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Great 10k, OO.
Happy birthday, Birch.
G-Dawg, yes it comes to a point on that income level where you must surely struggle to make even a dent in the money each week. I was driving my son home from rugby training last night and some youths were stood outside the co-op. My son excitedly pips up that one of them looked just like John Stones or Dele Ali. I prodded a little further and he claims that they both look very similar just Dele Ali has a better sun tan. The imagination of 8 year olds!
I went out for an mlr/mp combo run yesterday afternoon. Started with 5 miles easy, then 3 at mp (average 6.47) then 2 miles easy. Home for a quick stretch then bodypump.
I am now going to taper....though I am on 193 miles for the month so will be getting to 200. Planning perhaps easy 5 today and 3-4 tomorrow. I am also on 37 for week due to sundays long run and will do 16 sunday with wu and cd so this could well end up my highest ever mileage week which I think is currently 61.
Badbark, I forget to give you acclaim in my post above. I look forward to seeing what Belin delivers and assume/recall the target as being sub 2.45.
That will get you a champs place for London 19. I am not sure if you have run London, though assume you will have, but the luxury of champs place would surely have to be taken advantage of??
5 recovery over lunch at 8.32mm was just what I needed. My garmin told me I have run 63 miles in last 7 days. I feel like I am at that stage of the cycle now where I am ploughing through (for me) high end volume and waking up the next morning untouched by it.
Leslie - I've got a 10k next weekend, its a flat course so I'm hoping for a big PB. I'm sure you are not over the hill yet! Good luck with Sundays half
Gul - Good miles and a huge monthly total!
DT - Good luck with the half on Sunday. Is it a PB attempt?
OO - Good luck in the XC, still not sure I fancy doing it but may change when I eventually join a club!
10 easy miles for me last night and 5 planned for this afternoon. Will take me to 223 for the month which is my highest ever by 20 miles. Off to London for the weekend so will enjoy a run by the Thames and round Battersea & Hyde parks on Sunday morning. 16 miles with 5 at HMP on the plan.
Gul, very good mileage for August!
Leslie, sorry to hear you are still struggling.....at least you will be well rested for sunday.
Very good mileage, Stevie. Enjoy London.
Enjoy the xc, oo, though it's not going to be classic xc weather/surface. Stevie, xc once you get into it is really good fun. Though it does leave me tired and sore and affects what I can do on a Sunday.
Sunday will be a pb attempt. I've felt I was in pb shape in March before it all got snowed off, then run at pb pace for Liverpool only to be cut short due to measurement errors, then missed a pb by 20 seconds in Wilmslow in June on a ridiculously hot day, so now whilst it looks set to be warmer than i'd ideally like, it is at least forecast to be still. I ran it last year in 84.23 which was a pb then so i know what I need to do.
just planning 4 miles with strides later to round off the month at 202 for my 3rd highest month ever. Additionally that'll put me on 46 for week so with a 2 mile wu and a nominal cd on sunday this will be my highest ever week.
Hope you get it DT19. I'm also doing heavy miles but waking up every morning with very stiff legs.
Congrats on the milestones G Dawg I'm sure you'll see the benefits.
XC is just a 2 mile relay leg. So I'll do a gentle parkrun as a warm-up
Enjoy London Stevie, I'm due a visit...
Good luck with the half Leslie, hope you get a nice surprise.
Birch – Happy Birthday! Good interval session done.
Stevie – Excellent session, quicker than I could manage.
GD – Nippy paced steady running!
OO – Nice LSR completed on post-race legs. I hope you learn
to embrace and enjoy XC, personally I love them.
DT – Great MLR, recovery running and weekly mileage. I write
about my marathon goal below.
Gul – Good 8 miler and monthly mileage. You’re average pace
is very close to mine.
Leslie – Enjoy the Waterside half!
Unfortunately, there is no indication in my training that I
could manage a sub 2:45. My PB is 2:48:36 and my goal is to beat that by at
least 37 seconds for a 2:47.
My best race recently was a 37:17 10k, which according to
the Fetch race calculator equates to 2:51:23. My recent Parkrun of 18:21 only
equates to 2:55:52. However, obviously these were done untappered so I expect
better. A good reference would be that I ran 18:22 at the same Parkrun last
year, just before Chester when I ran my 2:48. So I'm in a very similar shape
and hope the flatter course will gain me a minute.
