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RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: Yesterday at 11:08

Sense - I see what you mean now. I can be like that for the first 2/3 miles of a run but once I've dialed in to that pace I'm not too bad. It's a pain in the arse but I will spend the first couple of miles looking at my watch to get my pace right. Hopefully, eventually, I will master this skill without having to keep doing this.

RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: Yesterday at 09:53

Sense - nice run from you last night. Your pacing for miles 5-8 look pretty decent to me, only a 17 second variation, I would be happy with that. And bearing in mind that mile 7 was net downhill I don't think you should be too disappointed by the pace.

Everyone seems to be doing some MP miles already, maybe I'd better think about introducing some !

We have about a foot of snow here in Sheffield at the moment. It was freezing overnight so not the best of conditions here at the moment, any running will be done with fell shoes on. 5 miles for me yesterday with 3 @ tempo pace. A cut back week for me in which I've done 2 runs for a total of 9 miles and I will aim to get another 5/6 miles in tomorrow.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 09:42

Ali - I stand in the camp of all out and see what happens. If you don't go all out you will never know what you could achieve. If you do go all out then you could well end up with a great race.

Carl - running at work at lunchtime is great I think. You can do a nice quick session, get showered, have your lunch and it's done and dusted for the day.

Washwood - sounds like your running well at the moment.

About a foot of snow here in Sheffield yesterday. Frozen overnight so in some places it's a tad hazardous. I can see the snow covered peaks in the distance and I'm tempted to get out there but it's a cut back week this week so I need to show some self control.

Weigh in day on Friday and I've lost another 2lbs, thats a total of 16lbs in 4 weeks. I have now gone 27 days without alcohol too which I'm amazed I've managed to do so easily. Looking forward to a couple of beers tomorrow though then back on the wagon from Sunday

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 09:35

5 miles for me yesterday in a ridiculous snow storm that meant I was, at times, running with my eyes close. 3 of the miles were at tempo pace which turned out to be 7:30 pace yesterday. I think my body is starting to adapt to the low carb high fat diet I'm on as, even though yesterday's run was hard, I managed to complete it. This is a cut back week for me which has turned out ok considering that we must have about a foot of snow in places here in Sheffield. The temptation will be to go for a long run in the peaks tomorrow which I should try and resist

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 09:33

Iansi - last year, I was managing ITB issues and they flared up fairly regularly during my training. I ended up doing a hard week followed by an easy week and this worked a treat for me. I got to the starting line feeling great and smashed my 4:00 target. My point is, don't feel too disheartened if you can't follow the plan to the letter, indeed even if you have to miss a few sessions. I focused on my long runs and still managed to get 5 over 20 done. Don't give up just yet, keep plugging away at it and revise your plan as you go along if you have to.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 19:24

Not bad for a middle aged bird PS

Canter - I'd need someone younger for a runmance !

Carl - how did the run go ?

I did 5 miles down by the canal at lunchtime. It was a glorious morning, the sky was blue, it was cold but clear, one of those days that make you feel happy. Within : minutes, however, it was dark, the wind picked up, and the snow came tumbling out the sky. I had just increased my pace as I was doing a tempo session and I was running in to a headwind and the snow was horizontal. At times I was running with my eyes closed ! I did a decent run though as the 3 tempo miles were done at 7:30, not sure where that came from but am very pleased with it. I left work early as Mrs C said the weather was rubbish. A bit of an understatement as we have had a foot of snow. 

Stay safe everyone 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 11:55


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 07:58

Carl - how has week 1 of the plan gone so far ? Not cold here but quite  a bit of snow last night, will have to get the trail shoes out for a run.

Ali - 15 minutes cool down is rubbish, we expect at least 15 miles !!!

My cut back week is going well with just one run of 3 miles so far. I will pop out at lunchtime and may attempt some form of speed session, we will see how things go. Mrs C and myself are off out for a meal on Saturday and I will be having my first beer(s) in 28 days but will be back on the wagon on Sunday.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 12:10

RRR - you say you "will be doing somewhere between 45-50 miles per week each week until the taper'. Do you have any cut back weeks in your plan ? Did you previously ? If not, you may well be getting to the start line having done too much. Apparently you can feel like you're fine but your legs will let you down in the latter stages of the race. For me, I've had 3 hard weeks training so far where I have done 35, 40 and 43 miles (it's been hard due to my change in diet and therefore lack of energy). This week is a cut back week for me where I will probably run only 3/4 times and about 15 miles, 20 maximum

RW F7 – sub 3.30

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:23

Sense - sounds like things are progressing nicely. I've now learnt not to chase people if they go by me; it was difficult as my natural, competitive instinct was to get after them but now they can fly by if they want as I'm doing my own session and I want to get the best out of it.

Stewart - recovery week is going well thanks. A nice, gentle 3 miles yesterday lunchtime, something similar on Thursday and another on Saturday and maybe even Sunday. I will aim to do 15/20 miles this week max all at a very sedate pace indeed. I've recently had a bit of a revelation about my low carb way of eating. After listening to a podcast, they explained that reduced sugar & carbs would result in less inflammation to the old legs after a run. I woke up this morning and realized that my ankles and calves weren't aching and I could walk without any discomfort without 'warming up' first. Seems to be working well so far.

TR - agree about not expending too much mental energy thinking about running. However, during my campaign last year I was trying to visualize myself running strong and smooth towards the latter stages of the race. I pictured myself crossing the finish line strongly. I think this gave me a bit more confidence (on the start line) despite it being my first marathon.

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