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Getting a dog on Sunday. Puppies can't really run any distance until they're about a year old, so suspect it's going to play havoc with my training, but hey. I'm quite intrigued by the sport of "Cani-X" though - cross country running with your dog. Some people just run with them on a lead, but really serious ones have a harness and get hauled along at huge speed. That sounds like loadsa fun. My one is just a cocker spaniel though, so not really expecting husky-type heroics.
Anyway, managed a reasonably punchy 11-miler this morning, so it looks like a week of eating and running and not much else has got me back in form. Just 2 weeks to go before the critical 3rd Surrey League fixture.
All the best Wardi.
Might be tempted into a Richmond Parkrun too Dan A, especially if it's at 10 rather than 9!
With the ice gone and no wind, I had a chance today to try another experiment, doing alternate miles in normal or modified style, enough to get some meaningful statistics. (I did that about a year ago and it showed clearly that reducing my cadence was better -- and I haven't looked back.) This time I wanted to see if I would be more efficient by concentrating on pushing back on the ground with a flick of my toes, while minimising overall leg motion. (I've been thinking during holiday lie-ins how I might improve things looking at the fundamentals of running action like this.) So I did: 1M light warm-up 10M reasonably hard (slightly slower than MP), alternate style miles, perceived effort constantish 3M lightThe interesting thing was that doing the more 'toe-centric' style didn't feel any harder, and was maybe a smidge quicker, but my HR invariably dropped markedly on returning to normal style. So the normal style won in terms of HR/pace measured efficiency, even if it didn't feel easier. I also noticed my HR wandering around a lot during those 'normal style' miles, whereas it stabilised in the final 3M. I don't know if that was a dodgy connection -- maybe not, as that normally results in unrealistically high readings, and it doesn't explain why it behaved normally in the first 1M and last 3M. Here are the stats: Normal style: 6:19.8 +/- 0:02 min/M; 142 +/- 3 bpm; 897 +/- 17 beats/M 'Toes' style: 6:17.6 +/- 0:02 min/M; 150 +/- 2 bpm; 947 +/- 9 beats/M
So I haven't found a magic improvement in efficiency with this style change. But I might have found a hint that mixing up running style during a run might give temporary drops in HR (maybe by resting and then re-employing certain muscles?) that could give an advantage. In fact my HR was similar in the last easy-paced miles. Here is a picture by the way:
I'm sure it will come back in no time BEJ. Could always be worse - currently my easy paces predict a mara in the 2:55-3:00 range...... The condition I was in at the start of April seems a long long way away. Good luck with the imminent arrival.
Ouch CD. Family side of Christmas was great here. Nothing like 2 kiddies to make it fun
Hilly - as per Drifter I was a bit surprised to see you back running already after being diagnosed with pleurisy. Take care of yourself.
Interesting as always CW.
9.2m easy run this am @ 8:18m/m / 68% WHR. Seem to have finally gotten the HRM sorted by a combination of a new gel, repositioning of the strap, and further tightening of the strap.
Thanks. The antibiotics worked really well in my case. I do sometimes think the fitter you are before illness strikes helps in the recovery stages. I'm a tough cookie
Some amazing long run you guys have been doing!
ZaTTu - I'd like your current fitness marathon prediction
BEJ - best wishes for the arrival of baby BEJ - hope all goes well!
hmmm, I hope this isn't true - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12095635
BEJ - good luck
Hilly - I totally agree on the fitness beforehand - it was one of the things they said pre-op.
Looks like Wanjiru has really flipped this time!
Hmm, I'm now on antibiotics as well. The blisters I picked up when I wore my XC spikes for the first time in yonks back in November have turned septic.
It's enough to make you wave an AK47 at the missus, it really is.
Grim reports about Wanjiru.
Checking in as off to Yorkshire soon. Monthly score on the door:
Miles: 180Pace: mostly 8mm but with some tempo work and hill sprintsLongest run: 15 milesWeight loss during month: 13lbsCurrent weekly mileage: 50mpw
Not been posting much recently, as I haven't had anything witty and/or interesting to say. Been a bit ill last few days but not feeling bad now. Just keeping the training ticking over until we start getting a bit more daylight, then I can start more proper cycling in evenings after work.
Have joined a local chain of gyms, so not so worried about rubbish weather now. One of them is about 100m from my office, so will be aiming to pop over for lunchtime swims a couple of times a week to fit in a bit more training. Trying it today for the first time to see how much I can fit in the lunch "hour".
Anyway, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and good luck for 2011. Particularly the BEJ family for the next few days (or longer?).
Marigold - I'm coming down tomorrow for a few days (hopefully shouldn't be thwarted by snow this time) if you fancy an easy run (tempo for me).
Mmm, calves a bit stiff today after my style experiments run yesterday -- whether that's because of running 5 of the miles in a more calf-intensive manner than I'm used to, or just being generally too unfit to do 10@6:20/M in a 14 comfortably at present, I couldn't say. December stats:
150M @ 7:46/M avg (bit slow from snow)12 rest daysno races, only long run (>15) was the 28M canal tunnel adventure.
