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MsE, looking good on the comeback. Do you have plans for this year or is it take it how it goes and see? My feeling is that you'd be best off letting things happen in their own good time up until the summer and if you feel the need then pick something in the autumn rather than have any spring targets.
MsE - thanks; on the flipside, I can (should) learn from your adherence to the "supplementary" stuff, particularly as a VoGit. My legs are often "wooden" and take a while to feel loose (often they never do within a run), so I would definitely, I think, benefit from incorporating strides and drills into my routine. With reference to your "comeback", I'd echo Philip - - -"My feeling is that you'd be best off letting things happen in their own good time " . . . advice I was given years back when I encountered my first layoff of any note (advice I recently gave my daughter, after her great year last year was followed by injury, from which she is just returning) - - i.e.- don't try to force your way back to fitness and form - rather let them return to you - and they will . . and belated Happy Birthday greetings to you . . .
MsE, points 1 and 2 are absolutely bang on. I experienced all of that last year when I was stupid enough to do a parkrun at the end if a 15 miler as well as overload on a hill reps session. Was lucky to rescue the campaign.Have worked a lot on glutes in Jan and not overcooked the hill reps, just used them to build strength.
I'm sure your path back to running fitness will be wise and successful MSE. Seeing all the stuff you do on Strava is an eye opener.
Poacher last time I was there the Old Keswickian was closed for a refub. Not sure which food option we'll go for. My pal is planning Alnwick XC on the Saturday so it may be a late arrival. Couple of beers & some chips sounds good
Foot still a bit sore. A 10 and a 6 miler today probably won't help but I'll be resting tomorrow. Trip down memory lane this evening running round the Vondel Park in Amsterdam- back in 2000 did this most days of the week.
Go easy on the foot OO.
Always difficult to get the balance right when you come back from Injury MsE - just stay off the bench!
No snow here but pretty windy. Managed to get out in the daylight for the 14 mile MLR - got a bit overexcited at the end and put in a few sub 7:15 miles (fast for me!).
31 days of running in January and 313 miles in total - hopefully the miles will translate to some increased speed soon!
DadAgain - good start to the year. That run/bike commute sounds far from ideal! They can be a logistical nightmare. I seriously hope you have showers at work But an excellent day's work!Birch - excellent month; you should be very pleased with that.Poacher - no snow here in the flatlands.MsE - I'm sure that learning to listen to your body is key. I probably could do with a focus rather than trying to hit an ever-moving target. The basic issue is that I live in an area with very few races and I'm usually too busy to travel further afield. I might just give up on official races and go for some more unofficial PBs! PMJ - don't forget Ogden's law: "The sooner you fall behind the more time you have to catch up". (Not sure if that is deliberately ambiguously phrased!)OO - hope the rest does your foot some good.SBD - wow, that's some cracking miles for January. You will reap the reward for sure.9 miles this morning, with 3 sets of 4 x 300m off 100m recoveries. Hoping to sharpen up for a possible parkrun this weekend.
MrSoft, I see most training plans as a guide rather than a rigid plan. That way I can fit life/work stuff around run sessions. I can't see an issue around swapping the race for an LSR or the complete weeks around. If your goal is an April marathon, it won't make any difference. Just manage the load going into the race so you don't have fatigue.I usually do a 10 miler on Tuesdays but it had to get swapped to tonight due to work stuff getting in the way. It means I won't get a track session in but I did an 8 mile tempo on Tuesday as the speedwork for the week along with a 5 miler last night where I stuck to 7.0x pace and averaged 7.04.
Running Gas- sorry to hear about your flu. I'm always shocked when people talk about 'days in bed'. Fortunately I never get anything that bad.
DT19-that in indeed a low Jan mileage. What are your realistic goals foe London?
G- Dawg- I'm a big fan of starting steady and picking off those who go off far too quick. Hope you feel better soon.
Gerard M- many Congrats on your Birthday- big one next year
Gul 200 miles for Jan, Birch 205, and Dad Again 219 (converted). That puts me top of the leader board with 229. At least until Madbark comes in with 300+!
MSE- many Congrats on your Birthday- I though you were younger
Mr Soft. I've never grasped the sequence of runs on a plan either- so I don't think its because you are new to marathons. Having said that I don't closely follow any plan.
Foot at least in no worse. Will try to sneak in 6-8 tomorrow.
No colds on here please!
That sounds pretty sharp GD - what time are you targeting for the PR?
DT19 - 192 sounds low. What is your marathon PB and have you ever thought about trying higher mileage?
I find the higher mileage works for me but susceptibility to calf injuries is the major stumbling block.
Wasn't expecting to get so far on this campaign but felt the need to give it a go!
10k recovery on the treadmill - all nice and easy. Just need to get my mind around the 10K tempo scheduled for tomorrow!
Thanks for all the HB wishes guys. MsE - You know you're a runner when you look forward to reaching the next age category to see if your WAVA rises, that's me looking forward to V45 next year. Judging by your photos you look 10 years younger than your age!
Up early this morning running around some rugby fields with my spikes on in the pitch dark. Luckily I remembered to bring a torch. Lovely run so it was.
Sounds like you have the right approach DT19 - success at the marathon usually comes to those that can avoid injury!
Spamalot - the Runners World training schedule https://www.runnersworld.co.uk/training/rws-basic-marathon-schedules-intermediate - gives you some ideas on how you might structure a marathon campaign. This is based on running 5 days per week rather than 3/4 but if you're trying to get your marathon time below 3:15 you might be better to follow this type of structured plan. As per DT19's advice, note the training speeds.
You're making rapid progress there MsE.
Still plenty of time to make a decision on London Nicko.
Plenty of opportunity to build your miles in February Leslie.
GerardM - pre-dawn is definitely too early!
Gul - slow is good.
10K track tempo this afternoon with 3K as w/u and w/d. Pretty windy so the speed was variable (headwind on one straight and tailwind on the opposite side). A bit of a struggle at times with the pace softening in the middle but the time of 41:35 was not too slow and more importantly the HR was in the right zone (165-170).
Hopefully, I can translate that to a 1:30 time at Worthing HM next weekend.