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Wow, Snowdon with a 2-year-old on your back sounds like hard work HA. I got tired yesterday giving my 2-year-old nephew a shoulder ride for a few minutes
Sorry to hear about the PF FBT. If you private message me your email, I’ll forward over the exercises my physio recommended. I found those, plus yoga (basically lots of calf and hamstring stretches) really helped - much more than the traditional advice of rolling the bottom of the foot. You may well need to take a bit of a break from running too though unfortunately.
Joe sorry to hear Katie is suffering similar, she’s been so unlucky with injury, very unfair. Sounds like she’s already got it in hand, but let me know if you want the exercises for her. Great weekend of training for you though.
Hope the cold clears AWC. Interested to hear how you get on with the standing desk.
Recovery along the river with SQ this morning, good to catch up and discuss our plans for the spring.
Are we all invited?
I think I might give the PF a few days rest then do a Jools and just run through it, with new running shoes.
(Thanks for the exercises and notes Spoons, already doing them!).
Jools 101 races!!!! serious? does that include park runs? I think I did 3 marathons and 2 halfs last year, so 5 races!
AWC - must be everyone's new year resolutions to stand at their desk! If you are open plan, wont it look a bit odd you standing and everyone else sitting down?
George - that is a very strong run especially this early in the campaign! -I think you might be bagging a bit on your goal time!
Bloggs - Wow - Katie's PF sounds much worse than mine, I only have slight discomfort first thing in the morning.
Im going to get fat with this no running malarkey!
Congrats on the engagement Steve. It’s great your sisters are getting in to running too. The PF isn’t fully behind me, I still have a little soreness in the mornings sometimes, but it’s under control and slowly getting better despite the increasing mileage.
I imagine January is their busiest time AWC, along with gyms Glad the cold has cleared, good luck for the weekend.
Totally agree about the yoga chicksta, I don’t enjoy it much but I have no plans to give it up. I now know the routine pretty much by heart, so can watch TV. Not very zen, but helps pass the time! It’s always nice when your legs surprise you like the isn’t it.
Welcome Hydeparkrunner. It’s always hard to narrow down marathon goal times this early on, but sounds like you’re on the right track. Manchester is a great course, good luck with your goal.
101 races, blimey Jooligan. I managed 15 races including parkrun, there were quite a few DNS due to my lay-off, although a few extra park runs too so I’m not sure I’d have hit 20 even if things had gone to plan.
Interesting about the fitness drop-off HA. I think it does vary between people - you see some who can have big chunks of time off and come back pretty quickly, whereas others (*cough* me *cough*) lose fitness pretty quickly and take a while to get back on track. Although I agree there’s a definite mental aspect to it most likely. Great Mona farklek.
Good to hear you’re getting back in to things, and great you’ve secured another job Joe.
Sounds like a very decent 18 miler there George.
Nice 800m reps TR, I think those bigger interval sessions make a lot of sense for marathon training. I did a similar NAZ Elite session of 20x1k @ HMP (which is about as fast as my LT ever gets in training!) before Manchester last year, which was tough but a really good session. Will definitely be doing it again this time around.
Workout Wednesday for me today. Originally I had planned 10x5 mins, starting at MP and getting faster each time, but I am cautious of pushing too hard too soon, especially as this should be my first 100+ mile week since before Manchester. It’s also a little early in the plan for this session compared to the official NAZ plan, so I switched to 3x10 mins @ LT. To be honest I really wasn’t feeling up for it, and was tempted to bin it especially when I saw what a frigid morning it was. I always find my breathing a bit more laboured on hard efforts when it’s very cold. But I know if I want to get back to where I was I need to push on, so I forced myself to get on with it.
Overall I was glad I did, and fairly happy with the result. The pace wasn’t anything to get excited about (6:23/mi, 6:20/mi, 6:21/mi average) but I was consistent and 10s/mi faster than last time I did a LT session around the race course. And I’m already over 100 miles on a rolling 7-day basis, so my legs weren’t exactly fresh! Gradually getting there...
You’re certainly getting in the 20Milers really
consistently, jooligan. I will get
far fewer in this plan than for many years despite maintain high (for me)
overall mileage, so it’ll be intriguing to see the results.
That’s a huge few days spoons,
but your experience of high mileage means you take it in your stride really
well. 90M week with that many dropped runs is not bad! And great to see the progression with you LT paces.
Love North Wales, HA,
and super stuff summiting Snowdon with the little one on your back. We haven’t
been brave enough, and stuck only to local hill walks with the carrier. Time to
expand on this! As others have said, your ability to really switch off and
trust the wider training is no doubt a key reason for your continued
development and love for the sport. 5.8k MF is good!
FBT I hate
getting wet feet too, unless actually running! The worst for me is when
coaching all day at a 7s festival, can’t stand the trench foot setting in!
Great weekend double there, Joe. Mojo building nicely. Congrats on the job, that must be a big
relief. Hope it lends itself to some running/biking commutes nicely.
AWC have you now
received the standing desk? I ask whilst standing at my ‘high tec’ shelf right
now! Good luck at the weekend.
Late to the party, but congratulations, Steve! Solid 4.45am start there.
Oof, 15 x 3 minutes is tough, TR, nice one. Enjoying the old school approach from you.
Well done on the 9GA chicksta,
I find the legs work quite well the day after a pathetic shuffle. It normally
sorts them out quite nicely!
Really good to have a Monday recovery catch up with spoons and, as he says, geek out on all
things spring marathon related. Not sure why, but came out a bit quicker than
normal recovery pace, something like 8:10s for the 6M.
Yesterday was supposed to be 10 with 5 at LT, but after Saturday’s
cross country that was never going to be on the cards. So ran the middle five
miles progressively, reaching MP 6:30 for the mile effort mile. Seemed a
Slightly stiff calves this morning so opted for some compression
socks. Sure they don’t really do anything, but they are a good running wardrobe
option for the current temperatures. Went slightly later than usual, departing at
7:30am. Beautiful morning: frosty, no wind, daylight(!). 14M out and back on
the canal at an average pace of 7:09 for an easy effort. The MLRs following
sessions are new to me (well for a few years at least).