Posted: 27/01/2016 at 09:39
Gerard - all logged in pocket diaries. I also have a seperate record of races with the bare stats of date, venue, and time taken. I used to keep a brief analysis of races - weather conditions, course profile etc & how I felt I ran, with any lessons to be learned. I stopped this a while back (not entirely sure why), now just keep the bare record again.
KR - best year? in a calendar year probably 1990, when I recorded my half marathon PB. the week leading in was typical of the period
Mon7/5/90 8 miles road efforts
Tue 8/5/90 am - 8 miles, pm - 5 miles easy/steady
Wed 9/5/90 7 miles "relaxed" fartlek
Thu 10/5/90 20 miles steady on road in 2:24 - diary states "felt ok"
Fri 11/5/90 rest - travelled
Sat 12/5/90 - 5 miles easy/steady
Sun 13/5/90 Great East Run (Peterborough) 1:15:58
seems ridiculous now, doing a 20 miler 3 days before a half marathon, but I was marathon training at the time . . . .
that half PB is my favourite for some reason (5min 48 sec miling), even though my 10K PB of 34:58 is 5:38 miling -
must say, though (being as you asked, KR) , that 2015 was pretty good - was well chuffed with 1:29:32 half (80% wava), and 3:18 VLM was pleasing, and at the end of the year to somehow find myself V60 county champ in the XC was the icing . (Same county as you, Hilly, I believe).
I'm now back to running parkruns at a slower pace than that half, but it's all part & parcel - It's very nice to relive past "glories", but there's plenty of slogging away for poor results as well !
Keep on keeping on . . . . .