Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:46
Nice to hear things looking up bains. We have some friends who bought a treadmill so they could "go for a run" whilst on childcare duty.
Congratulations Tmap! You didn't marry Jools did you (am I misremembering about her coxing)? I'll avoid the obvious innuendos of wedding-night cox-speak we can only imagine ("Next stroke... firm pressure... let's hold that for 10, keeping it smooth... let me feel you lifting the bow") Oops sorry couldn't resist.
TT -- why the 7 weeks of hills in particular? That sounds new.
So the big-mileage week experiment continues. Yesterday was a rest though with merely 15M of cycling, but I was aware my legs were still tired on the evening trip home. My "performance combo" this morning was similar to last week -- a worthy session, but the tempo bit worryingly slow this time (but quite long):
6x(0.5M hard, 0.25M light), 5:47/M avg in the efforts
8.1M @ 6:55/M [That felt like hard tempo effort though! Worrying.]
Total 14M @ 6:53/M avg, all with a 2.5 kg rucksack.
With some clothes to pick up in town this evening my return trip will probably be about 8M, so 22M for the day, and after one last plod double tomorrow -- taking my week's miles to about 90, easily a record -- I will reboot totally into an aggressive taper next week, starting with a rest on Sat and a pretty short long run on Sun. Very curious to see how I do in the half next weekend after all this plodding.
(This week I've done exactly what you caution against Muss, i.e. very long run but no quality, and actually I used to be a low mileage guy; just experimenting though. The thing missing without really long long runs is adaptation to greater glycogen-sparing fat burning, but I concede that if your other training leaves you glyco-depleted for more modest long runs that should tick the same box. Actually Al reminds me having just the long run and MLR as key sessions is a proven Marigold approach so maybe I'm in good company.)
marrows -- I've definitely found that topping up miles after a race to make for a long run I can feel very glyco-depleted at quite modest distance, so yes I think that works.