PS - so you will be sitting on your fatty bottom when you go to the States then Nice long run at the weekend, no comment about the pace ! What pace does your coach recommend you should be running your long runs at ? I think I adjusted to the new way of eating quite quickly to be honest. I am starting to have thoughts about a beer though. Mrs C and I are off out at for a meal the weekend so I'm going to have some beers as well and I won't feel guilty about it. That will be 28 days alcohol free and I will get back on the wagon the day after and try and do a similar period without beers again.
Canter - nice long run for you at a decent pace too. Yep, I'm back on track now so will be a bit more sensible over the next few weeks. Re my long run, it was a fasted run so I ate on Friday evening about 18:00 and didn't have anything else before I went out for my run about 8:30 on Saturday. I didn't take any food with me on the run at all. Just drinking water on a long run is plain boring so I just put some cordial/squash/juice in my bladder and tend to have a sip every couple of miles. I do get hot quite quickly so I couldn't cope without taking any fluid for such a long run.
TR - my long run last weekend was 15 miles and the Saturday just gone was 19 miles, both fasted runs. I feel the body is slowly adapting; last week I was blowing at 6 miles and this week I got to 12 miles before feeling any discomfort. Friday's weigh in also revealed that I have lost 1 stone in 3 weeks so that should also be helping.
Stewart - good man. Which marathon are you running and what is your target ?
Carl - 3:2x for you this year.
43 miles for the week for me; that's the end of 3 tough weeks so I'm glad this week is a cut back week.
This week has certainly seen a big step up in runs and mileage, good stuff everyone.
I've just finished a hard 3 week period of running, for me, so glad I've got a cut back week this week. I feel like my body is slowly adapting to my low carb high fat way of eating and the running isn't hurting half as much. Saturday morning I went for a fasted long run along the Cuckoo Way trail. The first 3 miles were all of road which was quite tough as there was loads of mud and still some ice hanging about. Then I hit the canal path for another 6 miles and saw some lovely wildlife including a heron and a kingfisher, which seemed to run along with me for a few minutes. Turned round and headed back. The ice had melted in the morning sun which just made the last 3 miles even muddier. A total of 19 miles at an average of 10:28 and I didn't start blowing until about mile 12. Steady progress. A total of 43 miles for the week for me.
Carl - I say you come up with your own training plan. You will have learnt an awful lot the last couple of years on this, and other, threads. You know what sessions are required, you know what works best for you and you will know how to fit it all in to your work and family life. Have the confidence I say. And we've also got TR on boars for further help and advice.
Ali - re cut back weeks. Last year I did a hard week followed by an easy/cut back week. This was to look after my knee and it worked a treat. This time, I have a bit more confidence in my knee so I'm going to aim for 2/3 hard weeks followed by a cut back week. I want to try and get more miles and quality sessions into try and break 3:30. I'm not going to follow a traditional plan but go with how my body feels. Basically, the first few weeks will be focusing on my endurance and then I will introduce some MP miles into my medium and long runs. During taper time I will cut the miles right back and then focus on speed, mainly tempo runs and maybe some intervals. At any time I'm happy to change to a harder or easier week depending how I feel. I won't, however, go more than 3 weeks without a cut back week
5 miles for me today to finish off a tough 3 week period. I wanted to do this 3 weeks as I had fallen behind with my plan. I know we shouldn't try to catch up but I was going to cut back if at any stage I started getting any niggles. Happily, though, I can report that everything appears to be in fine fettle in that respect. I am well and truly knackered though, I couldn't run another step if I wanted to so I'm glad this week is a cut back week. I've done 35, 40 and this week has been 43 so I feel I'm back on track again.