Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:00
Lev - That's some decent MP pace in your long run, heading towards 2:30 territory maybe....
CW - Ouch blister sounds nasty, I wonder if some 'conditioning' running in your lightweight shoes would help maybe? i.e just put in some general mileage in so that your feet are more hardened to those particular shoes. Nippy 5k last night, by way of consolation, I'm quite a way off a sub-17 clocking at the moment!
PP - Top podiuming from you and mrs PP! Concur with Bainspj on the Boosts, I find them a good mix of cushioning and racing stiffness. in fact just taken delivery of a natty orange tiger-striped pair for the autumn. They're the previous version, but 30 quid cheaper than the very similar current 'Boost 2'
Keith D and London Runner - Sorry had forgotten to say hi - welcome to the fun and games .
Keith D - My typical gel plan is one approx every 5k or so after 10k, which works out at 7ish (usually have one in reserve for the last couple of miles, largely for psychological effect rather than getting much useful energy from it). I tend to mix caffeinated/non-caff and alternate through the race, I work out the max effective total caffeine dosage and then figure it out from there. This works for me because I have a high tolerance to gels and caffeine. I also generally train low and race high so to speak, with little to no gels/caffeine in training and then maximum effective quantity when racing, theory is that this trains your body to burn fat during training, which makes you more economically with your glycogen usage, then when you race you supplement stored glycogen/fat with pretty of direct sugar in the blood to give you a longer duration at race pace without experiencing a 'bonk'. I also carb load before a race and key training runs (like Lev mentions), as I've tried a low-carb/high fat diet in training and fairly sure it doesn't work very well for marathons at a relatively hard pace (you can't burn fat fast enough at that speed! FWIW to date I've (touch wood) never bonked in a marathon.
Padams - Nice mixed pace 10miler
Wardi - That's a good looking HM up York way, pity I wasn't up there a few weeks later.
Bainspj - Qulaity 300s there. The first time I did the long run commute I was a bit of a mess at work, but now I'm better coniditoned to it. the debut run needed gels and water to get me through it, today's was done on nadder but a swig of water before leaving the house. Not sure how many more I'll do this year, it was quite dark when I left the house and the Forest is thankfully nice and dry right now. After a bit of rain some of the route sections get fairly boggy.
Run commute was an easy affair this morning (TR's wise words ringing in my ears), it's a hilly route in places which tends to keep the lid on the pace overall, but stretched my legs a bit on the flat sections. Deer count was high, with at least 20 seen along the way, including a very impressive Fallow Deer stag at close quarters! Cracked through an entire episode of Marathon Talk, the remains of the previous Talk Ultra (including the William Sichel interview about running 3100 miles around a 0.5M loop in New York!) and a good chunk of the latest one. 26.5M in 3:08ish (7:06/M) overall.
Planning to Parkrun in the morning and then round the corner in Brockenhurst for a spa day with mrs Al_P (prize for winning the local 10k back in May!) to relax the muscles.