Posted: 16/01/2014 at 10:52
PP - a mate of mine paced at Brighton (evenly) and said that he started off with a group of 30 or so runners. In the first few miles most of them were complaining (some quite vociferously) that he was going too slowly. By the end all the moaners had dropped back as they couldn't hold his "slow" even pace. Only two people stuck with it the whole way round. He said it was good fun as even the two successful ones needed quite a lot of encouragement in the last few miles and they were both incredibly grateful. So, agree that even splits are the way forward, ignore any moans at the beginning, enjoy it and keep mentioning how much you like to have a few pints of *insert favourite beer here* after a marathon but have left your wallet at home...
Toro - great session(s). Flailing.
TR - I'm stunned you can do those big sessions on your own at the crack of dawn, very impressed. Is your 2 mile strip of road lit or are you under headtorch?
PiMan - be careful, taking that many drugs doesn't sound healthy. Sounds like your ski trip must have been fun if your ribs feel like that though.
Loads more good training, TT, Al, JH1, Padams, SL (great pace), Charlie, DrDave (you should be looking at least sub 2.45 if not sub 2.40), ST, HR, OS, Postie, Wardi, Jimbob, AW, I got tired just typing all that.
Finding the food talk quite amusing. Dids, you seem slightly confused in your Point 1. Still not sure the porridge only diet is going to catch on. Point 2 makes much more sense although you don't even need to eat a "normal" meal the night before. I know I've argued in the past in favour of excessive carb loading but I find this low carb stuff pretty interesting now and personally feel that if nothing else it makes you feel more alert and awake and energetic during the day. There are downsides to it - it's more expensive, breakfast takes longer to prepare, if everyone did it then we probably wouldn't be able to produce enough food to feed the global population (quite a biggie) - and it's not for everyone but the world's more interesting when there are different options. How good it is for running training I don't know, I'm still experimenting on myself with it, but from results so far I'm not giving up on it yet.
6 + 12 for me yesterday, have decided that I need to do a bit of quicker running in with the easy stuff now so did the 12 as a fartlek in the wind and pouring rain. Enjoyed running a bit faster, tried to be quite random with the speeds / distances of the efforts and recoveries and averaged 6.30 pace for the run. Aerobically it was good but legs hurt for the first time in weeks so hopefully they'll adapt and the faster stuff will improve quickly. 6 this morning and 16 planned for later.