robert-cal replied to your post “Stop Typing This…”

Stop reading this and go out and run that 28km last long run before the Chicago Marathon …

Love this. How did it go out there? You ready?

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Road to the Berlin Marathon (7 days to go): Last Long Run. Done.

Distance: 17.5

Flies Inhaled: 0

Bikes Overtaken: 2

Positive/Negative Thought Ration: 80/20

With a week to go today’s run was exactly what I needed. An easy 17.5 miles that not only felt ok in the legs but also went a long way to restoring the spirit.

The sun was out, the river was alive with loads of people running, riding, kayaking, paddle boarding or just walking the dogs. It’s the first time in a while I enjoyed myself out there.

It still got a bit tough towards the end but I put that down to a little experiement I did to see how long I could run without taking any kind of carb gel. I got to about the 20km mark before I felt the need for a boost.

I don’t think I’ll be doing this in Berlin. I’ll be dropping gels every 20 mins.

Anyway, it’s another good 2.5 hours in the legs and some happy run vibes for the soul. Starting to look forward to the race.

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Polar V800: Recovery Status Feature Tells You When You’re Ready to Train Again

I loving the Polar V800. Right after a workout it’ll tell you not only the training load from that session’s efforts but there’s another feature that gives you feedback on how long it’ll take you to fully recover.

The photos show what it said after yesterday’s 18km run. In the shot on the right you can see current post-run status which is broken down into zones: Undertrained, Balanced, Strained to Very Strained.

Meanwhile on the left you get an prediction of when you’ll drop back into the different zones.

The idea is to give you a better understanding of the cumulative strain you’re putting on your body. You can then make better decisions about when to train.

The good thing is it can really add context to a run. I knew today that I’d be doing my last long run before Berlin while strained and could therefore expect to feel a little more sluggish.

Having done today’s 17.5 miles, I’m now Very Strained and I won’y be back in the Balanced zone until Thursday at 23.30. That doesn’t mean I won’t train though. I’ve got a strength session tomorrow and then I’m back on the track on Tuesday.

What is going to be fascinating is to see whether I’m in the Balanced zone come 8am on Sunday morning at the start line Berlin. Let’s hope so.

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Stop Typing This…

Stop typing this and go out and run that 28km last long run before the Berlin Marathon.

Stop typing this and go out and run that 28km last long run before the Berlin Marathon.

Stop typing this and go out and run that 28km last long run before the Berlin Marathon.

Stop typing this and go out and run that 28km last long run before the Berlin Marathon.

Stop typing this and…………………………..

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Road to Berlin: Aerobic Base Training Run

Distance:  10 miles

Flies Inhaled: 0

Bikes Overtaken: 4

Positive/Negative Thought Ration: 50/50

Today was all about aerobic base training, with 10 miles @ 151-159BPM.

Had to stop a couple of times to stretch a slightly tight calf. The first 5 miles were a bit of a struggle but after the turn I felt lighter on my way back.

Glad I pushed through the tricky bit. Would like to have seen more six-something splits but hopefully that’ll come next Sunday.

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Berlin Marathon 2014 (8 days to go): Mind Games

With a little over a week to go before I take on what will be my fourteenth official marathon, I’m in a bit of a strange place. For the first time in a long time my head isn’t quite right.

Training has been a struggle. Rather than putting together a string of confidence-building, runs I’ve had a long period where everything has felt heavy. Not just the legs, the mind too.

This shouldn’t really come as a suprise. I threw everything into breaking the the sub-3 in London back in April and then followed that up, somewhat unwisely, with the gruelling Race to the Stones. Physical and mental fatigue were always likely.

Now that it’s here I’m wondering where that leaves me and my goals for Berlin. A few months ago I revised my race target down to 2:50. That was when I felt invincible after London. Right now I’m wondering if 3:10 is more likely.

I’ve just crunched some numbers to start to get my head around how to run the race. To set a new PB I’ll need to pull off something like this:
 
0-6:        6:57 min/mile   = 41:42
7-20:      6:37 min/mile   = 92:38 = 134:20
21-26.2: 7:01 min/mile   = 43:35 = 177:55 (aka: 2:57:55)

Based on my recent runs where I’ve been struggling to connect six-something minute miles this looks like a big ask.

