Gents, not sure of protocol here so perhaps a mod can move this thread or delete if inappropriate. As the title suggests, I am out of the race. Difficult week. If someone wants to take my place then email me (email@example.com). Otherwise it's a non entry and going to waste. Good luck to all running.
Just completed 8m at 11:39min miles @138 (72%) which means my alcohol theory could be out of the window. Hurrah Dan, maybe you're right.
Bluenose, I agree with you about steady improvements but as my start point was so dismal (12:50m/m @138) and I'm currently running 50miles per week I assumed there may be a quick improvement (say to 11:30) then plateauing and sticking at that pace for a few months.
Today's run kind of backs up that theory. Although tomorrow's will probably disprove it Thanks for your input, it helps hearing from experienced folk.
L33: your post has given me a big lift. The thought of not being able to have a few pints here and there was a touch depressing. I just didn't want to go to all the effort of HADDing then muck it up just because I couldn't resist a beer. Your comment about thr programme not being linear should be highlighted and used more often. Spot on. Good luck on your race... sounds like you'll fly through it.
That can't be entirely true, Dan, as it's a medical fact that alcohol increases HR. I just didn't think it would in such small quantities. And it's the only thing I've done differently. Maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on it and I've gone backwards for another reason.
Have come to the conclusion (after a few tests) that I probably need to cut out alcohol all together. As mentioned previously, two weeks ago I was managing 50miles per week, 11:30min miles @138 (72%).
Now I'm at 12:15min miles @139!!! I've gone backwards. Annoyingly. The only difference is that, previously, I was abstaining from alcohol entirely but for the past week or so I've had a drink with my evening meal. On average, one large glass of red wine and one bottle of beer (330ml) per night.
My reckoning is that this is what has pushed up the HR... I can't tell you how annoying it is
From Monday I shall abstain again completely (can't do it this week, I have opened a nice little Chilean) and by the end of next week I'd hope to be back to 11:30min miles @ 70% (heading towards the goal of 10m/m by May).
Has anybody else cut out alcohol ENTIRELY and seen improvements to warrant it? I haven't been in a pub for months and didn't think the odd drink hurt - especially in such small quantities - maybe it does.