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Great session SQ, it’s so tough to keep the paces coming down on those descenders.
I’ll be running Wokingham too Jooligan. Like you I’ve got two HMs planned (Bath for me), and will likely target one and use the other as an MP session. Good luck for the tri.
Glad to hear you’re on your feet and enjoying it Reg.
Enjoy the warm glow of achieving a big goal Hazel
dct I’ll be entering the Berlin ballot and crossing my fingers. I got in back in 2014 but the email went to spam and I never entered. I’ve been unlucky since then! Not going to get sub-2:45 now for guaranteed entry, so fingers crossed!
Impressive improvement in pace AWC.
Macca I could do with Adidas sponsorship too! I find I get about 600-700 miles out of my shoes, after that they start feeling a little dead. Although it might all be in my head.
Great work digging deep for that session Joe.
When someone next updates the marathon list they can remove me, as I’m definitely not running Frankfurt.
In better news though, first session today since my comeback. Wasn’t sure where to start, so figured classic 800m repeats were as good as anything. I decided to just take it one at a time and see how I got on. Happily, I completed all six. Less happily, the pace was barely faster than my pace at Manchester! Still, have to start somewhere and the reps were all pretty consistent, and the last one was the fastest, so that’s something at least. And it was nice to do something other than recovery/easy running for once. Legs don't feel too beaten up afterwards which is positive. Feet felt a touch sore after I finished, but seem ok now so hopefully they're fine.
Berlin Marathon - 16th September 2018
Marathon de Hull - 23rd September 2018
Chester Marathon - 7th October 2018
Ironman World Championship (Hawaii) - 13th October 2018
Snowdonia Marathon - 27th October 2018
New York Marathon - 4th November 2018
Valencia Marathon - 2nd December 2018
Must have been a tough old cow pat, HA. Unlucky! Hope it is ok. Fantastic news you’ve entered Leicester
– best of luck and really hope you enjoy. Could be challenging at the front if
the field is similar to previous years.
Hell of a weekend, Joe.
Definitely time to embrace the taper. When do you depart? Hope Chicago is a great
Haha, Macca, love
it. Great parkrunning. Imagine what you could do without a 9M warm up –
although a bit of me is asking myself the same question.
Really enjoyable day yesterday. 10M easy, timing it
perfectly, to finish about 30s before the start of the Cheltenham Half (including
a few car park laps at the end helped with this). An ingenious side entry
system to the start line queue meant the front two pens were in to the front
with a minimum of fuss, even at the last moment.
I tried to run at approximate MP HR, with a steady 160 the
whole way round. I assumed this would be 1:25 at best, given the long warm up
and biggest ever week (87M). Delighted though to finish in 1:22:59. I’m making
a habit of the 59s finishes. It was a great experience to run at less than
100%. I really felt able to soak up the atmosphere, have small chats and thank
the supports. To be honest, I felt in control the whole way round. If I can
feel that strong at the end of the marathon in three weeks, things will have
gone very well. 23.1M at 6:55m/m for the morning. A more random observation was
the number of times the crowd shouted to a runner who must have been about 20m
behind me, for the first 5M at least. And juggling. Very impressive at 6:20m/m,
although the shouts wore a bit thin on me after a while. I’m a scrooge, I know.
Legs felt ok this morning with spoons. Although I’ll sure they be fatigued later today and
tomorrow. One more mega BAC session to go, that I think I will delay until Saturday.
This should give recovery and therefore a better chance of a really positive
and motivating final long run/session.
Good to see you back to it, Steve.
Hope the family are ok and you’ve caught up on some sleep, HA. As Hazel suggests, an unwanted way to lose the weight? I was listening
to the ‘Let’s Get Running’ podcast this morning, where the presenter is trying
to run sub 2:20 at Frankfurt. He is using a ‘Canova’ style training plan which
actually sounds broadly similar to yours. Not worrying about mileage, but there
are two key, and very hard, sessions a week, that focus on tempo/just
above/just below MP. I reckon you could go well in Leicester as a result.
Thank you, Jooligan.
I think whilst a PB at Cheltenham could have been possible, it would have been
at the expense of a big week’s training, which ultimately would have affected
Abingdon. As I’ve achieved a big goal of a sub 1:20 half already this year, I thought
I’d go all in for the marathon. That is an absolutely monstrous weekend from
you. I’d expect nothing less than a parkrun, fell race, insane triathlon combo,
but love the fact you also squeezed in one of the most fearsome climbs in the country
en route. Also, 80 hours of training is enormous. I think my peak, last month,
is 47. And that was well up on any previous month. Hope you recover ok. So
which parkrun/fell race combo will you do prior to Abingdon?
