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ES - Superb run yesterday once again. You must still be buzzing from that performance. Your training on Strava was exemplary and very inspirational. Enjoy the posh toilets. LMH - others have said it all already but I was sad to read you had a bad day in your opinion. However, I don’t think it was as bad as you think considering what you have had to deal with this year. It showed great strength to toe the line feeling like you did pre-race. The stomach concerns will have played on your mind a lot too. I swear by a big pizza margaretta and coca-cola as pre-race meal Plenty of cals in that. Glad your legs are feeling good but take that break - if you can resist. I won’t be deserting you any time soon and will happily pace you anytime. I’m a really good judge of pace - don’t let yesterday put you off TR - enjoyed your report and sounds like you got it spot on especially closing the race so well whilst nursing the hammys. Top stuff again and super happy for you. Just rewards for the hard work to get back. Plenty of positives to take from yesterday and the desire to improve is a great motivator as you say for those dark january runs. Hope you redressed the beer abstinence? Tmap - sorry to read you struggled and that your legs weren’t happy from so early on. However, that’s some effort to continue and finish when feeling so bad especially nursing your legs home with 10 still to do. Fair play. You and me both on the imposter syndrome. Some seriously fast people here. Wardi - cracking run and improvement on recent performances. Well toughed out in the last few miles too and yes all part of the fun having to dig in like that. Sorry didn’t catch up too. I was away and on the bus back to the station as I was shivering as soon as I had stopped running. Jooligan - cheers mate. You and others are right of course. A PB is a PB after all. OO - thanks appreciate the comments. Probably was a touch quick but as my report (to follow) hopefully shows I don’t think it was massively wide of the mark. In hindsight I would have run a minute slower to half way and maybe held on better for a slightly better time. The pacing is what got me so down straight after the race. I am usually super cautious and diligent. It felt like I had ballsed it up a little. Hope the lurgy buggers off sharpish. RJR - very disciplined running and hopefully that gives you a nice endurance stimulus to take forwards to your goal race. Padams - cheers for comment - agreed - it's an improvement and can build again from here. Nice parkruning around the rugby. Selbs - Well gritted out in your run especially as it got tough for you in those last few miles too. Impressed you were doing maths towards the end too. Whilst disappointed you did well to creep under your C target I reckon. I’m sure you will get some solid advice on what you could do to try something different that might help. Really not impressed you are walking up and down stairs with no problem! Cheers for comment - Not my usual style tbh but sometimes you have to go for it - which again is very unlike me. Normal service will resume. Joe - cheers for comment and you are correct. Best wishes for Frankfurt for you both. Al_P - Sounds like you managed that fairly well and finished strongly. As you say - backing off paid dividends later on. I have much to learn. Recover well. Glad to read someone else's legs are borked today! TickTock - cheers for the comment and you are and others are right - on reflection very happy. Sounded like you managed your race well at Abo and well done on getting the performance you went there for. Agree with the one or two little annoyances about the race itself. CW - likewise - it was great to say hello on the out and back twice! You settled into a nice rhythm early on and soon disappeared from my vantage point. Indeed you were looking very strong on the A166 - both times we passed one another. Congrats on exceeding your expectations and rest well on your sabbatical - well deserved I’d say. Nice graphs too and although that trend is curving the other way - you are still way ahead of the curve Shawk - yay super well done on getting the job done. I’d say you have done a great job and in no way should you feel you could have gone quicker. Save that for the next one now you know what the pain of those last 6 miles feels like. Good job.
Yorkshire Marathon 2019I had changed to kilometres only a few weeks previously in training which meant some mental maths had been taking place in the build-up whilst I adjusted to the new unit and paces. The first couple of km ticked by quickly but since I was running to HR (based on the last 3 recent marathons) I knew that avg 158-162 was my range to keep things within.
