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Oooh Sam - that sounds an interesting game to play - I'll try that - I think my speedometer is probably closely related to my complete-lack-of-spatial-awareness so I'm rubbish at judging distance unless I count paces. I will practice though - thank you for the suggestion.
BoD - know what you mean about the slow runs sometimes seeming to take forever. You'll need to start playing mind games with yourself. I find this also helps for those portions of races when you start getting a bit bored. For example - try going through the alphabet of the first name that comes to mind, A is for... B is ... etc. It normally doesn't take long before you lift your head and start looking around. Once I start to actually take notice of the scenery I find another few miles pass in a bit of a daydream. Or do the counting of steps - if you can get to 300 I'd be surprised. Something normally happens to distract you before then.
Hope the woodpecker is behaving and that you have a nice cosy evening. Sleep well and enjoy tomorrow, just do your best! Good idea to get there early for a good parking spot - we always do that too!
It has been another tricky week for me, but did two 5 miles runs in the week and did 18 miles this morning (very slowly).
BoD - I completely understand what you are saying about the LSR's. We have so much going on at home that I find it frustrating that I cna't to my LSr's any faster. But on the other hand, the time out helps me get my head together! Sorry that Mrs BoD won't make it to Paris.
Good luck with therace tomorrow Craig - bet you'll be great. And sorry to hear about your OH not being able to make Paris. But you won't be alone so i bet you still have a great day.
LMD: my trg's going ok so far. Had a few niggles in my calf foot for a couple weeks but seems to be ok now thanks to lots of calf stretching and ball rolling under my foot (thanks for the advice Sam - seems to be working). Had to laugh this week when I realised my mid week run was longer than my weekend long runs used to be before I started my trg plan - amazing how quickly you can progress if you look after yourself and keep at it.
From tomorrow onwards each of my weekend LSRs will be my longest ever run to date - scary! And jus starting to feel the difference in my body mae up now - muscle percentage has increased slightly, though has meant I'm a bit heavier now so need to watch what I eat without cutting back too much. All very interesting though.
Anyway, a tuna steak and noodles is waiting for me to get creative with it in the kitchen. Good luck with your runs/races tomorrow guys!
Get well soon LMD
Great progress, Louisa!
Posting Craig's training for next week - week 10 of the schedule. Bit of jiggling around on this one, as the training day is on the Saturday. So Thursday's run moves to Tuesday, the long run moves to Thursday and Tuesday's session gets ditched because we'll be doing some fast efforts (5km pace) on the Saturday at training day.
Yay Craig - So pleased for you - Fantastic run! You must be really happy?
Wasn't it just a beautiful day - just over 12 miles for us today - we were wondering about you as we went along.
Awesome time Craig, really pleased for you - well done!!!!!
Craig - bet your smile stretches from here to Paris after that run - blew your pb to smitherines i think - fantastic run, well done.
1 8:43.2 1.00 8:43 2 8:20.7 1.00 8:21 3 8:48.7 1.00 8:49 4 8:14.6 1.00 8:15 5 8:19.4 1.00 8:19 6 8:27.3 1.00 8:27 7 8:24.5 1.00 8:24 8 8:17.2 1.00 8:17 9 8:28.8 1.00 8:29 10 8:23.4 1.00 8:23 11 8:26.9 1.00 8:27 12 8:12.2 1.00 8:12 13 7:59.6 1.00 8:00 14 :29.3 0.08 6:08
Summary 1:49:35.8 13.08 8:23
Elevation Gain: 168 m Elevation Loss: 167 m MinElevation: 13 m MaxElevation: 50 m
I don't know what that means, except a couple of these hills seemed to go on a bit too long... You've got to remember, I run on a Fen... BTW has anyone heard from Tenjiso or have I missed something? Hope he's OK.
SB/KR/Oscarr: Thanks very much guys. Was trying to play down how much it meant, but couldn't really. Major target beaten. Got my eye on something quicker in October now... But step towards Paris done.Remember how I said about feeling like a fraud before? Not the case anymore, at all.
LMD: I keep wanting to type OMD... How you feeling fella?
