Posted: 15/09/2014 at 14:24
Carl - the right decision to defer Chicago until next year mate, very wise. Will you have enough time to train for Royal Parks with the intention of going for a PB ?
Nell - this must be your last full week of training before you start to taper ? How are you feeling ?
Ali - 'Pete and Rachel' are our Strava names ! How's the new job going ? And can you understand all those Glaswegians ??
PS - a great final long run and much better paced too ! "Painful and not too pretty at the end" is just how you should feel after your last long run and you start to taper, in my opinion anyway. Time to rest well now and get those legs feeling good for race day. Might I suggest, because you are feeling so tired right now, that your weekend run next week is cut down to say 10 or 12 miles rather than the planned 15 ? You aren't going to benefit by doing those extra couple of miles at this stage.
Canter - cracking pyramid session by you. I'm old school and can only talk in miles, pounds, shillings and pence etc. I just have a blank look on my face when people tell me about x mins per km, I haven't got a clue.
So, my first week of a healthier diet has gone remarkably well. In the past I have just aimed to eat less and failed. This time, I have removed bread, pasta, rice and potatoes from my diet. There have been no snacks, chocolate or crisps at all which is a miracle for me. I am not even going to attempt to give up alcohol altogether as I won't do. The aim was to have one day, Saturday, where I eat what I want and have some beers. It's basically some sort of high fat low carb type of option with a couple of tweaks. Anyway, I feel a lot better for it already.
I went out at lunchtime and did 5 miles @ 8:13. This is not particularly quick for me, in fact it's slower than my marathon pace. However, with my running being a bit of a struggle recently this run signifies a big improvement. I've got my eye on a November half marathon so I'm going to start training towards that I reckon. Oh, and it's Ladybower on Sunday so I think I will still give the 20 miler a try.