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Hey Sarah. I like the look of next weeks training schedule. I like the idea of fitting 2 longer runs close together. I did this for my ultra training last year and will do this again if I attempt another ultra later this year. It's nice to see you are already up to 16 miles on your long runs.
Very impressive session on your rest day too! That puts my rest days to shame!
Thanks Sarah, Tricialitt advise really appreciated. Can definately imagine the whole experience could be really overwelming. 13 - 14 weeks away at minute and excitement/anxiety levels thru the rouof already god knows what it will be like nearer the time. Gotta remember to just stay calm and relaxed and ENJOY the experience. I've got no doubt i will tho. Loving the whole challenge so far collected a few of first sponsers this week so getting less worried about falling short of sponsership and hopefully can just start to concentrate on training! I'm training to a marathon goal time of 3:40. Thinking with this is that although main goal is sub 4hr if i train to 3:40 gives me bit in the bag if marathon day should produce a few surprises i wasnt expecting. Ontop of that telling friends/family im going for sub 4 will be a nice surprise if i come in 15 minutes or so faster . I done a 12 mile yesterday with 8 miles at 8:23 (marathon pace) was a bit of a test to be honest but achieved it but aware that this was only 8 miles rather than the 26.2 . Thanks again!
LTB- it seems a bit early to be doing so much at planned race pace- take it easy on the LSR's - you want to be going slow enough that you can ramp up the mileage without injuring yourself- and loads of time to go yet.- What plan are you using?
Sarah - how did the run go today?
LTB - totally agree with tricialitt above. Its really early to be doing MP miles at the moment - especially so many. January should be all about building up the miles and limiting the chance of injury by running slowly enabling a quicker recovery. There's plenty of time to test the water closer to April.
Hilly - nice double running yesterday. What's been on the cards for you today?
Brolish - how was the xc?
It was a lovely day for running today - almost Spring like. A great way to end the holidays.
Tricialitt - im using a slightly tweaked version of Advanced Marathoning upto 55mpw schedule......I hear you that i may be over doing it abit but schedule does call for some marathon pace running on LSR's some weeks........i do hear you about dangers of overdoin it/injuries tho as i am not long back from football injury and that is why i am not on exact program in schedule yet. I'm hoping that i can increase the mileage and get back on this within couple of weeks but does mean i may be running an increased risk of injury. Maybe it would be a better idea to just increase mileage to that in the schedule even at a slower pace rather than worry about specific times for now that i am doing it in?
Yes - the P&D does put quite a bit of MP running into the LSR's early on- I tried to follow it last year, but it was clear to me that it would kill me, so I eased up a bit.
I'm sticking to slow running in my LSR's except perhaps a few strides, and a slightly faster last 5km or so.
Get away Brolish - I did 18 today @ 8:37 too! No kidding!
I think the P&D does call for these runs early on. LTB - I think you said you'd not been running long? The P&D is an excellent schedule - I've followed it myself in the past but I'd say to follow it to the letter you need a bit of experience behind you, so I think you're exactly right - use it as a guide and back off the pace if it's feeling too hard. You'd really benefit from running a HM to see exactly where you are time wise.
Thanks all. I hear urz about being careful with pacing, building up mileage without injury and not overdoing it so i dont compromise rest of weeks training. Hopefully overtime i'll be better able to judge the affects of my training on body. At minute i know my legs are aching quite abit so nice to have a rest day. Do find it hard though to slow down, like the satisfaction of hitting time targets and feeling like im actually running at the marathon goal pace!
Minni - have looked into some races to enter, Hastings and Watford Halfs look like best possiblities at minute! I thiink ur right that will give me good idea where im at and will also prepare me for VLM day.
Sarah - Well done on the training so far and being so disciplined with timings. I'll be running for Childhood First they provide residential care and rehabilitation for severely traumatised children. My family has had dealings with them before as my mum is a foster carer. I have to raise 1600 but was great to get picked for such a great charity. Added motivation
Well done on the run Sarah - looks like training is going really well and Minni is looking after you!
What wildlife did you spot? When I go for runs through the local country park, I get to see all sorts - takes your mind off the tougher parts of the run
Evening all. Some very good runs today by the sound of it so well done to everyone. I did 12 miles in 1hr 40m (8:20/mile) including a couple of miles at MP towards the end. I felt it a bit afterwards though so will heed the above advice to keep it slow for my LSRs for the time being.
Sarah - thanks for passing on the advice re resistance work. I have printed out Sam Murphy's routine and will definitely give it a go. I would definitely recommend pilates (not tried yoga) - it can be difficult if, like me, you are not very flexible or co-ordinated, but most exercises have easier and harder options and as long as you have a good instructor who will give you a bit of personal attention to start with you will be fine. I find it definitely helps my core strength and posture.
Regarding your new shoes, I would say it depends on how much wear you think you have left in your old ones. You have a LOT of running to do between now and 21st April so I wouldn't rush to start using your new shoes if you don't need to.
Interesting to see Sheffield mentioned above - we are going up there for a weekend at the end of the month so may need some advice about where to go for my LSR on the Sunday morning.
LTB - I raised money for help the hospices last year, its such more rewarding when you can do it for a charity you admire and want to help. It also gets you through those tough times, when sometimes you may want to give up . Im hoping to do the national three peaks this year to raise money for a charity, but I havent decided which one as yet. Im not normally as disciplined!! I decided to put my compression socks on yesterday after my run (even though my legs felt fine), im not sure if they helped or not, but my legs felt great wearing them, as though they were helping! I looked at P&D again yesterday and it does suggest including some MP miles in the long run early on in training like you said...it seems to recommend doing them on alternate weeks.
Hi Steve, it was mainly birds that I saw, must have seen over 6 different species of small birds and some ducks and geese. Also saw some grey squirels and what seemed to be over a hundred dogs...all extremly well behaved and under control of their owner.
Afternoon Andy. Im so not flexible...I was useless at gymnastic at school - i didnt even learn how to do a cartwheel or hand stand! I will leave the new trainers a little longer then. I dont think I wear them in that much, on looking at my 5 month old ones, apart from the mud on them, they look hardly worn and are still very supportive. Where abouts in Sheffield are you staying?
Hi Sarah, We will be in the Greenhill area.
Andy - that's just down the road from where I am. You will be a 5/10 minute drive from the Peaks and some lovely runs
Sounds as though the training is going really well! Loved your 'positives' and 'negatives' bit! You were better behaved than me though and didn't stop to take pics!
Sill a good workout Sarah! Its great when you find you're missing your runs and you're therefore itching to get out.