I hope you're all enjoying the better weather and getting in plenty of running. I haven't read back as it's been so long since I was last here but I've seen some of you on Strava and there has been some good running.
I'm still finding the whole running thing a bit of a grind. I've been forcing myself out the door 2/3 times a week but at the weekends I seem to be able to come up with an excuse why I can't go out. I even used the weather as an excuse which is most unlike me. I took the day off from work yesterday, knowing that we were in for a gorgeous day, and headed off into the Peaks. I didn't really have a plan of how far I would run or what route so I just headed off. After a mile or so I headed up Win Hill which is a pretty steep hill. As expected, I walked most of it and had to stop on several occasions to catch my breath as I was already blowing. When I got to the top the views were stunning, as usual, clear blue skies and you could see for miles. The descent down the other side is horrifically steep and I decided it would be best to walk down, considering I hadn't run up here for so long. The bottom of the descent was after 3.5 miles and my legs were already done, they felt like lead weights. I carried on and decided to go up Lose Hill, which is similar in height and elevation. I stopped at the bottom to have something to eat and drink and then made my way up. Many stops later, and considerably longer to get to the summit than normal, I made it and a breeze was very welcoming as the temperature was soaring into the 30s by now. I felt awful and wondered why I was doing this and this wasn't even 6 miles into my run. There was no way I could keep heading away from the car so I made my way down Lose Hill and headed back. The last 3 miles were tough, despite being relatively flat they felt quite undulating on my legs. Finally getting back to the car after just 10.5 miles in 3 hours with 2,000ft of climbing. This time last year that would have been an easyish run, it just showed me how far my fitness has dropped over the last 4 months. I'm still not sure if that run has made me want to get out running again....
Anyway, sorry for being all doom and gloom, I hope everyone is enjoying their running
Robert - trail running is harder than road running mainly due to the terrain; you get extra 'bounce' on tarmac so it is easier and you can go faster. On trails you have rocks, soft ground, tree routes etc so you will obviously be slower. I certainly feel like my marathon training benefitted from lots of long runs on trails. Some of my marathon training runs were over 4 hours but I might only run 20 miles but it gave me time on my feet which, as we know, can benefit towards the latter stages of a marathon. Don't be afraid to walk, try and get up some steep hills and put your watch in your bag until you have finished. Take in the scenery, go down trails you've not been before to see where they lead you.
Nick - where did you go for your break and did you get much running in ? (apologies if you've mentioned this already but I haven't read back)
Washwood - well done on your team running. Do you not fancy doing an ultra on your own one day ?
IBB - sounds like you're getting plenty of races in
Carl - nice park running, any thoughts on an alternative autumn marathon ?
I've been forcing myself out the door the last few days in an attempt to get myself going again. 5 runs totalling 24 miles all at a very easy pace, not that I feel I can do anything faster than that at the moment. I went off road on Tuesday, it's the first time since my DNF in March and I enjoyed that considerably more than I have been the road running stuff. My knee seems ok at the moment but I haven't put that much strain on it so don't really know if it's 'fixed' or not. My fitness is terrible, even the slow, easy runs are hard work. That will, of course, improve but at the moment it feels like I'm starting to run for the first time. I did have thoughts about running the Chester marathon in October but I'm not really fussed about that now. I might try the Round Rotherham 50 again but that all depends on fitness and my knee so I'm not committing to anything at the moment.
Hi everyone. Just popping in to see how everyone is getting on. Everyone seems to be running well and motivated. Well done to those have raced recently, some great achievements. Rest well and start training hard for your next events.
I have been really struggling to get out the door recently. The legs feel ok from an injury point of view but when I have gone for a run it has been not very nice at all as my fitness has plummeted big style. My diet has been truly atrocious so basically I have been feeling like a big, fat, lazy piece of lard. All in all motivation has been a struggle but I'm slowly getting going again. 2 short lunchtime runs this week and hopefully can force myself out the door tomorrow as well.
Will check back in when things improve but in the meantime I hope everyone enjoys their running
Nick – great race report, I for one enjoy reading about the smaller details and lessons learnt. As Rob says, the more you do the more you will learn for the next one. Regarding HRM, you will probably find that the first few minutes of a run won’t be very accurate, you may get some heart rate spikes while your body adjusts to the running. People generally ignore the data for the first mile. A good test to get your max heart rate is to run a 5k at a pretty decent pace to get your heart rate up. Then sprint up a hill for about 250 yards as fast as you can three times; take the average of these hill sprints as your max heart rate and from there you can work out your different heart rate zones.
Rob – less is more is absolutely the right thing to do at this stage. I’m sure I will cope fine as I start to increase the miles. The fitness has dropped through the floor recently with little running and a poor diet. 3 or 4 weeks of slowly increasing the mileage and I should be in a decent place. I will probably start my proper training plan around the middle of July. When I first suffered with ITB about 3 years ago I was getting it in my right knee over short distances. After 9 months of rehab it completely disappeared. A few months later the left ITB went and it is this I have suffered with since. However, it has only occurred on 3 occasions and each time it has been in an ultra when I’ve got to the 25/30 mile point. So, it’s going to be quite difficult to know if the strength work I’m doing at the moment is working until I enter my next race I guess. I will, however, feel if it is getting better. Before the last race it didn’t feel quite right, it didn’t stop me from running but I knew it wasn’t sorted. That feeling will be my guide this time round to see if things are working or not.
I went out on my road bike last night and quickly remembered that cycling is completely different to running. A hill I normally run up was too tough to cycle up ! This morning, I have jelly legs but not feeling too bad. A mixture of cycling and running for me over the next few weeks.
So, things are a bit slow for me still. I’m still under the physio and he keeps giving me more advances stretches and stuff like plyometrics to do. He thinks that if I continue with all of them then there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to run without the knee pain in the future. Obviously I have to keep doing them though. I’ve had a really tight calf recently so I have been doing plenty of stretching of that and it now seems fine. Now, it’s my hamstring that is causing me grief so more stretching needed. It’s rather frustrating at the moment; just as I seem to get sorted something else comes along. I managed 22 miles last week which makes a grand total of 74 miles in the last 2 months. I was sweeper for a few miles at the Dukeries ultra on Saturday but that just made me want to run the race itself. It’s pretty much a mental game at the moment and I’m getting very frustrated but hopefully I can start getting out there a bit more sooner rather than later.