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Sub 3h15

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 23:03

Gul, hope you are feeling well enough to get out again tomorrow. Glad it is improving. And yes, have been doing these runs by effort as opposed to strict HR. Just felt I couldn't commit any more speed and maintain.

Lorenzo, nice rebound! Glad you are feeling better. Nice fast 16 miler.

Abbers, really nice tempo run. I hope w/rest and taper I will get some speed back. Today was a good start (see below).

PJF, that was a really nice pace for such low HR. Well done. Also, I took your advice to push harder today (see below).

KR, more big miles at a great pace. Sometimes night runs are nice once you are out there.

So today did my second subLT session of the week (13.5M w/10 fast in middle). After hearing from some of you, I decided to push myself hard today and just see what would happen. The 10 faster miles averaged 6:45 m/m and felt very comfy. I just focused on good turnover and breathing and the rest kind of fell into place. Also, my HR was in the 163-167 range for the last 7 of these miles and felt good (Monday, I couldn't get above 154!). Was definitely not up to go round again at the end, but got through fine. If I can now replicate this in the remaining weeks I may have a chance to move up a gear for the marathon. Between now and Oct. 18 I have a very hilly 25K race (sept 7) and a 10K (2 wks before marathon). I did both last year so should give an indication of where I'm at. In general, I think I'm carrying a fair bit of fatigue in my legs week to week but that should be OK as I'm not breaking down and I think the adaptations should follow. Maybe today was a glimpse of improved fitness.


HADD Training Method

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:27

DD, nice one! I like the sounds of that event just fine. Plus you'll be doing a whole new mix of training. I think it will be great for you to continue swimming/biking. Should be a great way to prep for an autumn marathon...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 23:23

BB, awesome sub3 effort untapered.

Gul, I hope it is nothing serious. Does it feel like a tight or knotted muscle? If so, I found that using a trigger point ball (or any small, hard ball) can do wonders. You put the ball under the tight spot and slowly lower your weight onto it until the tightness melts away. Worth mentioning anyway if that might help.

Lorenzo, sorry to hear your are in the weeds right now. I like sounds of a November marathon.

Leslie, that is a long road. Sorry to hear about the delay in returning to running, but positive that you are getting over the tendonitis. Hang in there.

That's as far back as I've been able to manage, but I assume I've missed other exciting events. Hope everyone else is healthy. I'm just back from my vacation. Got a nice week of fall-like weather and managed 75 miles. Sitting at 273 for the month so may have a chance to go over 300 for the first time. All systems good but for whatever reason my MP has plateaued, yet my HR at this pace is steadily dropping. Some of this may have to do with cooler weather, but not all. So kind of a mixed result. Either way, am very lean at the moment and seem to be coping with the higher than usual (for me) volume.

HADD Training Method

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 22:10

DD, a PB is a PB! Nice ones on the wheels. And relieved to hear the PF is in the rearview. Onward and upward for you.

WH, welcome!

Spen, good luck on the procedure. Good thoughts headed your way.

Tek, you'll be supercharged for this week now.

Hello Roy and ACP.

Back from my trip. Managed 75 miles last week, including 2 subLT (a 10M and a 12M) and a P&D style fast finish 21M LR. Had fall weather during my whole trip (was soooo nice). BTW DD, I do live in Vermont, so not far away.


HADD Training Method

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 15:03

Hi Spen, good to hear from you. But sorry that are still dealing with that toe problem. Are you mended now and slowly building mileage or is it still a problem?

16M run yesterday rounded out a 62M cutback week. Nearly all mileage easy and feeling good. I'm off to Minnesota this coming week to see my family so will be an interesting challenge to get my mileage in.

HADD Training Method

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 18:39

Well, the old gang is back together! 

