Posted: 20/11/2014 at 05:49
Thank you everyone for reading my report and for all your lovely comments . I know I go on a bit but I do enjoy a good ramble.
Emmy - You're just going to have to come out next November and appreciate the Beatles tribute band first hand
Mowzer - Well done on getting through another epic. I think with those gourmet food stations I'd definitely leave the Garmin at home!
Moore - Good luck with that double. You are a braver person than me.
Keith - No idea with the injury sorry.
Clag - That is a cracker of a PB - well done. Doesn't sound like the easiest of courses either.
SK - FWIW all my training for Cognac was done at base training pace. I just put in an extra hills session in for the last month or so. All my training runs over the Spring and Summer were done at BT, the only time I went any faster was when I raced. At first it seems like you are really slow but you do get used to it and it's great when you realise you are starting to cover the same runs in a shorter time but still keeping your heart rate low. I don't particularly like running fast (unless I'm racing) so it suits me. Sometimes I think we feel that unless we are wiped out after a training session we have not worked hard enough or it has not been a "quality" session - with BT this is not the case as every run matters. Another advantage is that your risk of injury is greatly reduced as it is a sure fire way of making sure you are not running too fast!
Are you using the same plan you put together for London this year?
Big G - That is a brilliant idea to do some dog walking for those people!
KK - Fantastic running from you and your daughter. Lovely you can share that together (I am well jealous - not one of my children shows any interest in running!)
Shades - You definitely made the right decision with those shoes! When's your next race?
My running is rubbish this week. I have caught a bit of a headcold which doesn't seem to get any worse but just leaves me feeling groggy. I have nothing in my legs and often have to walk/run a bit The same thing happened after my long trail run in September. Are we more susceptible to picking something up after a hard race? Last time it took about two weeks to get back on form again - I am a bit concerned as marathon only ten days away... eeeek!