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Al_P - superb run, and very kind not to run 10s quicker!
CD - that's a fantastic result given your alternative build-up. Any idea where you ranked for your age, must be well up there?
CC2 - I've seen much worse blow-ups! Shame it didn't go to plan but it sounded like you weren't expecting great things anyway.
OO - you're a machine! I wonder how much faster you could go if you just focused on one target race?
ES - that's a bit frustrating so close to the finish, but still a decent result.
JoeB - that's a great effort. I hate that feeling at 10M knowing you're working harder than you should be, and the last 10k is going to be a sufferfest, but sounds like you held it together pretty well.
LMH - sorry it didn't go to plan. As Jools said, the stress you've been experiencing won't have helped in various ways, so don't beat yourself up about it.
Just a parkrun for me at the weekend - undulating and all offroad, which made it very hard work pushing mini-P. Finished in 20:2x, with pace varying from low 5s on flat smooth sections to well over 8m/m on a bumpy uphill grass section into the wind!
Watched most of the race a couple of hours after it happened (we were out most of the morning) - loved the men's race, and can't say I'm too upset that Mo struggled a bit. Also, seeing the lead 4 running sub-2:03 pace to late on in the race all wearing Vaporflys does make me wonder if they are worth a minute or two. Good marketing!
OK, a bit of a report for VLM 2019.
I said to anyone who asked (and on here) that this year I didn't really have any targets for this because I don't really know what MP is an I, like CW, climb the far end of the bathtub curve. I thought, or maybe hoped, that inside 2:45 might be doable on a good day, but the only plan was to find a nice easy, consistent pace early on and just stick with it.
First time on the Red/yellow start for me, the main difference with the champs start being that the average age is a lot older, and having to be in the pen 40 minutes before the start. Oh, and those first 3 miles are definitely not flat! I was with a clubmate who runs pretty similar to me and also planned a 'sensible' start and we set off together, ticking through the first mile in 6:10 or so and then settling in to it, feeling very comfortable as the first 5k went by in 19:16.
Without realising it (because we weren't really watching) the next few 5k segments were a little bit quicker as we got the benefit of the conservative start. Not that we were checking, we were just going steady and, for a change, enjoying the day. That said, after 11 miles or so my mate said he felt it was a bit quick for him and backed off, which turned out to be a sensible decision for him, in the end he faded a bit but didn't crash & burn.
I just stuck to my own thing though. The rise up Tower Bridge was the first point that it started to feel harder, but the turn eastwards onto the Highway meant a tailwind for a bit, which led to the quickest sections of the race. Halfway went by in 1:20:08, which a week ago I'd have said was way too quick, having struggled to break 1:20 for a half in February. But it just felt really comfy, so just keep going!
After 16 you're counting down the miles in single figures - I did do some mental maths and worked out that 6:30 miles would get inside 2:45, which felt doable even though it was starting to feel like harder work heading back towards Canary Wharf. Through 20 and back to the Highway again it felt like I was drifting off pace a bit, but not by enough to matter so there was no panic. In fact, as I found out afterwards, I was still at pretty much the same pace - even 35-40k was just a second slower than my opening 5k. I will confess I looked at my watch at 40k and briefly entertained the thought of getting inside 2:40 again, but by then my calves were starting to ping a bit and I didn't want to cramp up - I had visions of going for it and ending up at the side of the road. Besides, I had told myself on Saturday that if I was inside 2:45 I would just enjoy Birdcage Walk and the Mall without killing myself for a few extra seconds. So I did - and as a bit of a bonus found myself with a bit of a gap in front and behind on the Mall to really soak it up. Crossed the line in 2:40:46, so not close enough to 2:40 to think of it as a missed opportunity!
Really, really happy with that. 5 minutes down on my pb, but that was 10 years ago now and I never thought I'd get that close again. Surprisingly, 'only' 9th 50-54 (quickest ran a 2:36) so the standard is pretty high!
I did spot Joe just after the finish, talking to a mutual friend from SLH. The budgie smugglers & Chasers vest was an interesting combo. CRAB & Ode were also bumped into collecting bags (and at the RL) and good to catch up with CW, Wardi and (briefly) marders (amongst others) there as well.
I will confess that I did give in to temptation a few weeks ago and got a pair of vapourflys. This was my second run in them, after a parkrun last weekend. They're not great going round tight corners, but aside from that I can't fault them. I have no doubt they knocked some time off for me yesterday. I'd like to think it's not as much as the four minutes I was inside target, but who knows - I'm not about to go and run it again in other shoes to find out!
CW - simply awesome to run that series of times.
JoeB - congrats on another sub 2:40
Al_P - amazing run, those early starts and high mileage
weeks really paid off.
as a fellow v50 it is inspiring to see how you
keep on running incredible times
sorry it don't g well and hopefully you can get back to your fast times now you
have a diagnosis.
amazing, you have knocked out so many amazing performances over the last couple
ES - shame
the cramp cost you the sub 2:50 - great to share a few beers with you
sorry the race didn't go to plan with respect to times. You still managed to
make the podium in your age group which is epic especially given everything
else going on in your life. It was great to run with you for a part of the race
and to walk the long walk to baggage lorry with you and DanA... See you next
My race went ok. Training had been compromised due to a dodgy Achilles/ankle
which I will need to looked at but I was still hopeful to go sub 3.
It was great to meet up with lots of folk at Yellow start as
usual. In summary I ran 2:58:29. At about mile 3 I bumped into LMH,ODE and Crab
and re ran as a group for the next 12
miles. I think I lost touch with Crab and Ode at about 20 miles. At this point I
felt pretty good aerobically but my legs were just not responding well. I knew
sub 3 was sorted so it was almost a nice run for home. With 200m to go I passed
DanA and gave him a pat so it was nice to have company post race (apart from
his prodigious puking..). Great to catch up with various people at Red Lion
TR - I think the only things different in this campaign were starting later (and therefore not plateauing ) and doing more of my lunchtime runs with some of the other quick runners working round here - which made the hard runs harder and the easy runs easier.
In the first half I passed 486, was passed by 156.Second half I passed 176, was passed by 8.
OO - I really couldn't say. They're supposedly 4% more efficient but whether that manifests itself as a faster basic speed, or less fatigue (and therefore staying on pace for longer) I don't know. Likely a bit of both. Likely a psychological element as well.
But I struggle to believe that they make more than a minute or two difference tops, and if you run like a complete numpty then they won't help you at all - someone thinking they're going to knock 30s a mile off their pace and then running accordingly is going to come a cropper regardless.