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Awesome time that Mike WELL DONE. respect. Got a 10k by torchlight in Chatsworth Park tonight at 9pm, never done a 10k race so should be interesting to pace anything under 48mins would be nice..........the other half and a work colleque are doing it. The local Hospice in Chesterfield organises events to raise funds so have to see how well its sorted out. Enjoy the weekend all.
RR - well done on PB.....
Off within the hour for my annual HM race with my son in Luxembourg alongside the beautiful river Moselle.
Happy running everyone
Hi folks, sorry not to have posted for a while but I've been away and struggling a bit with the running.
great to read about some great running by Mike, Reiki, sleepy and mcs. Nice to see you back running after all your troubles, Bo - will be a great shame to miss you at Abingdon but there will be another opportunity I am sure. Funny Hat will be abo so looking forward to that.
best iof luck with your prep for Cyprus, Sleepy - Ben is certainly running well at the moment and you seem to have taken over the local park run!
I am still training for Abo but only just ! Still have not done any paces above half pace and have cut back and spaced out the long runs. however, I am still having to put in the odd extra rest day each week to keep the
Illness at bay so I must still have some of the virus left which is annoying as it has been going on for months now. I reckon any thought of a PB at abo is gone so targets will be around 4:05 to 4:10 although happy to beat Cape Wrath time of 4:22. This will probably be my last marathon. May take up a bike next.
Hey up all!
Hope mcs didn't get lost in the dark... Come out, come out wherever you are.
Hope you're feeling better reiki - liking the sound of glidey running - gonna get me some of that
Mike are you still away I wonder - that sounds like a nice adventure - looking forward to hearing about that one.
Bo - always here for you dude!
oscarr - glad it's not just me being a bit tired - I'm now dropping my plan to 2 weeks build, 1 week rest week. Could just be the last 3 weekends of double racing but am not sleeping as well as I was when I was doing more zone 2 work so gonna moderate and let the race fitness sink in. My new philosophy - Zone 2 and 3 only during the week saving zone 4 & 5 for parkruns/racing at the weekend. Hope you perk up soon. Do try to remember that we do this for fun and you'll still get a medal and goodies. Anyone who does marathons is awesome full stop. Doesn't matter how long it takes! Besides Bo needs a Wall coach...
Wise words as always
Sleepy et al.....
Yep I'm back after a great w/e in Luxembourg's bright autumn weather.
My daughter-in-law is now well versed in runner's dietary needs and we were plied with steaming bowls of rice and pasta at the appropriate times before the race.
We even had porridge while watching the early morning Berlin marathon.....and you can't get more motivation than a world record.
So how did we get on?
Neil took a brave decision and ran without any watches at all. The only clue he had on timing was a shout from me just after the 10k mark when he was on 46 mins. He was really pleased with himself to get home in 1:39:xx just shy of his PB.
After my recent spate of PB's at 5k; 5m and 10k I was confident of my speed but not sure of my endurance so I set off 30 secs slower than my 10k pace.
This felt comfortable through the wind to about the 16k mark (new best time for 10m in 1:08:37) and then a decision had to be made. The wind was getting more tiresome and there were larger gaps between groups of runners. Stick or twist?
Stick in behind people and run at less than optimum pace if they slowed or twist and push my own pace?
To reach my target, I calculated that I had to run a 20 minute closing 5k so I really pressed, despite having a fleeting thought flash through my mind that any result from here was going to be a course PB.
My closing mile was the fastest of all in 6:25 (they were all under 7:00) and I crossed the line in 1:28:58 for a new PB. Exhausted but happy....
The goodie bag contained a bottle of sparkling wine each and they didn't last through the evening, so all in all a great w/e and some fun-time with my beautiful grandaughters aged 2ish & 4ish.
Decided not to rush back to running and haven't even looked at my trainers this week - maybe at the week end.
Spent the week checking my running logs and the build up to past marathons - what could I change?
Found a few interesting things to work on, for instance I noticed that my pre-marathon races went from long to short - should it be the other way round?
What would happen if I pushed my average weekly mileage up in October, Nov & December rather than starting in January?
I don't know but it could be fun finding out!
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Mike - how jealous am I - sub90!!!!!!!! Awesome!
