It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
Sounds tough going at the Berkeley 20:20 on Saturday, Jooligan. Everyone reported how windy
it was – especially so in your case by the sounds of things. Hope you feel
Tough going also TR.
Perhaps 4M too long a warm up for a real stab? Although it does sound tough
conditions. Still, trust in your training.
Absolutely fantastic AWC!
Great consistency in training and you have smashed your PB. Three minutes is
Fantastic also for Joe.
Really well deserved after so many 100M weeks, bike sessions and shoe lace
jokes. Reading sounds like a really fast field, but not quite as fast a course
as Wokingham. Bodes so well for London. But ignore that – enjoy the moment.
Please to see Reg
smash his 1:30 prediction. Hope the injury comeback keeps progressing.
That’s a very impressive time for a race with wed grass and
trail, Macca. And a great finish
position. I find it so much harder running solo. Why have two ahead been DQed?
After a few days of no running, I took my daughter in the
buggy to parkrun, with the intention of walking a couple of laps and having a
play on the swings etc – get out of the house job. The wind was so strong at
times, with buggy acting as a sail, that I ended up jogging very short stretches when it was
behind us - but only 12m/m pace average. Another buggy run yesterday for 4.8M at usual recovery pace. Back
felt a bit sore and inflamed after. Carried on with the hot/cold treatment,
ibuprofen and exercises. Thank you for all the advice – lots of experience on
here! And definitely agreed that keeping moving has helped it loosen.
Enjoyable recovery 7M this morning with spoons, dodging the flooding. Will try out some faster running
tomorrow, but no pressure on pace. A pleasing comeback so far.
I think that for me it won’t be a disastrous little break
and reset. I seem to run all my PBs 5 or 6 weeks after starting a marathon
plan, so I’m hoping this will be the case at London as well.
I wasn’t feeling great the week before, nothing specific, just feeling flat and unmotivated. But when I thought about it on Saturday,
there was no reason I shouldn’t run well – training had been good, I’d had a
very light week and I had a new pair of super shoes. As expectations increased
so did my nerves.
I had the whole family in tow to watch which was great, but
wrangling 3 kids from the car and getting everything sorted was somewhat
stressful. Pretty lucky to have blagged my way onto the elite start as an elite
veteran, which meant no worries getting a good position. Quick
chat with Joe before the start.
Started off pretty fast, too fast really but it felt good. I
decided to just run on feel, if I blew up so be it. Sat in with a pack, and
went with it. Got a cheer from the family at about 1.5 miles, then felt good
and found myself passing people up the hill in the 3rd mile without
pushing any harder. By the 5th mile I was starting to feel it and
knew a slowdown was inevitable. Through 10k in 32:00. Bloody hell, I don’t
think I’ve ever run that fast for a 10k and much too fast for a half.
Miles 7-9 were a real struggle and pace dropped to about
5:30s, people started to come past me. Pace really dropped up the hill, then a section into the wind around mile
9 but recovered a bit after that and managed to
get the pace back down to about 5:25 before the pace dropped again in the last
mile along the dual carriageway back to the stadium. Legs were really fatigued
coming towards the stadium and I started missing the occasional step. Hit the
13 mile marker and put in a spurt around the stadium to the finish with 1:10:52
on the clock (70:50 chip time).Hung around the finish to watch Joe come in to
smash his PB.
Overall I’m very happy with the time. Broke my PB from when
I was 17 (24 years ago) by about 90s and even though it wasn’t the best run
race, the time was good and suggests 2:30 is possible in 6 weeks’ time. With my
lack of racing I really had no idea how fast I’m running at the moment so, even
though I might’ve run faster with a more conservative start, I’m pleased I went
out hard and tested my limits and also pleased that I managed to work through
some tough patches and held on pretty well.
Interesting to consider how much difference the shoes made.
Hard to nail down a number with so many variables. Feet felt good in them
though and will see how the legs pull up on a short, easy run today.
Thanks for the words people on the foot...
Its much better but still a problem - it flares up around 2-8 miles and then either gets progressively worse or gets better which does not help decide what to do (keep running or stop)
The weird part is when you step on a protruding stone or the like and it gets a direct hit on the 3rd metatarsal head it really sends a shooting pain - so that's where the problem must be!
The PF in the other foot is still there - but manageable... I'm a running wreck at present LOL
Another incredible weekend of performances for the thread!
Sorry you didn’t have a good one Jools, but horrible conditions on Saturday, and sounds like you had some kind of bug. Get well soon.
Superb work AWC, a three minute PB in those conditions is fantastic.
Congratulations Joe, incredible to take a minute off your PB at that level. Glad to hear you’re going to give London a proper go, look forward to seeing what you do.
Bad luck TR, obviously not your day but I’m sure it was still good training.
Great time given the last few months you’ve had Reg, congrats.
Very solid result Macca, and no doubt slogging away on your own was good mental training for the marathon.
Glad to hear you’re getting back out there FBT.
Hope the back continues to improve SQ.
Fantastic result HA, that really is shifting. Not many 40-somethings can run faster than their teenage-selves! Bodes very well for London.
Congrats on the PB George, huge chunk off your PB. I found a lot of the mile markers a bit out at Bath yesterday. Manchester is much flatter than Bath, and hopefully you’ll have better weather. If you convert well, sub-3 might be on in the right conditions. Maybe start out with the sub-3 pacer, but make a fairly quick decision to drop back if it’s feeling too tough early on?
I was running Bath too yesterday. I was totally unsure what to expect, so the aim was to just try and run hard, without blowing up. Finished in 1:23:51, having achieved that goal - I finished strongly up the final hill, and pace was pretty even considering the undulations and wind. I don’t think it was quite an all out HM effort, as I didn’t feel as on the edge as I would expect for that, but it was certainly much harder than MP effort.
Hard to know quite how to feel. I think it’s a fairly honest reflection of my fitness right now, and hardly a surprise after the last few weeks. And I’m pleased I kept the effort up and didn’t just give up and jog it in. But it’s hard to be thrilled with a pace slower than my marathon PB, for half the distance. Still, a decent training run and the legs feel pretty good today so at least they’ve still got some endurance. Just need to keep plugging away to rebuild the aerobic fitness…
first mile of 6:22 vs average pace of 6:43
first mile of 5:26 vs. average pace of 5:46.
first mile of 5:05 vs average pace of 5:24.