Vicky Yello

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Long run distances

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 16:58
JM89 wrote (see)

Interesting that you used the phrase 'not designed to run more...'  I suffered a stress-fracture a couple of years ago and the consultant I saw at the hospital was absolutely useless and suggested that maybe I wasn't designed for running and should just stop...needless to say I now use that for motivation! 

Doctors' see that an aliment is caused by something so their advice is usually to stop doing it. Sometimes this is correct, sometimes it is simplistic and unnecessary!

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:36
AWC wrote (see)
Vicky: makes sense, same weekend as my marathon. Have a few mates who've done Dublin - supposed to be a decent one to do with not too many hills or anything nasty. Isn't recovery this week on the 18/55mi schedule for those dates? hopefully as I'm in recovery mode this week!!

Fear not, I've got a spare week in the bag in case of sickness/accidental excessive partying etc

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 16:15

Think I'll be doing HMs for the first two (mostly because I signed up for them thinking the tune up races were 8miles to 15miles not kms ... well done me, but think I may have gone this route anyway if I'd engaged my brain!) and put the long runs into the mid-week, possibly shortening them. For the last one I'll do a 10km race.  

Training for Dublin on the 26th Oct.  



Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 15:43

Slight error in my post:

Vicky Yello wrote (see)

The 18/55 schedule plans for 3 8km-15km races with 16-17MILE runs the same week



Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 15:14

I have a new question for the experts! ....

Coming into the 3rd mesocycle next week, I now realise I'm a little confused about the tune up race situation. The 18/55 schedule plans for 3 8km-15km races with 16-17km runs the same week, but no mention of any tune up half marathons. Should one want to switch some of these 8km-15km tune ups for half marathons, what's the best way to amend the schedule to avoid any problems or would it be best not to tamper with it at all. To do a marathon without doing any halfs in practice seems very alien to me! 

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 10:41

MLR = These have ended up being my worst as always seem to be dead legged for them! 

LT = Look forwards to these but my pace is a bit down atm so don't have a big afterwards satisfaction

VO2 = love these but for the first time am doing them outdoors as they are part of longer runs (I have roughly a 6 mile limited on treadmills, 8 if I really have to) which is a challenge when running home from east to west London!

Recovery = In theory would be nice, but I now do them after a weights followed by yoga session so ends up being a tough day. Very satisfying though.

LR = usually enjoy about 2/3rds of these, the start and the end ... the middle session is depressing but maximum satisfaction after especially as I do after work.

LR with MP - the weak spot so tough and dreaded!

weight not dropping - hit a plateau

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 12:45

Congrats James - excellent work in just over a month. What would you say your main changes have been?

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 10:35
Millsy wrote (see)


The MP sessions can be tough. I always make sure im well fueled beforehand and take a couple of gels with me as well. Helps wilth the practice of race day fuelling as well.


That's not a bad idea actually .... previous schedules without MPs I've taken gels when I go over 15miles, this time around I've been just having a bit of dried fruit as wanted to save the benefits of gels to the race (with a couple of testers before) but maybe I'll start indulging again for the long runs with MP. The attempt is tomorrow, just coming out of a brief lergy which it annoying but should be on form tomorrow and have only missed one recovery 6miles.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 15:52

I'm going to attempt to add MP back into my long runs this week after my earlier attempts being a crash n burn fail. The program calls for 16miles with 12 at MP. I'm going to be loitering in the country with some extreme hills at the start and end so will probably try for 6-8miles in the middle of the run (longest runs so far been 20 and 21 miles which have been fine at a relaxed pace). Moderately nervous but hopefully the fact that I'll be in the middle of nowhere will keep me going.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 13:08
15West wrote (see)


AWC - this comes up a lot. You have many different options, you can do what you're doing but you'll be a bit tired for the race, so you could just scrap/shorten the long run or make the race as part of the long run....or you can park run on the saturday and use that as race practice...or just do a tempo run on the saturday and don't race.....or find a longer race of 10mi to a half (or even 20mi) and just replace the long run with that. I usually do a combination of the above for the 3 tune up races scheduled in the book.

Any detriment to just shifting the long run into the midweek and leaving the sunday for cross training? This is actually what I try to do as standard as prefer to leave my weekends for more enjoyable runs/activities.

Had a strong week last week with 52 miles, 3 weights sessions and 2 yoga sessions, so feeling more confident over all even though my pace still off.

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