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Sub 3h15

Posted: Yesterday at 00:13

Bike It, you are certainly a hard core fella. Have you thought about just doing aerobic, easy effort stuff for a month or two to get your volume up and then add the quality back in? Seems you are pushing pretty hard to be bonking in training runs. I admire your grit though

Poacher, nice race report and good effort done basically on natural ability. Never imagined the scene you painted featuring the trombone, but I guess you have to be prepared for everything, brass included! 3 seconds...haunting. What else are you planning to enter that can count for qualifying (and when?)? Hope the DOMS don't strike too hard...rest well.

SJ, I have to say, I like your attitude. You're in a unique state of fitness this year. I think you'll do whatever it is you think you can. Sky's the limit my massively xtrained friend.

So got 8 miles in tonight. Feeling much stronger one more day removed from the illness. Fizz thinks groin will be OK...just need to refocus my normal strength stuff (I think I started doing one particular exercise wrong and led to this). You'd think PT moves would require less technical precision.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:17

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the silence...been buried at work and just barely finding time to train, let alone keep up here. Had a great training week last week...some good MP sessions including Saturday's 18 w/10 at 7:05. Felt really strong. Then got sick and am just slowly bouncing back. 14.5 yesterday about did me in so will go easy rest of week. Also having my groin looked at as it's been cranky lately. Only one more full week of training next week before the 3 week taper.

Hang in there everyone...good luck to those racing this weekend and big congrats to the many fine performances I have been seeing here lately, esp. Badbark's epic podium finish!

HADD Training Method

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 17:43

Welcome, Bunnybeach! Good advice given here by others. I agree your HR is likely higher so will be interesting to see what you find out. In the meantime, happy running.

Brian, wow, you've had a very tough year. I'm glad you are running a bit again and that you have navigated the other tests of life with success. All the best in your return and in your job search. Sometimes things happen for a reason and I hope you end up better off than before. Talented people usually do!

Shoes, like Dan, my subLT pacing hasn't translated to race day either. I've found about 20-40 seconds per mile slower at same HR on the day in the past. But hoping for better this time around.

Chick, great news on your end. Keep rolling with success! Heel raises are a small price to pay.

Well, I ended up taking Sun/Mon/Tues off due to illness. Yesterday felt reasonably good so went out. Shortly debated a subLT session but held off and decided a nice MLR on a sunny day would be perfect. Around mile 7 lost my wind a bit but was far from home so ended up doing 14.5. Should have capped it around 10, but what can you do. Ended up 8:30/m at 70% but felt like a 22 mile slog in the later miles. That bug took a big bite out of me. Will go for 5 or 6 tonight. Am thinking of scrapping any hard stuff this week. Next week is last full week before taper so hopefully can get some quality in (and maybe start that week rested). Then I can still do the subLT sharpening runs through taper w/out over extending at all.

Other concern is my right groin. Pain has been creeping in there for a few weeks. Got scary on my progressive run last weekend. Better after rest, but an seeing Fizz today to see what's what.


HADD Training Method

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:21

Andi, nice work. Repeat after me "I am ready!!" And you are! Get lots of rest and take care of yourself up to race day.

HADD Training Method

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:18

106 mile for me.

Dan, some great work there. Excellent sessions, especially the ILTHR...very evenly paced (and fast!).

Brian, where have you been man!! Glad to hear from you. What are you up to these days??

So have had a fairly bipolar weekend. Saturday I offered up a progressive LR to the Marathon gods. 18 miles w/the last 10 at MP. Worked out to about 7:05 m/m and HR of around 78% ave. It was very cold (40 F) so HR was maybe lower due to that. I was surprised though at how strong I felt over these miles. They didn't feel fast or overly taxing at all.

Went camping in the mountains that Saturday night and got home w/a fever Sunday. Slept 12 hrs straight and am better now, but not completely recovered. Not sure what I picked up, but it's nasty.

HADD Training Method

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 05:59

Chick, great to hear that! Hope it holds as you start again.

DD, I agree. I'd like to nab my qualifier and skip that distance for a year too. Shorter stuff for me but not sure which distances or in what order. Will be excited to do some faster training though (hope I hold up!).

