Month: March 2014

training run #765

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Monday 31 March, 06:30

8C, cool and overcast with a chill breeze. The plan called for a 45 minute run in HR zone 2. Did 1 lap of RV and returned along the Avenue. Straightforward. The taper seems to have started to affect me, being more short tempered and irritable, and there’s still 2 weeks to go!

Distance: 7.37km (4.5 miles)
Time: 42:11
Avg HR: 138bpm
Avg pace: 5:43 min/km
Calories: 535
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London Marathon – a poem

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The tough winter training is done
On the 13th we’ll be ready to run.
The distance is 26.2,
now I have a question for you:
With kids being diagnosed every day
will you support Children with Cancer UK?

Now, I’m not much of a poet but the message is clear. Please visit our fundraising page

Thank you

training run #764

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Saturday 29 March, 07:00

8C, overcast and misty, feeling cool. The plan called for a 2 hour run in HR zone 1-2. Had a gel before starting and two on the run, and drank 500ml water. Wore just t-shirt and shorts and it was the right choice. While the easterly breeze was cool at times I’d have been overheating with anything extra. Started out easy and wrote a short poem about the London Marathon in my head. It was quite motivating. Legs felt strong so I let my pace and HR increase a bit more than I would for a longer distance. Did my usual 13 mile loop. No problems apart from the ball of my left foot started to feel tender, the beginning of a blister. Plenty of energy left towards the end, as you’d expect, and running back around RV I did 4 of the last 5km at faster than interval pace.

Distance: 21.09 (13 miles)
Time: 1:57:28
Avg HR: 147bpm
Avg pace: 5:34 min/km
Calories: 1498
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training run #763

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Friday 28 March, 06:21

7C, cloudy, cold. Did the Marathon Pacing Session due yesterday on the plan. I’d been in Leeds for work so unable to run. Easily managed the 40 minutes of MPS, a straightforward run.

Distance: 10.63km (6.6 miles)
Time: 59:37
Avg HR: 144bpm
Avg pace: 5:37 min/km
Calories: 759
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training run #762

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Tuesday 25 March, 05:32

7C, light rain, overcast. The plan called for a 60 minute run with intervals – 2x1600m with 400m recovery. Followed the same route as yesterday from hotel to Battersea Park and my legs were a little tired. Garmin seemed to be playing up showing slow/odd pace at times. Could have been tree cover affecting GPS, but I put it down to eating a whole Dominos large Texas BBQ pizza the previous evening. Decided to do the intervals as I reached the park – fewer people in my way, wider and straighter paths. The first one seemed a bit hard to achieve the required pace, the second I easily exceeded it. Perhaps my legs were just loosening up as I went along. Enjoyed the run in spite of the rain.

Distance: 10.49km (6.5 miles)
Time: 1:00:45
Avg HR: 140bpm
Avg pace: 5:47 min/km
Calories: 745
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training run #761

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Monday 24 March, 18:09

9C, overcast, mild. Working in London so went for a 60 minute run from hotel (Jury’s Inn Chelsea) to Battersea Park and back. Lots of pavement running, dodging pedestrians and traffic. Legs felt good, plenty of bounce. Noticed a couple of tender spots on the soles of my feet – just the effect of yesterday’s long run.

Distance: 10.69km (6.6 miles)
Time: 1:02:22
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 5:50 min/km
Calories: 738
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training run #760

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Sunday 23 March, 07:06

3C, cold, breezy, mostly sunshine but some clouds blowing through. The plan called for another 20 mile run. Had a gel before starting, then 9km, 17km, 25km, and drank 1 litre of water. I taped over a heel blister I got walking around Manchester on Friday; it didn’t cause a problem and hardly noticed it. Kept a sensible pace and felt good. It was chilly on the tops of the hills but felt mild, even warm, in the sheltered sunny parts of the route. Went through 13.1 miles in 2:05. There was a strong headwind on the bridge/viaduct past Beighton. On previous 20 milers I’d gone into ‘get me home’ mode by 16 miles, but I felt better this time. Not bouncing along but still strong, right up to the last km when it got harder. Not shattered at the end, just tired. Feel well prepared with just 3 weeks to the London Marathon. Taper starts now – but it looks like I’ve still got 6 hours of running next week!

Distance: 32.00km (20 miles)
Time: 3:09:48
Avg HR: 147bpm
Avg pace: 5:56 min/km
Calories: 2144
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I weighed myself yesterday: 75km (11st 11lb)

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