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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 10:22

Nell - hopefully the foot is just a result of pushing hard last week and that in a few days it will have all healed nicely. I would recommend high quantities of alcohol to aid recovery at this stage ! Thanks for the advice about my knees. The pain was coming more from the front than the side than previously but I suspect it is probably ITB related. I will go out for a little trot again tomorrow but, as you say, I won't be pushing it too hard.

Will - sounds like the curry might have pushed you on in your run ! 

Ricky - how is your niggle coming along, getting massaged plenty ??

Carl - I want to tell you to go off at a decent pace and try and bank some time to take into account you will slow down going up the climbs. But, as you quite rightly say, you need to respect the course as it could come back and bite you on your bum in the latter stages. My advice to you would be not to try and push to hard when going up the climbs. If you accept that you are going to slow down a bit you can make your way up nice and steadily and when you get to the top you should feel ok to carry back on at marathon pace. If you try and push too hard going up the hills your legs will become quickly battered and you will end up walking towards the end. You are still going to smash your PB though mate !

PS - you can go quicker than 3:45, definitely. The weather round these parts can be quite strange. I've stood in my back garden in the middle of July in shorts and tee shirt and it's being roasting. I then took the mutts up in the peaks for a walk and was bombarded with hail stones. You always need to be prepared for the worst of the weather when you go running in the peaks. I entered the VLM ballot this morning; once again, I'm really not that bothered if I get in or not when you hear all of the bad stories about congestion, bottles spread across the road, travel arrangements etc. Sounds like my idea of hell ! But it would still be nice to run it so I can say I have run it.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:40

Morning all.

Went out for my long run up in the peaks yesterday. I chose a fairly flat route, as much as it can be flat up there. It was bloody freezing up there, and blowing a gale in places, so I was glad I had my hat and gloves on ! Anyway, it was a fasted run and it wasn't until mile 10 that I ran out of energy so not too bad really. The legs didn't feel too bad considering the rocky nature of the terrain in places. Mile 11 and my knee started hurting. Mile 12 and the other started hurting. I decided to call it a day and head for the car so ran/walked/hobbled the last 2 miles. The knees feel fine today, well they did as soon as I stopped running, so will have to plat it by ear over the next couple of weeks. Maybe it was a bit too much too soon, we shall see. Will catch up later as I'm off to my niece's 21st birthday party now. 

RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 10:22

Sense - I struggle finding a low carb breakfast for during the weeks so Monday - Thursday I tend to go without. Friday - Sunday I will have bacon, mushrooms and eggs or a bacon and mushroom omelette. For lunch I will have things like gammon with salad, chicken with veg or Mediterranean stew (white fish, chorizo, veg). For dinner, it is generally meat and veg but try and experiment with different flavours e.g. garlic carrots, mushrooms and leek in cream. I have a big plate load of food for dinner and find that it keeps me away from the fridge. On a low carb diet you have to get the balance of food groups right. So, for me, my daily targets are no more than 50g carbs, trt and eat 100/150g of protein and as much fat as possible. All of this in allowance of 2000 calories per day.

I live in Sheffield so there are plenty of fell races near me. When will you be up here and what sort of distance are you looking at ? Also, ensure you have the appropriate footwear so when you're bounding down those fells you don't fall on your arse !

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 09:56

Canter - sounds like you'll be passing all of the sites. I guess you won't see much though as you will be absolutely flying.

Will - it's a tough one alright. I'm not sure I could purposely do it again but having seen the benefit who know's ? Regarding your marathon pace, if you're planning on 8:05 then I would do that from the start (I know I was talking about doing this very thing myself a few weeks ago !). After your taper you won't notice the difference but you could lose a bit of time in those first 3 miles. If your training has gone to plan get right on your pace from the start and stick with it. And when you get to mile 20 keep all negative thoughts about slowing down out of your mind and speed up !

PS - at the moment my easy pace is about 8:30 and feels very easy indeed. I anticipate it will start to feel harder tomorrow as I am back on the LCHF stuff ! And tomorrow's run will be off road, so tougher and the already tired legs. I assume you ARE going for a GFA at Chicago though ? You will smash it I'm sure. All you have to do, and I really can't believe I'm saying this to you, is run your long runs 30 seconds per mile quicker !!

Weigh in today. After changing back to eat carbs before the marathon and absolutely stuffing my face since, it was a pleasant surprise to see that I hadn't put on any weight. The plan now is to try and shift a bit more to hopefully make things easier for myself. After  today I'm off work until next Thursday, happy days !



RW F7 – aiming for 3.15

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 09:32

Thanks Westy and Madbee. It will be easy to incorporate hills in to my training !

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 15:17

Washwood – I hear what you’re saying about family life and juggling stuff around, it can certainly be challenging at most people here can testify too.

Ali – I’m not sure I’m currently listening to my body enough to be honest. I don’t feel fully recovered from Manchester yet but I’m already talking about doing a 20 miler; if it was you doing this I’m pretty sure I’d be telling you to take it easy !

Will – see above response to Ali ! How about switching off your watch and running to feel ???

Canter – yes, saw the story about the chap and his car. No comment ! where is the Bupa 10k held ?

PS – I think confidence plays a massive part in achieving a PB. It’s great that Sunday has given you a big boost and I’m looking forward to seeing you crack 3:45 at Chicago.

5 miles for me at lunchtime along an ‘urban trail’ on the outskirts of the city. I had to really force myself to slow down to the pace I think I will be running in a couple of weeks, if I decide to run it. After about 3 miles the lack of carbs started to kick in and by the end of the run I was blowing somewhat. Saw a very handsome fox on the run though, so I stopped and we spent a couple of minutes just staring at each other until he shot off in to the undergrowth.

RW F7 – aiming for 3.15

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 11:13

Cool, cheers

RW F7 – aiming for 3.15

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 11:00

Westy - So, Chester marathon. I keep hearing reports that it has hills. Obviously, one man's hill (or woman's) is another man's (or woman's) gentle incline. I live in a particularly hilly area so hills don't scare me ! What's your opinion of hills at Chester ? i.e. are they likely to affect a PB attempt ?

RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 10:55

TR - there are plenty of events out there so hopefully you will be able to find something that fits in for you.

Rich - 30 x 200 !! That's a heck of a session.

Sense - I don't think that running Jersey is stupid providing that you don't race it. I think I've mentioned previously that I normally do at least 1 long run in my marathon plan where I spend longer on my feet than I expect to complete my marathon. 

I've switched back to a LCHF diet this week and already I'm feeling better in myself. The big test will be on Saturday's run which will be fasted and a long run. I am expecting to bonk but don't have a problem with that. It all depends how the legs feel after Manchester, which, admittedly was only 2 weeks ago so I may be being extremely optimistic with attempting 20 miles. The route I will run is along the Trans Pennine Trail so if I'm feeling rough I can easily cut the run short abnd head back to the car.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 22:14

Sean - nice work with the weight gain !

Will - don't think I've properly recovered yet so not sure that a 20 miler is in order just yet. I should still be able to get round the ultra though ! Take it easy with that calf. 

Nell - rest ! Look after your foot, I'm sure you know what's best for you. Rest !

Washwood - is it the heat that is the reason you couldn't train during the summer ? Manchester would be a good marathon for your next PB attempt as its dead flat. It also has the feel of a big city marathon but doesn't get as congested as it sounds like it did at London 

PS - maybe so. But if you ran your training runs slower you would have gotten a bigger PB !!


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