Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:57
Some amazing training going on here this week, as per usual.
CC2 - Good treadmill run mid week, and HMP run too. What was the audio book?
Bedders - Glad to learn I'm not the only one who snacks on cereal like its going out of fashion. I hope you don't add milk to those bran flakes? Good long run too, and I don't think neg-splits are a bad thing in training.
DrDave - OW! Who knew park run was so dangerous? Hope you're not feeling too sore and no long-term damange.
Good LSRs to HR, Wardi and others. And hard luck to those who were intending to race - although there are plenty of races to choose from in the coming months.
I've had a mixed bag of a week really. Easiest week, mileage wise, for a while (will be about 40miles total), but really struggled at club reps on Tuesday (although pace was ok) and yesterday's MP run (8 miles) was horrendous. I had to stop every couple of miles to stretch, and it really felt like my energy levels were 'dipping'. Improved for the final two miles, but can't say I enjoyed it - although the 6.40avg was a tad quicker than MP.
Brick session in gym this morning, which felt better, although the hamstrings are giving me gip (long-recurring problem). Hopefully lots of stretching and foam-rollering will mean I can cobble together some kind of race pace for the 10k league race tomorrow morning.
Does anyone else find that, once they start the properly long runs (20m +), it plays havoc with faster paces (e.g. 10k or so)? It feels like my legs just get confused - something to do with those fast and slow-twitch fibre things?
Interesting discussion re: mileage, too. I ran 3.06 at Stratford last year off around 40 miles pw, max, and struggled spectacularly in the final 10k. Will be averaging about 50 mpw for VLM this time, so it will be interesting to see how much a difference it makes, although the quality of the sessions I'm running this time round is also considerably higher. But when I read about people avg. 60-80 mpw, I wonder whether I should be running more/further. Is gender a factor here? How long does it take to work up to that kind of mileage, without things starting to break/fall off?