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Thread: Today's Training

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    “Marathon training” this morning.

    20 miles on the roads and canal towpaths. Managed to run almost the entire session at constant pace of approx 3:24 marathon pace. Considering 11.5 miles Thursday, a 4200ft hill session last night, and a not entirely ideal breakfast of 2 x chocolate digestives, was fairly satisfied.

    Aim for Snowdonia Marathon is 3:30 so will certainly need to speed up a little to take the hills into account, but a reasonable first session to build on.

    Plan for next weekend is to not go mad on the distance, I’ve obviously got that in the legs already. Think I’ll do the same run but attempt to take a few minutes off the time.
    3.30 is the time I did in 1985. In 2015 I managed 4.00. If you've got to do a road Marathon, Snowdonia is a scenic choice. What time will I manage in 2025, when I will be 68?

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    Missed posting a couple of sessions, just the next 2 in the couch to 5K.

    Monday: 2.72 miles, 279' climb in 32.42 mins. Intervals 90 seconds running, 30 seconds walking.

    Wednesday: 2.83 miles, 396' climb in 32.35 mins. Intervals 90 seconds running, 30 seconds walking.

    Most notable improvement is that these last 2 sessions I ran continuously for the last 5 intervals and was completely okay.

    Where I am running it is uphill all the way out and downhill all the way back whichever way I go, I am making small improvements on the up section, but I am finding it pretty tough going. I'll get there.

    The last time I was out, around 10am Wednesday morning, another runner appeared in front of me, not sure if they saw me or not, I lost them at Stoodley Pike, I figured they ran on ahead towards Todmorden. This is the second person I have seen out in my area, so I am definitely not alone around here. I was wondering if the person I saw was here?

    p.s. this was the first time I have actually made it up to Stoodley Pike and it felt great to be there... now to get to the point where I can run all the way there and back again

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    Quote Originally Posted by DangerMouse View Post
    Missed posting a couple of sessions, just the next 2 in the couch to 5K.

    Monday: 2.72 miles, 279' climb in 32.42 mins. Intervals 90 seconds running, 30 seconds walking.

    Wednesday: 2.83 miles, 396' climb in 32.35 mins. Intervals 90 seconds running, 30 seconds walking.

    Most notable improvement is that these last 2 sessions I ran continuously for the last 5 intervals and was completely okay.

    Where I am running it is uphill all the way out and downhill all the way back whichever way I go, I am making small improvements on the up section, but I am finding it pretty tough going. I'll get there.

    The last time I was out, around 10am Wednesday morning, another runner appeared in front of me, not sure if they saw me or not, I lost them at Stoodley Pike, I figured they ran on ahead towards Todmorden. This is the second person I have seen out in my area, so I am definitely not alone around here. I was wondering if the person I saw was here?

    p.s. this was the first time I have actually made it up to Stoodley Pike and it felt great to be there... now to get to the point where I can run all the way there and back again
    I'm geographically confused. It's uphill on the way out, whichever way you go: so you must live at the bottom of a valley. On Wednesday you did 396' of climb, and you got up to Stoodley Pike. But it's a lot more than 396' vertical difference between the bottom of Calderdale and the top of Stoodley Pike.
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    You can climb Stoodley Pike “from the back” I believe which is less steep and less ascent. Think there’s a car park round that way too..

    Steady 7 miles 1200ft for me tonight. Training a bit stunted this week, with a bit of a bug earlier in the week, and family commitments at the weekend, but hoping to get another 20 miler in at some point.

    My last 10 week block averaged 49 miles and 12000ft per week...

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    Sorry for the confusion.

    Which ever way I go, meant whichever way 'I go' not whichever way I 'could possibly' go.

    I am not running down into the valley with all the stinky pollution of Hebden Bridge when I am already so close to the tops in the much cleaner and fresher air

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    This is true Travs, theres a perfect little spot to start from at Old Chamber for those that don't want to run up the whole hillside. Unless you are in a fairly serious 4x4 don't drive too far down that track though, stop at the Honesty Box.

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    Lovely part of the world, although I’ve only experienced it on the Haworth Hobble (multiple times), and a run out the day before the Lee Mill Relays.

    The road up to Heptonstall would be superb for hill reps.

    Although linking Hebden Bridge with “stinky pollution” got me smiling... you’ve obviously not been to the splendours of the West Midlands...

    Calder Valley looks like a pretty desirable area of the country from what I can see... nice towns, great access to the fells and lovely scenery, public transport links are reasonable, and easy access to nearby large cities...

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