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Thanks for the comments and advice Bud. I will endeavour to do the speed session as prescribed as i think they are key to helping with overall plan. Jut need to move my legs quickly enough to do it.
I am really enjoying the challenge and it is great to be supported by you and all the others on the site.
Hi tigger- duvet day sounds lush! Yeah pretty grey and miserable over in Wales this morning and has spread to Hereford by mid morning.
I went for a swim this morning as i find it helps the legs. I've been teaching myself the front crawl while attempting not to drown but it is coming on. Had time for 30 lengths this morning and did it in 23 mins 5 secs (wow i'm becomingt timing obsessed- i'll be timing how long it takes me to eat my sandwiches next lol). But i'm trying to use the rest days to do other sports and i can tell the difference the exercise is making to my cardio and endurance.
Finally looked into you, as been so busy with Uni work, and I must say I really envy you, you have done so well. I wish I could have the support you have! Yesterday 10 miler I did in 2 h, but Bud said 10 is 10....
Keep up the great fantastic excellent work, and you should be proud of it.
You are getting fitter every day so remind yourself of that on regular basis
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Hello MKT, Finally looked into you, as been so busy with Uni work, and I must say I really envy you, you have done so well. I wish I could have the support you have! Yesterday 10 miler I did in 2 h, but Bud said 10 is 10.... Keep up the great fantastic excellent work, and you should be proud of it.
Hey Silbubas- and big welcome back to you . Thanks for your comments and well done on your 10 miler. 10 miles is a heck of a way and if you drive the route you can feel chuffed in your achievements. I want this forum to not just be about what i'm up to but for all of us that are doing something as crazy as trying to run marathons. We are all a bit cuckoo and it'd be great if we help each other along. Keep posting regulary with how things are going and i'll be there to support you silburbas.
<puts arm round shoulder and takes silburbas out for a pint...that turns in to 10 and a sloppy kebab afterwards undoing month of training> lol
What uni work you been up to? you a student? I went to Keele university with a year in Canada and had a great time......to great a time as came out with a desmond tutu, doh.
End of week 4 so just popping in to see how Matt is getting on. Pretty good by the looks. Matt - I've missed a session too, it happens sometimes. I did my Sunday tempo run today and missing tomorrow's easy 4 miler. We are on different schedules now because I stuck with the old sub-5 one.
Here's to the next 4 weeks and the plank! (which I've not done for a couple of weeks - oops).
oh forgot to say....been a it naughty....had chance to go for a cycle so jumped on and set off....stopped 19 miles later, 1hour 43 mins (avg speed 10.86mph). Really enjoyed it although posterior is feeling hard done by . So with the 10 miles yesterday, swimming this morning and cycling this afternoon i'm feeling like a right triathlete....probably till tomorrow when i'm unable to walk . Legs still feel good though and looking foward to tomorrows speed session.
Oh and for those wondering from earlier- sanwich munched in 4mins 33secs with average chew of 30 per min,lol.
Hi soupy- hows your training going? Yeah i stuck with the new one as it fitted in well with some local races. Am glad knight rider said about the plank and i think it is starting to help. Here's to the rest of your training and that it goes really well.
No, no, no well ok buts onleese on ze rocks <the nights completed with whisky and it also seems an attempt at how to write in a drunk, french fashion>
Your a busy lad Silburbas! Job and degree crikey <pulls hair out imagining the stress> I'm a history teacher, father of two and wife of one ...at the moment...no she's lovely..especially if she reads this . (he tries to gather brownie points before the six nations kicks off).
Bargin for the gym membership! give pilates a go and it does'nt matter if your the only geezer. I used to go to this small trampoline thing called urban rebound and was the only lad (only stopped to focus on swimming). Spinning is supposed to be cardio workout but i think i'd prefer to be out on the road. I go to circuit training on a friday and thats good for social life and for exercise.
I'm going for swim in morning and then run/hobble after work as left leg little sore tonight. Let us know how it all goes...
30 ish lengths in the bag (lost count half way through). I was really lucky to get some technique advice off friendly swimming coach that was there with these super sprinting lads zooming up and down the pool. Apparantly i'm a right arm dominant and i need to try breathing to the left. This will then encourage me to raise my left arm which i'm presently dragging too much in the water. The arms need to stay close to the body and elbow needs to be more pointed in stead of rounded. (realises this is not a strictly swimming forum but thought i'd share anyway )
OK-now i've reminded myself of all that...just need to put it in to practice next swim session...
