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RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:54

Morning everyone.

It's a quiet time at the moment with all of the spring marathons done and everyone getting ready to start training for their next events.

Mine is in July, the St Cuthbert's Way ultra. 46 miles starting in Northumberland and finishing in Melrose, Scotland. The legs have been a bit temperamental, one day feeling ok the next very sluggish. I'm sure it won't be too long before I am back to normal.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:51

Nell – good to hear that you are getting back in to shape and the niggles are subsiding. Is the trip to Germany business or pleasure, will you be sampling some of the local beers ? You’ve got 48 miles planned this week ? Blimey, I only managed 27 last week and that felt rather a lot.

Will – the diet I was on is LCHF (low carb high fat). I keep threatening to get back on it but haven’t yet fully committed to doing so. It’s that time of year where sitting in the garden with a beer in the evening and bbq’s makes it difficult to give up all of those lovely foods etc. I think it is Manchester that I can still feel in my legs; after all, as a gentleman of a certain age it is probably taking longer to recover from it than someone younger. Keep resting, 11.5 miles this week will be absolutely fine and you will be raring to go at Edinburgh.

PS – I’m wondering if, after a period of my easy running being faster, that my body is readjusting back to its normal pace.  For me, it’s time to start increasing my mileage so I’m just going to get on with it now. Round where I live there are plenty of scarier people than bears, and that’s just the women !! Anyway, how is Mike ?

Ali – the sun was shining in Glasgow ? Wow ! You’re in a good place at the moment with your running so make the most of it enjoy it all. Any further thoughts about an ultra ?

Carl – no use dwelling on your ‘lost’ time, we all know you did it. Just as a thought, couldn’t you send them the gpx file from Garmin ? Assuming you follow an 18 week plan, it is just over 2 weeks before you start training for Chicago !!!  I don’t think I’ve lost my mojo, as such, it’s a case of the mind wants to do it but the body won’t let me at the moment. I’m sure it will come in time but until then I’m just going to go out and enjoy the trails.

Not much to report from me at the moment. Short, easy runs at lunchtime. I will be heading into the Peaks on Saturday to take in some big climbs, I plan to go up Kinder and follow the Pennine Way for a few miles and see where that takes me. It’s nice to be just going out without having a target for a run, so I can stop and take in the views, walk up the hills nice and steadily etc. Next week sees the mileage increase with my first back to back runs, not sure how long they will be yet as it depends on the old legs

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 14:24

Carl – as you say, YOU know you’ve run the time and that’s the main thing. Anyway, come the autumn it won’t be your PB any way…..Stairs – go down them backwards ! so, now you’ve done a trail marathon will you be moving on to the next, logical step ? An ultra ?

Will – not long for you to wait now !

4 easy miles for me at lunchtime with 3 hill repeats. Legs felt a bit heavy today. It just shows you how much the marathon can take out of you. 6 weeks ago I did the same hill repeat session and blasted out 8 reps fairly comfortably. Today was really hard work to just do 3. Maybe it just takes me longer to recover than others but I certainly don’t feel in good shape at the moment. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 22:43

Carl - that race sounds brutal, I may have to try it one day ! So, you've bagged yourself a massive PB on a tough course. That training plan has worked really well for you and I'm anticipating great things from you at Chicago. Very well done for getting through this mentality too, hills can be tough on the legs but can play havoc with your mind. Mixed terrain can't have been that easy either. Plus the weather. That all adds up to an extreme hard day at the office, as if running a marathon isn't hard enough. Brilliant effort mate and you have every reason to feel proud of yourself. You certainly deserve it with the training you have put in. I think this bodes really well for Chicago. I'm really chuffed for you, you deserve this great time. 

Carl - you were not shit !

