A belated hurray for Madbark on his leisurely 2:57 marathon finish. Super low HR and sounded like a beautiful, controlled run.
GD, bummer on the work front. Fingers crossed you find something terrific. Out of something bad usually comes something good!
KR, you are an ultramaniac. Way to fit a week's mileage into a day!
Nice LT run PJF. Good luck down the stretch. And I'd suggest finding a buddy for the first 20, then go into the zone for the last 6!
SJ keep drinking the wine!
BI, you are back! Really nice result for you and well earned!
So this has been my summer of pushing boundaries. My monthly mile progression since March (starting back after 2 months no running w/stress fracture) has been: 117, 202, 231, 232, 291, and 325. Last year, I peaked around 220/230ish for my 2 marathon builds. So am definitely in unchartered waters. Last week had a bit of a break through subLT (10M at 6:45 m/m) and Monday proved is wasn't a fluke as had a stronger run of 10 m at 6:51 m/m on a much harder course. That's the good news. The bad news is I've been having some soreness/pain at the bottom of my abdominals. A couple years ago I had a sports hernia in this very spot. The pain has built up over a few weeks, peaked last week, and has gotten better but not gone away since then. So took yesterday off, saw fizz today, and she thinks I need some core work to shore things up at this higher volume but that I'll be OK. I'm taking today and tomorrow off as a precaution (it feels worlds better already) and will test things Friday with an easy run. If that is good, I'll plan a few more easy runs, then do the super hilly 25K Monday. I'm hoping I caught this in time as it would be a shame to not see what I could do in October after a solid build. When I saw a 300 mile total for Aug I though immediately of Moof from last year (as he hurt himself after a similar month!).
Gul, hope you are feeling well enough to get out again tomorrow. Glad it is improving. And yes, have been doing these runs by effort as opposed to strict HR. Just felt I couldn't commit any more speed and maintain.
Lorenzo, nice rebound! Glad you are feeling better. Nice fast 16 miler.
Abbers, really nice tempo run. I hope w/rest and taper I will get some speed back. Today was a good start (see below).
PJF, that was a really nice pace for such low HR. Well done. Also, I took your advice to push harder today (see below).
KR, more big miles at a great pace. Sometimes night runs are nice once you are out there.
So today did my second subLT session of the week (13.5M w/10 fast in middle). After hearing from some of you, I decided to push myself hard today and just see what would happen. The 10 faster miles averaged 6:45 m/m and felt very comfy. I just focused on good turnover and breathing and the rest kind of fell into place. Also, my HR was in the 163-167 range for the last 7 of these miles and felt good (Monday, I couldn't get above 154!). Was definitely not up to go round again at the end, but got through fine. If I can now replicate this in the remaining weeks I may have a chance to move up a gear for the marathon. Between now and Oct. 18 I have a very hilly 25K race (sept 7) and a 10K (2 wks before marathon). I did both last year so should give an indication of where I'm at. In general, I think I'm carrying a fair bit of fatigue in my legs week to week but that should be OK as I'm not breaking down and I think the adaptations should follow. Maybe today was a glimpse of improved fitness.
DD, nice one! I like the sounds of that event just fine. Plus you'll be doing a whole new mix of training. I think it will be great for you to continue swimming/biking. Should be a great way to prep for an autumn marathon...
Gul, I hope it is nothing serious. Does it feel like a tight or knotted muscle? If so, I found that using a trigger point ball (or any small, hard ball) can do wonders. You put the ball under the tight spot and slowly lower your weight onto it until the tightness melts away. Worth mentioning anyway if that might help.
Lorenzo, sorry to hear your are in the weeds right now. I like sounds of a November marathon.
Leslie, that is a long road. Sorry to hear about the delay in returning to running, but positive that you are getting over the tendonitis. Hang in there.
That's as far back as I've been able to manage, but I assume I've missed other exciting events. Hope everyone else is healthy. I'm just back from my vacation. Got a nice week of fall-like weather and managed 75 miles. Sitting at 273 for the month so may have a chance to go over 300 for the first time. All systems good but for whatever reason my MP has plateaued, yet my HR at this pace is steadily dropping. Some of this may have to do with cooler weather, but not all. So kind of a mixed result. Either way, am very lean at the moment and seem to be coping with the higher than usual (for me) volume.