training run #1371

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Friday 20 October, 06:51

11C, cool, dark, breezy.  A 4 mile run, ended up making it a moderate pace as I pushed on a bit.

Legs and joints a little stiff after two non-running days.  A straightforward run, keeping it short now I’m in the taper.

Distance:  4.19 miles

Time:  35:53

Avg pace:  8:34 min/mile

Calories:  464

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  5 rabbits

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training run #1370

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Tuesday 17 October: 06:42

12C, cool, clear skies.  A 6 mile run, aimed for very easy, recovery run pace.  Learning to make easy runs easy and harder run hard, rather than my old one-pace approach.  

Enjoyed this early morning run in the semi-dark pre dawn.  Kept easing off and tried to keep it 9 min/mile or slower so that it felt different to a moderate run.  As legs loosened off my pace crept up a bit.  Heel niggle as usual.

Distance:  6.06 miles

Time:  54:25

Avg pace:  8:58 min/mile

Calories:  687

Trainers:  Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  8 rabbits

training run #1369

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Monday 16 October, 06:47

13C, mild, breezy.  Did 7 miles, gradually increasing pace.  Was supposed to be a steady recovery 8 miles on the plan, but felt ok and maintained a bit more effort.  Might skip the intervals this week and do the steady run next time.  Looking after myself through this taper.

Distance:  7.11 miles 

Time:  1:00:15

Avg pace:  8:27 min/mile

Calories:  792

Trainers:  Brooks Ghost 10

weigh-in 15 Oct

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10st 7 lb

66.9kg

One pound lighter than last weigh-in.

training run #1368

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Saturday 14 October, 07:08

17C, warm, sunny, windy.  Last long run of this marathon training schedule, 20 miles, to Chesterfield and back.

My aim was to warm up for 2 miles, then use TomTom watch to run around 8:25 min/mile for 16 miles, then cool down the last 2 miles home.

TomTom kept showing me slower live pace info, then the mile splits popped up showing I was running above target pace.  Felt OK though so carried on.

Mile splits, middle 16 miles above target pace

Had a Chia Charge flapjack and 500ml water.  Towards the end both adductors tightened and I lost a bit of form.  Think I’ll need to run the first 20 miles of marathon slower or the last 6 miles will be very slow.  Good for confidence though.  

Right heel niggled most, tightened up afterwards.

Distance:  20:08 miles

Time:  2:48:35

Avg pace:  8:24 min/mile

Calories:  2267

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

Wildlife:  1 heron, saw it at same spot out and back

training run #1367

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Thursday 12 October, 06:41

9C, cool, mostly clear skies.  A 6 mile run at RV.  I dropped out of #RunEveryDay as I’d felt a slight soreness in right foot on my last 2 runs and want to avoid another DNS marathon.  Probably due to the high mileage, but sensible balancing of the training plan and how my body feels will enable me to toe the start line in November.

I ran at a comfortable pace, pushing slightly after I’d warmed up.  Thought I was running marathon pace but it was faster.  The new trainers were very comfortable and if I do one run a week in them to break them in they’ll be good for race day.

Mile splits

Distance:  6.04 miles

Time:  50:07

Avg HR:  153bpm

Avg pace:  8:17 min/mile

Calories:  609

Trainers:  Brooks Ghost 10

Wildlife:  2 rabbits being chased by a large dog!

training run #1366

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Tuesday 10 October, 06:47

13C, cool and breezy, light drizzle. A 6 mile run, easy pace. And for once I managed to stick to a slower pace. Ran on the grass for a large part of this run, to avoid bringing on foot niggle.

Distance:  6.07 miles

Time:  55:11

Avg HR:  138bpm

Avg pace:  9:05 min/mile

Calories:  585

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia