Posted: 13/11/2013 at 09:02
Come back after holiday and theres 10 pages to read!!!!! Welcome to the newbies. I have only scanned the new pages as a catch up, apologies!
VT, Thanks for the kind words, they mean a lot. Good news on your dad, and hope your illness is moving out.
Roy, Big targets. Credit it to you publishing them. Very best of luck.
Spen, you can build hills into your Hadd. That's what I am doing over the winter. 2xkenyan hills.
DrDan, Good stuff on the Parkruns (Well done jnr too!!!). Train smart, 2014 will be your year. (As long as you don't do too many battles with jnr)
General points I have noted are, LT normally occurs around 90% HRmax. As SHADES points out, HRmax doesn't change with fitness, it will decrease slowly with age in most cases by 1 beat per year. We all know the benefits of Hadd, but also the benefit of consistent training of any sort. I think the key here is consistent training. In my experience more people turn to Hadd not because of their long times do not equate to their short times, but because of injury. Hadd is just a method of being able to up mileage in a safer way than traditional type training.
Did Lochaber in 2010. It felt flat to me, but there probably were very gradual, long ascents descents. The overriding memory for me was the loneliness. Having generally done City marathons, this was a bit strange. The only spectators were at the drink stops and so the lack of encouragement was noticeable. Cracking run though. I stopped in the Premier inn overlooking the shinty field where the start finish is. It was so refreshing just to set off 10mins before the start and jog round, no hustle bustle. The weather was fantastic too, having been snowing heavens high the weekend before.