10M easy road loop this morning. Fancied leaving the canal
until tomorrow, but in the end, I missed it. Found the traffic annoying. Ran at
the usual 7:45 average easy pace. Planning on leaving my big session on Saturday,
but would consider livening up a MLR tomorrow. Any suggestions?
Alan – good idea
to not look at the weather forecast. It is what it is. You know you back better
than anyone here, but I wonder whether still doing the exercises, but maybe
fewer of them might help. In terms of where to eat, the White Horse is
literally in the middle of the racecourse. The Architect overlooks it. Both
good in my opinion. Also great options for post-race.
As always, enjoyed the blog, Joe. What is the bike transport plan? Do you have a case etc? I see
the local airways have tightened up on what you can transport them in. Thank
you for the suggestions (and Jooligan).
Might pepper the MLR with some MP, or might just go for some strides depending
on how the legs feel.
Good to see the usual faces on here, Just signed up for Portsmouth marathon, not really a autumn marathon, more a mid winter marathon, but been lurking here getting the bug back.
Did Barns green half last sunday to put a marker in the ground and lots of work needed...in only 11 weeks
Life has somewhat got in the way the last few weeks so managed to have a quick catch up. Fantastic work at Berlin everyone and from Joe grabbing the win at Brighton. See lots of other's have been racing as well
Judging by the training you seem to be continuing to improve Joe, exciting to see how you go at Kona. Are you going to do any specific trianing to cope with the heat e.g wear extra layers. Send Katie good luck vibes for Chicagi
Easing back in the quality work Spoons, good to see
SQ - those BAC sessions look tough but you seem to be smashing them
That's some big improvement in your LT pace AWC, especially just a few weeks
Obviously the ultra training has also improved your raw speed Macca
Pleased to hear you're getting some running in Steve
Jooligan - even for you that weekend was crazy, do you ever target a specific race with taper/ no other racing etc? Would be interesting to see what you can do
For me training has continued with a vengeance, with a mixture of tempos, hills, reps and off road sessions. Ran a park run a couple of weeks ago and ran a massive PB of 16:18 unofficial as didn't have barcode. Solo from the start and not the greatest conditions/no taper so definitely in/around 16mins on another day.
Great long run/tempo HA. Good luck for Leicester, impromptu marathons seem all the rage! I missed that they had launched new Vaporflys. Luckily my pair from Manchester are still pretty fresh, and I have a spare pair I was planning to christen at Frankfurt, so I should be good until the next release. Crazy how popular they are, frustratingly I think a lot of pairs go to collectors who don’t even wear the bloody things!
Those runs wearing extra layers must feel horrible Joe, no doubt great prep for Kona though. How long are you spending in the sauna when you do those? Keep the blogs coming, they’re always a good read.
Nice work at parkrun Macca, just goes to show how important aerobic base is even to shorter distances.
Glad I’m not the only one feeling unfit Steve! Great you’re easing back in to things though.
Bonkers weekend Jooligan, and indeed month! I genuinely don’t know how you do it. I had a look back and I think my peak before Manchester was about 60 hours, including yoga, S&C etc, and that was knackering enough.
Good luck Alan, hope the back holds up.
Quality MLR SQ, good luck for the final BAC session on Saturday.
Good to hear from you FBT and AWC.
Congrats on the PB Scott, frustrating about the barcode!
I had planned to run the Cheltenham Half on Sunday, originally as an MP session like SQ before those plans went out the window. However it was my nephew’s birthday and while I am a bad enough uncle to turn up late because of a key marathon session, I’m not bad enough to turn up late just so I could run a race as a long run. So instead I did 13.1 miles along the canal, which went pretty well. Feet held up ok, and felt ok afterwards. I'm still getting some soreness, and they're stiff when I first wake up, but I think they are gradually getting there.
I had a rare lack of motivation this morning, and just couldn’t be bothered to drag myself out of bed. A bit of rest will hopefully be good for me though. I might try a LT session from the P&L plans tomorrow, I don’t want to shift to a strict plan at the moment, but I’d like to start loosely following one of the 10K plans ahead of Telford.
Jools - that would presume that I am up to speed to start full marathon cycle - had a bit of a rest period over summer and only been getting back into it over the last few weeks. But as you say its plenty of time. Just used to 12-16 weeks for spring marathons.
Im not sure if to just keep upping the steady miles at present or get into the specific training. might give it another week or 2 of steady mile increases as i'm only up to about 20-26 miles per week at present
Spoons - that lack of motivation is my usual status quo