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Angela - Sorry I thought I had already replied to your post. I'll be volunteering although I'm contemplating jogging to the train station. So a bit of both really.
How is everyone? I did 7 miles in the snow yesterday morning which took a fair bit out of me so I rested today in preparation for a bit of speedwork tomorrow and after that it is all systems go for the Half Marathon Sunday
Angela - If I put any kind of hat on I do have a Gnomish quality about me!
This weather is unbelieveable when I ran Tuesday it was through a snow blizzard on hilly fields and 12 hours later it was all gone. I'm looking forward to running in reasonable conditions today
this weeks been o.k in the sense ive done some good running.
tuesday- 4 miles easy as per schedule
yesterday- Club session, which consisted of hill speed work, very tough as we,ve got a marathon runner who's training for sub 3 so he's super quick at the moment. trying to keep up with his pace was fun .
still managed a quality session and was totally exhausted when on the cool down. 7ish miles (GPS lost signal weirdly) with the first and last 2 warm-up/cool down.
sounds like you two are rearing to go on sunday. good luck if i dont post from now until then.
wish i could come watch and cheer you both on! whats the target?? 1:30
Jason. 1:30? If I am not in the pub for midday opening I'll be very disappointed
I hink it is a vital component of all training plans for your last pre race run to be a shambles. The worse the better in my book.
A few things to keep you chipper
1) Better before rather than during your race
2) Your tapering so haven't missed much
3) You were probably a little tense because you wanted it to go so well rather than just doing and see how it goes as you would normally
4) You'll rest, put it to bed and be determined and noncomplacent sunday when you gallop around Colchester like the thoroughbred you are (note I avoided the word mare )
In summary IT'S ALL GOOOOD
@Oirish, if you're not in the pub for midday, something went very wrong! isnt the race start at 9?
Thanks for encouragement, I of course know that the terrible run was inevitable
So I'm in charge of Numbers tomorrow... I feel particularly qualified, as I know how to count!
Do you know your role??
No not yet. I'm glad I'm not doing the numbers, there are more than 20 runners and I want to keep my socks on
Assistant timekeeper Good luck tomorrow if I don't see you there
How did you get on? I looked out for you before and after but couldn't see you.
My chip time was 1:38:15 so pleased with that
Well done Angela! how are you feeling this morning? After a few pints yesterday I am good from the neck down but a touch fragile.
Yes I'll see you there. I see your chip time was 0.4 of a second quicker than your watch time, that kind of inaccuracy is why I am the Assistant timekeeper
4 miles last night no problem felt like forever since i last went out.
got club session tonight so looking forward to that.
hope everyones good
Jason - Glad to hear you are back in the fold, I often think the occasional break doesn't do any harm, keeps you fresh and sharp and you get more out of your runs.
Well this week has been about breaking myself in gently after the weekend so Tuesday night was 2 x 4.12m @ 8:41 with a lounge around inbetween so that got everything ticking over again nicely and then a 7 mile speed session yesterday which wasn't quite full tilt as I was with my good lady so it was really only the last of the 6x 400m sprints that I really went all out but was a pretty good workout none the less.
9 miles MLR today and another 18 Saturday with a recovery run of some description Sunday and that'll be another week done
Afternoon all, been lurking around for a while but was struggling to find time to post.
However once Angela and I began hijacking Steve Loves Bacons Asics 26.2 thread I figured it was high time I popped over and introduced myslef.
Halstead is going to be my second marathon, and having finished Liverpool last October in 4:00:13 I'll put my neck on the line and admit that I'm hoping to be sniffing around the 3:45 - 3:50 mark this time.
I appreciate that I've set myself a pretty ambitious target but I've been following a "proper" training plan this time around that has incorporated a degree of speedwork (intervals, hill repeats etc) and the improvement so far this year have been startling.
I've got the Brentwood Half Marathon this Sunday which may act as a bit of a reality check, I'm aiming for 01:45 (my pb from Pleshy in September is 1:51:13) and my confidence in hitting this has been growing and growing over the last couple of weeks but it's beggining to look like I may be sabotaged by the weather!
Welcome Kandinsky. I'm also about the weather. Do you at least live close enough to the start that you could get there if its too dangerous to drive? We're looking at an all day forecast of heavy snow, which makes me think we should not risk the drive to Epping forest, in case of the problems we may face drivning back. am grumpy now, as I was really looking forward to a muddy cross country race - I've never done one before
I used to live just a couple of hundred yards away from the start line.
I'm in Chelmsford now so just s short punt down the A12 which is usually gritted!
glad to see another adition to the thread Kandinsky
Angela if its a trail race doesnt that mean off road?? sounds like fun in this weather though!