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BoD - sounds like trianing is going well!
I am finding training and motivation difficult at the moment but haven't given up...yet!
Hi Kevster, if you scroll back through this thread, you'll find my advice on how to do fartlek if you're new to it - gave a couple of suggested sessions - you might find it helpful.
Craig - sounds like you had fun with your debut fartlek! I'll sort out what's happening at the next training day and can then see what to do about that half marathon in week 10. Can you remind if you have another half booked in (is it week13?) How juggle-able are things for you over that period?
I'm happy with Fleet's timing - 3 weeks out. Your last very long long run will be 4 weeks out, so 3 weeks out gives a chance to practise mara pace in race conditions (though not necessarily all the way.)
The other one - week 10 would have been OK if it weren't for training day. A bit dubious about us putting you through your paces on the Sat and then you racing on Sunday - bit too much overload!Is there any chance of finding something in week 9 - there's Roding Valley in Essex, or you could do Tunbridge Wells with Emma (though appreciate it's a bit of a trek!) If not, don't fret... just let me know. Give me a call if you'd like to discuss.
I also suggested this with snacks so plan his snacks when he goes food shopping and bring them in at start of week or make up night before. We also disused if he was having pasta the night before this could be eaten as a cold pasta salad at lunch and if needed he could some tuna (vacuum packed tuna can be open and added easily to pasta in a tomato based sauce without need for tin opener or if you can find ones with ring pull cans) or other protein such as lean chicken or ham etc. I really think a little more organization would save Craig a lot of money and not having to rely on whatever might be available and may improve fruit & veg in his diet as well.
Craig - keep up the great work and as I said to you on Saturday you have already done the hardest part; stopping smoking and reducing so much body weight and I think this has already been such a huge achievement and not to be forgotten along this current 26.2 challenge.
Ruth - thanks - Craig has done really well so far hasn't he and your tips will certainly save him money as well improve health etc.
Just got back from Tesco and have bought some avacados (good fats in smoothies - thanks Ruth and SleepyB), nesquik milk shake powder (carb loading - thanks Ruth and Sam) and Hi juice (Ruth - carb loading). The Hi juice was interesting in that the blackcurrent flavour has 52.2g carbs per 100ml undiluted whereas the pineapple and orange ones had a lot less at about 36-42g so got the blackcurrent one. I have a half mar race on Sunday and for 2 days prior I plan to try the carb loading diet you posted on Rosie's thread which i think was an answer to a query from mcs - will substitute more museli in place of porridge and eat more jaffas (like them !!!). I already eat everything else on your plan so it will just be the volume that will be under test. Never thought shopping could be so interesting but don't tell the OH please !!
Hi Craig - I'm too poorly to do the Watford half this weekend so resting (very fed up about this) and doing the Fleet in March instead... hope Sam lets me race it as its flat and could be great for a pb!
Very snotty and grotty at the moment!
Good fartlek session Craig, like the mental image of you running fast between dog poo bins - the smell can be overwhelming!
Get well soon Emma.
Good session Craig all the best for the weekends running.
Just having humous on toast on offer at supermarket yummy and an orange though I did stuff a few Haribos down earlier as on offer too and I cant resist them but I am doing a longish run with a mate this evening.
There is always a way to go if you look for it!!
mcs - hee hee hee naughty naughty!
Toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel (with a slither of butter) and a banana/yogurt and OJ smoothie for me.
What you having Craig? Hope you are ok - you've gone quiet...
Oscarr: ha ha! Yes, carbo loading does make you 'hold on' to a lot of water and you can feel pretty bloated. But once you start running the water will be used up
Craig: Hope last couple of runs have gone OK? Good to chat about Sunday's race and that you're looking forward to it. The plan is to start out slightly restrained and aim to speed up throughout. (This is to avoid the temptation to go off all guns blazing after Craig's blistering performance in the last race!) But the other aim is to not reach the finish line feeling like you had loads more to give and disappointed it's ended so soon
So looking ahead to week 7. After an easier-mileage week in week 6, with no long run, this represents a step-up - so that means increased focus on all your good practices, like stretching, pre and post run nutrition, rest etc. I've swapped the 200m reps for 2 minute reps as Craig doesn't use a track but otherwise, the schedule is the same as the RW Ultimate sub 4.30 programme, with a grand total of 32 miles. I'm off to London for the VLM Meet the Experts weekend, but will hopefully check in over the weekend to see how everyone is doing! I'm thinking of whizzing over to camber sands before it's dark as it's such a lovely afternoon and can see the sea from my window! The Sidster is well up for it...
Thanks Sam - really, really bloated now and i've still got rice pudding and tinned fruit to go !! Which 4 exercises are the gang doing please?
Craig - which race are you doing on Sunday?
Holy moley bat-folks - it's chilly. On the plus side - I took 42 seconds off my 5k PB this morning in an attempt to keep warm despite wearing tights, thermal and gloves.
I'm right there with you Craig on the eating front - haven't stopped since we got home. Logs are now roaring nicely and there's a chocolate cake in the oven. Oscarr probably can't move by now - and mcs has probably turned into an icicle. I've got my old lady blanket over my knees on the sofa and not leaving this room unless I really, really have to!
Only tiny tiny mist snow here so far - really hope your races don't get cancelled - what a nightmare for all involved. Still better safe than sorry - can't run if you're in a car crash and get hurt! And if you do get to run - for goodness sakes wrap up warm!