I was thinking of you when I was putting the plan together, actually, Eggy, I remember you saying you need lots of long runs. Before Tromso I didn't do more than 16M and I absolutely flew for the first 8-10 miles of the race. That might have been the weather (which was great) or the fact that it was at night, but I'd like to think that with that ethos and a bit more volume, I'll get the stamina without killing myself on long slow deathmarches.
What mileage do you do outside of your long runs? four/five/six times a week?
It's fascinating, isn't it? The different ways we all train and sleep and eat? The thing to remember is that there is no shortcut to the training. You get out what you put in.
Hello! HNY to all of you. I'm sneaking in here because I miss you all I'm not doing Paris this year but I am doing Rotterdam on the same day, so hopefully I'm allowed to post.
I've overhauled my training this time around, after the last four marathons have been a bit of a slog, to be honest. I've found that 18/20/22 LSRs just don't work for me. It's too much pressure and I spend the week worrying about it. For the last couple of weeks I've done the Hanson plan - same volume but across 6 days, not 4. I'm enjoying it so far. Missed Tuesday's run as I felt pretty terrible, but did the 10M before work on Wednesday morning and felt great after a good night's sleep. I start work at 8 so it was super duper early!
I even had enough energy to do the drive home (200 miles) last night and then drag the Mr out for a near 5ish mile recovery run ahead of the snow. I'm also looking forward to the 10M tomorrow and the 10-12M on Sunday. The idea is that your legs are still fatigued, but you're not loading 40% of your mileage on one run, but spreading it across the week. The key thing for me is to keep assessing. Too often I follow a training plan blindly, repeating the mantra "Trust the training" while ignoring the fact that I'm knackered, demotivated and getting slower.
Well done all on the races and training - it's just started snowing here!
Thanks Nells list faerie! Please can you put me down for Tromso midnight marathon?
Did 10k yesterday at Breckland (near Thetford). Lovely race in the woods but it's right hoomid so was glad of the vest and shorts combo. Mr KS ditched me after two miles as my right gluteus flared up. He didn't really, I encouraged him to go on without me
First two miles were 8ish min/mil then the rest were about 8.30s (barring a 9.30 in the middle where i stretched and waited for a friend to catch up). 54:25 for me and a stonking 50:23 for Mr KS, officially beating my PB!
Good race, good medal and even a plastic water bottle at the finish. Well marshalled, very friendly and only £14. Good tea and cakes too.
Good luck to the racers this weekend, especially Nodster in Nashville and Running Rodent and Yer Maj in Brecon - how's the heatwave getting on?
Hackney Half coming up soon: Tired Old Legs, Nells, Your pace or mine, UrbaneFoxLondon - shall we meet before and after? Would be great to see you all
Eggy, don't tell me that diet counts for a lot I think I eat pretty well but I do looooove cheese and I did come back yesterday with four Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Two of them are brownie batter and two are Speculoos...