Louisa: How did your LSR got today? I've got the same thing for the next few weeks. Scary and exciting to start breaking into new ground don't you think? Hope your foots properly on the mend.
MWW: I'm generally alright with LSRs (except when I've got food timings wrong and hungry) it's the slow ones in the week I struggle with. But have to agree that having the head space is nice, in particular on LSRs. BTW how do you and mcs cope with hills????
Suzie: How did Blackpool go? Did you get the kiss me quick hat? They rule! Oh, does Blackpool Rock count as carbs????
Sam: Thanks for the work and effort with me... Saw a fella today going all midfoot, very smooth, relaxed and strong when he overtook me up a hill. I can deffo see the benefits espoused in your piece this month. Also great stuff with the body image discussion.
Right rice and noodle are going to be ordered... Maybe a celebratory small glass of vino.
Bo - you DID do a negative split run cos from your mile splits you did a quicker second half than the first half and your first 3 miles contained your slowest 2 miles by a long way which shows you started very cautiously then gradualy quickened the pace and finished strongly with the fastest mile split in the last mile 13 - that's a classic run my friend and you should do this in all your long races - it gets a good time doesn't it and i bet you enjoyed the race as well??
Elevation Gain from the Garmin is the total of all the uphill bits in the route - Elevation Loss is the opposite and if you start and finish at the same point they are always the same.
Enjoy the wine, you deserve it !!!!
Congrats Craig, thats a great time for a half. I got my pb of 1.49 at Birmingham in 2010 which is a flat course so great effort well done. . CONGRATS. Superstar now I see you are up on RW front page today...... Stay away from your OH!
Suzie well done you need to try some gels I and Oscar on here use SIS in races maybe another one would have helped but it should hurt in races I reckon....... Were you fuelled before you set off?
Yay well done Craig!!!! That's amazing progress - very chuffed for you.
And yes my LSR went really well yesterday - I also came in grinning like a cheshire cat much to my OH's amusement while he was sat on sofa with beer watching footie with a mate. I had 14 miles to run and the plan said do a negative split which I've never done before - and I'm SUCH a promoter of it now as I actually managed it. I couldn't believe how much better I felt in the last couple of miles compared to at the end of the 13 miler the previous Sunday...in fact I did the last 2 miles faster than I was meant to out of sheer enjoyment.
However I did once again have to have a pitstop at mile 10 (glad I chose Victoria Park laps for my route again). I've started using SIS go gels on my long runs to get used to fuelling - used just one last week and took 2 this week - thought I'd break 'em in slowly knowingn what my tummy's like. And also had breakie 3 1/2 hours prior to the run. So was a bit annoyed I had to have an emergency stop. But after that I felt great and was flying - so weird! So thinking maybe I just have to get used to building in an extra few minutes for a pitstop? Or anyone any ideas why I might always get this around mile 9/10? I had also wondered if the huge mug of tea with my breakie doesn't help (wit milk and have a sugar)?
Oh - and ankles/foot were fine and legs just a bit sore today - we're making progress!!
Grt run Louisa well done on the fuelling strategy. Maybe try skipping tea and coffee on the morning of the run. I rarely need a stop on race day as I avoid caffeine and dont think I have ever stopped in training but we are all different, if you need to go then you need to go!!
Have you stopped smiling yet Craig?
Just to get you thinking Craig I was only 4 minutes faster at half marathon distance when I ran 3:49:06 at Loch Ness which has a bit of a drag in it so my money is deffo on you going sub 4 at fast-and-flat Paris. The only thing that will stop you based on this weekend is your head. So start getting it round the concept now so by the time Sam gets to you at the weekend - you will be able to listen to her instead of being totally blown away that she might actually be meaning YOU! I remember it took you a week or two to consider yourself a real runner - I reckon 5 days is enough to convince yourself that this really is happening!
Not heard from Tenjiso either - coooeeee - where are you - we miss you ...
GO CRAIG, GO GRAIG - Anyone got any pom poms?
mcs - wow that is admirable - I might try that for races later in the morning - am useless first thing though! LOL
LOL - good cop; bad cop! Who's who - that's the question hee hee
Anyone know where my nearest bookies is? Gotta aim for the stars if you want to reach the mountain top fellas!