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Arducius

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Oct 2019
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    Premium bonds? Not the most amazing return but safe and there's a (very small) chance you'll have million win.

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    I had a 50k race today - The Run with no Witty Name. Just constant mud, hills and rain. Not a single flat mile. 3500' of up and down. Caught up with a chap about half way around and we stuck together for the remaining miles, crossing the line in joint 6th. Slower time than I was hoping for but better result than I was expecting!

    Pretty tired legs, but feel like I've done a hard run as opposed to feeling like a complete zombie which I often do after long races. Training must be doing something.

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    anyone want my EfM place?

    Very tempted. Let me run it past the boss.

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    I did my first ever 5k race over the wekeend - the Hitchin Town Centre 5k. Sub-20 for only the 2nd time and a few seconds off a PB which is pretty reassurring seeing as I don't feel like I've been training anywhere as near as hard as when I set my PB. I think I just need to get used to being properly uncomfortable* for more than just the final sprint. And train a bit more too.

    *as opposed to the normal level of discomfort that comes from runnning a fast but sustainable (for 3 miles) pace

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    Good running @Tenderloin!

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    Ah, 3 weeks is not a lot of time making improvements. Maybe try a few longer runs at target pace to get used to the feel, or run the last few miles of your long run harder to get used to keeping tired legs going. Have you run over 10 miles recently? if not then getting some double figure runs under your belt could give you a good confidence boost too.

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    there's more than one way to get faster.

    Oh yeah, totally! Consistent running as you say will get results too. Hadn't clocked the short timescales.

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    Generally your long run is run slower that target pace because you are already putting a lot of training load on the body with the other runs, and you are upping the distance meaning you're going longer than you are used to and you don't want to over do it in training. On the day of the race you'll be well rested and can go long and hard without the risk of injury that you might face when doing this consistently when tired from the previous training runs.

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    Should I try and do a couple of short, fast runs as well?

    Yes. Intervals and longer slower [than interval pace] but still fast[er than race pace] paced runs will help with your speed. I find one interval session and one tempo session a week to be beneficial, and you'll find a lot of training plans with similar. Then add in your long run to focus on building the distance, run at slower than target pace and you'll be set!

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    a tough but rewarding experience.

    Exactly that. Really enjoyed the vast majority of it but made a couple of rookie mistakes which made the last section harder than it should have been - mainly not eating anything after the final checkpoint.

    Thanks everyone. Will try to write something up properly at some point when I can remember what order the hours of the day came in.

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