Well done on the racing / LT session HA77 and Hydeparkrunner. It is almost impossible to keep your peak fitness and racing weight right the way through the year. There is always going to be a bit of a drop off (gain) after a key race and in the beginning of the next build up. If you look at the pros they usually run 2 big races a year.
HA77 - the race I`m doing in August is the Roseland August Trail. 32 miles along the South Cornwall Coast Path. The first 4 miles are flat and then about 5,000 ft of climb in the last 28 miles with over 1000 steps. The steps are where I lost a lot of time the last 2 years so am working on my weaknesses.
The letsrun thread was fascinating. You don't want to get on the wrong side of those guys.
Just as fascinating as the lengths the letsrunners will go to to investigate is the blind faith that some of Marathon mans supporters have displayed just because he seems like a nice guy. I'm not that interested in the USA run but am interested in the claims of a 30min 10k. I'm surprised that has never been questioned before.
The Mike Rossi thread was a classic at the beginning. It's gone off the boil recently.
I didn't really get into the Rob Young stuff. It just looked like a slanging match from both sides. I do think some of those PBs and race wins need some clarification though.
After a week off (mainly travelling, eating and drinking beer) I got out for 10 miles with 1000 steps. Didn't feel too weighed down and ready to crack on with the last few weeks of hard training before the August race.
Re the MLR runs. They are the ones I dislike the most in the plan but I I can see how they are a big benefit. I did struggle to hit the miles of work had been busy so would just do a 2hr run and run on feel. Some weeks of feel good and get 15miles in and others I'd get 11 or 12.