Emmy - There is absolutely no way that I could do the amount of back to back marathons that you seem to knock out. I'm sure if you just took a week or two tapering before Cognac then I'd be the one eating YOUR dust!
Khani - Great news for Berlin What ultra are you doing... and are you following a specific plan for that?
Regarding plans.. I've heard good reports about this P+D plan, how can I get a look at it without buying the book? I am completely useless at following a plan (even though I like the idea!) but would like to see what everyone's going on about.
SK - Wow! You must be one proud auntie - that's a fantastic achievement Hope you've plenty of support for tonight's swimathon.. *shudders*
No running today - still trying to shake off this cold. Running doesn't seem to help so now trying NOT running.
Thank you everyone for reading my report and for all your lovely comments . I know I go on a bit but I do enjoy a good ramble.
Emmy - You're just going to have to come out next November and appreciate the Beatles tribute band first hand
Mowzer - Well done on getting through another epic. I think with those gourmet food stations I'd definitely leave the Garmin at home!
Moore - Good luck with that double. You are a braver person than me.
Keith - No idea with the injury sorry.
Clag - That is a cracker of a PB - well done. Doesn't sound like the easiest of courses either.
SK - FWIW all my training for Cognac was done at base training pace. I just put in an extra hills session in for the last month or so. All my training runs over the Spring and Summer were done at BT, the only time I went any faster was when I raced. At first it seems like you are really slow but you do get used to it and it's great when you realise you are starting to cover the same runs in a shorter time but still keeping your heart rate low. I don't particularly like running fast (unless I'm racing) so it suits me. Sometimes I think we feel that unless we are wiped out after a training session we have not worked hard enough or it has not been a "quality" session - with BT this is not the case as every run matters. Another advantage is that your risk of injury is greatly reduced as it is a sure fire way of making sure you are not running too fast!
Are you using the same plan you put together for London this year?
Big G - That is a brilliant idea to do some dog walking for those people!
KK - Fantastic running from you and your daughter. Lovely you can share that together (I am well jealous - not one of my children shows any interest in running!)
Shades - You definitely made the right decision with those shoes! When's your next race?
My running is rubbish this week. I have caught a bit of a headcold which doesn't seem to get any worse but just leaves me feeling groggy. I have nothing in my legs and often have to walk/run a bit The same thing happened after my long trail run in September. Are we more susceptible to picking something up after a hard race? Last time it took about two weeks to get back on form again - I am a bit concerned as marathon only ten days away... eeeek!
Just eaten a massive Raclette lunch. This is a meal based round a cheese which each person melts themselves on a sort of machine in the middle of the table. It is served with a variety of cold meats, new potatoes and salad. Delicious but I really dread to think how many calories are in it.
Lily - Thank you for your comments. In spite of my moaning about the last few km I did enjoy my race... especially afterwards!!
Shades - Thank you Was pretty pleased with the way the pacing worked out. I haven't been able to work out my exact splits as since I've changed my Garmin I cannot download the info onto Garmin connect so can only look at my individual km times. I do know that I slowed a bit in the second half but am not beating myself up about that as the second part of the race is much more challenging and I came out with the result that I wanted, albeit not a negative split!
With regards to planning your BT in advance.. how do you do this? I was just going to give myself weekly mileage goals and try and fit my runs in depending on committments/time available etc. With the exception of the one tempo/hills session all my runs will be at BT pace with one longer run at the weekend. How does this compare to your training plan?
Big G - Thank you Lol at you deciding to jump back into bed this morning! Regarding dogs, I have wanted a Jack Russell for years, ever since a friend of mine had a Parsons Jack Russell. Even though they are a small dog they do require quite a bit of exercise but are full of character and great fun. Our other dogs are a Belgian Shepherd and an RSPCA rescue dog who is a sort of whippet/labrador cross. We have a fair bit of land so exercising is not a problem and on the rare occasions that we go away we have a friend who comes to the house to keep an eye on the animals. I think getting a dog is a great idea and if you have friends who could look after it when you are away that would be ideal as I imagine UK kennel prices would work out quite expensive.
Some idiot stuck a microphone in front of me and I burbled a load of rubbish before he finally let me go and someone put a medal round my neck. I made my way out and made a beeline for the sausage sandwich man. He obediently handed over my bag with bottle of Cognac intact. He hadn’t pinched my fleece either. Mr Fox eventually rocked up – he’d missed my arrival as had been showing the puppy to a group of children. Yeah right.
I recovery fuelled on a carton of chocolate milk, four Cognac Schweppes and half a tuna sandwich (The Jack Russell savaged the other half)
In summary I had a great race. Even though the last few km were hell I am pleased I mentally bashed my way through them. Training, fuelling and preparation generally went well and I guess the only way to avoid that wooden leg syndrome is just more training! I think base training paid dividends in giving me a good aerobic base to build from and in getting me to the start uninjured. Future training for maybe.. just maybe.. a sub 3:30 attempt next Spring is going to be more of the same, plus I will make the effort to do one quality speed/ hills session every week.
Although I am not a member of any club and all of my running is done on my own I feel part of the “Shadies” team (!) and count an awful lot on your thoughts, advice and encouragement. Thank you for all your support this past year. I really couldn’t have done it without you.