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Congrats again ES for fantastic run, hope you are still baskign in it!!
LMH really sorry it didn't go as well as you hoped, but as OO says, it is still relatviely a top notch run, its just your standards are so high. Hopefully you can be back to where you want to be next year, starting with BM. You have had a tough year remember.
SJ, a PB! thats great even with a positive split that I can empathise with.
TickTock, still ticking off the sub 3's!
TR close to bang on what you were after so can't really ask for much more, and you have saved yourself some money on the fancy shoes!
Wardi, nice way to close out your marathons this year, top effort. Especially scalping all the youngsters!!
TMap well toughed out, your legs sound like mine felt yesterday. And RJR well done to sticking toyour plan, hope it gives you the impetus to train well for Nottingham.
Nice to catch up with TTock, TR and ES who all had great days, and to see DanA supporting, hope he gets over that achilles injury soon.
Padams, nice park runnign as usual. Pity the semi final isn't the final in the rugby, should be a cracking match on Saturday. Thats my birthday though so sorry, NZ have to win! I think i will be v nervous for that match.
Strange race for me yesterday, still trying to work out what went wrong. I know i am the fittest i have ever been, as evidenced by big 5km PB plus multiple trainign runs where my HR to pace ratio is better than ever. So everything pointed to a PB being on the cards, and possibly even 2:39:xx. But i didnt start off chasing time targets, had my watch set to show only HR, and ran with the aim of keeping the HR to a max of 150 for as long as possible, as thats what I average when racing marathons. So aim was to keep it below that first half, and then maintain, and seeif can pick up effort in final 6 miles or maintain. Then it was just "hope" the times/splits came out good basically - training said they should.
From the off i felt sore, hammy/glutes. First mile was 6:21 which i was dissapointed to see, but never mind crack on. Next mile was 5:57, then a 6:03 and 6:06, and 6:01 so i had settled in, but felt sore, already new it was going to be a tough day. But I had stuck to the plan, HR average was 145, 148, 146, 147, 150. I kept ticking over like that, and HR stayed at 149 or 150 average from then through to 15 miles. There was one mile that was 6:15 (think trail/maybe slight uphill) but most of the others were around sub 2:40 pace, not that i was thinking it was on. I didn't even clock that i went through half way in a smidge under 80 until looked at splits this morning.
Was runnign largely by myself most of the race, in 8th place i was told, but too far behind the person in front to have a target, and i knew i wasjust holding on anyway. The rest of the run is largely told my my HR splits from mile 15 rather than pace, 148,145,144,143,141,140. I was surprised each time i clicked a lap in this period, that although my HR/effort was dropping and dropping, the pace hadn't come off a cliff at all yet, and i went through 20 miles still on for 2:40xx so pb material, but wheels were coming off, and i wasnt thinking about time, just coudl i finish/not walk as very sore. i told myself i will checkif i can jog it in at 7's for sub 245 when i get to 23 miles, but when i got to 23, still didnt want to check/felt too far away. in the end i checked at 24 miles, and new i had to keep going almost excatly 7's to make sub 245. C target on the day. The HR had gone down to training run effort, 138, 131, 129, 132... mile 25 i did 7:07, which made sub 245 a challenge as menat i had to speed up! did 6:53 mile 26 at 135 HR so tiny bit of effort! then had to put ina bit of a burst on the track to slip under. 2:44:56.
Pretty dissapointed tbh, as not sure i will ever have the chance to run a 2:3x marathon again, plus really struggling to work out what went wrong/why my legs didn't play ball. i didnt run much in final week, did a pretty standard 3 week taper. not sure what else to do, how to improve for next time.
Taking the positives, i'd like to find a half to race as think i should easily beat my PB there, and even thinking about trying to find another marathon, and it's my fastest time since 2016, and i can join the sheep off the posh loos if i want.
If anyone else trains/races by HR be interested to hear thoughts!
TR - As you say we
did see a lot of each other. It was great to catch up before, after and in the
shower.. though following me to the loo crossed a boundary. Well done on the 2:55
Wardi - well done on beating all the club youngsters and
good to see times heading in the right direction. An inspiration to us all as
we all begin to feel the effects of ageing.
LMH - sorry it didn't go as you would have wanted but as
other have said there are a litany of reasons to explain why. Let's hope for a
warm sunny day in London!
RJR91 - well done for controlling yourself. Hope you can now
focus on getting some proper marathon training done
ES - still in awe of
your performance yesterday. Let's sort
out a lunchtime run soon - it will be a jog for you but tempo for me.
Selbs - sorry you didn't get the return on training you has
hoped for. Well done still for digging in and getting a very impressive sub 2:45
SJ - I hope you have a chance to review you race and take
some delight on running a PB. I know you wanted more and it is sure to come.
Tmap - glad you enjoyed the race. Is this a return to
marathon running and chasing times?
Joe - yep I will be in Valencia. Are you both running? Looking forward to a few beers after race again.
Abingdon 2019 - This was my 33rd marathon and 12th time at
Abingdon. Training has initially gone well with approx 55 miles per week plus
140 miles on bike commuting. I managed 12 runs of 20 miles or over and even did
some speed work . Unfortunately, I caught a bad cold 4 weeks out from race and that mean I missed a weeks
training. My parkrun times this year have been poor and at 51 years old I think
I am losing any top end speed I had. So target for Abingdon was to go sub 3 and
hopefully by a few mins.
Bumped into TR then Selbs before race. Also managed to have
quick catch up with Dan and ES. Plan for race was to settle in at about 6:45
pace. First mile was a bit slower with congestion on track and a small hill and
miles 2 and 3 were bit quicker. After
this I managed to settle into fairly consistent 6:45 pacing. I went though half
way in 1:28:15 and felt pretty good. Splits were stilling looking ok even with
the 2 small rises on 2nd lap. By now I was passing quite a few runners. Then
got to the bit where it is a track through the woods and it was pretty busy
here. We had to pass lapped runners and
it was hard to get round people so ended up with a 7:05 mile. The last 3 miles
I felt ok but was finding the northerly head wind a pain - being six foot and
skinny I detest headwinds. I was still
feeling pretty strong and whilst the underpass was PITA, I was still passing
people. Got on the track with 300m to go and could see it was going to be a 2:57:xx
unless I dawdled. Ended up with 2:57:54
so 5 seconds faster than last year and my second fastest marathon (PB
was in 2012).
I enjoy Abingdon and it attracts a fast field. I don't think it is a super fast course
though. I find all the going up and down on kerbs is a pain and the section on
trails are uneven and the congestion can slow you down. The upsides are the
race is really well organised and it is always great place to meet up with
others. I would mention the showers as an upside but TR may get the wrong idea (again).