Chick, like the looks of that plan a lot. Especially because you get to mix up the second subLT session and do some shorter intervals. Good variety. Like you, I've been doing 70+ mile weeks and the cutback I'm in now will be a bit over 60. My body seems to have adapted. Other than the 2 subLT sessions, almost all my mileage has been easy (like 65% max easy). I've also done a few doubles (a first for me) and last week came out as 80 miles. I too will see if the extra work pays off in October.

Tek, nice effort there. Keep coming back here and we'll help to motivate you!

Yes, a bit stuck on 116...

HADD Training Method

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 23:43

DD, welcome back! Glad to hear you are doing well and are slowly working back. Sounds like you have crosstrained well and the family tri should be great fun. Seems you kept a good base with tall the xtraining. I'm happy to report that losing a few months of running to my foot issue last winter resulted in a very strong reboot so I expect the same for you (particularly as I didn't even xtrain during my injury!).

Hi Tek, good to hear from you as well. This summer has been a hot, humid slog for sure. But it will only make those cool fall marathon temps feel all the better! Nice high volume week on tap for you.

I've been plugging away since I started running again in March. I've managed to get very comfortable at my 80 HR (160) for the subLT sessions and recently started pushing this up to 165 (w/mixed results). But my weekly mileage is up a bit this year from last and the big improvements have come in the form of much improved cadence and overall fitness. While my speed at 80% HR isn't much faster than last year, it is very comfortable and all my non subLT running has seen my HR at record lows. Not sure if this will get me round the course any faster this fall, but am eager to find out.

Anyway, good to reconnect with other HADDers...been living mainly in the sub3:15 thread of late.

Chick, where are you??

Roy? Spen??

Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 23:32

SJ, some serious quality getting done on your end. Interesting approach to marathon prep (I assume marathon?). I never do fast stuff like that (I think I'm more FT) but maybe should.

Madbark, howling at the moon and running like a beast! Well done!!

My legs have been a bit trashed so far this (cutback) week. 8 Monday, 12 Tuesday, and 6 w/8 x 100m striders today. All efforts have been easy pace. Legs felt wrecked Monday and have slowly come back as the week has progressed. Felt nice to get some speed going today. Hopefully will be fresh by the end of the week.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 02:53

BB, simply incredible.

OO, very fast time. That's a bit up on your normal time range isn't it? Well done.

Poacher, tough conditions! Hang in there.

Jools, sounding a bit MadBarkish doing serious track work after a 21 miler. Tough as nails. Good luck.

Hi Marrows. Welcome back to it. The fitness will come roaring back soon. Keep the faith.

Nice effort PMJ. I'd be happy with that time any day.

SJ, that ride sounded nice.

Logged 22.6 today and had good energy the whole way (surprising felt like I could have kept on chugging). Didn't push hard as was just aiming for time on feet. Brought my total to 80.4 for the past 6 days (my first ever wk in the 80s!). Nothing is hurt right now and feeling grateful heading into my cut back. The past three weeks have been 69, 72, and 80 (w/20 miles of subLT work per week and LRs of 18, 21, and 22). I'm sleeping in tomorrow.

BTW, last year my . largest weeks were usually 58-63 miles. I've edged them up based on Badbark's comments (and a few others) that increasing volume helped shift gears into the sub3 realm. Will be interesting to see what difference more miles may make this time around. So far my cadence is way up and overall fitness improved. So maybe economy is being improved...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 23:39

Yes, wives can be endorphin killers at times...

BI, glad to hear your calf is sorted!

Yesterday did the second subLT run of the week and gas tank was empty. This one was a struggle start to finish…tried to hit 165 HR but could only manage 159-161 range. Was much cooler this time vs last so HR might have been harder to get up. But haven't felt this tired on one of these in a quite a while. But positive is I got through it and this was an excellent end of marathon simulation. So 13.5 done w/10 fast (pace was about 6:53 m/m ave).

Today got a brisk 6.5 in (meant for this to be easier but only way to get the miles in.

Tomorrow will be my LR (hoping for 20) then cutback week. 

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