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Nice mileage TR. Consistently done too from what I can see. Dan - belated happy b'day. Mine was Sunday. Still the same age category though.LMH - good to see you back at it. I've got exactly the same post viral fatigue apparently. Mine never came out fully, but I've been feeling rough since early December. My chiro said my muscles had tightened up so much I'd developed about a half-inch leg length difference. She done some NLP type stuff, as well as adjustments to try help it along.Sounds like a good race CD.
My mileage for January was 254, but haphazardly (4 full weeks were 36, 94, 25, 82), partially due to studies, and partially due to the post viral stuff the same as LMH. Got on track last night for the first time in ages. 13m+ with reps of 2m, 1m, 2m, 1m, 1m. Splits understandably way off where I should be, but at least consistent - 11:28, 11:29 for the 2s, 5:38, 5:40, 5:39 for the 1s. 1 lap jog after a 2m, 1/2 lap jog after the miles.Legs are thrashed today. At least things should improve from here hopefully!
TT - nice sesh, those sort of longer intervals I think are ideal for HM/M training, especially within a medium-long run like that.
LMH - it might be worth doing a race just to find out what shape you're in. You might surprise yourself and change your mind on VLM.
6M squeezed in yesterday between leaving work and nursery pick-up. Did a 2M and 1M section at a moderately hard effort to try to pick up a bit of speed before the HM on Sunday. I'll just do a couple of easy short runs now before then, probably with a few strides to stretch the legs.
UDS - Small world indeed..Joe has lurked on here occasionally too - 'Ironbloke' I think he was called!
TR - Forecast for Chichester seems a teeny bit breezy but not too bad. the V45 10k rankings are quite north/midlands heavy, which is helpful. Hopefully a low 33 will do the trick. Yes agree LMH, although not surprised, I echo CD's thoughts - at least half the entry paid would be nice. Good luck to the Watford entrants..
TR - sounds like you have the right attitude about Chicester, it was just a good sharpener for Worthing. Those miles in your legs will mean they lack a bit of zip, especially as you're not as used to the bigger miles than some people.
I had a decent run at Watford HM. For reference, I ran 73:19 there in 2015, which was the year I got my marathon PB at VLM (although I did a lot of miles in Feb and March in 2015 that I doubt I'll be able to replicate this year). And I've run high 72/low 73 a couple of other times there on the old (slightly faster) course. So I was expecting a 74:xx but hoping for closer to 74 than 75.
When I arrived I realised I had forgotten to bring a watch, so the whole thing was blind other than a clock at HW. On the start line I thought Marders hadn't turned up, but with 30s to go, he was running back up the course and jumped into the pen with around 5s to go!
First mile was downhill and probably a bit too quick, but it was into the wind, I wanted to shelter and there was a bit of a gap behind me. After about 1.5M I realised I was going too fast and eased back a bit to let a group of 3 catch me (we were positions 9-12). It started to split up fairly early on and I just settled into my own pace which was about the same as one of the others, he was a bit better on the hills (especially downhill) and I was making that back on the flat. I was very surprised to see the HW clock said about 36:10, which I thought could be wrong given the 2nd half is net downhill.
I felt reasonably strong through the middle - obviously had no idea of pace but it felt OK. Started to hurt around 11M but managed to drop my long-time companion. As I entered the home straight the clock was reading 72:xx (I couldn't see the seconds!) but it soon ticked to 73:xx and my final time was 73:17, 8th place.
So overall very pleased with that at this stage. Aerobially I felt fine but my legs were a bit battered, probably thanks to several steep downhills and calves were tight from the uphills. I caught up with Marders at the finish and he had a solid run without having to exert himself too much I think.
Good to bump into Dan too. I'd done my press-ups before the race so that must have cost me a few seconds...
OO - I don't think the lack of watch made any difference to the result. I've been racing long enough now that I should know what HM effort feels like, and I didn't know what shape I was in so it wouldn't have helped anyway. It was just weird not knowing what time I was on for!
CW - nice long run so soon after the ultra. I ran to work this morning - not even 3M, and pretty slow, but that felt like hard work (not helped by the rucksack inc. laptop), so I can empathise about the wooden legs.