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I am completely in favor of running by feel, but I think that early in a marathon, running by feel must be tempered quite a lot because you should be feeling great. Your legs should feel fresh and you should be ready to conquer the world when you step up to the staring line. When you feel that great, it is easy to go out and set a half-marathon PR and then bonk a few miles later.
Not that I have any experience with that mind you. My friend did that. Yeah, it was my friend. He did it twice. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. His training should be better this fall and he shouldn’t be moving into a new house in the country or working long hours on a huge project at work during his next training cycle. He is also older and wiser. Things should go much better this fall.
SteveRyan wrote:Ksrunner, I actually had a thought when I was out running today. What kind of hill are you doing these bounding workouts on? Lydiard actually suggests using a quite gradual hill if I remember correctly. Personally, this is one of the points where my training deviates from Lydiard, though. I personally stick with more “traditional” hill repeats that basically equate to taking an interval workout off the track and onto the side of a hill.
I consider it to be a fairly gradual hill. It is not particularly challenging if I do not use the bouncing motion. There is a short section at the base of the hill that is more steep, but it is a very small part of the hill and not as steep as other hills that I regularly cover during long runs.
If I were going to “take an interval workout to the side of a hill”, wouldn’t I need a steeper hill? I do my workouts as part of running to or from work, and there really are not many hills to choose from between home and work without also adding about 8 miles to my commute.
I did a much more conservative hill workout today. I deemphasised the bouncing motion a bit and did less volume. Based upon how I feel now, I think I will be recovered to hit it again a bit more aggressively on Thursday or Friday.
Thanks for the feedback. For now, I will continue with my plan — modified a bit to allow me to do at least two hill workouts in a week. I will probably place less emphasis on the bouncing motion and do only two repetitions of the hill. The way that I see it is that this training plan is an experiment and if I cut the experiment short then I still will not know if the hill workouts are effective for me.