The first 5km sailed by easily enough with splits ranging from 3:56-4:02 to average 19:57 and 158 HR. I felt I had started well and got into a decent rhythm. The next few km also passed uneventfully as I settled and found myself trying to figure out who was running what pace. Around this point I was joined by a Kendle AC runner who stuck around and a group of sorts began to form although quickly disintegrated. The next 5km continued smoothly with pace ranging 3:59-4:02 to average 19:59 and 159 HR through to 10km. The hill at 8.5 miles cost me 10 beats as my HR rose to 170 momentarily but settled quickly as we continued along the rural roads. I didn’t lose anytime on this hill as I caught it all back on the descent. I didn't notice the wind at all in the first half of the race but I bizarrely do recall a small congregation led by the vicar blessing us as we ran past a small church 10-15km in 20:04 160 HR with pace ranging 3:59-4:01 and still running strong. The field had spread out now and I remember commenting that we needed to get into a group for the next 15km to help us a little. It never happened as we all ‘maintained’ and when we did catch someone we moved passed fairly quickly as they were slowing or presumably managing pace. Ahem. 15km-20km confirmed I was still going along nicely as that passed in 19:59 with 159 HR with pace ranging 3:59-4:01. I reached the halfway point in 85:15, which I thought was a touch fast but not by much. I was still confident the course would not get any tougher than the hill at 8.5 miles.I think the course got a touch twisty between 20km-25km as we reached the out and back section along the A166 and the first turnaround point where crowd support was excellent. I’ve decided I don’t like turn around points as they mess with my rhythm. This 5km was completed in 20:16 and 160 HR as we worked hard into a now very obvious cross wind which at times became a headwind. At 25km my Kendle AC wingman began to fall off, at first to take on a gel, but then a 0.5 km later for good. Psychologically this may have messed me up a little as the grind along that road seemed to take forever and became that little bit more tougher now solo as my legs began to ache and the thought of what was still ahead of me first entered my thoughts.
great reports Al_P (and fantastic time, and well managed race!), TickTock, CW (not bad, i think you can get tback sub 245 with a change up of training no problem so plenty more years in the posh loos), and ES - performance of the weekend for me. Shawk, thats a comfortable sub 3 well executed with plenty more to come i think.
ES - yes that pesky bolard around 13 / 22 miles...near where had my "pit stop" when i first went sub 245 in 2010. i was sore/tired, struggling and overtaking some of the first lap runners (although felt like i was running same pace!) and managed to smash into it with my right arm! That's the sorest part of my body still today, bit of blood/scab and large bruise on it! Really didnt need that at that point!
Padams - yeah it is still hard to describe. It wasn't cramp though, more sore muscles that had been sore al week/bit sore for the last 3 weeks i guess, only thing i can think of was the fast 5km race i did worked muscles i don't normally use and they never got a chance to recover? Dunno really. Maybe the body just knew if i went faster i woudl cramp? Really hard to work out that is the frustrating thing.
CW - i do chuck in some faster ones in my final week for sure. 3 weeks taper were 64 miles (bit less than planned as work trip away) mostly easy, but a fastish 20 miler (with 4 miles at MP) and a mid week 14 milers with 8 miles tempo. then 44 miles, with two 12ish milers that each had 6-8 miles tempo. then final 7 days pre marathon was rest day, 6 miles (with 2 at sub 6m/m) 4.3 miles easy, 5.8 miles with 2 miles at 6:03s, and 3.7 miles with 1 at 5:54. then rest Fri and Sat. Pretty standard compared to all my previous "good" marathons.
was tempted by Valencia (but full) as a "family holiday" and having a look at Nottingham, but not sure i can sell that one as a holiday, so not sure i want to discrupt the family just for my arbitrary time goal. Might need to wait till next year. Hopefully can find a decent close half to have a go at though to keep some focus, as i normally eat/drink to much for next 2-3 months!
bgger OO that wuold have been quite good, but we have friends from NZ over that weekend so can't do. it's actually looking difficult for me to find anything that works. Still thinking about Nottingham LMH. As for a half, has anyone done the Hertfordshire Half (24 Nov) in Stevenage. Only been on 3 years i think, looks a tad hilly. Also pondering Barcelona if it settles down over there, for next year.
my leg muscles just felt really, really trashed after those ultras, as if they were rebuilding themselves from scratch (but never getting back to quite where they were).