13 miles in the dark for me. Felt really good tonight. Miles just clicked off at about 8 to 8:10 pace and in the 68-73ish HR range. It's now 1 am and I have to be up with my girls at 6...and I still have to drive home. Fun stuff. Big couple of weeks ahead at work...

HADD Training Method

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 20:03

Dan, nice bounce back run. Great to get the gas tank topped off again, eh?

7.5M easy for me today. Tried the Huakas. They are an interesting shoe. Much, much firmer than the Cliftons, yet still have lots of cushion. They are more like my Nimbus shoes, only about 3 oz lighter. At times late in runs, the Clifton's can almost feel mushy, but don't think that would be an issue for the Huaka's.

On the LR slow vs progressive, I hear you. But I also always read warnings about only doing fast finish/progressives once every 3rd week or so. How often do you bundle them in? Can you sense the doubt creeping into my brain? Oh well, all told, I think I'll be fine but could do a few progressive runs as I finish out here. I'm only 6 weeks out now. Actually looking forward to taking a break form constant marathon prep as this will be my 3rd in 12 months, which equates to roughly 16 months of training in 3 cycles...yikes...

HADD Training Method

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:28

Legs felt OK during my first mile today so opted to go for a subLT session. Was warm but not as humid for once. HR very steady today (80-82% range). Was a hilly course (normally I run a more flat or even slightly downhill course). Pace came out around 6:5X/m. Definitely felt a little tired in the last couple miles but HR didn't rise so will take it.

BTW, because I have shoe fever now, I got another pair of Hokas (the Huaka). Very similar to the Clifton (light at around 8-9 oz) but much firmer. Have worn them around just walking and really like the feel. Will try them on an easy run this week to compare. But unlike the Clifton, the color scheme on this shoe is awful!

HADD Training Method

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 21:34

DD, I've been following the 2 subLT plus LR per week for most of this build up. But typically the LRs start easy and get faster (I've followed the P&D style). The last few miles usually get into the 75-77% range. So these are kind of like a progressive and/or fast-finish type LR. Last time I did do several true progressive runs (7M easy; 7M in the 74-75% range, then the last 7 in the 80-83% range). Only problem is after one of these on a Sunday am gassed for a subLT the following Tuesday. I guess the cycle should be 1 wk w/2 subLT plus a normal LR followed by 1 wk w/1 subLT midweek and a progressive LR, then a cut back week and repeat the 3 week cycle again.

HADD Training Method

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 16:14

Roy, give it up! How did it go? We need details!!

Chick, such a bummer that you are injured, but now that you've entered into the acceptance phase, you can see the upside again. Enjoy the running you get as you heal up. Nice fall weather to boot. You'll be back soon enough!

SSLHP, wow, very low HR. I'm impressed. I've never done the proper test when in bed first thing in the morning. Think that's the only way I'll see sub40 readings. But I have noticed readings of low 50s when walking to end of my drive way to start a run. After reading "Once a Runner", keep waiting for my wife to tell my the whole bed is shaking from my heart beats...

DD, some great efforts from you this week. Glad to hear you are feeling strong in these efforts. And yes, HR always rises in the last 2 miles

Andi, go for the 20! And what DD says in terms of training. Sounds like you get plenty of hills now matter where you run (non tready) already.

So been a long week here. Had a good case of DOMS in quads from the race that took most of the week to shake out. But got some striders done Sat in a 7M run then came back with 21M yesterday. LR kept easy the whole way as still on tired legs from race. Felt great most of the way then wanted to do something other than run in the last 2 miles. Miles in the bank though. Debating whether to launch into a subLT tomorrow (today will be no running). I had a cut back week 2 wks ago...race this past Monday, then no fast efforts up to now (but did get 54 miles last week including race). Not sure what the recovery rules are after a 15 miler like that. Anyone? My week, if I proceed normally, would be SubLT efforts Tues/Friday, LR Sun, and easy stuff to round out.

Oh yeah, and my oldest daughter got lice last week. Not just an expert on viruses anymore. Holy sh*t these bugs can take over your life. 3 treatments, 3 full house cleanings, and a whole bunch of picking stuff out of hair later, I think we are clear again.

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