Week ending 22nd May

51.5 mpw, 7:45 min/mile

Legs were particularly tired at the start of the week. Took it easy for a couple of days accordingly, then worked harder in the middle, but felt tired by the end of the week. I still question if I’m giving my body enough time to recover.

The Wymondham 10m is next up in three weeks’ time, although I’ll wait a little before entering. My mind is also starting to think about the Swiss Alpine Ultra at the end of July.

Week ending 15th May

31 mpw, 7:31 min/mile

The week started well but, by Wednesday, I was feeling tired and lethargic. I was suffering a cold, which I strongly suspected was a result of overtraining. I was always going to rest Wednesday and Thursday because of work commitments, but my legs were not feeling any less tired. As I had entered the Dereham 10m on Sunday, I reluctantly ran an easy hour on Friday and subsequently rested on Saturday.

When I say rested, what I mean is I went to a friend’s birthday party, took part in a rather physical game of rounders (darting and diving all over the place) and had a typical birthday bbq. Anyway I woke up Sunday morning feeling stiff in all sorts of places thoroughly questioning my decision to run.

Given all of that, I ran the Dereham 10m in 61min 26secs.

Week ending 8th May

49.5 mpw, 7:25 min/mile

Following the bank holidays, this week marked a return to some sort of a routine and, pleasingly, a tougher training week. I was nursing the fringes of a cold at the start of the week, which seemed to weigh down my legs. Some runs were consequently more difficult than anticipated, but as this subsided towards the weekend, I am no longer overly concerned.

A couple of milestones were passed including 1000 miles for the year to date and more than 330 miles for the previous 4 weeks – an all-time maximum.

Some training runs are being run faster than ever, so I need to make sure I don’t take the opportunity to overtrain. Work should sort that out this week, although I’ve entered the Dereham 10m at the end of this week – to gain a feel for where I’m at.

Week ending 1st May

35 miles per week (mpw), 7:36 min/mile

Two rest days helped to make this the easiest training week I have had outside of taper since my injury at the start of February. And it’s about time too. I still have a number of niggles, and they continue to shift from one place to another, but they are subsiding. The best news is that my sore plantar fascia are improving, which is encouraging.

Monday’s hill session took more out of me than I anticipated, as I faded at the end, but an interval session and a reasonable ‘long run’ meant that some intensity was maintained.

It may have only been a small possibility, but I have decided not to enter the Halstead Marathon which takes place next weekend (Monday’s session confirmed this). The Dereham 10m is the following weekend and I am still undecided at present. It will give me a good idea of my current fitness, but I want to make sure the niggles have disappeared first.

Week ending 24th April

The return from Paris to London would always be an unknown. After encouraging performances, I was on a high. And with my tiredness apparently reducing as the week had progressed, I wanted to continue training.

Monday night saw a return to the track for a few strides – to try and beak the consistent pace I had been running for the last few months in training. With my legs feeling heavy and lethargic, but with no pain, as such, I proceeded to run gently all week. But after an excellent 90 minute run on Saturday, I woke up on Sunday with sore Plantar Fascia – a sure reminder of what I have just done. So the week ended with RICE.

I would hope that all of these niggles are completely ironed out within the next couple of weeks, ready to start making progress.

Paris to London run stage times

Here are the resulting details from each stage of the Paris to London run.

Date

Dist (m)

Running time (h:m:s)

Rest (h:m:s)

Calories

Avg speed (mins/mile)

10-Apr

26.2

03:30:06

00:00:00

3430

08:01

6.2

01:20:00

00:00:00

n/a

12:54

11-Apr

26.28

04:15:00

00:44:35

3351

09:42

12-Apr

27.11

04:07:14

00:27:23

3502

09:07

13-Apr

29.46

04:07:42

00:10:24

3744

08:24

14-Apr

19.44

02:51:47

00:29:18

2659

08:50

7.29

01:03:24

00:05:22

946

08:42

15-Apr

31.56

04:32:07

00:33:53

4094

08:37

16-Apr

18.56

02:46:07

00:15:06

2400

08:57

17-Apr

26.2

03:32:22

00:00:00

3275

08:06

Total

218.3

32:05:49

02:46:01

27401

08:49

Intriguingly, much information can be ascertained by reading between the lines.

Aside from the two marathons, the quickest runs appear to be the longest runs. While the run on 13th April was genuinely quick, be careful to identify that the run on 15th April had a significant amount of rest time. A portion of this can be attributed to getting lost and checking the map – unlike on 14th April when a significant amount of time was spent map checking, and navigating (i.e. traversing) fishing lakes.

The rest times from the runs of the 11th and 12th April are a result of stiffness from the Paris Marathon.

For more information, you will have to read the blogs on the www.paristolondonrun.co.uk.

Paris to London training

Training

As things became rather hectic in the lead up to the Paris to London run, this image never made it onto this blog.

For those who are not familiar with the details, on 10th April 2011, I ran the Paris Marathon. On 17th April, I ran the London Marathon. In the six days in between, I ran from Paris to London.

The infographic was created using a combination of Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop and shows my training diary from the previous four months.

The transition from November to December marked the end of what had been a difficult time for me, at which point I was struggling to run 5 miles per week. A fortnight later, I first thought about this challenge and, by the time another two weeks had passed, I was running more than 65 miles per week. Three more weeks passed before my place in the Paris Marathon was confirmed, and my mileage was exceeding 80 each week. Injury took hold at the end of January which, in hindsight, was unsurprising. After the panic that ensued, and a short layoff, the training was soon back on track, albeit with longer periods of rest.

Some statistics include:

    * Running 850 miles for more than 115 hours in total (averaging close to 8 mins per mile)

    * A peak mileage of 97 per week – this is my highest ever

    * Averaging more than 7 miles per day

To help my cause, it is still possible to donate at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/paris-to-london.

Training Logs

Training logs have been uploaded as far back as I have them from Excel. See the links on the right hand side for details – each one opens up in Google Documents. Records were kept in a diary up until late 2003, but these have never been transferred to the computer.

They have been trimmed down so that they only contain distance, time and speed. The distances are usually estimated, based on previous knowledge, or feeling.