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Stevie - What's the target then? You're looking comfortably sub 40 shape.
Leslie - I hope the rest does you good and it's nothing long term.
Badbark - Monster mileage. Can't wait to see you smash Berlin.
Gul - Another big week in the bank. I think you have a shot at a sub 3. Maybe you just need to believe in your training and current fitness and forget about previous experiences. Easier said than done though as I have had a few bad ones and they always seem to creep back into my mind especially when doing long solo runs.
G-Dawg - Similar here. I've done one 19 and one 20 (approx., read below for a GPS fail yesterday).
DT - I'm usually at the front of our parkrun start line as I don't like having to weave in and out of runners who have high expectations but usually fade before 1k. I've never seen any of the faster runners being obnoxious towards anyone. In fact quite the opposite. However, I did notice that there were quite a few less speedy runners (30 min plus) edging towards the front last week only to be overtaken by lots of runners within the first few hundred metres and I'm not talking about the over exuberant kids.
Birch - You've logged a decent weekly total.
Poacher - How's the foot? Glad to hear you're getting some runs in. Decent parkrun too. I'm sure your times will come down within the next few weeks.
OO - Have a look on my Strava if you want to see what we're up against in October. The first 5 miles or so of my run is the climb, it starts on a steady incline from about 2.5 miles in and there are a few steep sections but nothing too horrible. Judging by your Keswick run and recent 10k, I think you'll find it ok but lots don't/ I'll be running up there for a few more times before the big day just to get some practice in.
Managed to get the long run done yesterday and to record my longest run since Amsterdam last year. Had a bit of a logistical blip. A mate joined me for 12.5 of it. The plan was to cycle to the start of the ascent on the Jersey mara course and run all the way up and then back down and I would continue completing the remaining miles solo along the prom. Had a puncture in my back tyre so we drove to the start of the route. When we clocked 12.5 miles we both remembered my mate had to get back home which was a further few miles which he didn't have in his legs so I drove him to town quickly but left my GPS on! The Strava police were out in force as I smashed some CR's in my vehicle. I cropped the run and split it so I could remove the part where I drove. All in all I ran about 19.5 miles in total averaging around 8mm pace which wasn't too bad considering the hills. Felt knackered yesterday but the body seems ok today. Another GPS fail today but ran about 3.6 miles on lunch with a pal around 7:30 pace and that was fast enough after yesterday. Agreed re the Euro's, it was fab and GB have got some great athletes atm. What about the 17 Norwegian doing the 1,500 and 5,000 double and the 18 year old Swede pole vaulter. Incredible talent and great to see.
Busy on here! Autumn mara training is hotting up!
Gul - I'm finding summer is so busy socially I'm having to squeeze my runs in at not ideal times. For example I'm running parkrun on Saturday before we go to our friends wedding, haven't told my girlfriend that yet! In terms of your target I guess its how you feel, although with your mileage and paces you should be comfortably around 3!
Badbark - Good luck with the 10k and that is a huge amount of mileage. I hope it pays off hugely for Berlin
Glad to see you back at it Poacher!
OO - Congrats on the handicap and national ranking! 21st is an impressive ranking!
Leslie - I hope the knee is easing, take it easy.
GM - Target is at least sub 40, with another 4 weeks training I'd really like to go sub 38. I think that's possible with the paces I'm hitting in my reps and tempos. Good long run and recce!
8 easy miles for me last night. Tonight's session is 10 x 2mins at 5k pace off 60s static recovery. Id like to hit sub 6mm for all of them and be around 5.45. Looking forward to Parkrun on Saturday!
Gul Darr said:
Birch / Poacher / Badbark / Leslie / GM / DT19 - I know what you're saying, but I've been here before and never even got near sub 3:15 let alone 3:00. I am planning on racing GER (Peterborough HM) but I would need to get a big PB to tempt me to go for anything fast than 3:14:59. I only seem to be able to convert 1:26:xx to 3:30:xx! Just over 13 weeks to go, so I'll probably change my mind by then anyway
This is where I think you (and others) make a mistake. I’m
not even thinking about a certain race with 13 weeks to go, as I think it’s far
too long away. Personally I think we are all capable of running a marathon
every month or two. You put too much mentally into one race, were things can so
easily go wrong on the day. If you were running a marathon ever 6 weeks or so
you’d already have gone sub 3. Relax, enjoy running and run more races.:)
OO - I prefer flat road marathons any day but at least I can get a few runs on the course and it won't be a major shock to me on the day. Would you be keen to do a recce on the course before you do it? Possibly on a bike??
Stevie - There's a massive difference between sub 40 and sub 38, your training is going well and hopefully you can do it. What's your local parkrun like?
DT - I like the STRAVA segments when abroad, although most of the ones I have come across are by cyclists posting them as runs which is a bit annoying. There are a few here too, guys I know how are not super quick runners but have loads of CR's, clearly done on a bike.
5k lunch time run along the prom today. Windy going out and very muggy coming back. Progressive run 7:21, 6:58, 6:36 and then some change. Didn't want to push it too hard as I still felt a bit stiff from Sunday. Will go out again later for a slow recovery jog.
Thought I had posted this earlier but no. 5 mile easy recovery done tonight.
G- Dawg - Great run there! Hah, yeah the plan was 20 but the numbers became skewed because of the GPS fail. I was pleased to get a decent long run done after many weeks of not having done one. 22 on the cards this weekend. I'll need a few more if I'm to keep up with OO!
Gul - Thank you. Here's the list: https://www.runbritain.com/news/sample-list-of-most-parkrun-courses-based-on-standard-scratch-score-sssI see DT's is the fastest! I'm with you on the lack of racing, I feel having more racing under my belt would help with pacing and knowing how hard to push etc
Gul Darr said:
Badbark - I agree and I'm also sure that my lack of racing is a significant factor. If there were a local marathon every month or two early on a Saturday morning, I'd be there like a shot! I guess it's just a question of priorities and I'll just have to make the best of what I can do.
Thanks for the offer Gerard. To be honest I'm fairly relaxed about the course though really looking forward to it. Will be a pleasure to experience it all on the day.
Off to my 5k shortly, nervous I have not heard from London Marathon regarding GFA yet...
Decent effort at the 5k with a new PB of 17:29 and first V55. The splits were 5:40, 5:41, and 5:30 last mile. It was a fast flat course with lots of PBS and a couple of guys under 15 mins!
No news from London- starting to panic now