Posted: Yesterday at 11:31
Lev - Forgot to comment on your most recent encouraging training. Looks like it's all coming together nicely. 2:32... choowoo!! Re: speed work, I don't think there's much harm in doing some faster running, but w.r.t. that particular session, 8 x 1k @ 3k/5k pace is a lot, and apart from injury I'd simply be concerned that you'd get horrific DOMS that might interfere with the rest of your training, even if it is winding down now. When I've not been interval training for a while and get back to it, my hamstrings really know about it. By all means throw in some VO2 max running but be cautious with the volume I reckon. Or just stick to Plan A!
bains - You're flying! I don't think I've ever hit 600, 400 or 200s that quick (definitely not the 200s; possibly a 31 on a final rep of a pyramid, imagining I'm John Regis or something!)
Re: taper. I've surprised myself this Summer with my ability to get over a hard session or even race, and race well off it soon after. My traditional strategy would be to run as normal up till Thursday (easy Monday, intervals Tuesday, easy Wednesday) but then have a cut-down Thursday (e.g. 3 miles tempo-lite, HMP pace instead of full-on 6-7 miles HMP tempo), then rest/easy or easy/easy, Friday/Saturday. It might depend on how I'm feeling, any niggles or tiredness, etc. So this week, I'm feeling rather indestructible (possibly an ominous sign!) and feel inclined to blast the race on Thursday (it is only 3 miles) even though Sunday's HM is a bit of a target race. Either way, I'd err on the side of cutting down volume towards the end of the week even if I'm still happy to run hard.
Re: Vets' marathon, AFAIK the international vets' competitions tend to be open entry so you just apply through your country's vets' association and you're in. One exception is the British & Irish International XC in November which involves being selected, which I'm putting myself in for. You get a free England vest but you need to provide other kit "(including red shorts if possible)".