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Minni- are you allowed to tell us ? Pretty please
AA - Happy b'day.
Sounds like some good mara times and some Pb's today. Obviously I should of been lining up at Manchester today, and weather didn't look too bad, except the wind, but hey hoy.
Minni - How long are you going to leave it before you tell us what times Cooks/Mr Z/Spoons did. We could be waiting a very long time, if wer're waiting for them to post?
Where did Zuvai run?
Spoons time was 3:__:__
Cooks time was 3:__:__
Oomph- ok my guess. Spoons 3.14. Cooks 3.02. MrZ 3.15
hi gang - humble apologies for my mega lack of posting. After 2 years of shit running at Christmas I decided to make a load of changes in my life. One of them was to stop spending all my time of the internet and focus a bit more on life, work, training etc.
Work has been mega busy. I also decided to cut out (nearly) all of the crap food and alcohol and see what difference it made. The main difference is that I have lost over a stone and managed to get through Jan - today with no injury or sickness. I also reduced my running mileage and added some cycling as I have an Ironman to do in August.
The consistent training paid off and although I am not as quick as I once was my long runs were all much stronger. I always started them slowly and finished them quickly. I also did shed loads of hill work. Considering in December I was shit and slow I have come on leaps and bounds in 3 months.
On to today - Brighton Marathon: it was perfect conditions. Cool, cloudy and a cool wind. There were a few bits where the wind was a bit harsh but not many. The first 10 miles was quite undulating and had a few sharp twists and turns which were quite sapping. However we were on pace after 1 mile. I ran with my GF as we both seem to be about the same pace at the minute.
Everything was fine until mile 18 (isn't it always) when my quads got really tight and tired. I managed to push through and kept on pace until around mile 23. The last few miles I slowed quite a bit and crossed the line in 3:33:22 with my GF. 5 min PB for me and 11 min PB for her.
Quads are absolutely smashed now! Off to the pub for half a shandy and a green salad...
Tomorrow I change from being a runner that cycles a bit to being a cyclist that runs a bit!
p.s. - I hate marathons....
chick - excellent last long run. That's quite a way with 2 weeks to go but not with your mileage.
Ive got the new RW with Mo on the front. Exciting!! Dd anyone seethe end of the Paris marathon today? Cyclist and people running all over the road. Didn't look like any railings or security! Mad.
This time next week I shall be pissed!
thanks for your birthday wishes. 42 years young. shame my body feels double that in the mornings!!
Spoons - cross post. Great to see you here. You've done amazingly and so has your GF. Well done On all fronts
Spoons2 - Well done on you're and GF's Pb's. So the transition will be complete, when Spoons1 morphs into Spoons2 the IRONMAN.
2old - Yes it could of been worse, I could of turned up and they cancelled it at the last minute , like Sheffield half today, due lack of water. Here's the story.....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-26910318
yay, Spoons + g.f get in!!
been perusing the new runners world, quite excited about watching Mo run next week + of course cheering you lot on
nightmare re the Sheffield half mara, good on them for running it anyway!
p.s hope you've had a wonderful birthday A.A
Congratulations to you & your gf Spoons
I have my winnings 2old
Not long to VLM for some of you. I have a run of 13 miles to do that day but will be swapping my training to the day before so I can glue myself to the TV from first thing on the Sunday.
11 miles banked this morning which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Happy Birthday AA
Hope everyone has a great VLM (or other spring marathon).
I'll pop in occasionally but not 2 or 3 times a day!
Go Spoons! Well done to you both on today's result, and great work losing the weight. Enjoy the 'shandy and salad' (surely 26 miles means pizza and beer?!)
Happy Birthday AA! Hope it's been a good day.
Well done on the National win Pink.
Have completed the deferral process, I am now officially NOT running a marathon next week. Number 235 will just have to wait until next year So next weekend will be a long weekend away for the Northern Veggies to do a parkrun.
spoons - congrats to you and your gf, celebrate well.
aa - happy birthday.
Just under 2 hours on the bike this morning got back in time to watch bekele finish in Paris, impressive first marathon.
Spoons - great running and well deserved!
12M easy for me today - all present and correct. The wine has been put away. The early nights are starting - it's race week!
Looks like 12 was the trendy amount yesterday.
4 miles dress rehersal with bumbag, gels and kit this morning with 2@ 7:40 pace then a good stretching session. Sports massage booked tomorrow. will do another easy 4 on Wednesday.
Whats everyone else's plan?
haha, yeah - the trendy 12 I have two more weeks to go with all the exciting race reports I really want mine out of the way. I plan only gentle running over the next 2 weeks so my niggles can hopefully heal and allow me to run with not too much pain . P&D has 3x1600 @ 5k pace scheduled this week. No way. I've decided I'll do the 1600s at MP, not quicker. I fear there's nothing to be gained but there's a lot of potential to trigger more back problems if I go too fast now.