But here’s the thing I’ve learnt about running, sometimes you’ve got to take the pressure off. Sometimes fighting it is the wrong thing to do. Force it to hard and you break.

I’ve had moments during tough, long runs where you’re busting a gut but getting nowhere. It’s only when you let go and relax that you suddenly start to speed up and make progress. I think I need to apply this to Berlin.

I’m seriously thinking about ditching the watch and running entirely by feel. Creating the conditions for me to run free and maybe I’ll surprise myself.

I’ve followed another great training plan by the guys at the PaleoGym.co.uk (aka Fit.as) and I need to trust in the work I’ve done.

I’ve got five more runs and two strength sessions before I have to decide. So let’s see what I get over the next few days.

Whatever happens I can’t wait to get out there and run the race.

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Question for Those Tumbl Peeps What Runs…

I’m writing an article with tips for beginner runners. It’s supposed to have a humourous edge to it and I’m just wondering what people think about wearing tight-fitting running gear around town. Is there ever a point where people put too much on show?

I’m always a shorts over my base layer kinda guy. But maybe that’s just me. Do we care about the meat and veg being on show in rush hour traffic or the booty bouncing it’s way down the pavewalk sidement?

UPDATE: Thanks for all the comments.fit-tasticme, sazsimpson, robert-calnewseason, @meowforaliens, ambivertedpleasures, valiin, @halfismyluckynumber, lordrupert and lay-n-sea

Backs up what I was thinking. I love how everyone’s views is pretty much “wear what you like. Spuds out, buns out, everything out. Just as long as you’re out, that’s all the matters.”

Although robert-cal I think you might have just talked yourself into a pair of Speedos for Boston.

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Anonymous
In response to your question about running and clothes, I personally love late spring/early summer runs because very attractive men run shirtless a lot of the time. It makes running a bit more entertaining haha
Kieran

Mum! I told you to quit with the Anon comments.

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A little piece I wrote for a new site I’m working for.

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Love this ad on the London Underground. 1. Because of the phrase There’s a Living Legend in All of Us. 2. The phrase Irongran. 3. The amazing things people do to help others. 


#inspiration #motivation #runspiration #livinglegends #irongran #everygoalisequal #achieve #determination #getfit #Fitness #fitnessaddict #fitspo

Love this ad on the London Underground. 1. Because of the phrase There’s a Living Legend in All of Us. 2. The phrase Irongran. 3. The amazing things people do to help others.


#inspiration #motivation #runspiration #livinglegends #irongran #everygoalisequal #achieve #determination #getfit #Fitness #fitnessaddict #fitspo

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Track Time

Today’s track work 8 x 400m @ 62 secs with 200m jog recovery. Hurty.

seechrisrun You’re right. I couldn’t either. That’s currently beyond me.
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Royal Parks Half Marathon 2014

My race number and t-shirt just arrived in the post for this year’s Royal Parks Half Marathon. This will be the fifth year in a row that I’ve run either the half marathon or the ultra.

It’s a brilliant race that takes in many of the Royal Parks in London, as well as a stretch past Big Ben and some of London’s other famous landmarks.

I’ve got the small matter of Berlin to deal with first but already looking forward to running this.

Loving the back of this year’s race t-shirt as well. Just in case anyone behind you is wondering what to do… RUN!

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4insley:

I have this on audio in my running playlist x)


Yes.

4insley:

I have this on audio in my running playlist x)

Yes.

(Source: famouslifequotes, via 5000m)

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This just landed in my inbox. Boston 2015 is on.

This just landed in my inbox. Boston 2015 is on.

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"Don’t think about the pain
When you run for long distances it’s impossible to avoid pain — it’s for everyone. When it comes you need to think of other things — the landscape, you talk with the racers, listen to music. I think about stories, like I’m a warrior being chased by an army. To not think about pain, you need to be in another world."

— Kilian (via ultrarunnersean)

This is a man who knows.

(via itsherownway)

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