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Won’t do another 20, Jools, but will put in some sort of solid shift tomorrow. Interesting to look back at training logs of previous marathons. I followed a plan before last year’s (cancelled, then solo) marathon. But sacked off the last week and a half when panicking we would go into a full on lockdown. Didn’t seem to affect things in a huge way. So may gamble with a much shorter taper this time. If it’s ok with you, I think 34 minutes suits me best. But certainly keen for a chinwag before and after. And maybe some abuse as you overtake me later on 😆. Really impressed with your long run with floats.
John - suspect there will be quite a few going for sub 3. Well, as a proportion of the not huge field, at least. Haven’t done a road race during COVID, so intrigued to see how the groupings pan out. Really hope to jump into a group. Very impressed with your 10k so soon after Six Foot Track. Good marshalling as well that man! Can’t believe you had 5000 runners at Canberra - a different world. And you saw the true big dog of IRP! Super result for you. Your fitness is really strong and shows how well training for a trail race can work.
Hamo - I think that run was well chosen. Great for the confidence with a super TT and then MP pair of blocks. Cotton wool time.
Some lovely sub 3 miles there, TR.
Great to hear you are slowly getting back out there, Cal. Fingers crossed for continued improvements.
Just reinstalled Notes on my phone, having instead used Evernote for a couple of years. Tired of the lag when opening Evernote. Anyway, one of the more recent notes was a ‘ten positives to take into Abingdon 2018’. God I’m keen 😆. Actually quite daunting looking at it, with highlights including:
After Wednesday’s big 24.5M session, it seemed sensible to have a few days easy before a 5k hit out. Probably went one day too soon, and made quite a rushed decision to do it late on Sunday afternoon, but a slot opened up. 18:40 or so, which is reasonable completely solo. Might have another go in a week, 5-7 days before Shepperdine.
And for the first time since mid-December, today was a zero 😱. Lots of family stuff, including a fun and sunny afternoon in the forest.
Planning on a significant chunk at MP effort tomorrow.
Jools - it’s great reading back over training diaries isn’t it. Perspective and lessons to learn, but also fun to relive things.
Hamo - I don’t think 6M at MP a week out would kill you. Definitely go on feel though to keep a lid on it.
TR interesting that 1:28:30 is recommended - where is that from? Makes pretty good sense. Although I reckon for me it would be closer to an even split assuming a perfect course.
So, the world didn’t fall in with a rest day and felt quite refreshed today. Who’d have thought?!
Had a long booked in kid free few hours today. Took the little one swimming at 8am and then dropped him off at his grandparents for the day. Fully psyched up, I took a caffeine high 5 tablet, donned a pretty fresh pair of 4% and headed off of a planned 16-17M with a good chunk at MP effort. Feeing good!
15 minutes in - got a call to say he’d cut his head. Another trip to MIU for glue and zero chance of a properly relaxing day. I looked a bit of a weapon in some bright running clothing and one high viz calf sleeve 😆.
So an unexpected double: 4M total after the abort and then got out again at midday.
Still felt good so after a mile warm up, headed into what is probably just harder the MP effort. Saw a few 6:30s on the clock, but with a downhill tailwind first half. Kept it going pretty well, only slipping to a little over 7s with the return bite. Settled on a half marathon at this effort which was about 1:27. 15M at 6:48 average total.
Good confidence booster before the race. Conscious that I pulled out most of the tricks today though so unlikely to be any extra in the bag on race day - cheaty shoes, carbs, caffeine, a rest day. But st least my body is again familiar with a sub seven minute mile.
So 19 for the day, which is probably a bit punchy 10 days out, but it felt good. The little lad is being a trooper. Definitely feel quite sexist being much less worried about a scar on his head than his sisters’.