Gerard, glad to year you are better. TMI not necessary. In response to you and Abbers, it is cold here right now (not brutal, but nippy at 18 F (which I think is -7 C). But supposed to get down to 4 F tomorrow (-15 C). Our winters fluctuate quite a bit. Plenty of days in the upper 20s F/low30s (anything over 30 w/out wind = shorts), but also stretches in single digits/teens (and of course subzero stuff...maybe 1-2 weeks of days of the latter all told by end of season). My biggest nemesis is the wind on colder days as my finger tips can get painful if they start to get too cold. Snow/Ice is also a hindrance, but we've been pretty dry this winter so not much of a factor so far. The main reason I passed signing up for Boston this spring though were too many 20-22 mile runs on Saturday morning in dark at 5 F in wind last winter. Just didn't seem worth it to go through that again. Need more separation before I do that again.
Have a big grant due next week and am going on day 3 w/out a run (but may sneak out w/headlamp later). In that jittery place (with angel/devil cautioning me against/urging me to go for a run!).
Hi Dan and Chick! Great to hear from you guys. I've fallen off the boards but am trying to make a come back. I hope you are both well. Chick, sounds like you are finding a good balance and sometimes it is just great to be able to run (however much that might be!). Dan, you seem to have found a great new equation, especially if still delivering PBs.
I miss this thread. For Sol2 and Martyn, I have used HADD very successfully in the past. After a spring marathon last year I tried Hanson's (which frankly was fun after several years of HADDing; it's basically HADDing with one subLT replaced with a track session). Not sure of the end result as I had some medical issues (read kidney stones) this summer while doing Hanson's for a fall marathon. My time was a few minutes down on my PB, but with interrupted training could have been that result HADD or not (still got around strongly). Might try it again this year. However, I always go back to HADD after each marathon as I get ready for any more specific plan. Never more fit then when doing 60-75 per week with 2 subLTs in the mix. Trouble is transitioning from that (once you've gotten fitness dialed in) to anything else as by then you are ready for the marathon (and soon to peak or already peaked!).
HADDing if great for the love of running. Keeps you healthy, fit, and on the road.
One thing I've noticed this year is that my easy runs have slowed about 30 seconds/mile. HR dropped with the time drop. These feel super comfy (which HADD said normally would not). But can still run SubLTs with same pace as before. Is this a good thing (getting closer to the bottom of the tube?) or am I doing harm running too slow? Deep thoughts.
Madbark, what can I say? You continue to amaze. Congrats on the outstanding result and for putting some pretty serious stuff behind you this year. You may find that a lower mileage year will recharge and pay dividends. You're in a good place. Good luck on the next goal. Also, I have to admit that at 43, I felt I slowed down this year. But too many variables to conclude yet so will remain optimistic!
Leslie, sorry to hear you are less than 100%, but you fly better than me at 100% so I bow down! Maybe a gentle reduction in cadence is what is warranted? Strange to consider slowing as I have spent the last few years increasing mine. Ave across all runs of 160 a couple of years ago to 176 now (and 180 or above on fast stuff). I got hurt when I first started to increase (stress fracture in metatarsal) so careful in the speed of progression!
SBD, subLT is a HADD term for roughly MP at any given moment. HR and subLT pace increase as you gain fitness. I've never actually translated my subLT pace (what you can hold for 70 minutes w/steady pace/HR) to the marathon. Usually ends up about 20 seconds slower per mile on the day. But hoping to change that for the better.
Lorenzo, nice interval work. Like the sound of that workout but the short recoveries would likely have killed me in current state.
9 easy miles P&D style (faster to finish) for me today. Old man body in first 1 mile, then loosened up.
Leslie, wow, your last couple posts suggest you are damn speedy these days! I assume your knee is holding up well...
Abbers and GD, nice fast work from you as well.
I probably should hit take a cut back week but did a subLT session today (14 miles w/9 at subLT at around 7:15 m/m). Not super speedy at the moment. Seems to take me a while to get the speed back after each marathon. But miles banked just the same.