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Running without music

Posted: Today at 09:34

I run my slow plods with music, podcasts or audiobooks. I do races without, as I prefer to be "in the moment" (dude) and if i do race pace training runs, including the long runs for a marathon plan, I do that without music too, since i'll be running the marathon without, so helps me get in the right zone.

Training with a Cold

Posted: Today at 09:26

a general rule of thumb i've heard is that if it's above the neck, you can train, if it's below the neck, then rest. Running with a chest infection will just prolong recovery and increase the risk of developing a "deeper" respiratory infection, e.g. pneumonia

12 marathons in 11 months

Posted: Today at 09:08

don't batter your legs on each marathon and it's certainly doable.

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: Today at 09:02

more plodding, 103 miles for Oct, 906 for the month.

Slinger, the random marathon probably served as a good training run for your 10k. A little bit unconventional, but hey, if it works

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: Yesterday at 15:18

A mate of mine invited me to join him in the greensands marathon this weekend in dorking. I was genuinely interested, as it sounds very pretty, and I know he wouldn't be hitting it hard, more like a walk / run through the countryside for the afternoon. I've not run longer than 10 miles since April, so I was a bit nervous about completely knackering my legs, but I was definitely up for having a go. Worst case scenario, I could ditch it half way if it felt too much. As if happens, my missus has plans for us on Sunday, so it's a non-starter for me, but I surprised myself at how easily I rationalised a 26 mile run with 5000 ft of ascent, given my current shape.

I'm continuing to plod home, and do some core strength. I was planning some speed work today, but my legs feel a little heavy and my back is a bit stiff, so going to take it easy, and defer til tomorrow.

So far 96 miles for Oct, 899 for the year.

All things Christmas (sorry, but I'm feeling festive)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 14:27

Last christmas eve I did a tempo run with a mate, who's a much fitter, must faster runner than me, and he ruined me. didn't help that i'd got about 3 hours sleep the night before.

This xmas i'll probably run on xmas day. If there's a parkrun in one of the nearby parks that'll be perfect. My missus is a nurse and has to work this xmas day, so i'll drop her off then go for a run, then head round a mates and get battered and watch the great escape or play board games I expect. God, I love xmas

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:00

ha, sounds like a plan B2B, i'll try to find some hills nearby and give them a go.

I can manage distance ok ish, in that i've trained for 3 marathons. Well, i've run 3 marathons, but only trained for 2 of them. I don't seem to suffer much with plodding out long runs during marathon training. I'm hovering around 40 mpw at the moment.

I'd like to keep my vag weekly mileage between 40 and 45 from now til the end of the year, when I'll start a marathon training plan for an April marathon. In that time i'd like to start introducing a little speedier work. JR's suggestion of one per week sounds sensible, and in line with what I think I can handle at the moment. I'm a scientist at heart, so I'm all about "controlling the variables" ha ha.

I'm going to try to maintain 40-45 miles per week, without being too precise about it, to allow for some peaks and troughs and for personal life, but will introduce a weekly speed session. Probably start with a weekly tempo run, and then maybe after a few weeks alternate tempo run with some longer intervals. e.g. 800m repeats round tooting bec track. Something like that, just to mix it up a bit. The rest of my runs will be plods, at my "easy" pace, e.g. marathon pace +10-20%, depending how it feels. So, my week will probably have one 10-12 mile slow jog, one tempo session, and three 7.5 mile slow jogs (that's my commute distance).

Along with that  i've been doing some core work and some all-over body strength, which will hopefully pay dividends in the long run (excuse the deliberate pun)

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 09:26

nice work slinger. hope you're pleased with that, I would be.

Grendel, you're right, it was a decent tempo run, so there's that. Nothing is wasted.

I need to build some weekly speed work into my schedule. Do you guys reckon tempo or interval training would be more worthwhile, if I'm going to start with just one session per week. After a few weeks, I'll probably introduce a second session, but I'm risk averse when it comes to injury, and conscious that suddenly dropping in 2 hard sessions a week after slowly building up the plodding miles might be asking too much too soon.

Any thoughts on how to make the best of my time?

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:55

no joy with a fresh shiny PB today in the parkrun

13 seconds slower than 2 weeks ago, and about 40 seconds off PB pace. I also felt absolutely terrible too, despite getting plenty of sleep this week, having a rest day on fri, not boozing for ages. had a banana when i got up and went straight there.

cant explain it, guess it's just one of those things. just couldnt get in the zone and felt like i had bricks on my back. ah well, there always next time

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:44

another plod home last night. 85 miles for the month, 888 for the year.

resting today so hopefully i'll feel fresh and spring-like at 9am tomorrow

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