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Macca: congratulations on a fantastic achievement – I’d be
wearing those buckles with pride if I was you. Thanks for another great race
report – really enjoyed it, especially as a 100 miler is definitely on my list
to do in the next couple of years. You really didn’t have the best conditions
what with battling storm Brian – a 100 mile is going to be tough enough without
a storm. Interesting that you managed to use gels the whole way through as I
struggled on my 50 miler and gave up on gels halfway through as I felt ill – I stuck
to crisps, soup and bread which I was able to handle much better (although like
you I’m very partial to fizzy sour Haribos!).
Jools: that’s a beast of a hill mile 22 – had a look at the
course profile and it looks even worse than you describe it. Sounds like a
pretty good race after the wine and parkrun prep!
Joe: that's just nuts running a sub-3 marathon in training like that. Shows you are in great shape - hope you recover quickly.
Great work at Snowdon Jooligan, that’s one tough course! Love that you did a parkrun beforehand too.
Sorry to hear people were rude to you while volunteering Katie, what were they doing? I was lucky to experience nothing but very thankful runners, was a lovely atmosphere.
Great weekend of training Joe, sub-3 training run is very impressive.
Back to it today with five miles somewhere between recovery and easy effort. Good to be back out, very chilly but it was a beautiful sunrise. Nice to have an extra hour of light in the morning, at least for a short while.
Saw Dewi Griffiths had a superb 2:09 debut at Frankfurt yesterday. Between him, Hawkins and Farah the next few years could be quite interesting for British male marathon runners.
Joe, I agree that the its the intensity that takes it out of the legs, not the distance. There is obviously the pounding, but if its on easy ground then I think long aerobic efforts are good and probably easier on the system than say a 13 mile marathon paced harder effort.
I've had a strange illness for 2 weeks, not bad enough to stop me doing anything but not 100% either. I've also been on my hols for a week and on a weeks course at work so quite a bit of disruption to training. I've trained through as best I could and done some good long 20 ish mile runs but overall mileage is down a bit. I did 13 miles steady (6.16 pace) straight into 3 miles at marathon pace yesterday which was a bit of an eye opener to running 5.40 when not fresh. Its a session I will build on though to get used to that pace when tired so that come April, it will hopefully feel a little easier.
Solid parkrun, Joe.
Sounds like you more than made up for any disappointment with a cheeky sub 3
the next day. Good luck with the half.
Hope the niggle is clearing up, Katie? I have found that politeness (measured purely by numbers of ‘thank
you, marshal’ I hear) varies massively at each location. A culture that
spreads, I suppose. I must admit that a majority of my volunteering has been as
a pacer – definitely the most selfish of all the roles!
Great effort at Snowdonia, Jooligan. Still can’t believe you did a 7km warm up. Actually, I can
believe it! Macca I found the best way to prepare for the course (including the
last hill) was the replicate it – 3 massive hills, but over the course of
20-22M. That said, I had to walk run the final beast when I did 3:04 last year.
Pleased you enjoyed it, Jooligan, and
yes, the final sprint down the high street is a great atmosphere. Best of luck
with the glute work. Seriously considering signing up for next year.
Traditionally it has been a midnight NYE/NYD sign up (lots of drunken clicking).
But for anyone considering Snowdonia 2018,
this year has moved to 1st December. First come, first served, and
you have to be very quick to get in.
Like the sound of the Avenue of Pain, AWC! Hope the RunCamps are treating you well. No doubt they’ll set
you up nicely.
Hope you feel better soon, Phil. I do a lot of running fasted, but do take some BCAAs
(branched chain amino acids) prior to a particularly hard morning workout. It
seemed to help with recovery for me.
Cracking hill reps with spoons
yesterday morning. Back in the summer, I was outpacing him at the track. This
time, however, he was well ahead. Great running mate! It is clear that the
track work, strides and short hill sprints have made such a difference for you.
It has helped confirm my plans to follow the P&L 12 week half plan (60-80)
to Wokingham and only worry about longer runs after that.
Right, time to stop being a post marathon fat bastard. Guy
Fawkes 5M on Sunday.
Get better soon Phil, those bugs that hang around like that are frustrating!
Cheers SQ, I am indeed faster than back in the summer, but I also didn’t have a marathon in my legs like you did! Although it felt like it yesterday, those hills really made my legs ache. I’ll be running that hill again tomorrow, but very slowly on the way to a lovely flat track
Taking it nice and easy after the marathon I see Jooligan!
My HRM is still acting weird - yesterday it reckoned I was doing 200+ bpm while I was ambling along the canal at easy pace. I think it's the colder weather affecting the optical HRM.
Good luck to SQ and anyone else racing on Sunday. I’m looking forward to catching the New York Marathon on Sunday afternoon. It’s on Eurosport, so won’t have to find a dodgy feed to watch for once!
Hi ya Wenty ?