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P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 21:14

Playing catch up on posts since Friday...

Well done booktrunk, that's a great week for you!

Sending out the get well soon vibes to Mennania 

Enjoyed the Shelley win earlier - good strong racing. And he looked as if he really enjoyed it too.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 13:36

sausageroll-shane, that's good news on the injury front. You're firing on all cylinders now 

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 11:33

Just Running, one thing that came out of my spring P&D effort is that the Daniel's calculator (and indeed others) seemed to be more or less spot on in terms of equivalent race times given my level of fitness at the time. That was a good back to back bad day / good day this week for you though - running top or not 

NorthEnd, that's a good point on LT pace variation. Nice MP run as well. Sounds preferable to a 1km river swim to me!! 

Menn, it's Friday...the gateway to the weekend and provider of happy times 


P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 17:48

Ramjet, now you mention that, I think that I remember you replacing your LT with a HM. Good idea. Well done on your MP run today, it's always a nice bonus when you enjoy those runs.

Eggler, +1 on what Madbee says - I always feel better on my LR compared to my MLR, despite the fact that they can be 50% longer. Possibly to do with a better mindset going in to what is usually my last run of the week.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:42

Cheers folks, appreciate the advice. I'm running a HM at the end of August and then another on Sept 14th, which will tell the full story. I'll just keep my head down for now. Last time out my LT paces came together really nicely in the last 6 weeks, so maybe some faith is required.

I might hunt out a 10k as well.

Good luck indeed for later Macca 

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:23

Eggler, 2 days between those sessions should be fine - just take it easy on the recovery run in between and start your LR out a slower pace. Running on tired legs will pay dividends on the day as you're building a strong aerobic engine that knows how to operate when it starts to get tired.

I agree with Scott that recovery runs really help to iron out the creases between harder runs. Running more to feel 'more rested' is almost counter-intuitive, but it seems to work.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 13:16

Get thee to the pub andrews148. Bloody hell, that's rough.

Good running this morning Scott and 15West.

11 w/6@LT this morning was not good. Target 6:30, Actual 6:48 (in a bloody hot 20c with 70% humidity).

To compare and contrast with some key LT sessions from this year:

March Half PB - 13.1@6:44 

June 30th - 5@6:37 (start of plan)

July 24th - 6@6:48 (today, hot)

I'm thinking that my target LT pace of 6:30 is too aggressive given my current level of fitness. But then given that I was only 7 seconds shy of my target LT pace at the start of the plan (running at 6:37), surely these next 10 weeks are enough to shave those seconds off given the increased miles, LT sessions and dropped weight by the time race day rolls around?!

Any insights (except for 'dry your eyes and stop throwing your rattle out of the pram it's too early to make that call' )??


P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 07:42

Well done Scott , that's fantastic news!

And even more good racing from Madbee, the girl that never stops.

Great article andrews148. Re running and being a good employee, my boss (who doesn't run, but does everything from rally driving to waterskiing) is of the the opinion that 'if you want something done, give it to someone who's busy'. It struck a chord with me as I raise an eyebrow anytime anyone proclaims to be 'flat out at work'. Non-runner slackers 

On a related note, a fellow employee asked me yesterday whether I 'did' triathlons or ironmans. When I told her that it was marathons, she responded 'oh right' in a tone that said 'well anyone can do THOSE, they're not exactly difficult'. She's never run the length of herself in her life. Twat.

Looks like another scorcher out there today. 11 w/6@LT today for me . Happy running all...

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:01

andrews148, that's a fair chunk of time never mind trying to fit it in around other (less important ) commitments. I had a look at the 70-85 mile plan last night and was immediately turned off by the amount of double runs. Ratcheting up to a higher weekly mileage + more emphasis on speed would be my first aspiration - not until the end of the year though.

Perhaps running closer to MP+10% would help to keep you on the right side of injury though, so don't be wrecking yourself in the meantime. Sudocrem can't fix everything (although those cooling wet wipes are just heavenly when required ).

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:45

"So Scott, tell us a bit about yourself..."

"Well, I'm a keen marathoner which as...[confident laugh] I'm sure you'll agree... [serious face]... shows that I'm both tenacious and dedicated. Qualities that I know your firm values. 

I also won't get out of bed for less than £60k per year. Or at least for some bagels with peanut butter and an isotonic drink."


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