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 20:51

Ali - it's a bit of both really. If you get a section that you can run its best to stop for a 5 minute walk every 25/30 minutes whether you feel like it or not. It's a good time to take on some food whilst you are walking. When you get to to steep hills just walk. You will smash your legs in no time if you try running up steep hills. For me, the grey area is the slight inclines. Do I run up them or mix it up with some walking ? I guess that will become clearer as my long runs get longer. And I will take it easy on the descents too. If you don't train your quads for going downhill and you bomb off on a quick descent you are asking for trouble. Have you signed up for one yet ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 01:01

Will - 12 at marathon pace so close to race day is a bit steep in my view. Time to take it easier methinks. You should be cutting back now so it's time to take it easy. Do some speed sessions, of course, but a lot less miles than what you've just done. It's time to rest fella, and resist doing too much even if you are feeling good. Put this one behind you and move on. It's not a bad day, sounds like you've pushed it a tad too much

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:19

First off road training for ultra run for me today. Watch - forgot to charge so dead. Mobile - forgot to charge so dead. I know the area so I reckon I ran 13 miles or so. There was plenty of climbing and lots of technical terrain. Adopted a walk/run strategy and this seemed to work a treat. When I finished the legs felt great, which is rare when I've been running up there. And no knee issues either. Happy days. 

Carl - don't be shit

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:59

Carl - busy couple of days for me so might not get chance to get on tomorrow. 

1) training has gone superbly well for you 

2) the Hanson's plan has worked for Nell so believe it will work for you too

3) be totally confident in your ability 

4) if you're feeling good don't be afraid to push on a bit

5) ease your way up those hills, you will find there is still plenty in your legs when you get to the top if you do

6) we all have total confidence in you knocking out a great time

7) when the pain comes just tell it to sod off. Remember that it will only last a short while and you can rest when you've finished

8) after months of winter training it will feel hot out there. Pour water over your head to keep cool

9) you're not there to enjoy yourself, you're there to do a job. There will be plenty of time to enjoy yourself when you're basking in your new PB

10) Don't be shit

I'm sure you won't need good luck but I really hope everything goes well for you. Now go out there and do it....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 07:37

Washwood – great PB, by a whopping 55 seconds too. Well done.

Will – those intervals are rather fast !! How is the rest of the taper going ?

Canter – I do run to get away from Mrs C, especially when she is being a pain in the arse !

Ali – I have no intention of trying to talk Mrs C around to running. Absolutely not. If she wants to do it then she can. But I can guarantee that to get away from her all I have to do is head for the hills, literally ! A 36/38 mile ultra is definitely manageable if you can run a marathon. Last year I did the Long Tour of Bradwell which was a hilly 35 miles. I don’t think I needed to run extra miles but I did need to get plenty of hill work in. Are the ultras you mentioned hilly and what type of terrain are they ?

I did an ‘easy’ 10 miles last night at an average of 8:07. The first 8 miles felt very easy indeed, in terms of effort, but the last 2 were a bit harder work. As has been mentioned previously, my post marathon easy pace is quicker than before Manchester; do we eventually go back to our default easy pace or is this it now ?? The knees are giving me a bit of grief this morning which tells me I am still overdoing it i.e. I am running too fast. I will definitely need to slow right down for a while which shouldn’t be too difficult this weekend as I’m heading for the peaks and those there hills. I’ve just been looking at a bit of a training plan in preparation for the St Cuthbert’s Way ultra in July. There is going to be 3 weeks of back to back runs starting with 10/20, then 15/25 and finally 20/30. That’s the plan anyway, whether the old legs can cope with that is another matter altogether ! Oh, and I’ve got man flu so thanks to whoever it was that passed it on to me !!

RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:57

I too am still feeling my way back into things. I think Manchester has taken more out of me than I first thought; that, plus trying to do a bit too much too soon means that I am currently managing a couple of niggles. The old ITB issues turned up again in both knees but now only one is causing me any grief. I also have slight strains in both thighs. I'm sure this wasnt helped when I went out into the peaks a few days ago and just bombed down a decent like a madman. Anyway, the ultra I was intending to run this weekend has been shelved so next on my radar is the St Cuthberts Way ultra in July. This is 46 miles long, starts in England and finishes in Scotland so I'd better start training for that

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