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OO, great stats, shows you dealt with the conditions perfectly. You may have only been 20th V55, but I bet none of the others rocked the topless running look quite as well as you did!
Congrats on the promotion, VT. Great to be at the top of the tree! Did your fellow professors come over to you on lunch and present you with a jacket in order to let you know?? That's what happened on, was it the Good Will Hunting?
It's nice to wake up on a Monday not feeling a bit depleted and tired from a 20 miler the day before. A normal ish Monday for me despite taper so 4m recovery over lunch (down from the usual 5) then spin later. Really is just a matter of treading water this week. Lots of extra time on my hands after today. Just hoping that kit bag arrives in the post.
SBD, My post not here yet, but like you, I would really like to turn up with a complete bag. I'm going to need to start writing lists soon, my brain can't deal with everything!
I've got 4 x 1m off 1 min easy at mp tomorrow, then a sports massage a few hours later.
I meant to comment on your previous post raising concern re the wind. In the first place, of all things to forecast well in advance, a slightly windier spell is hardest to accurately pinpoint. It only has to shift a few hours either way and we are good.
That said, I did London in 2019 when the wind forecast was more than sunday currently is and I barely noticed it. Three reasons for that-
1. London is so built up there's a lot of wind shielding.
2. The supporters will absorb and act as a barrier.
3. The running crowds will provide a final layer of protection.
I'd also say running at mara pace into a moderate breeze isn't quite as disproportionately tiring as trying to do so for 10k pace.
My plan is to run it like I did that 20m race in Bedford so to go out mid 6.30s, maybe get some momentum in the downhill at 3m and then just slowly chip average pace so I go through half way at 6.30 average on the garmin which would be about 1.25.30, then just start slowly building it over the course of the second half so I finish with 6.25mm as my average pace, which assuming my gps measures 26.40m will be 2.49.30 ish.
Of course, that's just a plan and this is a marathon so a multitude of variables come into play to derail it! But my training and Dorney and that 20m in July tell me it's an achievable plan. I played Dorney pretty safe so quite prepared if it feels right to take more of a risk. I've already run a time this year that I am more than happy with so if I get this wrong, beyond initial disappointment, it won't be critical!
No kitbag for me in todays post.
TR- that is true re recent races. Even at Dorney and the Bedford GP they weren't generally breezy days at all but the locations meant that it was stronger there. Even though the wind forecast for London is twice as strong as Dorney was, I suspect i'll notice it far less in London than I did in Dorney.
That's a decent idea anyway re an extra carrier for the sweaty kit post event.
OO, you reeled in half the field ahead! You must have
had some super good mojo going in the second half. Must have been a great
confidence booster to just be cruising compared the poor folks you were busy
TR, nothing so exciting. Just a letter from the President
and Provost. But I did find this on my desk shortly after (follow this link to
Head Onyx Agave Vodka). And a note about having sold my soul to the devil or
something along those lines 😉.
SBD, you are correct about the S&C work. I need to
make doing this a part of my routine, not just to fix when I’m broken. I also
wonder if I could get more speed if I actually used my glutes properly?!
Strength and conditioning work checked off for the day. And
no pain in feet for day 2. Not much tightness even upon waking this morning.