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Relatively quiet on here considering it's spring mara season... guess everyone's busy training rather than posting!
MsE - The temptation to step off the course around mile 21 when I was walking through the Achilles-induced cramp was very strong! If I hadn't been able to return to some sort of 9mm shuffle/jog, I was stopping then and there. Fortunately, I was able to get moving again, but know there's so much more time I could knock off and get into the 3:15-3:20 area. That will have to wait for another day though, one when it's not 21C! Your mix of training should certainly make you generally fit & strong, and it'll be interesting to see if that translates to running fitness.
Leslie - More solid training from you. Consistency is doing wonders for you!
Gul - that HR sounds much more normal! Jealous of anyone's ability just to get out there and run at the moment!
Lorenzo - Budapest sounds great 2nd half of Brighton was carnage, even from relatively early on, so dread to think what it was like later in the day. A guy who was meant to be eating in the same restaurant as us in the evening had to cancel his reservation as he was in hospital... Autumn plans return to my normal pattern of HMs rather than another mara. Not enough time to train for it through the cricket season! So probably Salisbury HM on October 1st, and maybe another. Still haven't cracked sub-90, so an obvious on-going target!
Just about walking without a limp today...
er, just seen official results, and my time was 38:51, not the
39:50 ish that I thought - I glanced at my watch at the end, then
reset, so appears my eyesight going the same way as my running
- but at least a bit better than I originally thought . .
I’m a bit concerned folks are thinking I’m sensible. So…. I ran an 11 mile and 6 mile double yesterday and 15 @ 6:54 m/m this morning. After
missing the 10k race last week I’ve signed up for one on Sunday. After my 4
days of illness, I’m inverse tapering a bit until next week J
Just catching up on what’s been going on the past few days I’ve
not been on here. It’s been busy!
Lorenzo – Nice bit
of culture absorption there, sounds great and you seem to be finding your form
just at the right time.
Leslie – It’s
getting closer to you’re a race now. Have you decided on a target yet? Have you
managed to get out on the course again?
Abbers – 21c is
not ideal conditions for a marathon and I’ve read some of the posts from the
Brighton thread and it sounded horrible. Jersey marathon is early October and
it’s normally around 12-16c which is perfect but it was 26.2c in 2011 and that
was a bad one. I did a relay leg of 10k and was in bits afterwards never mind
having to run an extra 20 miles. You did well to get through that one. How’s
the Achilles now?
Gul – What a
relief re Mrs GD.
Birch – You sure
pick tough races, sounds like a decent run to me with your actual finishing
time. Which half are you doing in June?
Jools - I joined this thread in 2013 and remember your first sub 3
in FF. I seem to recollect you reporting how straight forward it turned out to
be after years of near misses and injury frustration. You stuck at it and look
at you now! Gives us all hope. Enjoy your club session tonight.
ssc- Well run on a
tough day, very close to gfa, next time for sure!
Badbark - Well played re
the DNS. London is the big one! Although you seem to have reverted back
to Madbark again. All is well in the world once more. J
MrSoft - Welcome to the thread and I would echo what Gul said. P&D seems
to work for most runners.
OO - If you compare that
run to 4 years ago I'd say the most recent one is significantly better,
although 36:x for a 49 year old is still very good. I'd say that must be up
there in terms of your highest WAVA? I think you seem to run on fresh
legs for most of your races as most of running is at a much slower pace and
perhaps? I should take a leaf out of your book as I seem to do the exact
MsE – I am a firm
believer in life is what you make it wherever you are and yes, you’re totally
right, I am very lucky to be able to make the most of what our beautiful Island
has to offer but you would be amazed to know that some folk here and even
locals don’t even know about some of the beauty spots, there are lots of people
I know who never explore what this gem has to offer. For me in its simplest
form, exploration = Learning, experiencing new things, meeting new people and
most of all, feeling totally alive and moving forward, so, not too dissimilar to running.:) It would be awesome if one or many of our fellow threadsters could make a
pilgrimage this way some time, it wouldn’t be a peregrination in terms of
getting here but could be in terms of running around the place.
I did a 5k road race on Tuesday and have to report a below par performance of 19:02. That ended my recent streak of sub 19's on that course. Tonight was fab though, I went out on the cliff paths for the first time this year and did 8k on the trail path and cliff paths with two huge hills and felt amazingly fresh. Average pace was 7:13mm and wasn't pushing it too much which taking into account of the terrain and ascent is good for me.
Leslie H said:
PMJ Watch those pigeons .
Good luck with the Mara plans SSC- great to hear you are highly motivated. Maybe me and Poacher will join you for an autumn smackdown
BB- glad to hear that the nutter we know and love is back on form. As said, do take care.
That's a lovely view Gerard and sounds idyllic, great to hear the pleasure in your runs. Although I run a lot of easy stuff I think I tend to pack a lot in at the weekend- run Friday, fast parkrun Saturday, then LSR Sunday. I think that's maybe why I often struggle for pace on Sundays, but could be something else of course.
Lozenzo/Poacher- I'm definitely heading for Chandos as usual. I might have the OO's in tow. If it's very busy in the bar we might look for a table upstairs so please look for us. Are you guys at the FGFA area on the Red start next week?
I had my last run in anger today at the Rising Sun parkrun in Wallsend. A fairly crowded start and a windy day. After a couple of miles toying with 2 club pals the serious stuff started in the last mile. Splits were 6:03, 5:58, then 5:53 last mile. I finished 8th in in 18:24 and a WAVA of 82%. I was hoping for better but my legs feel good after.
Not sure if I'll do 13 or 15 tomorrow. The taper already started this week. I should land about 45 miles. I'm rubbish at tapers so if anyone has good advice on what to do next week I'm all ears. No travel planned so it will be tempting to get out for a few light runs.