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Thanks, yes I was delighted with my time but also the way that the race went almost exactly to plan. It does sound like we had quite similar races, you were just a bit faster, especially in those last couple of miles.
I was feeling it a bit in my quads and glutes yesterday but overall my legs weren't too bad. I had a massage in the afternoon which helped, although I could have done without having to run for the train on the way there. Today I'm back at work and will be sitting at a desk most of the day, so I'll have to make sure I get up and move around as much as possible so I don't stiffen up too much. It hurt a bit when I got up after sitting on the train for 35 minutes this morning.
I loaded up the race details from my Garmin to Garmin Connect and looked at the route map and it definitely went haywire around Canary Wharf so that explains the time for mile 19.
Thanks to Clive, Angela, Malcs and carterusm as well!
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carterusm - many thanks. Were you running on Sunday? Sorry, not able to keep up - so much going on.
Malcs - it certainly has been rather busy on here recently !
I have entered Manchester marathon which is this Sunday but I have had to pull out with an ITB injury. I have got another 4/5 weeks of no running but will be going to the gym to try and keep some fitness going
We had to sprint for the train home Andy, cue hilarious comments from the runners already on board.
Malcs I read your race report on the other thread, really good fun.
I've taken a day off today Sarah, feel much better for it, I had some Night Nurse last night and slept like a log.. I stayed in bed till 10 then started working form home. This is so very similar to what I had in the Autumn, and I carried on working and it went on for weeks, so I shall stay off till it's better.
I am looking at a plan for Chester Marathon, 6th October. It is a great race, well worthy of all the praise on RW. I've got quite friendly with one of the organisers since the first one and I love the finish, along the river and through the racecourse. I know that I have a good base now, the race didn't go well but my training, particularly long runs, has been consistent so if I can work round a summer holiday then I will be going for 3:30 there instead.
Andy - well done on your sub 3:30. Brilliant!
Mr P - sorry it didn't happen for you this time but keep at it. It'll come.
Malcs - have you done a race report? I'm so pleased for you. Sub 3:15 next...
Sarah - I've just read your report and felt quite emotional. You race sounds almost step by step the same as mine. My garmin messed up to and I ran to feel for the last 6 or so miles.
I knew you'd do it. I know you were nervous and nerves are a good thing but there was really no need! I'm so proud of you. Its such a great achievement and I can't wait to see what you manage in the autumn.
I had a really easy job with you and basically you did it all yourself. Very well done.
Are you going to do that 5 mile race tomorrow night? I'll definitely not be running for a week!
Minni - many thanks indeed, you've been such a great help. Are you doing an autumn marathon?
Race report is on the Target 26.2 thread.
Nice of you to say but 3:15 seems more suitable a target for Sarah than me. I will definitely be looking for sub 3:30 though and because that's just a few minutes off I might even set a gold target of 3:20 something. If I could match Sarah's time this year (she'll be even faster next year) then that would be unbelievable. You've gotta dare to dream
Yes SeanAlexMartin, where are you? How did you get on? Did you manage to move your pen? We need to know!
Mr P - many thanks indeed. Chester is on my list of 'marathons that might not kill me' due to its position at the cooler end of the year. That said we've had some quite warm Octobers in the past. Hope I'm not tempting fate.
Best of luck with your recovery and I really hope that you have a great summer's training and nail it in Chester.
There's quite a few of us doing autumn marathons so it would be good if we could stay here (if Sarah will allow) to keep the moral support going.
Andy - what a great race you had, no wonder you are thrilled. It is indeed all the tall buildings that screw up the GPS around Canary Wharf. I used to write software for simulating satellite radio interference
Angela - don't think for a minute we haven't forgotton that you're still to come! We'll all be here to keep you going right up until race day.
I can completely understand your worry about undershooting your target. I had the same fears. I found one thing that helped was to remember that I am very comfortable at my marathon pace. If you are comfortable at MP and you've put in your long slow runs so you have the endurance, you're tapered well, carbo loaded and have a fueling strategy then if you stick rigidly to that pace you are almost guaranteed to succeed.
If you are comfortable at MP it means that you aren't over exerting yourself. You're not over using precious fuel supplies and over tiring your legs. It then comes down to endurance and if you have that then you will be fine.
Freak things like abnormal weather and illness can of course get in the way but you can't control these. You can control the above.
You've done your endurance. You will taper and carbo load properly and you will have a fueling strategy. Stick to MP all the way and you will nail it.
Dotty - did I miss something? You did race didn't you? You forget to say how you got on!
PS. I was behind someone in a mankini last year - still having nightmares about that one. I heard the wedgie was so bad he needed surgery to remove it.
Wow! Fantastic result Dotty. And that was with you dropping off at the end you say? What pace did you average for the first 30K then? Must have been flying.
Very well done indeed!
PS. a little less modesty in future please - we all want to know how you get on particularly if it's a good one!
Out tonight just 3.3 but a long road to go
3:30 or bust - wrong thread! Not that it matters. There are two RW Forum Six sub 3:30 threads and my name is attached to both! lol