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Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: Today at 12:04

Agreed, no need for gels for a half. Your body has enough carbs to get to 18 miles. A good carby dinner the night before and a carby breakfast should put you in good stead.

Saying that though, I've seen people running 10k's with gel belts filled to the brim! To each their own.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 10:16

I've only been running with others in the last few months, again since joining my club, and I think depeneding on the size of the club depends on how far/fast the club runs can go. We are lucky enough to have on "club night" 4 distance options, and within them usually at least 2 different paces. Its only through that I've run with others, the drawback being now I hate running on my own and find it quite boring.

The LSR topic is an interesting one. Like Eggy, I haven't got an athletic bone in my body and everything I've done has been through sheer bloody mindedness. I'm not sure I'd have the balls to even try Dannir's approach. In my mind, the more long runs the better. I managed 4 for Paris, and for this springs I really want to try and do 6 - which appears, according to the literature I've read, to be the magic number. My endurance as a runner can only be built through doing these long runs - but then again, its only my second marathon.  Like Jimbob, for me the long running is my bread and butter mileage, though I also do 2 other quality sessions a week focussing on speed and tempo work.

I guess the more marathons you do, and the more long runs you do as part of that process, you are conditioning the body to the point where less is more? Because your body (And more importantly perhaps, your mind) knows it can do it its not necessary to do the long arduous LSRs that us rookies do.

I'm terrified that taking a running break will undo all the hardwork I've done! I'm going to keep going until I reach a PB plateau then have a few weeks off.


Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:02

Brilliant news Rich! Now just take it easy a bit and don't take on too much too soon!

I also struggled with my long run this week. My legs just felt so heavy, but managed to get through 14m at about a 9.05 average, so a little short of target. It was one of those runs where mentally I was thinking "How the hell am I going to be able to run this distance at 7.35m/m" (My target is sub 1.40). I'm trusting in my training though. I am 1 week away from peak week, so I am expecting to be feeling worn out a bit, I've done an awful lot of elevation gain this month too. So I know I need to trust the taper and it'll be OK.

Battle of Sedgemoor 10k on Sunday, a local flat race. Resting up Saturday so I can have a blast at this and hopefully finally get a sub 45 time!

2014 in 2014???

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:35

Looks like Ecce and I may be racing to be the first to the line! I have 160km to go. Should have been less really but had to miss my long run last week and a 7 miler got canned too due to work commitments.

160 - the year the first buddhist monks arrived in China


Robin Williams

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:22
candy ollier wrote (see)

RIP to the 600,000 people who died yesterday who weren't "on the telly"


I didn't have any affinity with those 600,000 people. Robin Williams on the other hand has brought me and many, many others hours of joy. So to say that his death shouldn't be as newsworthy as the 600,000 others, is wrong.

2014 in 2014???

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:57

Excellent work Steph, wil 4+ months left in the year you are going to set a very high 2015 target!!

Missed my long run this week and have been away for work. But long story short, I have 144mi/232km to go.

232 being the year Pope Heraclas of Alexandria first used the appellation of "Pope"

Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:52
Rich Clark2 wrote (see)

6 weeks til Bristol Matty! Luckily your training seems to be (a lot) better than your maths

Ha ha, You are quite right 5 weeks on sunday, eek! Hopefully those splints clear up. I concur with other advise about rest. If you want to keep the cardio up as the guys have said, swimming or even cycling might be good. I'll give a +1 to a foam roller too. Only a tenner in sports direct and really helpful for a wide range of pains and pulls!

I've been away at a trade fair for work since saturday night. Missed 2 runs on my schedule (Inlcuding my LSR) and wasn't making the healthiest choices, food wise. Today I feel like a whale, which is a completely irrational thought process! Tempo run for me tonight and I'm sure once I've blasted through that I'll feel much better.


Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 21:20

Good luck ACP! You've got to keep up with him a under 11s have to be accompanied by an adult Good luck to anyone else parkrunning tomorrow.

Sorry to hear you are out of action Rich. Still 8 weeks to Bristol though loads of time

No post for a while, we were acquired last week so its been busy at work which is when I tend to do a lot of my reading and posting! Still been training hard though. Today did 5 x 1mi intervals. Did the first one at a blistering pace and followed it up with 4 more. The first was the slowest. 3 minute recoveries and I only really struggled with the last quarter mile of the last rep.

Couldn't believe the watch and had to check my miles on google maps afterwards. Averaged about 6.40m/m. 3 min recoveries. Temperature had dropped noticeably, and had a rest day yesterday which helped. Very excited for the next local 5k road race to target sub 21!

Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:06

I don't use gels for any run less than 18 miles. The body doesn't need them, just make sure you have eaten properly beforehand.

If you do want to use gels, check the directions on them. They are all different. I use SIS GO and they don't need water. Some don't need water, but are a bit minging so you might want to wash them down!

Golden rule though, if you do want to use gels, use them in training and make sure your body likes them before the race. Don't experiment with nutrition on race day!

Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 09:32

Rich - Ouch! Keep it rested for a bit, don't push it til its ready. If you feel ready to run after 2 days, give it an extra 2 just to be sure!!

Well Wednesday is Tempo run day and I had a blinder. I thought it would be really touch and was really not looking forward to it, but I managed to hit the target zones reasonably comfortably. Feeling very pleased with myself I went to play pool (We play in a local league) and a few ciders later its safe to say I'm not feeling brilliant this morning! Thankfully its a rest day from running!!


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