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  • Well done both; excellent news and great to see the hard work paying off.  Got to the pens nice and early and found everything very smooth, baggage drop, finish area and goodie bag all getting a thumbs up! Definitely recommend to anyone think…
  • Good luck all! 
  • Think I will, just to be safe. Thanks.  Also, I assume you can drop any bag off and I wasn’t also missing a transparent bag like you often get a ‘big’ marathons?
  • Yes very smooth journey (as smooth as it can be with a 20 month old!) One quick question... my bag didn’t contain a wristband. Is this a problem (I’m not worried about the pasta party/discounts etc, but will I need it to get anywhere (like start pe…
  • I had an easy 90 mins on Sunday which was nice and comfortable. I'll do half my normal track session tonight and another easy 45 mins tomorrow, then nothing more other than a few strides on Saturday. Lovely! Cal - sorry to hear you're under the wea…
  • Great, thanks. 
  • Quick question to anyone who’s run Valencia before... are there km markers for every km or only every 5km?
  • Cal, sorry to hear that. Hopefully a few days extra rest will help and it won’t hinder you come race day. You’ve already had a very successful marathon this autumn so I guess the pressure is off but it’s so very frustrating nevertheless.  Gip, soun…
  • Has anyone had any luck trying to find their details in the ‘Live’ Tracking App? I’m guessing the data hasn’t been loaded yet as I can’t find any runners (even Garcia returned a ‘No participant found message’!)
  • The Taper is a funny beast. I think it’s common to have some days that feel really good and others that feel awful. I guess it’s just your body adapting to a lower workload and recovering from the previous weeks of high(er) mileage. I try not to let…
  • Well done Cal, top work and definitely looking like the Chester recovery is complete! For what it’s worth, I’d give Chicago a go! Yes it’s expensive but it’s an amazing race and fantastic city. Gip - which plan are you doing? Sounds like you’ve fo…
  • Yes it's fair to say autumn is here! I stepped out into pouring rain and a stiff breeze but thankfully the rain dried up after about half an hour and by the time I'd finished it was near perfect running conditions. Good effort on the 16. It's tough…
  • Less than 5 weeks to go! How are we all feeling? My plan was for my longest run yesterday but I was off the pace so will try again next weekend. Hopefully it was just a bad day at the office and not an indication that I’m not quite where I should b…
  • Little Theodor said:  Do you sometimes wonder on these MP runs how you’ll be able to sustain it for 26 miles? Always!
  • Took my brand new Saucony Fastwitches out this week. I’ll use them for my midweek MP sessions but continue doing my long weekend runs in my Kinvaras. Intend to race in the Fastwitches!
  • When you say Marathon Pace minus 10 seconds, is that ten seconds slower or faster than MP? Assume faster but I’ve seen others interpretate that as 10 secs off MP i.e. ten seconds slower! Either way sounds like a solid session.  I managed an hour a…
  • How was everyone’s weekend runs? I managed a Parkrun on Saturday and a good 2.5 hour run on Sunday. Third consecutive 60+ mile week and fourth in five weeks. Enjoyed the fresher weather on Sunday although the darker mornings are less fun.  Hope w…
  • Well done Cal, excellent performance! Sub 4 hours at Valencia then?? I can recommend San Sebastian. I achieved a then PB when I did it in 2012. Well organised, good crowds (was a two or three lap route from memory) and you should have decent runnin…
  • 2 hours 20 mins run this morning. Felt tough at first but once the sun came up and I was able to get out into the country I got into a groove and finished strong. Training’s been a bit disjointed so far, one good week then a poor week with a few mi…
  • Well done Gip, sounds like you nailed that 20 miles. A lot of my training involves quickening the pace for the last few miles so hopefully this is the way forward! What plan are you doing or is it your own bespoke plan? I had my first race since p…
  • Juan, I only use a gel belt (no fluids) so don’t use a hydration pack. The less you can get away with carrying the better as even losing just a small amount of weight makes a big difference when you’re doing 26+ miles! My advice would be to experime…
  • Good for you. Sounds like you’re on course for a good run at Chester.  Might test the back out today...
  • Marathon as a warm up for a marathon! I like it! Is either Chester or Valencia your main target or are they far enough apart that you can give them both your best shot?
  • Yep, I’m in. 
  • I used to do a lot more races than I do now. I doubt I’ll do more than 10 races in 2018. Certainly agree I like to have a race a few weeks out (a half about six weeks before) and a 10k about 3 weeks out. I’ve got a couple more this time as it helps…
  • Me neither
  • Not too painful but definitely frustrating! About an hour before I tweaked I was saying how this morning’s run was the first run since I returned that I felt good! Like you say, better now than nearer the time.  Cal - sounds like you’re getting stu…
  • No email yet. Based on the comments above I think I should be ok (2:53 - M18-39) but would still like to know!
  • Good stuff Gipfel! Always good to get off to a good start... I’m on an 18 week plan which was tough at first (given the best part of two months inactivity preceding that) but by the end of last week I was starting to feel good and running at the so…
  • Three sessions in and my running mojo is slowly returning! Still got some way to go before I’m banging out 18 milers but I’ll be there soon! 90 min LSR on Sunday will be a good test.  Not seen the t-shirt or vest but definitely agree it would be go…