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Thanks DT - I try to be as consistent as possible.
If you're getting back spasms as you describe then I'm amazed that you can run much at all, let alone be training at the level that you are! Hopefully the drugs will sort things out, but it is probably worth getting looked at to check that there is not an underlying musculo-skeletal problem.
I'm currently having issues with my left inner ear affecting my hearing and balance. I think it is just some kind of blockage (presumably as a result of having a recent cold), but ear drops don't seem to be having any effect so I'm starting to wonder if a trip to the docs is necessary to check that there is no infection (or worse!). It makes taking corners at speed interesting, let's say!
I started taking some decongestant tablets on Tuesday and they do seem to be helping clear the sinuses and, in turn, my ear. Still not perfect but much better and at least the dodgy balance issues seem to be much better too.
So, threshold/tempo session last night. 3.5 miles at LT pace after a mile warm up. Paces came in very consistent at 7.03, 7.04, 7.03 and 7.02 for the half mile. More than that, I reached 3.5 miles and felt relatively relaxed and fresh and certainly like I could have carried on at that pace for a bit further, which is always how I think you should feel at the end of a tempo session. Mile warm down, so 5.5 miles in total for the session.
All in all, possibly my best ever training run I think. I've certainly not hit those paces in training for as far as 3.5 miles before and certainly not with such ease.
5 mile recovery run planned for tonight.
PS, Alehouse - it seems that the real trick for avoiding the blister issues with the new orthoses is to wear two insoles on top of them!
Nice going, Andrew. Time to maybe go a bit further or a bit faster?
I've had a crap week so far. The tablets (whilst making no difference at all to my back), have knocked my fitness for 6. Mondays 8 was tough going but I had put that down to Saturdays 20 being in the legs.
Tuesday I went to do a session and warm up was really hard work. I was aiming for 6.20s but after about 400m of struggling to run sub 7mm I knew it wasn't happening. Finished the mile then jogged back to work. Yesterday was supposed to be 7 easy. Managed 5 but couldn't run faster than 9mm. Funnily my HR is completely as you would expect running 9mm pace, I just had this overwhelming sense of weakness and fatigue (which isn't surprising given the tablets are a sedative).
Anyway, after yesterday mornings dose I binned off the last 3 tablets as they had done nothing for my back anyway. Hopefully by tonights mlr they will be out of my system.
Sounds like the tablets have dragged you back to running at around my paces! Hope you'll be back on it once they are out of the system.
Yes, the plan is to push the LT stretch to 4 miles next week and then maybe 4.5 between now and the race.
To hit my target in April (sub 43) I need to run at 6.49 pace (assuming the course will measure around 6.3 miles, as they always seem to do) or at the least 6.53 pace to achieve a pb. So this is about 10-14 seconds per mile faster than I ran last night - does that sound about right? ie. LT being around 10-15 seconds per mile slower than 10k pace? I think it sounds about right.
5 miles recovery run last night at a comfortable 8.50ish pace.
Yes, rewards will no doubt follow, Andrew.
Alehouse, sorry to hear of your troubles. I recall trying to race a few years back on antibiotics. You very quickly learn quite how harsh they are on the body as with these tabs I was on. I cant believe millions take this sort of stuff routinely!!
My back is still stiff, but not as locked up as it was. It feels more like it will respond well now to some physio/sports massage.
I managed a 12 mile mlr last night. I kept it very easy at 8.40mm just in case!. Going to try something a bit faster over lunch, perhaps pushing mp. It's been over 48 hours since my last dose so they should be largely out of me by now. I can still end up with a decent week as i'm on 30 miles and I have 20 with various blocks of mp on sunday, so I could still make it a 60 mile week.
Alehouse - likewise, sorry to hear that you have been struggling.
My ear issues haven't completely gone away, so I may end up needing some antibiotics to clear it. If so, I will note the comments from you and DT that they can affect your running!
DT - let's hope so. It is strange, that additional 10-15 per mile faster on race day sounds quite intimidating, but I suppose we tend to forget the benefits of a taper and also race day adrenaline! Fingers crossed!
Even if you finish the week on 'only' 55/56 it will still be a very decent week.
Weather looks rubbish for Sunday - might end up being a very wet long run ........
Well done DT, you're a better man than I.
Having had a dodgy run on Saturday morning (Friday's session which had to be shunted to Saturday) in which I felt rubbish, and then a long afternoon and evening on Saturday helping at my wife's work, the weather forecast for Sunday coupled with my tiredness meant I ducked out of my long run altogether.
So only 15 miles last week, which was the first week under 20 miles since New Year. Hopefully the rest will allow me to hit the next 3 or 4 weeks hard before a taper. Feeling shattered again today though, so it isn't boding well.
is that a new thing, Andrew, the 3 miles before work? It's a very easy way to increase mileage just sneaking in easy short ones like that. I did an easy 7 yesterday before work then spin last night
I suspect you should see how you feel in the morning, JGav before you decide what you might do.
12.5 over lunch with 2 wu and 10 at tempo. Quite a big session following sunday so dialled pace and effort back from trying to creep under 6.30mm to trying to creep under 6.40. I did this session early February at 6.27mm for average hr of 167. Today it came out 6.35 for 157bpm. Whilst I was 8 seconds a mile slower, the 10 bpm saved equates to a much lower effort than last time even factoring in the slight let up in pace.
5 at recovery planned tomorrow.
DT - it is something I add in once weekly planned mileage gets above a certain level (ie. the level that I can comfortably fit into my 4 usual slots in the week). I hate running first thing though, so that's why I limit it to just a 3 mile 'filler' run rather than anything more substantial.
10 at tempo! Great stuff.
JGav - good luck with the calf!
Hopefully the meds will get you there, Alehouse.
Yes, early morning running doesn't me but sometimes needs must.
Andrew, good stuff, I suspect 10k pace (as you perceive) is no longer 10k pace if you finished like that.
heavy legged 5 at recovery last night. 11 mlr tonight then off to Edinburgh in the morning for our bi-annual lads rugby weekend. I did contemplate taking some kit and trying to get a run in up towards Arthurs seat or perhaps parkrun, however I think i'll just give myself a break for a few days before my final big 5 week block kicks in.
Yes I'm hoping that it would indicate that 10k pace might be around 6.50 pace, or even slightly better. Leaves me in a bit of a quandary as to what pace to set off in the race - I'm thinking maybe 6.55 for the first couple of miles and then try to turn that up to 6.50? That would see me to 6 miles in about 41mins, which would leave me 2 mins to do the final bits to come in sub43 (which is my aim).
Not surprised that some of your recovery runs feel heavy legged DT, the volumes you do you can't expect the legs to always feel fresh!