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Birch - Now that's more like it. You just need to do that 3 x 2 miler sesh in a few days and you'll be grand.
DT - The forecast here for Sunday is very warm, I hope it doesn't ruin your race. A raced half in the heat could be v.difficult.
3.4 miles along the prom today at a very easy 8:4x pace. Got overtaken by some woman 3 times, she kept going past me and then walking about a minute later. Doing some strange run walk interval session or something like that.
Sounds like a sensible rehabilitation plan Poacher. Are you able to do some water running if you felt inclined?
She was clearly looking for a race Gerard - you did well to resist.
Valencia sounds fun Jools and plenty of time to get in to marathon shape.
Go easy DT19 - nothing to gain before Sunday.
Good fartlek session Birch.
That's a lot of pounds to carry around Chicago G-D. What was your weight at London?
11 miles today over my hilly route - so 3K level, 5K downhill, 5K uphill and 5K flat. With a climb of 120m over the 5 Kilometers it's a bit of a slog on the uphill stretch but good for developing the mental toughness. Managed c. 7:35 m/m pace on the uphill section and 7:36 overall.
I've not done any proper hill training sessions - i.e. reps up a steeper hill - for a long time. Any views on whether this would be more effective than just running my hilly route?
Yes, this is a very boozy time of year for me as a load of professional functions are shoe horned into June and early July. Tomorrow I have the local rugby clubs sportsmans lunch with an 11.30 start! Dylan Hartley and Joe Launchberry are speakers so should be interesting.
You'll be on by theis evening, Gerard!!!
SBD- I haven't done a specific hill session in a long time. When I want a hilly stage of training I just select very hilly routes for my general runs. Why not stick to that but pick 5 or so hills and surge up them??
Taking on board your advice, I think I will copy Guls run with an 8 mile aerobic over lunch.
Sunday is currently forecast as 19c and cloudy/sunny. That could of course provide very different outcomes. 19c and cloudy is fine. 19c and sunny is not! Very still conditions however.
I have a pal G Dawg who's 16 stone and runs sub 3 maras, so weight is not an issue for some. I'm about 12 stone & your height, and a few pounds does seem to make a difference to my running.
Gerard you scoundrel, you are going to suffer!
I'm also a bit under the weather- hope it goes for Saturdays races.
At 1pm tomorrow I’ll begin running and finish 24 hours later,
when England kick off against Panama. Even I think I’m mad!
My goal is to run over 220k (137.7mi) which is the
qualifying standard for Ireland. To put that into context, the standard for the
marathon is 2:19.
I followed a P&D marathon taper the week but took today
off completely for extra recovery.
I’ve my nutrition plan and race tactics prepared. I’ll be
taking in regular but small amounts of cals throughout, progressing from sweet
to savour and salty snacks later on. The course consists of approximately 1
mile laps and I’ll be walking for a minute every third lap. I’ve been
practising my fast walking (12-13 m/m) the last few weeks which have even
resulted in some mild DOMS.
I’m excited but nervous too. I know I’ll be paying a visit
to hell at times through the race. Hopefully, I’ll be able to endure and my
body will allow me to succeed. It’s time to man up and get this done!
G-Dawg - Nicely done on your 15. Ah, I remember my first lads holiday well. Spain 1994. Brilliant craic, coincided with the world cup too. Baggio ballooned his penalty over the bar.
OO - 68 is so quick for 400. Re the Speedy V55 athlete. It could be like Rudisha's 800 WR in the 2012 Olympics where he dragged everyone else around to very quick times.
Gul - Good reps there.
Badbark - A great challenge lies ahead of you and a real test of your mental strength and as you say, if your body allows you to succeed. Good luck!
Stevie - I like the name of your club. Do they give you free chocolate? Where did you see the Boston's on sale for £65?
4.4 miles on lunch along the prom today. 6:51 avg, the legs felt a bit stiff but also still felt a bit ropey today! Hoping to feel a bit more myself tomorrow. Going to watch a movie tonight in the local Arts centre which features a work colleague of mine (from our Guernsey office) who is an open water long distance swimmer. It's called the Sea Donkey and is about his Epic 19 mile swim of the north channel. Should be very interesting.