Posted: 15/05/2015 at 12:02
Hello folks - I've rarely had time to look at the forums lately...!
I'm at a very different place to most on here as I'm just about to start a 2 week taper for Edinburgh Marathon.
Far too much to look back on but well done to everyone who ran well at VMLM - some cracking times and some good podiums following on from that. Good luck at Brooklyn JAP and good luck to Dan on the ultra.
Bainsy – as others have said, I think you just have to take it as it comes. XT will certainly help with the aerobic stuff in the meantime, but you just have to watch that you don’t do too much too soon and strain something early on.
Steve6 – as others have said – probably a new approach or change in approach required. You’re way faster than me so not sure how much value my advice will be but perhaps just going back to basics and making sure your easy runs are EASY so you enjoy them and just relax and enjoy running with no pressure. Ditch the GPS for a while perhaps? I know when I (probably like many others) realised I was running easy runs way too fast, running overall became instantly more enjoyable when I slowed down. It’s probably easy to fall into a vicious circle of wanting to run faster to force things and then not managing to and then training sub-optimally.
Matt3 – everything shaping up nicely for Edinburgh?
My training had been going pretty much bang on until 6 weeks before race day. After my first 20+ mile run, my lower calf totally stiffened up, to the point that running the next couple of days was painful, so I was forced out of running for a few days and then very gradually got back into it combined with elliptical XT over the next week to 10 days. Thankfully, it didn’t totally derail my training and I only missed 1 long run and was able to run 20 miles the following weekend! A couple of monster sessions over the past week or so of 35k on Saturday made up of 10k easy; 10k MP+15sec; 10k MP; 2k threshold; 3k easy, then Wednesday of 30 min MP; 4x 5min MP-26sec; 30 MP. Didn’t quite nail the 35k session – all going well until I tried to crank up to threshold pace and my legs weren’t too keen…! Did 10k @ 7:41, 10k @ 7:03, 10k @ 6:50, 2k @ 6:45 (aiming for sub 6:20!), 3k @ 9:08 on Saturday for 21.79 miles average 7:21, then Wednesday 30 min @ 6:47, 4x 5 min (6:20-6:21), 30 min @ 6:50 – incl WU and CD came out at 16.24 miles @ 7:30 pace.
Got 30k made up of 10k easy; 10k MP; 5k easy; 5k threshold to do this weekend then it’s taper time!
Still gunning for sub 3 – everything seems to suggest I’ll be capable of that. HM PB was taken down to 83:49 in March and the training has gone really well aside from that 10 day spell. Fingers crossed…! (Marathon “PB” from 2012 is 4:24:xx so I’ll be looking to take a serious chunk out of that)