Pre-mara races - I would say that's a logical conclusion - it's what most programmes I've seen seem to recommend but shall look forward to your experiments. Will no doubt be another variable to add to the everyone's different list.
Couldn't imagine running a ½ without a watch - that is very brave indeed. Might try a 10k one day. I did a parkrun blind once - felt weird!
Reiki - sounds like you are having a great time and congrats on the win
I am well and truly in my taper now and this time it's a sever one so half the miles last week and this week will be less than 20 and may not run at all nexweek before the race. Still fighting the odd illness days.
Thanks guys. Did a couple of very short runs this week to keep legs loose. Card loading but not to excess. Legs good for Sunday.
still suffering from illness that comes up once a week for couple days of flu symptoms then goes. Means I doubt very much that PB is on the cards.
targets, for what they are worth, are;
Gold - 4.05 new pb
silver - 4.10 second fastest to date
no bronze, but platinum is that elusive sub 4.
no-one to distract me now so should have a quiet time at home before the race.
Just go for it Oscarr - no mind games just go with the flow and smile as you say "Hey, I can do this....".
4 x 10k's (everyone a fraction faster) + a bit
Best of luck!
Hope all running well all the best for marathon runners today. Nice run for me at Coniston with daughter and son in law last Saturday, a bit slower by about thirty seconds than last year but not bad. Great weather and didn't really race the first half as ran ith family and chatted with a few other runners. did five in the week and then the fell race route this am in forty mins so ticking along.
go Bo good to see you back running. SB wise as ever and mike the pro. Go Oscarr enjoy today. Marathon running doesn't get easier just longer as the days mount!
work poo business being sold at month end more interesting times ahead I fear.
Slowest marathon of my 14 done and just made it home inside the cut- off time in 4:41. This compares to 4:05 last year at the same race. Legs seized at 19 miles so hobbled home after that. First 19 was slow and steady so an accumulation of the years efforts I feel.
I am not prepared to invest any more effort into long distance stuff cos this has happened too many times. I must so thick that it takes 14 races to prove to myself that my physiology just does not fit anything above half marathon at any decent pace.
Not sure I want to do any more running full stop right now but probably not the right time to make that decision. Everything else in my life has gone belly up right now and this is just added to the list. Think I will buy a boat and sale the world!
Sorry to hear that Oscarr - on all fronts not just the race!
For a man who ran a successful ultra in the summer which would have defeated me, I think you are a tad unkind to yourself, and carrying a virus into a marathon wouldn't have made your task any easier.
The distance is cruel if you are under the weather and the elites bail out at the drop of a hat - you didn't, so you're a tough old cookie (bollocks - just realised you are younger than I am).....
You'll bounce back we all do........until then, have a glass of something strong
Oscarr awesome effort considering the way you have felt from my reading on here. You have had a tough year of running and training and to get round as you did is awesome well done. You cant sale round the world you have to sail but hey you could follow the sales too!! Have a week off and then go again. You love it really, like me I have not cracked the four hours yet and I don't know when I will have the time to train again for such an effort. Life is getting in the way but don't despair I am sure a new challenge will spring up soon. All the best.
Mike wise words from a very good runner. Respect.
Reik - that's very kind of you but I won't be able to make it but thanks for the thought
YOU TELL HIM GUYS!!!!!
Numpty - you can't expect to kick ass when you're not 100% nevermind 80% or less!
Don't make any rash decisions - why not take til the end of the year off - run when you feel like it as far or as little as you fancy on that given day. A good rest is all you need!
((((((((((((((((((((((MASSIVE HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))) Don't give up hope. You have all of us and it's nearly mince pie season. 2 reasons right there why life is ok and ok will do for now.
So anyone gonna enter Target 26.2 this year? I can't decide...
I've decided not to - plenty of local stuff to do to keep me out of mischief! Don't fancy all the travelling to/fro in the midst of winter. Nor the whole forum lottery.
Countdown to Cyprus has commenced - 17 days to go and only 28 days til the cheery tree goes up to brighten up the dark days.
Shorts have officially been packed already - today's parkrun was the first sub 10 degrees run of the season. Capris at the ready til it drops to 5 then I have a lovely new pair of tights that Ben grabbed in a clearance sale - they're ace - have shimmery, almost insecty metallic flashes around the knees. Total shiny kit syndrome fulfillment