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I am concerned about losing fitness due to holiday and
In the last few months I have done 3 20 milers and about 5
16-19 milers. However, the last time I did a real long run was 20 miles on 24
After that I went on holiday and did some long runs timewise
but not distance (hills/mountains in Snowdonia). Then I was sick for a couple
of weeks and I am only just shaking it now.
The weekend just gone I managed a 19:49 parkrun and 15 ish
miler yesterday which hurt more than it should have so I am happy with my pace
but I am concerned about the distance.
There are three weekends between now and the race and I am
not sure what to do. I have a half scheduled for Saturday as a final test of
speed but should I be more concerned about getting in a long run? I am thinking
that I could get a 20 miler in on the 3rd and then a 16 about a week
later before. Is that too much too close? (this is marathon 7 or 8 – I was
hoping for under 3:10 before my break but 3:15 or even just 3:20 is probably more realistic after
the last few weeks and would still be a PB)
1.22.50 at Cheltenham Half yesterday, a 5.14 PB. Really happy with that! Averaged 6.01 for the last 5k so possibly could have pushed on a bit sooner. Really enjoyed the route.
Sorequads - I saw your result on the P&D thread. I may have passed you just before the finish at the 13 mile marker? I had to launch a long range sprint to make sure I got under 1.23!
Really looking forward to Abingdon now, last big week this week ending with a 22 miler on Sunday, then its taper time.
Really enjoyable day yesterday. 10M easy, timing it perfectly, to finish about 30s before the start of the Cheltenham Half (including a few car park laps at the end helped with this). An ingenious side entry system to the start line queue meant the front two pens were in to the front with a minimum of fuss, even at the last moment.
I tried to run at approximate MP HR, with a steady 160 the whole way round. I assumed this would be 1:25 at best, given the long warm up and biggest ever week (87M). Delighted though to finish in 1:22:59. I’m making a habit of the 59s finishes. It was a great experience to run at less than 100%. I really felt able to soak up the atmosphere, have small chats and thank the supports. To be honest, I felt in control the whole way round. If I can feel that strong at the end of the marathon in three weeks, things will have gone very well. 23.1M at 6:55m/m for the morning. A more random observation was the number of times the crowd shouted to a runner who must have been about 20m behind me, for the first 5M at least. And juggling. Very impressive at 6:20m/m, although the shouts wore a bit thin on me after a while. I’m a scrooge, I know.
Stevie we must surely have passed each other! Well done, I am really pleased for you. Remind me of the Abingdon target? Didn't see your message about your vest until just now, so sorry if I didn't say hello.
SQ - I remember the juggler! I was determined not to be beaten by him but he stopped for a drink at mile 8 so I went past. Didn't think he would have a sprint in him though if it came to it! Looking at your picture I'm pretty sure it was you at the 13m marker. There were a couple of purple vests and you may have even been the one who encouraged me to sprint it in!
Well yesterday has thrown a bit of a conundrum for Abingdon. Target is definitely sub 3 but I'm not sure what MP is. I think I will set out at 6.40-6.45 pace then push on later on if I feel good.
Finally had chance to look at the video last night SQ. That underpass doesn't look too bad!
Final big long run this weekend of 22m on Sunday. Did 2 x 3m tempo last night with 1m recovery. Paces were around 10-15s slower than usual but that's expected after Cheltenham half.