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OO – Glad you enjoyed Parkrun pacing. I hope you had a good 14 miler
Gul – Good recovery running.
I managed 5 miles recovery this morning at 8:42 pace, with a bit of a
hangover. I don’t expect to ever write this again, but I’ve just completed 80
miles in my first taper week! It might seem like a lot but is 37 miles less
than last week.
Good to hear from you Nicko and Lorenzo, sounds like you have had good summers.
Gerard, enjoy Dublin. That session sounds tough enough to me!!
Gul, decent weeks mileage and good start to this week. Is the HR quite high for you?
Leslie, well done on your half. I also enjoyed a quite ridiculous sprint finish. My garmin clocked it at 4.45 pace for the last 0.1 miles.
oo- solid week there.
Looking back on my strava records, last year for this race and the subsequent Worcester half 2 weeks later I tapered properly and treated them as target races only running about 40 miles those weeks including race day. I think I am going to target another big week this week, pushing 60 and that should leave me due a cut back next week anyway which will allow a mini taper.
A lot to catch up on here!
GM - Great 20 and weekly total, looking good for the marathon! Enjoy Dublin
Huge mileage totals and ridiculously early starts from Gul & Badbark. Very impressive!
Leslie - I wouldn't be disappointed with a 1.43 off minimal training, sounds like you paced it fairly well as well.
DT - Congrats on the PB! Excellent performance, especially in your highest mileage week. When is your next race?
Welcome back Nicko & Lorenzo - looking forward to hopefully seeing you both at Abingdon (If Nicko survives Marathon du Medoc!)
My 16 mile with 5 at HMP didn't go quite to plan yesterday. Average of 6.37 for the 5 miles when I was aiming for 6.20-6.25, just didn't have the speed in my legs no matter how hard I pushed. In hindsight I hadn't eaten anything since Saturday afternoon and forgot to take my energy gel, so not too disappointed. It was a lovely run in the sunshine around London, got my route slightly wrong so it ended up being 17 miles. Longest run since VLM!
Stevie, I am following your coached training with a degree of interest.....however with a target marathon 7 weeks away and the weekends 17 miler being the longest run in 4 months i'd be wanting some decent explanations as to when i'll be getting the 20s in. What's the plan in that regard? Bearing in mind I think you are attacking a 10k this weekend and then the Cheltenham half at the end of September.
G-dawg, sounds like a decent break.
Gul, have you run the GER before? I did it in 2016. Undoubtedly the flattest half I have ever come across. The downfall was it measured 13.29 (which I may have mentioned before)which is a lot of extra time tagged on.
00- good luck on sunday. I should think 1.22 is well within range based on 10k performances.
Birch, thanks for the 'thumbs up'. I am more comfortable with the outcome now and it gives me a good target to chase down in Worcester that isn't unachievable. I am still waiting to see what runbritain make of it.
Planning 10 over lunch. Still a bit tired from sunday but my wife is away Friday to Monday in Sweden so not only do I need to train through this week before I taper next week, I also need to front load it. I have a sports massage tomorrow night though which I could do with.
Gul, I ran 85.03 in 2016. It was ridiculous with the extra distance. My average pace should have got me sub 84. I know gps watches aren't 100% but i'd raced two other halfs and a 10k in September 16 which all measured by my watch bang on. Nice easy 7.
Decent 12 there G-Dawg.
Stevie, yes it'll be interesting to see if the accumulation of miles satisfies the need to run the recommended 5 long runs. I'd also be hesitant to run 22 miles 2 weeks out, so again this will be interesting to get your feedback. Great session, now ease off to give it your best Sunday. Conditions look decent.
Gerard, rest days is something i've not done too well at this year generally. However, when I do have them I genuinely feel worse than if I had run a very low end 3-5 miler.
My last 2 London's i've managed to get to 24 miles before it has become horrible, which isn't too hard to cope with. It's when it becomes horrible before the 20 marker you have problems!
The 10 went well. Came in 7.52mm for a leisurely 140bpm. Identical mlr this time last year came in 8.05 for a slightly higher hr. 5 at mp planned over lunchtime. It looks like i've picked the warmest and sunniest day of the week to get that in. At least I can then 'look forward' to sports massage this evening.
Staring to make an effort to get my weight down after holiday. I was 11,7 on return, down to 11,4 this morning so half way to race weight.
Nice 12 G-Dawg especially coming off a break.
Glad to hear the HR is coming down Gul, will be interested to see how you get on in the half.
DT - Good 10 as usual. Also thanks for the tip on the HR strap, wore it last night with no chafing issues, will try it again tonight to get a read on my HR for easy pace.
All easy miles for me until Sunday now. An easy 8 tonight and then 4 with strides on Friday. Conditions are looking good at the moment and any wind should be a slight tailwind for the second half