Poacher and Lorenzo, you guys are simply crazy. Oh yeah, and you too Badbark and SJ. Hard to fathom my body holding up in those types of training runs let alone race day. Much, much respect.
Gul, way to keep it even this time.
Abbers, we've all been there. Keep getting it done no matter what you have to ride or tread in. Are you done w/cricket for the year? If so I predict a quick return to the road.
SJ, nice week on those hips...lots of quality in there too.
MsE, seems you have a good, realistic plan moving forward. All the trail running is likely better for you long term anyway.
GM, nice miles and excellent 8M run. You've held fitness well during convalescence.
Minni, keep the head up. You will be back. Focus on that simple fact.
Congestion clouds broke a bit today. Got a nice 10 miler in and felt strong.
Also, haven't raved about shoes in a bit so here goes. Still deeply in love with the Hoka Cliftons. Have now switched over to them for my 2 long subLT runs per week (MPish stuff) and my LRs. Legs are so much fresher (e.g. not battered) after a run in them. Also tried the Huaka on a few shorter slow runs. These are about an oz heavier than the cliftons, but much firmer feel (but still very cushioned). I had my fizz team check them out and they couldn't believe how light the shoes were but they thought they seemed well built after bending them this way and that. Gonna run the marathon in the cliftons I think.
Nayan, really nice stats, especially the 16 mile effort at MP. Some drift in HR, but that is what you'll see in later miles of the race so good simulation. Hope all else has been well as we haven't heard from you in a while.
Dan, nice solid subLT effort. Particularly the nice pace at sub80% HR levels. Maybe you'll be surprised come race day? You just never know. Also, not as much riding on this attempt so maybe this well help too? You'll be our test subject.
Andi, didn't realize your race was this week. Good luck to you. I hope you have a great day and that the engine purrs like a kitten all the way through 26.2! Also, well done on crossing off some more goals for the year. Did you reach your 2014 for 2014 yet or still working on it? I'm currently sitting at 1764M on the year.
So today my congestion finally broke up a bit. Still not fully out of the woods, but a nice step in the right direction. Celebrated w/10 miles on a cool and very windy fall day. Energy was awesome after yesterday's hard 17. 7:55 m/m @73%. Been harder for me to keep the runs sub70 since getting sick and today it felt good to be a little frisky w/pace.
Also, my last few LRs have been done in my new Hoka cliftons. Love, love, love these shoes. Wore my Nimbus' today and what a pair of lead weights in comparison. Also have done a few shorter recovery runs in the Huaka. Also a very nice shoe...much firmer than the Clifton and about 1 oz heavier. But still very cushioned overall.
SJ, bikes are too much trouble sometimes! Hope you got the youngest off to campus w/out issues. Nice 18 today...lie down included.
Bike It, thanks for the details on your plan. Makes more sense to me now. Good luck with your acclimation and look forward to seeing how it goes. And nice rebound LR too.
Lorenzo, Congrats on the win. I had something similar recently and yes, hard to stop smiling. Unfortunately, now my 7 year old is disappointed if I don't "win" (which I'm unlikely to ever repeat!). And brilliant 1/2 effort.
OO and moof, nice 5K efforts and finishes as well. Same for you Marrows. And Birch, nice improvement. You are in great shape for your marathon. OO hope the hip settles.
Joolska, you're simply too speedy. Amazing performance!
Gul, cruise control to the start line. Nothing can stop you now.
Leslie, must feel good to be out there again.
MsE, awesome run! Hope the Achilles injury is short lived.
TAR, you'll make it. Call the Fizz on the double!
PMJ, solid accidental 50 mile week.
Had a nice 13 mile run Thursday (good speed/energy). I'm still feeling the effects of this infection. Sinuses completely blocked the past 2 days. Got 17.4 this AM in a windstorm. Yes, lovely weather and health for a run! Done and dusted though and hoping for better karma next week.
Andi, sorry to hear about your illness, but apparently it only benefits you running instead of the other way around. Hope you recover well.
17.4 miles for me today. Congestion in my head has been a bugger this weekend. This run was on a day with lots of humidity and 25 mph wind. Yeah, fun stuff. Energy was so-so (I blame the bug) but got it done. HR was higher than usual...partly to wind, but mainly to bug I think. If I don't start to clear up I may head to the doc to see if I can get some antibiotics just in case.
Shoes, yes, confusing to say the least. As Chick suggests, I think I certainly am well on the fast twitch side of the bell curve and that may factor into this. But perhaps I'm always running my subLTs too hard, despite HR%? It could be as simple as that. But in my case, the two marathons I've run off of HADD training have not been optimal tests of this theory. First one my training was interrupted quite a bit (missed several weeks w/ITBS) and then kind of scraped a few quality weeks together at the end and went for it. So probably just not as fit for that one. Last one followed a full training schedule but it was a super hot and humid day (coming off spring training of no such days) so perhaps the extra time per mile was simply nonnegotiable. I should toe the line off full training this cycle and hopefully it will be cool. My hypothesis is that I'll run somewhere in the middle (not my subLT pace but not 30 seconds less either)...would take it anyway.
So Thurs saw the Fizz and worked out that my issue is doing one of my PT exercises wrong. So came up with a different way to hit this muscle and so far so good. Amazing what at little tweak can prevent. Got 8 miles in that day and I felt much stronger. Yesterday did 13.1 in 1:44 and HR around 72%. Felt really strong and cruised even pace and then 6:40 last mile w/all systems in the green. My fever bug turned into a massive sinus clog. Only time I feel really good is when running. Hope this congestion clears.