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Training Log Archive: MikeS

In the 7 days ending Apr 17, 2011:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running5 4:12:23 38.5(6:33) 61.96(4:04) 235
  Total5 4:12:23 38.5(6:33) 61.96(4:04) 235

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Sunday Apr 17, 2011 #

9 AM

Running race 1:56:54 18.82 mi (6:13 / mi) +67m 6:09 / mi vdot: 58.9
ahr:153 max:159 shoes: Asics DS Trainer 15 (8.5)

Shin flared up at 16, was starting to limp by 18. Took the sensible/brave/stupid/easy/difficult decision to drop out. I was already behind schedule, slowing, with nothing in the legs. Can't work out where my fitness and form have disappeared to over the last three weeks.

Saturday Apr 16, 2011 #

8 AM

Running 32:29 [2] 4.44 mi (7:19 / mi)
shoes: Asics DS Trainer 15 (8.5)

With Rob from the hotel, a very similar route to last year. Kensington Palace Gardens, into Hyde Park and back. Did some strides and stopped to do a bit of stretching.

Friday Apr 15, 2011 #

Note
(rest day)

Travelling to London, out to the Expo to register, then Wizard of Oz at The Palladium.

Thursday Apr 14, 2011 #

6 PM

Note

Final physio session with brother Dave. Got the all clear to race. The shin has improved markedly since I saw him last Friday, despite starting to run on it and doing some faster stuff yesterday. Very good news.
7 PM

Running 25:38 3.68 mi (6:57 / mi) +121m 6:19 / mi
ahr:131 max:155 shoes: Asics DS Trainer 15 (8.5)

Buoyed from seeing Dave, I went out for a little leg stretch. Feeling very positive, and virtually no pain from the shin at all. I'm now excited about Sunday, and was already psyching myself up for the race.

Bring. It. On.

Wednesday Apr 13, 2011 #

6 AM

Running 43:34 6.56 mi (6:38 / mi) +6m 6:37 / mi
ahr:142 max:175 shoes: Asics DS Trainer 15 (8.5)

Lap of the bowl to warm up, 3*1 mile at just under marathon pace (5.51, 5.51, 5.51) with 400m float in between. Then a lap of the bowl to warm down.

This was the session to test out how the shin felt at speed. I'm not going to pretend I couldn't feel it, but it was no worse by the end than it was at the start. So whilst not ideal, it does give me hope that it will survive Sunday. And it doesn't feel any more sore after. As for the reps, I felt a little sluggish, but I've not run hard for nearly three weeks, plus I'm starting to carbo load, so that's to be expected.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2011 #

Note
(rest day)

Going to try some marathon pace reps tomorrow and see how things hold up.

Monday Apr 11, 2011 #

12 PM

Running 33:48 4.99 mi (6:46 / mi) +41m 6:36 / mi
ahr:137 max:172 shoes: New Balance 1064 (2)

Five miles non-stop at lunch. I'm going to be able to race on Sunday, but at the same time the shin will start to hurt at some point. I just hope that point is late on, and the pain is just annoying rather than uncomfortable.
8 PM

Note

Interesting article on the BBC website today about whether a sub-2 hour marathon is possible:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12933932

I think it is, but not for a good number of years.

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