First P logged 25.76 km of Running in 2:20:33 today
Yes!! Mission Accomplished!!
Long run - first 8 miles at easy pace, the second 8 miles@8:20-8:35. That was the plan. Here are the splits for the second set of 8 miles - 8:23, 8:22, 8:17, 8:13, 8:17, 8:14, 8:22, 8:08.
I am a runner! I absolutely love it. It's been intense, exciting, relaxing, healing and sometimes painful - an incredible journey - one I want to continue for as long as I can....
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First P logged 17.76 km of Running in 1:42:32 on Thursday
When I started the run it did not feel like I'll finish this run. My legs were a tad heavy and my head wasn't in the right place. But gradually I got into it. By mile 8 I was enjoying myself. By the last mile I was thinking - wow! What a run! I did not want it to end. Amazing how quickly what we think is a bad run can change to a good run. Makes me wander if there's really a good or bad run. Maybe there's just the run.....
Marcell J encouraged this.
First P logged 27.44 km of Running in 2:43:07 on 2 March
And so begins the so called "monster training month" the most critical – and difficult – four weeks of training, when 1) weekly mileage is at its peak; 2) motivation may be flagging; and 3) you're most likely to get sidelined by an injury. It is time to train intelligently.
First P logged 16.17 km of Running in 1:33:06 on 26 February
Took two days rest after the race on Sunday. I still wasn't sure I'll go out for a run today but with such a beautiful morning with crisp sunshine who could resist. And at Epping Forest it was a truly a beautiful morning. I went out there to check it out after all the rains and floods we've had. The water has receded in most places leaving the trails very muddy and wet which made for an interesting run. The management have done a good job of clearing the paths of fallen trees, broken branches and such. So i didn't have to make any detours. It looks like I'll be taking my long runs up there from now on. I need to save the legs from some of the stresses of pounding the pavement.
It turned out to be a good run. I ran by feel today. I set the mileage to 10 miles and switched off all pace prompts on runmeter and just ran. It was very interesting to see the pace after the run. It wasn't as slow as I thought it will be. I was bang on the pace for a easy run. I noticed the last two miles were a tad fast though. Interesting. Let's see how it goes from here on in.
And so begins Week 8 of training. 67 days to race day.
First P logged 21.08 km of Running in 1:50:05 on 23 February
That did not go according plan. I did not enjoy that at all and it hurt. This wasn't about getting a PB although with such a flat route the possibility was there. This race was about running an even pace and finding out from the result whether my target time for the coming marathon was still possible. Both aims got thrown out of the window.
The crowd at the beginning and the narrow towpath meant I couldn't get up to speed soon enough. Not to worry - what time I lost at the start can be gained later or so I thought but one, I couldn't hold the pace steady; two, when I finally was able to pick up the pace I could not hold it for the duration - my legs won't just do the work - they felt heavy and tired; three, By mile 10 my race was as good as over. The last three miles is just a blur of pain...
What went wrong? I'm still trying to figure that out. Did the same routine I do before every race. Was the mileage during the week too much? I've done much more in the past before a race. Was it the nutrition? Was it a mental thing? Questions, questions....and more questions.
Training resumes on Tuesday - we'll see how it goes. In the meantime rest and recovery is on the cards.
I'm just glad today is done!!
First P logged 8.07 km of Running in 0:43:36 on 20 February
This was meant to be a 7-mile run but my legs had other thoughts. Four miles in I knew I had to cut it short. I'm not going to risk injury and regret later. So by mile 5 I ended it.
Tempo run - 1 mile warm up, 3 miles@8:03, 8:19, 8:05, 1 mile cool down.
Now it's time to rest....
First P logged 9.70 km of Running in 0:57:34 on 18 February
Week 6... So far so good. The training has been coming along nicely. There have been no injury worries and no missed sessions. So this weekend it's time to track my progress. The plan calls for a Half marathon race so I have entered the Old Deer Park Half Marathon taking place in Richmond, London on Sunday the 23rd. This should hone my race strategy and tell me how realistic my marathon target is. My main aim on Sunday will be to run the race at a steady pace...
Now to today's workout. When I saw this one on paper I actually dreaded it. It is a monster of a session but not to worry I'd done a few interval sessions so I was going to give it a go. And it turned out to be a good session. The intervals were short which was nice but it still hurt and towards the end I did slow down a bit.
I mile warm up, 16 x 200 metres (yes! 16 of them: yikes!!) @ 58s, 57s, 62s, 54s, 56s, 54s, 57s, 54s, 57s, 59s, 60s, 59s, 57s, 58s, 61s and 61s, 1 mile cool down.
First P logged 11.33 km of Running in 1:03:28 on 11 February
Speedwork - 1 Mile-warm up, then 12x400m at 1:45, 1:53, 2:03, 1:49, 1:49, 1:55, 2:00, 1:54, 1:59, 1:59, 2:02, 1:58 with 200m jog recoveries, then 1 Mile cool down. That went quite well. Even though it was a hard session I did not feel like I was dying!! I was tired at the end but not completely exhausted and I was able to do all 12 repeats at relatively the same pace. 12 repeats! Phew! A few weeks back I could not have said the same thing. I guess I'm getting stronger and hopefully faster.
First P logged 22.57 km of Running in 2:09:01 on 9 February
This had to be my toughest run this year. The plan was to run the first 7 miles easy (9:20 - 9:30 mins/mile)and then run the second 7 miles @ marathon pace (8:25 - 8:35 mins/mile). The problem was - I had unknowingly picked a route where the second 7 miles were so hilly!! I should have checked the hill profile! So the first 7 miles went like a breeze - did it in 1 hr 6 mins. The second part is another story. I tried to hit the right pace. From mile 7 to 11 the splits were 8:35, 8:36, 8:43 and 8:34. By mile 12 I had to take stock and settle for an easy finish. Even with the easy pace by the end I was completely shattered. Phew! I guess hills will do that to you. Took some time to recover. I just lay there on the floor in front of the TV completely oblivious.
Lesson learnt; check out the hill profile before a hard workout; you don't want to overdo it.
Have a great day my friends - now I need to find my bearings.....
First P logged 11.38 km of Running in 1:03:28 on 6 February
I was out for this one much earlier than yesterday as the London transport problem persists. Which is also why I'm posting this much later than usual. After the run there was no time to get on the computer. I was out the door in record time.
Enough of that; now about the run. It was an alternating run - alternating 9:30 and sub 8:35 mins/mile each mile. Here are the splits - 9:28, 8:25, 9:02 (yikes!too fast!!), 8:24, 9:26, 8:33 (uphill at the beginning b/4 levelling out), and 9:31.
First P logged 9.69 km of Running in 0:52:45 on 4 February
Tough session but better than last week's as the pace was much more controlled here. I did feel a bit tired for the last interval but still i think it was a good session. And so begins Week 4 of training.
1 mile warm up, 5 x 1000 metres @4:46, 4:47, 4:53, 4:54 and 5:07 with 200 metres recovery jogs, 1 mile cool down