Is the trip to Germany business or pleasure, will you be sampling some of the local beers ? You’ve got 48 miles planned this week ? Blimey, I only managed 27 last week and that felt rather a lot.
Will – the diet I was on is LCHF (low carb high fat). I keep threatening to get back on it but haven’t yet fully committed to doing so. It’s that time of year where sitting in the garden with a beer in the evening and bbq’s makes it difficult to give up all of those lovely foods etc. I think it is Manchester that I can still feel in my legs; after all, as a gentleman of a certain age it is probably taking longer to recover from it than someone younger. Keep resting, 11.5 miles this week will be absolutely fine and you will be raring to go at Edinburgh.
PS – I’m wondering if, after a period of my easy running being faster, that my body is readjusting back to its normal pace. For me, it’s time to start increasing my mileage so I’m just going to get on with it now. Round where I live there are plenty of scarier people than bears, and that’s just the women !! Anyway, how is Mike ?
Ali – the sun was shining in Glasgow ? Wow ! You’re in a good place at the moment with your running so make the most of it enjoy it all. Any further thoughts about an ultra ?
Carl – no use dwelling on your ‘lost’ time, we all know you did it. Just as a thought, couldn’t you send them the gpx file from Garmin ? Assuming you follow an 18 week plan, it is just over 2 weeks before you start training for Chicago !!! I don’t think I’ve lost my mojo, as such, it’s a case of the mind wants to do it but the body won’t let me at the moment. I’m sure it will come in time but until then I’m just going to go out and enjoy the trails.
Not much to report from me at the moment. Short, easy runs at lunchtime. I will be heading into the Peaks on Saturday to take in some big climbs, I plan to go up Kinder and follow the Pennine Way for a few miles and see where that takes me. It’s nice to be just going out without having a target for a run, so I can stop and take in the views, walk up the hills nice and steadily etc. Next week sees the mileage increase with my first back to back runs, not sure how long they will be yet as it depends on the old legs
Carl – as you say, YOU know you’ve run the time and that’s the main thing. Anyway, come the autumn it won’t be your PB any way…..Stairs – go down them backwards ! so, now you’ve done a trail marathon will you be moving on to the next, logical step ? An ultra ?
Will – not long for you to wait now !
4 easy miles for me at lunchtime with 3 hill repeats. Legs felt a bit heavy today. It just shows you how much the marathon can take out of you. 6 weeks ago I did the same hill repeat session and blasted out 8 reps fairly comfortably. Today was really hard work to just do 3. Maybe it just takes me longer to recover than others but I certainly don’t feel in good shape at the moment.
Carl - that race sounds brutal, I may have to try it one day ! So, you've bagged yourself a massive PB on a tough course. That training plan has worked really well for you and I'm anticipating great things from you at Chicago. Very well done for getting through this mentality too, hills can be tough on the legs but can play havoc with your mind. Mixed terrain can't have been that easy either. Plus the weather. That all adds up to an extreme hard day at the office, as if running a marathon isn't hard enough. Brilliant effort mate and you have every reason to feel proud of yourself. You certainly deserve it with the training you have put in. I think this bodes really well for Chicago. I'm really chuffed for you, you deserve this great time.
Ali - it's a bit of both really. If you get a section that you can run its best to stop for a 5 minute walk every 25/30 minutes whether you feel like it or not. It's a good time to take on some food whilst you are walking. When you get to to steep hills just walk. You will smash your legs in no time if you try running up steep hills. For me, the grey area is the slight inclines. Do I run up them or mix it up with some walking ? I guess that will become clearer as my long runs get longer. And I will take it easy on the descents too. If you don't train your quads for going downhill and you bomb off on a quick descent you are asking for trouble. Have you signed up for one yet ?