20miles

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

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

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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)

Brooks Ghost trainers #2

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

Brooks Ghost trainers #2

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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training run #1045

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Saturday 20 February, 07:17

7C, cloudy and windy.  Went for a 20 mile run.  Started off at an easy pace, making sure I didn’t crash and burn.  Had one gel before starting and more at 8km, 17km and 25km, and drank 1 litre of water.  Nearly lost one of the gels, just caught it twice as it slipped out of my belt.  Legs seemed OK, new trainers doing well.

Buying water at the Co-op at 13 miles I was a bit surprised when the shop assistant asked me which ironman I’d done. Think she mistook my running tattoos for ironman, told her I just run – its my twin that does ironman. She replied she’d done Wiesen-baden (?) ironman 7 years ago in 17 hours something.

Light rain on and off between Swallownest and home, not a problem.

About 26k I had another fuzzy head spell, until the gel I took at 25k kicked in. Think I need to revise my long run approach.  Wonder if the fuzzy is my body switching from stored glycerine to burning fats. Might have a mini-breakfast next time before running, instead of eating after the run. And maybe add another gel to my belt.

Finished tired but in reasonable shape, no niggles or worries.  It was 10 mins slower than I’d expected, but it was windy and I’m just keen to get round without injury. Seven weeks to Manchester Marathon.

Distance:  32.2km
Time:  3:18:24
Avg HR:  149bpm
Avg pace:  6:10 min/km
Calories:  2106
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