As a youngster, I would get home from School, get changed and go out to play with my pals.
Now I'm older, I get home from work, get changed and go out to play with my pals, but now I call it training.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Looking back. Looking forward.

I've just been reading through the February and March blog posts I wrote in 2010 and 2011.....

Although I feel like I am currently enjoying the best fitness I have had since 2004/5, my training and rep  pace/times are actually very similar to those I was achieving in my last two London Marathon buildups. For example  - 63-64 minutes for the 10 mile circuit doing  11 minute reps, 11:30 for two mile reps and 5:45 pace for one mile reps.

Just to recap those last two years results -
2010  -  2hrs 47mins (faded second half)
2011 -  Over 3 hours (ran with a stitch from mile 1 and gave up at mile 14 walk/jogged home)

I note that in 2010 when I trained mostly with Milly, we ran inside 6:20 for the marathon effort runs. Very similar to this year then, although I don't ever recall running beyond 12-14 miles together at that pace and this year I have done several of 12-20 miles at between 6:13 pace (best for 16)  to 6:25 pace (worst for 18)

I also know for a certain fact that I have never (not even in 2004) ran so many 60+ mile weeks as I have this year. And finally, I remember running at 7:00 - 7:20 pace on the early long runs (of 14-20 miles) in 2010 and them being a bit tough at times. Whereas this year I have done every run inside 7:00 pace and they have all felt well within my ability. (OK, yes, the 26 miles hilly was 3:08 - give me a break though - it was 2000ft climbing included)

Maybe the weekly mileage and faster pace long-slow Sunday runs will just have made me more tired instead of fitter? Then again, I did do a PB at the 21 mile Buttermere race and my speed at the recent 12 stage relays was certainly the fastest I have ran in a couple of years.

On reflection I think I am right to be aiming to beat 2:45 next week. But not by much at all, and if I do 2:46 then that'll still be faster than when I was two years younger.


  1. Just to wish you all the very best for the 22nd. On the day we'll be wandering the hills somewhere not too far from Borrowdale and thinking about you.

    Hope it goes very well for you.

    Best Wishes

    Ian & Pauline

  2. I think all your consistent training this year should pay off!
    Your looked very strong last year until you had stomach cramps!
    So go into the race with quite confidence and demand your body to produce that 2.45 time!