20miles

training run #1234

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Sunday 19 February, 06:22

8C, mild, dry, mostly overcast. A 20 mile run.  The schedule called for 16 miles but I thought about doing 17.5 or 20. Want to push past 20 miles at some point and legs felt well rested so 20 miles was on.

Drank 1 litre of water and had 4 gels. At Todwick roundabout I turned into a cool headwind that stayed with me through Swallownest and along the Beighton bypass. 

Went through 13 miles in 2 hours (good for me) and feeling OK. In the last couple of miles kept an OK pace and wasn’t in any real difficulty.  At the finish I’d knocked a minute off last week’s time, but its more important to get round in good shape and avoiding injury.

Distance:  32.22km

Time:  3:04:19

Avg HR:  148bpm

Avg pace:  5:43 min/km

Calories:  2156

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training run #1229

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Sunday 12 February, 06:29

1C, dark, cold, wintry showers. A 20 mile run.  Legs felt good and it seemed like I maintained a good pace/effort throughout. Had 4 gels and 1 litre of water. Was soaked through by the time I reached Harthill (12km) and was running into a stiff headwind with icy snow hurting my eyes.

Finished feeling relatively OK. Was keeping a good pace in the last few km and could have carried on a bit further. (Can’t always say that after a 20-miler!)

Fitbit screencap

Distance:  32.22km
Time:  3:05:27 (could only find one faster 20 miler, back in 2013)

Avg HR:  143 (seems low)

Avg pace:  5:45 min/km

Calories:  2097

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training run #1177

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Sunday 13 October 06:45

8C, cool, breezy, high cloud. A 20 mile run. Legs felt OK and I just took it steady. Podcasts in ears again. Had 4 gels and 1 litre of water. 

I didn’t tire as badly as usual, felt like I had a bit more at 13 miles and towards the end. No big problems, just the usual foot soreness from pounding the pavement. 

Looked out for the usual ostentation of peacocks but there were none around today. (Learned that collective noun on a game show yesterday)

The day started out with high cloud and some mist. See photo of a moody sky taken at Rother Valley. By 13 miles the rain started and got quite heavy, lasted right through to the end. 


The taper begins now. Three weeks to New York marathon.

Distance:  32.22km

Time:  3:07:03

Avg HR:  no data

Avg pace:  5:48 min/km

Calories:  2678

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training run #1167

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Sunday 2 October 06:54

8C, cold, clear skies. A 20 mile run.   Set off at an easy pace with podcasts in my ears. Had 4 gels and 1 litre of water. I obviously tired as the run progressed. First noticed quads tiring and later felt left adductor a bit. Pleased with the condition I finished in, tired but not broken. Five weeks to New York marathon. 

Distance:  32.21km

Time:  3:13:07

Avg HR:  162bpm (high again, belt error?)

Avg pace:  6:00 min/km

Calories:  1582 (low again, usually 2000)

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Wildlife:  1 rabbit, 8 peacocks/peahens

training run #1159

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Sunday 11 September, 06:05

8C, cool, clear skies. With travel likely to interrupt my marathon training I brought forward the 20 mile run scheduled for next weekend. Felt OK but not especially strong. No big problems and naturally tired a lot towards the end. 

Paused to take a few photos of the stunning skies as I ran near Woodall Sheffield (8km on this route). 



The podcasts I listened to were good today. Pleased with the finish time. Most importantly, it’s good to get round avoiding injury.

Distance:  32.22km

Time:  3:08:47

Avg HR:  163bpm

Avg pace:  5:52 min/km

Calories:  1723

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Wildlife:  6 rabbits, 1 squirrel, 1 peacock, 2 peahens

training run #1064

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Sunday 20 March, 06:28

5C rising to 9C, cool, mostly overcast.  A 20 mile run, the last long run of this marathon training plan.  Felt OK and set out at an easy, comfortable pace.  Had a porridge pot for a mini breakfast, then gels at 7km, 14km, 21km and 25km, and 1 litre of water.  The sun came out a bit for the last third of the run, and around the same point my heart rate on Garmin went to the top of the scale (170+). Odd, as the route was heading downhill from Swallownest to the Beighton by-pass at that point.  HR stayed high to the end even though I was feeling not bad and not pushing the pace.  Pleased to get round nicely, tired but not broken at the end.

Distance:  32.21km
Time:  3:11:34
Avg HR:  159bpm (error?)
Avg pace:  5:57 min/km
Calories:  2507
Wildlife:  2 peacocks and 3 peahens
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training run #1054

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Saturday 5 March, 06:32

2C, cool, breezy.  A 20 mile run today.  It started off bright with the sun rising, clouded over for the middle part, then brightened up again at the end.  Carried on with my new fuelling approach with a porridge pot pre-run breakfast, had 4 gels at 7km, 14km, 21km and 26 km, and drank 1 litre of water.  It seemed to work as I didn’t have a fuzzy head spell and felt slightly better (but still tired!) on the latter part of the run.  Might also be down to a cautious pace, took it easy especially early on.  A good run. Five weeks to Manchester Marathon.

Distance:  32.21km
Time:  3:17:56
Avg HR:  152bpm
Avg pace:  6:09 min/km
Calories:  2396
Wildlife:  6 rabbits; 2 peacocks
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