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Les – You are flying!
Jools – Low 2:50s would be fantastic after your injury
Lor – I’ll be getting a few beet shots at the expo too! I
hope to make it to Chandos but it will depend on my family. I’ll have a 3 year
old and two 72 years old’s with me.
OO – LOL, I certainly won’t be running home after, due to
heading to Tenerife on Monday from London! I intend to gain about 20 lbs in 10
days serious eating and drinking. I think you could smash 2:58 if you go for
it. 6:40 pace early on and see how you feel later.
Gul – Nice 12 miler with a nippy second half
Keir – Hi stranger!
Bike it – Glad to read your injuries are clearing. Good luck
with your marathon!
I’m flying to London tomorrow so this might be my last
chance to post. Good luck to all the racers!
It’s been an interesting training campaign to say the least.
I started specific training at the end of January having run about around 60
miles weekly over the winter. I started an edited version of 12 weeks P&D up
to 100 miles, with a goal of running sub 2:50 in London.
Unfortunately, I suffered from two colds in the first month
and wasn’t hitting the paces I had hoped. I managed a HM in 1:24:26 with 10
weeks to go, which was a worry as I’d run 1:22 in the same HM two years ago.
This was on my way to a 2:51:09 PB in London.
To make matter worse I picked up a stomach bug which
preventing me from running much (and nothing fast) for almost a week. I couldn’t
get my Parkrun times below 19 minutes.
Then thankfully things began to come together. Although I
hadn’t been hitting the paces I wanted, I was putting in the effort. This
coupled with some higher mileage for a month brought my fitness on
considerably. I managed a 37:35 10k then a HM in 1:21:34 which was close to my
time two years ago on the same course. This was now 5 weeks to go.
Two more good weeks of training followed, including my
fastest Parkrun in two years of 18:22. In my peak week of 104 miles, I ran a 5k
PB of 17:59 and 1:19:53 PB HM.
Unfortunately, I picked up another stomach bug which was so
bad I couldn’t run for 4 days and nothing fast for a week. After about 5 days
recovery I managed an 18:33 Parkrun on Saturday and 37:49 10k on Sunday in a 70
mile week. If I hadn’t have been sick I would have been expecting 5 to 10
seconds a mile faster.
Despite the disrupted training I still fully intend to break
2:50. It’s a bit scary to think I need to run the same pace I managed 10 weeks
ago for twice the distance, but my recent sub 1:20 HM shows I’m capable. I just
have to suffer the pain and get it done.
PS. My 2.5 miles yesterday were the only MP mileage I did. I
raced HM’s and 10k when P&D had called for MP runs.:)
That's a nice report to wake up to GD, certainly makes you want to run Boston and very uplifting.
My races rarely go like that MSE but for sure I've decided to go off at 6:45 pace and see where that gets me. Good luck with the surgery, it does seem like the right thing and I'm sure you'll stay calm over the next few days.
I've heard of carbo loading Poacher, but never carbo planting. See you for beerios after the run.
Just popping in to wish everyone doing VLM the best of luck on Sunday. I'm going to be there to spectate, really looking forward to it as I haven't done that in years. The weather looks pretty good I think, so enjoy yourselves and do the thread proud!
G-Dawg - awesome report on Boston. I was sneakily tracking you on Monday and was willing you to do well - absolutely fantastic time in those conditions, and a GFA to boot!
I had a serious case of CNBA after VLM last year, took some time out and then got back into things very gradually over the winter. I did enter VLM but had really already decided to defer and glad I did - just couldn't get my head around it to be honest. I'm not really doing anything very structured right now, but averaging around 25 miles a week which isn't bad, and did a half a few weeks back - not quick but under 8 min/mile average which I know isn't anything to write home about but considering my longest run since VLM had been 10 miles I was pleased with.
I will put in an entry to VLM 2018 - I can either use the champ place which I deferred or more likely will do a GFA entry as I really preferred the Green start. Plus that would give me another deferral option if I need it. So I might start to post a bit more, although right now sub 3.15 feels like another world away!
Poacher - I heard you and will be keeping my eyes out for any suspicious characters hanging around the Green start. I can't remember what the layout is like there - where's a good place to find you? Not so sure that you're following a conventional taper plan, but let's see!
Keir - great to hear from you. Just be warned (from someone who fell into the same trap) that once Poacher lures you into the Ultra world, it's difficult to escape the appeal of them.
Talking of which, fond memories of the pre-Comrades feast with Poacher and BI. Good luck to you on Sunday BI - which marathon is it? Trust you'll be having a virtual pint with us at lunchtime.
Freemers - glad to hear you've got the running mojo back. Any idea where you'll be spectating on Sunday so I can keep my eyes and ears open for you?
MsE - the phrase "an easy 10" sounds as though you're in a positive place at the moment despite the recent trials and tribulations. Hope everything goes well for both of you with the surgery.
G-Dawg - that has to be one of the best race reports that's been posted on here. I was running with you every step of the way and could feel the pain and the glory, along with the tremendous atmosphere. I've said it before, but you're aboslutely right to be proud of your performance.
Together with Poacher's comments, it's really whetted my appetite to run Boston next year. Might be a bit of tricky one to fit in with school holidays, but on the other hand it could work out nicely if I play my cards right.
4 easy miles yesterday morning and another 4 easy ones this morning - time to get the cotton wool out now.
Do Boston with me the year after Lorenzo
Hello Freemers great to hear from you. A timely reminder not to take top flight running for granted- we'd love to have you back soon.
Did another 3 mile speedy one on the beach this morning. Now packing for the off this afternoon.
An easy 10 at the usual pace and some pilates in the meantime.