And 1946 miles in 2010 (37 mpw avg), with PBs at all distances I tried and a good number of trophies -- I'm still in the honeymoon period as a low-V40, and started this running phase only in Sep2007, so I've still been improving up to now. But I wonder when my training gains will be outweighed by my increasing age and PBs stop happening? And in the meantime, an influx of current 39-year-olds will replace me in the local V40 scoreboard, eroding the trophy potential... ah well, I'm pretty happy with what I got out of my debut V40 year, and hopefully I've not quite peaked yet. Sub-2:40 in VLM would be nice before I get the zimmer frame out though...
130 miles for the illness-ravaged month, and 2,157 for the year, including 24 races (22 finished), and for the first time since 2001, not a single marathon completed. Ah well.
Barcelona and Nagano coming up in the new year, as well as a John O'Groats - Land's End relay and helping organise the Green Belt Relay, but first a big couple of XC months.
Thrilled to be able to post some running stats for Dec with 67M for the month. Suprised to see I got 3139 in for the year despite a 10 week hiatus. No PBs this year, but looking to sort that out in 2011.
I have just signed-up for Berlin.........again.
Happy New Year one and all.
December: 245 miles, mostly slow/easy, no races.
2010: 2,148 miles, over 900 of which were before London marathon. 25 races (including 4 parkruns), PBs at 2m, 10k, 10m, HM (all but one set in training for London) and Marathon. So very good first third of year and a bit of an anticlimax thereafter.
Thanks for all the help, advice, discussions and sharing of news good and bad during 2010.
Happy New Year to all!
I'm also done with running for this year:December: 250 miles @ 7:43 pace (probably the first time I've been out-paced in training by Mr Gobi!) which required 146bpm... the snice underfoot didn't help. Nor did the 10 day long chesty cold and minor knee / hip niggles. Pretty sure I only managed one faster session in the whole month.
2010: 3523 (14:59 5km, 2:28 marathon)2009: 3579 (15:11, 2:31)2008: 4090 (15:23, 2:34)2007: 4189 (15:34, NA)Does anybody else notice a pattern over the last few years?! Goes to show it's not all about miles / short term gain.
PBs over steeplechase, 5000, 10000, HM, M and, given the chance, I'm sure I could have smashed any others at some point between August and October.
Meanwhile Mr/Miss Baby continues to stay put with the consultant checkup today revealing that it's about as un-engaged as it can be. It'll be smoked out next Wednesday / Thursday if it doesn't make more of an effort.
Miles - 240Avg Pace - 6:18 m/mRest Days - 62010 Stats
Miles - 3054Avg Pace - 6:22 m/mRaces - 5 (last race was June)PBs - 10k, HM and MMy last mile of 2010 was around Marders's marathon pace
Happy New Year to you all
I'm now back in grey Engerland after a most satisfying week in Mallorca. I didn't run at all, but we did some serious mountain walking for 5 of the 7 days which hopefully kept my fitness up. Commiserations to those who didn't have an ideal holiday.
I'm not sure how much I ran in December (one of my resolutions for 2011 is to actually update my running spreadsheet). No PBs in 2010 (other than miles through snow), but I predict HM and M will fall in 2011.
Happy new year peeps!
December stats:Miles - 106Pace - very slow!
2010 stats:Miles - 2010 (what a coincidence!)Pace - circa 7'40ishPBs - Mile, 5k, 5 mile, 10k, Half, 20 mile and Full (didn't do a 10 mile race). Nailed the sub-3 Oh and set a PB for 92 miles too!
Bit short on time to read back at the moment, so a me-me post for now
Had a good run today - averaged 86% WHR for 8.1m, though the last 6m were close to HM HR. My one run per week uncontrolled/off the leash/not by HR. Done with 2 laps on The Nutcracker Suite loop - a 2.2m very hilly/undulating loop with about 30% on mud/grass/trail, with a wide variety of uses - long gradual downhill, some good climbs and some BIG rolls. It will be the loop that will make me in 2011 (yes I am feeling very optimistic at the moment ).
Miles Run: 60.5 @ 7:58m/m (only brought under 8m/m by today's run).Total Training Time: 18:11
In both cases, I've had about 4 months worse than that this year!
Miles Run: 2139 (half of last year) @ 7:05m/mTotal Training Time: 380:47 - this included > 40hrs on the Elliptical in June - a hard month!
Still it can only get better!
Happy New Year y'all!
Ran for the first time in weeks today, a very slow 10 miles but achilles felt relatively pain free, I am now really hoping to be able to put togethor a decent run until April.
Happy New Year everyone.
2905 miles ( would have loved to have hit 3 thousand)
PBs in every distance I had a go at.
A slightly early happy new year to you all.LS21 - good to see you getting back to it.Reading end of year stats, very interesting, anyone fancy doing a yearly mileage/marathon time comparison?fwiw2085 miles (most ever)just under 300hrs (Gobi - 700+ ?!?)pb's at all distances raced (5k, 10k, 10m, hm, m)Dead chuffed with how it all went - here's to 2011 being just as good!
Total distance: 3.1Total time 0:21:19Average pace 6:56Best place 3rd
Back to bed