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Coincidentally while on the bike on Sunday my route crossed paths with the back markers at the Wilmslow HM which is a big event locally. They were pretty slow and some were suffering terribly but the determination to finish was terrific. Running means so much whether you are at at the pointy end or the tail end.
30th March World Masters HalfSpeedy Goth
31st March Cranleigh 15/21Lorenzo (haven't decided what distance I'll do yet)
7th April Manchester MarathonStevieWh (2:45)Nicko1981 (2:59)Ian (3:09)
7th April Centurion 5 DT (sub 31)
14th April Boston UK MarathonGul Darr (Sub 3:15)15th April Boston Marathon (the hilly one)SBD (2:59)Lorenzo (3:10)28th April London MarathonOO54 (Sub 2, win, beat Mo Farah and get to the bar early to get the beers in!)G-Dawg (3.05)DT (Sub 3)Speedy Goth (2.59.59)Poacher (finish)
5th May GEAR 10kGul Darr (sub 39)
Nicko, decent run out. Confirms you are clearly in good shape, and 12 days out, the benefit of the session should filter through.
Gul, I appreciate that it will temporarily launch you back into darkness, but I think that is only for 3-4 weeks maybe, much of which you will be tapering/recovering any way. Nice steady MLR.
Poacher/PMJ, yes it is tricky to manage as one doesn't want to appear arrogant but as most of my running chat is with people who wouldn't be touched by just a recovery run of 10k at a pace that would probably be the average pace in most 10k races, I sometimes forget myself when people talk of the struggle running say 3 miles. On Sunday it was a 2 lap course with a 10 mile cut off. As I went through about 19 miles the sweep car was parked up ready to go, a bit like a grim reaper chasing you down. A little further on was the back of the field, unlikely to make the 10 mile cut off as they were walking. As I took the trip towards the finish I was surprised by the number of people who were walking off the course back to the start/finish area. Personally, why put yourself through a rural hilly 20 miler if you are not able to do it. I can understand in London as it is a huge experience, but Ashby 20 is far from that!
Great session, Stevie. Despite the fragmented last few months, you look odds on to do well in Manchester.
SBD- I had no overwhelming desire to see the finish line. I suspect the HR overall was lower because I had held back in the first half. It was so good though making up so much ground on people. I looked at results via the numbers on race photos. There were 2 guys running with me at 5 miles, they finished in 2.35 and 2.47. I was also running most of the race with 4th woman (we much have been on a similar plan) but at 17m I pulled away from her and she came in over a minute after me, so I was chugging along very well.
8 miles over lunch today. Still some soreness but much better. Have a sports massage tonight.
My club have made the national relays so have put my name forward. It depends how they pick a team. Really they should give the guys that got us there first shout, however i'm faster than 5 or 6 of those. I'm hoping someone can't make it so I can race.
Not good on the hamstring Leslie - have you seen a physio?
Hope the knee sorts itself out soon Poacher. Marathon #100 at London 2020 sounds like a good plan - though as a fitting tribute to the thread a Sub 3:15 time would be called for.
Good work on the weight G-D. I was told I was looking very thin the other day so I must be getting close to racing weight!
Given the relatively easy effort at Ashby, you're looking good for London DT. Hope you manage to get to the Nationals.
Excellent speed on the 5K nicko - I'm sure there's more to come after Manchester.
Nice mid-week MLR Gul - go easy on the double digit runs in the remaining taper.
Hope you can completely recover from the injury Birch. Is your son running London?
Good early week miles OO.
The Boston parkrun sounds interesting Lorenzo but I'll just run along the Charles early morning before the BAA 5K gets underway.
A good mix of paces in the 7 miles Stevie. Very sensible on the weather watching! I have a 10K tune-up race scheduled for Saturday. I'm desperate to race a fast 10K but there are no suitable races, so it will need to be the double park run or a 10K solo effort on the treadmill!
14 miles MLR mid-afternoon for me run at a steady pace with some Boston-focussed tempo efforts on the downhills. Managed to hit 6:10 m/m pace on the downhill sections which totalled approximately 4K. Average pace for the run of 7:29.
Nice sessions, G-Dawg, Nicko, Gul and OO.
Decent mlr, SBD.
13 yesterday with 10 at MP. Like the rest of you I am at peak fatigue now. A big effort like Sunday, without any post run downtime is difficult to shake off. Also, I am never good for about 48 hours after a sports massage, therefore I wasn't expecting anything great.
Plan was to run 6.45-6.50 but despite the aerobic effort being low, the legs were unresponsive and really didn't want to run under 7mm. Came out 7.03mm for the 10 with a pretty low 153 hr.
5 mile recovery run before work at 8.45mm average. That gives me 210 for the month with 22 planned tomorrow. Assuming that happens that will replace January (227) as my highest mileage month ever. Rest day sunday as out at a kids rugby festival much of the day, though I may take the opportunity for say a 3 miler if I am back a bit sooner.
We (those in London) should be getting our final instruction mags drop in our inboxes very soon I would have thought.
I'm hoping I am on the red GFA start.
Not had any confirmation re Nationals yet. Could do with having some idea as I currently have a large chunk of our weekend blocked out for that, or sunday's planned 5 mile race so I am going to need some certainty soon.
No support from me on the 12 @ MP either nicko! A couple of miles at the end at MP just to dial in the pace or a Stevie-style session would be better.
An excellent session Stevie - how's the schedule looking over the next week?
My last London outing was from the Red FGFA start - I think I was in Pen 1. It's a great start area.
Good easy miles G-D.
Well done on surviving week 1 of the taper Gul. Resist all temptations to do more than the taper allows!
Keep working through the fatigue DT - it gets a bit boring in the taper!
Good track sessions from G-D, OO and nicko.
10K recovery this afternoon after yesterday's sports massage. All feeling nice and relaxed so will have to check out the local park run tomorrow (that's Black Park, PMJ!).
Just realised I'm flying out to Boston in 2 weeks time - it's suddenly moved from a distant event in the calendar to something scarily real!