Posted: Yesterday at 13:19
Susan, so sorry to hear that. Best wishes to you all.Mandela was famously a man with a twinkle in his eyes for the ladies, so maybe she's being chatted up at the Gates...
Re. Mixing paces in training - when I did my best times I ran 11+ min miles in recovery runs - wouldn't have been able to face the tougher workouts otherwise. I have a small book on marathon training written by the guy who trains or advises many of the good Kenyans (http://athleticsillustrated.com/interviews/renato-canova/ ) and he says...there are runners who can go all day but aren't fond of speedworkand they will improve with speedwork, and speed-loving runners who will improve with endurance work - in summary, everyone does better if they can screw up their courage to do more of the training they're not naturally inclined towards... :/
The OH has made banana bread this week and the thought of it did keep me going for my long intervals yesterday! Also I made sure I picked the route so most of the fast work was downhill