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I'll have a punt on Oscarr's time - I'll go for 3:58. Any other offers...
WW - by any chance are you doing the swim and bike parts of a hardcore triathlon plan? By the time you're back running you'll be doing an Ironman/lady at this rate
What's the pacing plan oscarr? Have you got a negative split for just under 4 hours that I could borrow?
Lovely jaunt in the sunshine today and have spent the last couple of hours doing battle with overgrown shrubs - very much loving the branch croppers my M-i-L got me for Christmas - chop, chop - very satisfying and gotta be good for the biceps!
Enjoy Ten - you've earmed it! Quite right - you eat anything you feel like!
oscarr - put that slice back - put...it...back! Thank you young man - now just you wait til Sunday! Bring home the sub4 and I'll buy you the pizza myself!
SB - Ironman now there's a thought.... My friend said she needed to put me in a straight jacket after the marathon to stop me entering more races. Now I'm injured and she despairs as I've entered a 40m bike race in 2 weeks instead to keep me going.
Liking the sound of the branch cutters, should add those to my routine perhaps.....!!!
I'm on week 2 of marathon recovery (or is it week 3?!?!) so eating needing to be curbed now....
mcs - i'm just loving the beer and pizza and feast but as i am a good boy (!?!?) i will have to do as Sleepy says and put it all down and wait a while - there you go Ten, its all yours..
Sleepy/Bo - if i get anything with a 3 at the start i promise to leave Bo's knee caps alone and buy Sleepy all the chocolate she can eat (tee hee) - as for pacing plan, here it is at moment (pending final day conditions etc);
Asked myself the question Sam asked Bo - what time would you absolutely be chuffed to get (not the dream but the time i would say it had all been worthwhile) and the answer is 3:59 (remember my current PB is 4:10) - also, liked the philosophy of not putting yourself under pressure by going off too slowly behind target - also, believe strongly that negative split is the best way to enjoy races and get good times - so;
start to 10 miles - 9:07 (3:59 pace)
11 to 20 miles - 8:45 to 9:00 (depends how i feel but need lot of energy for final 10K)
20 to 26.2 - slowly increase or hold on depending what's in the tank
The start pace of 9:07 is slower start than any other marathon, fits well with my training and cos i've stayed clear of illness for at least 4 weeks am confident i will have lot left at 10 miles.
How does this sound??
Looks perfect oscarr - I shall look forward to my chocolate feast LOL
Goes without saying - your best on the day will be good enough but if you feel there is a chance - take it, take it, take it!
Ben says good luck too!
And from me to everyone out there this weekend.
mcs - my approach is ... just relax - I reckon the worry build-up is what causes the wall to appear. You can't hit it if it ain't there - stay at a comfortable pace and focus on feeling comfy! It's that tricky reining yourself in at the start that's important!
WW - nice work on the bike race - if you decide to do any duathlons - let me know - I'm thinking of doing 1 or 2 next year!
Night Night everybody x
Good luck Oscarr I wish you a good run - 3hrs 59:59
52mins for 10k would do me. The thing that could screw it up for me is starting off too fast. *telling myself not too fast - like lines at school* I think I'd still be on target for getting into the shape I need for an October marathon if I do that time...
I'll check out Paris and NY marathons on google etc. Thanks for your responses.
He turns green when he's angry too LOL! Oh no - my mistake - that's just his club colours
Morning every one!
Just the 5 sandwiches Bo? Think you need to get one of Choisty's subs : 5-in-1!
'Nother mystery club run for me tonight - looking forward to it already!
Anyone seen Emma / Rosie - they're upto mischief if they're this quiet? Bet Emma's still plotting a bit of zoominess this weekend...
Everyone, thanks for all your input and support - these forum threads over the last few months have been fantastic and not just for all the great advice and tips but also the community and family feel it has generated.
I will take on board all your help. One of the things i have come to realise in this campaign more and more is the impact and power of mental preparation - on a lot of training runs i can psyche myself up for whatever session i am about to do but if i don't prepare mentaly then it dosen't go well. So for the last week or so i have been telling myself that i can do this well, that there is no reason why any wall will get in the way and even if a bad patch occurs i will welcome it and bash through with a Bo "av-it". Grrrrrrrrrr...........
mcs - course looks good with wide roads, only 1500 competitors and a total elevation gain of only 125 metres so no heartache hills
need to get a fleece from charity shop cos forecast is 2 degree morning with frost !!!
Good luck Oscarr.
Cant see it being a problem. Nailed on sub 4
Anyone else's screen totally different ??
yes Oscarr - I'm using Chrome. some things seem a bit bjorked at the moment... but for the first time I can actually format my entry
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Did a session on the cross trainer last night and was fine. Going running with club tonight. Doing a 10k race on Monday.
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Anyone else's screen totally different ??
LOL - don't know how I ended up with two quotes
Good Luck Oscarr
Not sure about new format
Haven't decided which duathlon to do first mcs but here are a few that I know of:
<edited as linky's didn't work properly> Looks like there are 2 or 3 up your way mcs!
NoFuss also run a fantastic winter series for beginners that I did last year but they're all up in the Highlands. If you're up there - totally recommend them and not just cos I managed a hat-trick of spot prizes!
Getting excited for oscarr and everyone else racing this weekend. I had a sore throat by yesterday lunchtime but it's so much better today that I'll swap my yoga for a run and make up the miles!
I like the new format - think it looks much cleaner!
Have a great weekend all - will look forward to hearing the news as soon as it's available!
Morning everyone - yes, mcs, couldn't sleep last night thinking about the race; its a good sign cos it was all positive - i travel tomorrow morning early and back Monday so will be without email from Sat morn to Mon night - will post report Monday
Sleepy/mcs - will text result sunday and no probs if you want to post it here for me
Ten/MWW/Choisty/Kevster - thanks for the support
New format is clearer i think
oops slight lie - I did them the year before - must stop time travelling!!!
Yes please oscarr - I will be itching to find out! Have you seen a weather forecast - looks pretty reasonable if just a bit chilly - perfect conditions by my liking - how are they for you?
Hope you're feasting merrily...
weather looks good if a little cold but compared to recent weather it's perfect! carbo loading is well under way just started day2 of 3 !!! (what a good boy i am )