My plan says I have a back to back long run today and tomorrow. However, I'm feeling quite tired at the moment after a couple of big weeks so I've decided to just do a long run tomorrow. That said, I have just had to drop my car off at the garage and run back the 4 miles. Tomorrow will be the Grindleford Gallop route which is quite tough in places, 21 miles with about 2,600ft of elevation. It will be rocky, windy and very muddy in places so I'm expecting a tough day. I've got a couple of pals running with me so that should make it more pleasant hopefully. That will take me up to about 50 miles for the week. A cut back week next week thankfully, I'm ready for one
Ali - thanks. I can be very hard on myself sometimes when it comes to running and if I don't run, say, 40 miles one week and only manage 38, I can get quite stroppy with myself ! Daft really. I shouldn't grumble really as I am doing pretty good all things considered. And I had a weigh in this morning and have lost another 10lbs so am nearly down to my target weight for my race in March.
IBB - I looked at the Hoka's as they have plenty of cushioning which is ideal for my dodgy knees. I'm not quite ready for a 6mm drop yet which is the biggest they do. Good luck for your race at the weekend.
Carl - I find the problem with trotters is that they change the design so often that version 12 can be completely different to version 13 and then you have to find another pair suitable for you. They must make more money out of doing it this way, that's the only reason I can think they do it.
Rob - I have spreadsheets with the wedding plans on so it probably just looks like I'm more organized than I actually am. There isn't much more I can do for the next few months except save up for the day when I have to hand over lots of money Hope the man flu is soon on the mend.
PS - I've started wearing earphones again when I run on the streets as it's so boring. When I'm off road though I never do. And if I see people wearing them during races that don't allow them I am more than happy to give them a little nudge on the way through. I have a grid roller too, the black one which I think is only the intermediate one, god knows how painful the next one up must be. Good luck with the race at the weekend
Due to my change of diet to low carb high fat I have also been doing some zone 2 training, based on perceived effort rather than using an actual heart rate monitor. Walking in deep mud, up steep hills though has forced me out of zone 2 though and it's not been possible to go any slower and lower my heart rate ! After a few weeks of low energy levels I'm now starting to feel the benefits of it though. My long run last weekend was fasted and I didn't need to take on any fuel until mile 15. I managed 58 miles last week and that's pretty good for me.
BT - only 6 weeks to HM55, how is your training going ?
PS - the drop is the difference between your heel and toe. For example, if you heel is 29mm off the ground and your toe is 21mm then the difference between them is the drop, 8mm. Having a 0mm drop is minimalist and so forces you to run on your front or mid-foot because landing on your heel would soon leave you on a heap on the floor ! Phil the Groundhog ? FFS !!
PS - the wedding plans are going ok thanks. Most of it is sorted now, just some of the minor details to sort which can be done nearer the time. Currently thinking through the 'something old, new, borrowed and blue' to see what I can come up with. Well done on the running in the white stuff and the marshalling, it's always nice to give a bit of help back. I ran 164 miles in January as well !
Carl - sounds like your new job is a very challenging, but enjoyable ,one. Sounds like you made the right decision to move on, there is a lot to be said for job satisfaction and not something you hear much of these days. Mrs C has been told her department is closing down next year and it sounds like the management there don't care about anyone; people are leaving, they are taking on contractors (in my experience contractors on short term contracts don't tend to push themselves too much), they aren't giving people support to find other jobs or get training, morale is extremely low. I guess we should be thankful that our jobs are, at least, bearable.
Robert - I'm slowing starting to feel the benefits of the change of diet, still a long way to go though. I've definitely slimmed down a bit and lost a few pounds so extra benefits there when it comes to the running. Are you still on HCHF ?? Take it easy for a while, we know how that man flu can be a killer.
I've been for a lovely run down by the river at lunchtime. It had warmed up from this morning, the sun was shining and I even heard some birds tweeting. I felt good so decided to push on a bit. 6 miles of the run were done on trails/paths through the woods but it was nice and flat. Pushing on for me at the moment means 10 miles at an average of 8:51 which feels like miles away from the pace I was running during last years marathon training. Still, it's definitely better than a couple of weeks ago so all is good. I've been tinkering with a bit of mid-foot striking recently as well to try and help reduce the pounding on the knees. I kept switching between mid-foot and heel striking today and it felt ok. I also had on my new trotters which I intend to use for the HM55. They are Scott Kinabalu Supertrac's and are 8mm drop, to my normal 11/12mm. They felt pretty good and no ill effects after my first run in them