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Chillies, that wheelchair pushing definitely sounds like good cross training! Nice bike ride as well.
Nice 13 Martin, very nice pace to it.
Luvsa, be careful with that quad, like you say plenty of time to get the miles in.
Ended a cutdown week today with 15 off road with some cracking rain showers, done nice and early so back in time to watch Jenkins, just hope they cut this gap to the lead group quickly, unlike last Saturday!
AGF - pretty similar to my evening's intake last night Just contemplating my 16 now - might leave it until tomorrow!
Luvsa - Take it easy with that leg, better under than overtrained and even better uninjured than injured.
MG - Your 13 miler was quicker by 3 seconds than my HM PB, but that was set a couple of years ago when I could run a bit quicker.
Enjoying the olympics which is taking my mind off my leg, still a bit sore so 60 mins x training yesterday and 75 mins today. Started taping my calf as I've been living with a niggle on the inner side(shin splints?) and it has felt better, but have n't tried running on it yet
What an evening! It must be good because Mrs C was glued to the entire 10K race and she usually places watching sport some way behind, say, watching repeats of Come Dine With Me.
Luvsa - exactly what MG15 says about the rescheduling miles - it makes sense.
BB - here's hoping you're on the road to recovery. Do you use an elliptic thingummy for x-training?
6 miles at a very easy pace this afternoon, which went some way towards shaking off the alcohol-guilt but wasn't much use as a training run. Never mind, a few more miles on the clock
MG - it's been cups the three times I've done it - I also go with gels - 3 or maybe 4 - and water. Some people get a bit miffed about water not being in bottles, but I'm too slow for it to make much of a difference
Luvsa - hope the quad is better today.
AGF - well done on the 20 miler
BB - hope you get running soon.
MG - fantastic MP run, you really must be confident with your target now. Don't worry about the extra 10 at this stage. Agree with you, bottles are so much better, its a shame Abo uses cups.
Finally got my blister behind me. Just under 8 miles on Saturday (av 7.28) incl 6 miles at MP, and 15 this morning (av 8.00). Great running this weekend guys, our Olympic guys and gals must be inspiring us.
Cups of water and squash last year every 3 miles or so, then at 13ish and 22ish(same stn) bottles of lucozade.
MG - Very impressive running.
AC - Good mileage over the weekend, good news on the blister.
Chillies - Yeah the eliptical trainer don't use my arms though. Probably on it again tomorrow with maybe a bit of tready.
Thanks for all the good advice guys!
Have taken the weekend off any kind of running & joined the Olympic Team GB love-in. A great distraction! Quad is settling down, although still a bit tender when I squeeze it, so am waiting til completely pain-free before resuming training again. Will also go & have my very first sports massage, as MG recommends. I hope it doesn't hurt too much!
Some great training going on. I don't want to put the fear of God into anyone, but 11 weeks today we'll all be swapping good stories about our race, I hope!
Is anyone doing a half mara in Sept/Oct? I should be thinking of doing one myself!
Luvsa - good decisions there
I'm doing Maidenhead Half on 16th Sept (followed six days later by the London to Brighton 75 mile off-road bike ride!) and Windsor Half on 7th Oct. I think in the past I've run Henley Half the week before Abo twice - it seems to suit me, but it means I've never run that particular race at full speed (it was also my first ever race in 2008) but I'm not going to race both weekends before Abo.
My planning has been thrown out big time this year, as I have always used the Spitfire 20 at Dunsfold in early Sept as my big quickish long run, but they ran it in March this year
Only ran 8 today, so 40 for the week but a 2 hour off-road bike session with a few decent hills as well. It will have to do - the 10K race has taken a bit out of my legs
I'm doing a half 15 th Sept in Crathes. Prob a bit far for all you fellas to travel ! Also 10k in Paisley Aug 26th, That's it for build up races
Back to it now with a proper week of training having had a quiet one
Luvsa - 100% the right decision not to run. I am sure the quad will settled down very shortly. 2 HMs planned for Sept - 9th Sept 'Grunty Fenn' and 23rd Sept 'Pleshey'. Grunty Fenn, which I have raced for the last 2 years before Abo, will be a 100% effort, This should be give me idea where I am, compared to previous years, and what pace to adopt for Abo.
7 easy miles for me this morning
Luvsa - Enjoy your massage.
Hopefully Pewsey Vale HM 26 Aug and Cricklade HM 2 weeks before Abo. 30 mins x training followed by 15mins tready to check the calf out and then 10 minutes out on the road and calf feeling OK. Will try a longer run tomorrow.
Good news Barry, bet you felt much happier after that!
Luvsa, sports massage is great, maybe not at the time but after you do feel much better, hope it helps.
More races should finish with sausage n chips, much better than a mug or such!
