Posted: 26/06/2015 at 17:29
Ali - St Cuthberts Way ultra is off now but I'm going to do the Ultra Tour of the Peak District, only 30 miles and not the 47 but such is life. Anyway, the Hardmoors 60 is my main goal now so I've got that to look forward to in September. I expect the weather in Valencia was a tad warmer than Glasgow ?? Nice training run, you're still in some good form by the sounds of it.Whats the plan for the HM on Sunday then, a PB attempt ?
Robert - some cracking photos, I don't think a cone suits you though ! People training for a marathon quite often achieve a HM PB without even training specifically for it. I would say you definitely need to do more longer runs this time round if you can, 3 or 4 x 20 milers would certainly help.
PS - shocking that the best excuse you can come up with for the gremlins is to blame a 3 year old girl !! How much cross training is in your schedule ? Don't forget you are training for a marathon not to see how many sit ups you can do !
Went out this morning with a friend from work with the intention of running the Long Tour of Bradwell route (35 miles). I had forgotten how tough a course it is and it was a shock to my mate also. It was brutal out there today. He had run a trail marathon a couple of weeks ago so still had that in his legs and I have already run 30 miles this week, most of it too quick, so I was pretty tired too. In the end we managed 24 miles with 5,200ft of climbing. Even though it was tough it was a very useful run too. So, what have I learnt today ?
1) I still need to eat more on these long runs. All I had was a mars bar, a couple of sausage rolls and 2 gels. Whilst I didn't feel particularly hungry I know that come mile 40 of a long race I'm going to blow up if I've not eaten enough.
2) My new running vest doesn't carry as much stuff as I thought it would. I will keep experimenting with it to get it right.
3) All of my runs are too fast at the moment. Since Manchester my easy pace has got a lot quicker. That's all well and good for flat, road running but my legs really felt it today. Time to slow down a bit.
Right, it must be beer o'clock by now......