I'm running a half marathon next week which I'm going to use
as a final pace indicator.
I’ve done a recovery run the last two mornings at around
8:40 to 8:50 pace. My legs needed them after the marathon. However, in true
Madbark style I’ve a 5 mile race tonight. Hmmm, I expect a 5 mile personal
I guess that's the same weekend as Great North Run Badbark, which I'm doing? I've not run well there the last 2 years but hoping for a 1:22:XX on current form. I ran a 68 mile week last week and should get close to 60 this week. I'll taper next week for GNR and throw in a few swims and walks to keep my weight steady.
In any case 2:45, 2:48 are both incredible times I can only dream of. Hope you pull it off...
Badbark, I would say that whilst these calculators caveat their predictions with the fact that they are made on the assumption that you have suitably trained for the distance, I would suggest that you are so far the otherway in terms of specific training that you would be prepared for the marathon distance beyond what a calculator would have assumed and are certainly better trained for a mara than a 5k or 10k.
I know what you are saying but I’m thinking about previous
campaigns too. I ran over 100 miles a week for a month before both London and
Chester last year. As I mentioned my shorter distance times in races around
these times are very similar to what I’m running now. I ran 2:49 in London and
2:48 in Chester, with just a 30 second improvement between the two. Chester was
the hardest I have ever run in any marathon and I was practically in tears at
So I can’t see how I’m expected to improve by 3 ½ minutes and break
2:45. That’s more than four 39:00 10k’s back to back! 6:17 m/m for 26.2 miles –
Badbark, for me I tend not to look at 5 and 10k times when judging how I might fair in a marathon. I limit it to half performances.
An irritation of mine is how easily people (including runners) just think that large chunks of time can easily be absorbed in a marathon and lost within the distance. As you point out to improve by 4 minutes, you have to run every 10k a minute faster which is 10 seconds a mile. For me 10 seconds per mile is the difference between my 5k and 10k pace roughly. I appreciate as you move further down the aerobic range 10 seconds doesn't have that critical an impact, however it's still a reasonable step up.
I ran the 5 mile race tonight with legs feeling heavy from the start, after Wednesdays sub 3 marathon.
However, as the race progressed I felt stronger and kept moving through the
field. The race had a 120 foot climb from 2 miles to 4 then you get it all back
in ½ a mile. With about 1 ½ miles to go I overtook a friend who told me I was
now 2nd Vet and that a guy called Sam was 1st about 50m ahead.
I knew the prize for first Vet (everyone over 45) was £35, the same
as the overall winner. So I kicked it up a notch and kept closing the gap to
Sam. By the course peak at 4 miles I was only about 10 m behind. I seem to be a
good downhill runner and went passed Sam half way down the hill.
Two years previously I’d been out sprinted in the same race by another
Vet, who took the only vet prize. I’d overtaken him on the downhill before he
passed me back in the last 10 m. I was determined not to be beaten this year
and gave it everything. I overtook another two people near the end completing
the last mile in 5:16 thanks to the steep hill.
I had it confirmed at the end that I was indeed 1st vet and received
the £35. I got talking to Sam and found out he was actually the very person who had outsprinted me two years before! We had a good chat and laugh
about my sweet revenge!:)
My time was 30:24 which is the fastest I’ve done that course. What a
great way to finish my highest ever mileage month of 461 miles!
OO – Yeah, I think I must have Wolverine like powers of recovery.
DT – Well done on the spin biking. I think that getting the blood
flowing is better than total rest.
Gul – Excellent very early morning 20 miler!
GM – I get up at 4:30am every morning to get most of the miles in early.
That’s a great 20 mile run completed and good weekly mileage.
Birch – Nice respectable parkrunning!
I went out for a recovery run this morning but started thinking about
how many miles at MP I’d run in training. It dawned on me that I’d barely run a
mile at MP, with just over 2 weeks to go to my race! So my recovery run became
a 13 mile easy run + Parkrun at MP.
Unsurprisingly this was quite tough following the 461 mile month and
race the night before.
I ran most of the Parkrun at about 6:20 pace but then got drawn into a
bit of a race over the last ½ mile, including a sprint finish. I won the tussle
and finished with 19:21, so a good workout on tired legs.
I’ve been out today over eating and drinking for the last time before