Nell - do you think there will come a time when you will go for the 3:00 hour ? Are you the type of person who is prepared to give it a try and if you crash and burn then so be it or is your main goal each time to just finish the race ? Do you know why you are getting jip with the I.. again, I thought that chi running was meant to reduce the risk of picking up injuries ?
Carl - it is a nice scenic route, the only slight downfall is that it is 3 laps so i guess boredom could come in to play. That said, when the pain has arrived and you are suffering then you don't spend too much time taking in the scenery ! Thanks for the confirmation about the speed sessions (and you Nell), I definitely think I will give it a go as I can see that it making you stronger and I'm sure you will benefit on race day. How long before the race are you flying out to Chicago, will you have much time to acclimatize ?
I will be heading out for a little trot at lunchtime to give the legs a little reminder as to what they are meant to be doing. I went to the Forest v Huddersfield match last night with my nephew who announced that he would like to run a half and a marathon next year, so I will be taking him under my wing and giving him the benefit of my wisdom !
How does everyone feel about running in the cooler weather again, is it better or worse for you ?
1 week recovering from my ultra. 1 week in Devon and I didn't take my trotters. First run this morning in over 2 weeks. 4 miles at a slow pace and it was rather tough to say the least. Like SB, I'm now getting on that wagon for a while
Afternoon everyone. I’ve finally had chance to read back with what everyone has been up to the last couple of weeks.
Carl – those pictures look like you have been running at Craggy Island J Some great runs in the last couple of weeks, as usual, particularly your rolling hills weekly route. That 16 miler was a great run, especially so close to your planned marathon pace, that should fill you with a lot of confidence. How many 20 milers are you hoping to get in on this plan ? I can sympathize with you struggling to find the time to run, it can be difficult getting that balance to make sure that you are doing all the things you’ve got to do, make sure the family are ok and finally having some time to yourself. You seem to manage it very well so keep it going, I’m still confident of a speedy run in Chicago. This speedy, rolling hill session you do got me thinking about my spring marathon training plan. I was thinking about focusing on speed sessions for 6 weeks before I start my marathon plan. I’ve heard somewhere (on a podcast I think) that you can get better results by doing this. What do you think ?
Nell – you seem to be running as strongly as you normally do. Are you still thinking 3:08 or might you be able to persuade yourself to try and crack the 3:00 ? Are you still playing football or have you stopped yet ? How is the ITB, ok now ?
Ali – back to school eh, rather you than me ! Best of luck with it though. How is your marathon training going, have you done many long runs yet ?
Sean – congratulations on the promotion. Hopefully you will still find plenty of time to run all those races you do ! How did the Leeds Country Way race go ?
So, I had a week from running to recover from my ultra and then I was in Devon for a week. So this morning was my first run; 4 miles at a slow pace which felt tough. To be expected really but I need to get back on it quickly as the Ladybower 50 is in less than 4 weeks and I am well behind with the training I would like to have done. I think I will only get chance to do one weekend of back to back runs now so I don’t really know if that’s going to be enough. In other news I have finally persuaded Mrs C that we should get another dog. I’ve been slowly working on her for a few months now and she has finally succumbed to my charm J We are looking to get a rescue dog this time though so we don’t have to go through all the ‘stuff’ you do with a puppy.
Just checking in from sunny/cloudy/cold/rainy then sunny again Devon. No running for me since the ultra. Back home at the weekend so will get back on it then. I need to as I have eaten and drank far too much.
Hope everyone is ok and will check back in again in a few days (tinterweb connection is pretty hit and miss in the middle of nowhere in a field in a tent)