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Rother Valley parkrun here (with 1.5 miles either side) - first timer on this course (though familiar from training ) - happy with 23:35 , 18 secs better than 2 weeks ago, on a similar course in terms of profile, but this one has section of rough track (but not too rough, Gul) , so maybe I'm going in the right direction. 69th from 381 overall, but only 4th VoGit (though I am at the wrong end of the 60-64 category now) . 70.46% WAVA, so at least I've managed to creep back over my self-imposed minimum "respectable" grading
Thanks guys...I feel a bit better about things now. Perhaps 2 flat out halfs in 2 weeks is too much to ask with all the other training. I still feel washed out. Did 5 at recovery yes5terday and planning that today and maybe a 3 tonight before hopefully picking up an mp session tomorrow.
I've put my name down for club selection for the midlands rd relays team this Saturday. I've not heard anything yet so hoping that means I'm not in.
I was going to push for 2 big weeks then a 2 week taper, however I think I would possibly benefit more from beginning to pull it back next week, particularly as I have a big session a week Saturday (Mk half at mp).
Some of the various comparisons to Sundays world record pace are amazing. One that I saw this morning however set out his splits km by km to demonstrate how brutally accurate his pacing was. This for me is definitely key to running your best mara. It's getting to the point that the choice of pacers is going to be very limited to try and push this time down further. He'll end up needing Farah to act as one!
Gerard, I'm sure you'll get through Jersey OK. It wont be without some grimacing but it'll happen!
Nicko- I'm not surprised that 18 was painful based on your analysis of the last few months. Stepping straight up to 18 miles is not easy.
G-Dawg, Madrid sounds good. Doesn't sound like the sore throat is having too much affect on your running.
Happy birthday, PMJ.
Gul, is this a cutback for a taper or just for recovery?