Had gorgeous chicken and stuffing sandwich on way to work-greedy guts me.
Morning MKT, dont know what happened to the message I sent from my iphone this morning as it did not appear.
Must be the blasted hangover <quickly takes paracetamol> that I've got, I blame you for this and missing the run in the morning as got up too late for a run before my wife is off to work at 6.45am.
To be honest, I have found the last couple of days getting up after the lack of shut eyes last week.
So the swim with have to be superceded by the run, 1M wu, then 4M (42 mins), then 1M cd.
Cant do anything tonite as my wife still at work - she's doing a 24-h shitf - it not as bad as you think it - she's a carer for deaf blind people, so she taking them out for the day then sleeping in.
Keep up with the triathlon training, oops I mean marathon....
Press ups/Swimming/10 miles
no end to your great achievements.
Keep it goping Matt but watch th ose chicken sandwiches.
Thanks for the comments Bud- even the sandwich one and i will try and cease my addiction to the tastyness that is chicken and stuffing sandwiches.
Todays session went...well! So was planned as 1 mile warm up, then 400 metres (2:15) then jog (which i did for 1:25 miles) X 8, then mile jog.
Did mile jog and then here are the times for the 400 metres speed sessions;
1-2:15, 2-1:59, 3-1:57, 4-1:59, 5-2:18, 6-2:09, 7-2:05, 8-2:10
then finished with 1/2 mile jog as i'd reached my car and needed to head home.
I think i've figured something out with this session. My body, legs and I really found this straigtforward and enjoyed it far more than just the usual plod. I think I need to take each mile on its own terms. By this I mean that previously i have just been plodding along at a steady rate. If i mix it up a bit and focus on 400 metres at a time and push for a bit, then revert back to the steady jog/plod then this of course lowers the avg mile time. Although maybe hard to maintain, i think i need that focus and concentration...
<realises been to far more serious than normal througout post and decides to leave with a joke...During the Sydney Olympics Kenyan long-distance runner Kip Lagat was asked why his country produced so many great runners. "It's the road signs," he replied. "'Beware of lions'!"> and...goodnight,
That is a good Session Matt
Very well done and your comments about concentrating on each one as self ontained unit is so valid-- an approach you ill be able to carry over into Paris.
You can take each mile as a self contained unit and tick them off positively.
Also of course by doing this type of session you are going out of your comfort zone and placing new stresses on your body.
As your body learns to cope with and adap/t to this stress you will get fitter and fitter.
So well done.
now enjoy that sandwich before the lions eat the chickens.
Silburbas- ace times on the run your putting me to shame. I'd be careful about going out again though if your knee is sore as there's no harm in doing it tomorrow.
The trip to geordie land sounds good and with your birthday on the same day as Jesus am sure your team will win thorugh !
I think your plan sounds good to try and fit in the long run. I try and leave a big a gap as possible to try and reduce impact on my knees.
The 2:18 was up a very steep hill.....well slight incline! Excuse made...and legs it!
Hi Bud- yeah going to take that attitude in to tomorrows 7 miler and see what happens. Couldn't beat the lions to the chickens though as forgot to bring lunch today but put beef & guiness stew in slow cooker before setting off for work this morning. Going to get fresh bread on the way home...
<he drools on the keyboard>
Went briefly swimming this morning to work on the technique prescribed before and it was awesome. Took 10-15 seconds off per lap. The coach was there again and was kind enough to give more pointers about placing hand poisition at a point and then directly under the body. But i do feel like i've been pushing it and feel tired today .
Knee not too bad, think I will go to the gym and start on the dreadmill, and any complication, I can always switch to other machines.
Oops - I realised I missed out a bit in the previous entries, hope some of you were not confused, it was meant to say trip to Newcastle for my son's xmas/birthday. My birthday is not til June! So he will be the one I cannot leave behind to have a run in Newcastle.
I support Liverpool not Newcastle.....
Boss coming ......
i'm afraid you still won't see the gap MKT! That is several junctions further north on the M1 near the village of Watford
Stacey is sorting out my entry for Watford at the moment
Damn...watched back and realised kitchen needs cleaning. Oh, and i put my own lock laces in to the trainers as i'm basically a child who can't tie laces and when i did the last marathon could not bend over to do them up again after 18 miles.
PS>I think my legs also overpronate as their fat and they rub against each other lol