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HPR - supposed to be doing Southampton marathon this sunday, but not sure since those bloody asics last weekend. Had a very painful calf, but settling down now. (I guess you know about that and hope it clears up soon). Mine was a very dull pain, not a sharp pain like a normal tear. painful to walk for 2-3 days.
Will go for a 10k run at luchtime and use that as my fitness check.
Where did that week go ? Just me or does life speed up after a big race and you wonder how you ever found time for a 20 miler never mind anything else. I've got to Embankment in my report then it's taken a back seat to other things.
I've really enjoyed reading the reports, just not had to time to say thanks. Chicksta, I've been guilty in the past of a quick wave to family to save a few secs so kudos for taking the moment and still stepping back into the "race zone" for a great result. Similarly AWC, to combine a family weekend and take a sizeable chunk off your PB, not something I've ever managed.
HA - really enjoyed reading the build up and race blogs. I'm sure I'm not the only one but there are so many elements that strike a chord. I found you on the iplayer crossing the finish line (don't worry, I tried to stalk everyone) and but for the clock, you didn't look like you had gone sub 2:30, whatever that looks like, the same could be said about this thread. I showed my kids the bit with me on the telly but all they really wanted to see Big Ben smacking into the gantry.
SQ - Most importantly congrats on the news. You executed a very intelligent race and from my experience, my best results have come when everything on the day has gone my way so I've no doubt a bit of energy was wasted on that journey to the start. I didn't enjoy going past as I would have loved to recreate the "Spirit of Wokey" but great to meet up afterwards.
Hamo - great report of a great race. With all those fantastic results in the lead up, in some ways there must have been a weight of expectation but you delivered and some. I'd never thought to leave the enclosure for a little leg stretch, I might do that next time. Enjoy Belfast, as you say, a victory lap !
Spoons - so glad you've come out of it unscathed. Great to meet up afterwards, I'm looking forward to Berlin already and I'm not running it !
HPR - hope you can get on top of the injury issue soon. With the others, great to see you after. I'd agree with your physio, injury free and with a couple of training blocks in the bank who knows what you'll run.
JCG - great you enjoyed the day.
OO - appreciated, many thanks.
TR - tumble aside, good to see you are back in the saddle.
FBT - good luck with the fitness check.
NE - good luck with Newport. Pre London I did a similar thing, looking at last years splits of people around my target time. Most seemed to do a marginal +ve split of around 2mins. I think the course, crowds and density of field lends itself to that in part so I wouldn't worry about that for Newport and as HA says, do your own thing. I have agonised over similar a few days out so fully understand where you are.
Again, really appreciate all the comments on progress this last year. Recovery, if I can really call it that, was a bit slow at the start of the week. I definitely felt a little more battered than after Manchester which is not surprising really. I'm mentally up for the Thames Path tomorrow and am prepared for the times when it won't be much fun but I do love this race. Sub 20hrs is my long term goal and I haven't ruled it out tomorrow but it will be a case of feeling my way round.
Great reports HA. Not self-indulgent at all, not every day you run sub-2:30! Very interesting how you’ve learned to listen to your body more, and adapt where necessary. And it’s certainly worked for you.
Great report too Hamo. Good thinking on the gantry photo Congrats again, and good luck for Sunday.
Top work AWC, massive PB.
Well done Chicksta, nice work. Those Garmin VO2max race predictors are insanely generous for me too.
Congrats JCG, glad you enjoyed it.
Nice intervals Steve.
Keep up those exercises and I’m sure you’ll be back before you know it HPR. As the physio says, hopefully you’ll come back even stronger.
Good plan NE. Finishing strongly at the end of a marathon is a massive mental boost, so I’m sure if you get the pacing right you’ll easily regain the time by feeling strong and positive at the end. I wouldn’t worry about all those positive splits from London (excellent stat geekery by the way ) - I’m sure if you asked most of them they’d say they shouldn’t have gone out so fast.
Best of luck for tomorrow Macca, you’re mad, but in a good way!
A lovely sunny recovery on Wednesday with SQ was followed up by an easy 10 yesterday and then an intervals session today. I headed to the nearby grass track aiming to do 4-6 800m reps depending on how things felt. Just wanted to test the injury out at speed really. Ended up doing 5x800m and then 4x100m.
The pace was nothing exciting (3:02 average), but consistent and my fastest was the last one (3:00). Slower than HM PB pace, but have to start somewhere I guess. Most importantly not even a twinge from the injury which was really positive especially given I’d done the 10 yesterday. Long way to go, but it’s a start…
Certainly does speed up Macca...
NE - Im a firm believer that mere mortals like us should be doing 5 min positive splits, as our muscles and systems will fatigue . People like Kipchoge can give it all in last couple of miles for a negative split.
Hmm after 3-4 miles dull pain in calf was back and progressed to make me walk run for last 2-3 miles...
Anyone wants a free place for Southampton marathon then let me know.
Sums up a crap years running really.