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Getting closer to the hm distance!

Getting closer to the hm distance!

Up until recently 10 miles was my run limit. So last week I took a cut back week and got a parkrun 5k pb of 28.30, had a long slow run of 7 miles then pushed an event 5 mile pb of 46.36. I did a slow 3.7 mile recovery run on Monday and was worried about getting to 10 miles today. I redesigned my route to about a 12.0 distance (rather than 9 and trying to add on extras) and thought I would see how I go. In fact I didn't want to go this morning as it was cold, brrr. Anyway I slowing got ready and despite a garmin technical hitch, I got out the door. Ankle was twinging at 1 mile til about 2.5 miles but I carried on. I had an isogel at 6.5 miles and another at 9 miles. With my focus on the planned route I did the whole darn thing! It was a little hard work from 10 miles but I managed 12.18 miles or 19.5 km in 2 hrs 8 mins. I am feeling a little tired in the legs but hoping some foam rollering may deal with that. I think that is as far as I will go for my hm training. Just need to keep it up until April!! I am off to eat chocolate.

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Wow rfd, that’s great, well done you, speedy too! You’ll smash that HM. I’m up to 10 milers now, my HM is the begining of March, I certainly won’t be as speedy as you.

I’m hoping to get a couple of 20k’s (max) in, but doing ok so far.....😊

Keep well

Mx 🤗🏃‍♀️

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Sounds like you are well on track for your half too. I was thinking 20k max aswell and I think today was enough for now. Maybe my long run each week should alternate between 10 and 12 miles rather than doing 12 miles every week? I am also aware that I go away for two weeks in March with probably short runs in the heat. I hope I haven't peaked too early. I have foam rollered my calfs and that was brutal!!

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I did 10 Miles yesterday and had a tweak in one of my calf muscles - I think I pushed a bit hard in the wind and sleet....character building that was....😂....and was going along thinking....mmmmm....might have to roller that......but.....it’s an......instrument of torture.....😱...flat iron your leg......aaarrrggghhh! ......maybe it’ll be ok.....if I just slow down a bit.....stretch at the end....(it’s ok, I didn’t get the demon out of the corner.....)

I wanted to be able to sit at 10 miles on a more regular basis......so I don’t think you’ve peaked to soon, I’d go back to 10 for a bit, then go up to 12 again, perhaps just before your hols? Then after - depending how many weeks you’ve got left go back up to 10-12, I am told 10 is plenty, but I go up to 12 for my own confidence.....I must admit it’s better this time round, I think the old bod is getting the message - not easy by any means, but I’m recovering far quicker and my legs don’t feel like they’re going to fall off! 😂

Mx

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Yes my legs were fighting a freezing gusty wind at times today, in fact it slowed my pace nicely! Hopefully my calf will be ok with some more stretching. I guess these twinges are a sign of progression to new heights lol. At least that is one milestone ticked off!

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Whoop whoop! Nicely done H!

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Well done - and it was a bit nippy this morning. I don't think you need to do 12 miles every week from now til April and the weeks off in March will probably do you good. Like Madge50 I like to have the confidence of doing further than the training plans suggest.

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Yes I also like some confidence that I could cover the distance and 10 miles did not seem far enough for me to know this. I don't fancy 12 miles every week so I will compromise 10 or 12. I have 4 weeks until my enforced cut back weeks so hope to keep the fitness. I was so pleased with today's run, it was with tired legs for the last 2 miles but I am happy with that 😁

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It is a very long way!!!!

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Wow RFD - really well done! That is a really speedy pace for that distance. I am nowhere near that! I think I am getting slower with time instead of faster :) You have the HM distance training fully wrapped now. And you definitely deserve a few chocolates after that

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Chocolate has been duly consumed 😁 I do really need to watch my pace so I do not burn out too early. I hope i have done enough stretches....

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You wont burn out. Not if you can hold that pace for so long. I would say you are fine. 👍🏼

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Ooh how exciting, well done! And look at your pace! You must have some cracking stamina to keep up that pace over such a long distance. Great work!

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Thank you. I don't feel like I have as much stamina as I would like 😂

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Wow! You're doing great rfd! You've got this HM in the bag 💪

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Well done 👍💪🏃‍♀️

You don’t need to do any more than 18k in training. You can let the event and adrenaline take you the rest of the way! 🏅🥂

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That is good to know. I set the route to 12.2 miles and thought I might have a warm down walk but managed to run it all! I will try to maintain the distance now, eek!

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Brilliant! That's a great run :)

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You don’t have to keep doing it! When is race day? 🙂

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Race day is April 22nd.

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Okidoke Are you running to a plan?

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I am doing a progressive plan as such. So Monday 4-5miles, Thursday long slow run and Saturday 3 mile parkrun at varying speed. Since end of December my long run went from 7.3 miles to 8.4 miles to 9.3 miles to 9.6 miles and 10 miles. I extended my 10 mile route to 12.2 (or 12.8) miles so when I got to 10 miles I could see how I feel about carrying on or I could have a walk home. This week I tried the route and completed it. My planned progression on a Thursday was 10.5 this week and next with 11 miles the following two weeks. Then I have two weeks in Aus on short runs. When I get back I have just 3 weeks to get back up to distance before tapering. Does that sound ok? I know this week I did 12.2 miles (19.5km) but I won't be doing it every week and will probably just go back to plan.

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Fantastic run RFD - and a great time! So pleased it is all coming together for you - you have worked so hard at your running - and through a difficult time. You are going to smash that HM! 🙂

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I hope to get through the hm, running the whole way but I know how life can take unexpected turns so I am never confident. April is a way off and I need to keep up the miles still! At least I have got past that elusive 10 miles now, feeling good about that.

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Congratulations on really good work!

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