Posted: 21/01/2015 at 21:30
So your plan after 3 months of drifting along with knee problems and not doing much training is to .... drift along with knee problems and not do too much training. Well it might work. We'll see.
Heres a quote for you: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results each time."
So what happens if a month from now your knee doesn't improve? Will you take a month off then? No you won't because you can't afford to since it will be too close to the Lakeland 100. With your tactic you are leaving yourself no room for manouever. Here is another problem with your current plan. What might happen is your knee might start to feel a bit better in a month from now. But because you've been training on flat ground you have given yourself a false sense of security. The moment you have to do any kind of hills (as you possibly may encounter in the Lakeland 100 - I assume there are hills in the Lake District right?) your knees are going to go 'What the hell is this???' and you'll give up. But then you can give up, say it wasn't your day but at least you told everyone you entered yet another 100 mile race.
You've now entered two 100 mile races in the past few months. In both of those races you covered the fewest distance of any runner in either race, and in both cases you never even made the half marathon mark. In other words, you are entering 100 mile races when you aren't actually good enough for a half marathon. Shouldn't that be telling you something? Entering 100 mile races isn't like playing the lottery, you can't just keep entering and just hoping one day by luck you'll complete the distance. Also while Im in rant mode (even though rant mode is usually the mode Im in on here), people have been congratulating you on just entering. I won't be doing that. I may have used this analogy before, but if I turned up at Dover with my swimming trunks and headed off to France and then had to be rescued a mile from the shore would everyone be congratulating me for at least giving it a go? No they would say I was stupid for attempting it in the first place.
Here is my prediction of how this will play out.
February - Maintain fitness. Knee still a slight problem.
March - Knee still a bit of a problem so going to continue maintaining program, see how it goes.
April - Knee slightly better. Going to do a 20 mile run on Saturday even though the first Ive been is 10 miles in the last few months since I need to get prepared for the Lakeland 100.
May - Knee playing up again with increased training. Might take a week off, see how it goes.
June - Behind schedule on training, knee OK will try to push a bit more this month for training. But not too much as don't want to damage anything before race.
July - Taper time. Haven't done as much training as I would hope but the tapering will give my body a last minute chance to try and repair itself.
July 24th - Race day. 20 miles in, couldn't tolerate knee pain anymore, caught by sweeper, Im out.
You never know, you might prove me wrong ... but I doubt it. Have a look at Peronel's post. You seem completely unaware that these races are 'proper' races. You can't just play at them. This isn't even like walking around a flat park for 100 miles. This will be a constant up and down, push like hell run. Here is a quote from the Lakeland 100 site.
" The climb, descent, rugged terrain, darkness and tricky navigation generally ensure a 50-60% failure rate over the 100 mile course"
So more than half the people fail. And yet you're going to do it even though you've been the first person out in each of your 100 mile runs?
You know Im not saying this to be nasty. This is me shaking you, trying to make you see sense. You will fail in the Lakeland 100.