Got a long weekend in North Wales pencilled in, just happening to coincide with a HM on Sept 9th. Am running a grass trail 10k thing next Wednesday, blow some cobwebs away from the slow steady stuff of recent.
Yeah thats the one Martin, remembered hearing it was supposedly pretty quick at some point, also nice to get away from usual races. You didn't fancy it this year?
Luvsa - I have done a 40 miler (or more) in the build up to each of the 4 Comrades I have done, barring this year when I got injured. I never really found it a problem. Just take it nice and easy and the miles just tick away. I did it on my own once which was quite tough mentally but the fact that you know it is all part of the training to get you to the start line of the greatest race on earth (in my opinion that is) helps. You generally run a few marathons in preparation in Jan/Feb anyway and run a circa 50km to build up to the 40 miler so by the time you get to that stage of the training, it is not so scary. Thinking that you have to do another 16 miles more on race day is the tough bit!
Barry - good to hear you are coming back slowly.
I'm entered for the Maidenhead half on 16th Sep too. Won't be in racing shape by then but hopefully will be in about 79 min shape. Fitness seems to be improving quite well at the moment. Knee is bugging me less and less. 22 miles at 7:25 pace yesterday and it felt nice and easy. 75 miles for the week so happy with progession.
Warren - that's some incredible mileage - and btw I'll be more than happy with 1:36:xx at Maidenhead
BB - fingers crossed for your next road session
12 dead slow tonight (9:00's) but the legs felt great at that pace, and the heart rate was superb, so a really good cardio/aerobic workout. It was going to be 16 but I didn't get out early enough and cut short to get home in time to watch Dai Greene
This is turning out to be strange prep for Abo for me - I've been thrown by running that hilly marathon in June - this will be the first time I've run two in a year. I feel that I've got no concern about the distance at all, but I'm finding it hard to push on to train to get close to last year's time (3:23:40). Maidenhead will give me a clue I suppose.
GO BROWNLEES - I may even get time to watch the run
Just watched the triathlon, quality! I hear what your saying about the swimming Fraser, i would be a good hour behind coming out of the water Very nice progression run there.
Going to remember the last mile is a gimme Martin, bet i'll be cursing you at about 12.2!
Out at 5:30 this morning, 3.7m warm up including strides then 5x1m @ tempo with 1 min jog rec, all between 6:10-6:14, mile cd. 3mile easy tonight.
Whats the Maidenhead hm like Chillies/Warren? Did you do it last year?
Back on the horse for the first time since Fri with an 'exploratory' 4miles in just under 8mm. Quad ok, just felt a bit creaky on the opposite side for the first couple of miles especially, but survived unscathed, so will head down the track tomorrow for a bit of speed work.
Meep-Another v. early morning runner. Respect!
Warren-I've been doing a bit of skim reading on the Comrades thread. Quite some epic physical & mental journeys made by all you forumites. Was Comrades an ultra you knew you always wanted to do, or was it a case of 'I've done a few 50ks & 40 milers, 56 miles is the next challenge'? 4 times!
FW-I'm with you. Shit swimmer. Might be better on a bike if I had one!
P.S. I may do Maidenhead half if I've not left it too late to enter, plus a couple more 10ks, one of them being the Julian Farrell over Camberley way.
Meep - I didn't do Maidenhead last year (it was the weekend between Dunsfold 20 and Windsor Half) but I believe it's pancake flat and not too busy as it's only the second time it's been run
Re swimming & triathlons - I am so slow at swimming it's ridiculous - 1500 in a pool takes me over 40 minutes - I just worked out that I would have been starting the last lap of the bike ride as AB walked over the finish line!
6 tonight, yet again trotting round slowly at about 8:45 pace with a really easy heart rate. Just can't seem to find the legs for a fast run unless I'm racing at the moment
BB - things sound encouraging. Hope the run went well yesterday.
Warren - sounds like things are going well. Very impressive, that you think you are not in racing shape, but still looking at 79mins for a Sept HM
CFB - don't worry that you are not yet in last year's form. I am sure over the next 10 and bit weeks the speed will come. I was blown away by Alistair's 10k at the end of the triathlon, sub 30mins, and as you say, he walked over the finish line!
FW - good run in the heat there. Been very humid down here the last few days, which has made some runs a sweaty affair. I now sure I could do triathlons seriously. I like running, and but have always found bike riding, which I have done regularly when injured, very tedious.
Meep - very good run in the morning. Best part of day.
Luvsa - glad the quad is better, and hope the track session goes well. I assume you are not going for 40 miles again this weekend.
11.5 miles miles for me morning (av 7.55). Was not help by a unsettled stomach, must I have eaten something last night that disagreed with me. Did settle after a couple of miles, but glad it was not Oct 21st.