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Never seen a marathon as a 'race' as such - just an exercise in pacing really, dividing it up into 5k sections and trying to keep to the plan! 'Going out hard' seems very risky to me. Although i'm basically shit scared of marathons tbh
LMH - Hope you're feeling better, my headache without painkillers has gone. Thank god. How amazing a world without a headache is!
TR - Non Nike athletes wearing the 5%? Lots of money changing hand, I'm sure.
SC2 - i think that's the right way to execute the marathon at my level anyway, it's not a race, maybe in the last 3-4 miles if i can "race" people in front of me to keep me going, but before that it's all about running the race at the right effort level to be the best i can on the day really.
ES - i had the same sort of weird feelings when i donned those shoes (well i had the 4%, not sure if u have the next%) for the first time - just felt a bit odd. That's a big confidence boosting 2 miles of effort though regardless of shoe (there is no way the shoes alone give anyone 4-5% extra performance imo).
My legs and glutes/hips and lower back are all still feeling pretty sore, and still not sleeping well/waking with niggly throat, but i am assuming i will forget about all that on the big day. I did 5.8 miles today around the park largely, with my 2 miles of effort in the middle coming out at 6:03's on average with average HR basically around normal marathon HR - but think it was net slightly down hill.
That's just about it for me i think. Maybe 3 or 4 easy miles tomorrow, with maybe 3 mins or 1 mile of effort. That will probably round off my best ever extended block of training for a marathon, so hope it reaps some results!
good the RHR has settled LMH. My lower back is always stiff/bit sore, guess just receives a bit more focus when tapering!! I shouldn't have it as an excuse come the day though.
nice early miles Joolska, and welcome back Jooligan.
well i'm done with running now.
till Sunday that is. last 3.7 miles, where i chucked in 1 mile of "mp" effort. my HR monitor was totally scr*wed (saying HR was 210 most of the time) so had to guess effort, and i am probably too reliant on the HR monitor as must have been wrong as mile came out at 5:54. Just more carb eating, foam rollering/stretching and resting to do now (will enjoy couple of rugby games on Saturday, lucky for me sons football in the morning has been cancelled so can settle in for them!)
if i don't check back in - best of luck to everyone racing this weekend, what SJ said be best you can on the day (or don't be sh*t), and hopefully see some of Abo lot pre race or post - if i am not there post, it's hopefully because i have gone to the pub.