Abingdon Marathon

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29/07/2012 at 23:11

Well, guys, we all seem to be putting in the hard work with the weekend long runs, so well done!  All bodes well

Also-ran -Welcome! Yes, Abo is flat from what I can remember!  Re Paula:- what some of us lesser mortals don't always appreciate, is that years of 100+ mile weeks in training can really wreak havoc on the human body.  Still, a right shame.

24 miler for me this evening in 3:28, making it 60 for the week.  Absolutely lovely at 7pm.  Wasn't sure I'd make it when at 4pm the heavens opened over my way.  Two days off now.  Got my last planned 10k at Yateley on Weds.  Will see how much I've recovered by then! 

29/07/2012 at 23:33

Evening all - great miles from Luvsa there - I didn't go long today cos I'm also doing Yateley on Wednesday, and I want a proper test of race pace, as I'm convinced I've lost about 40s/mile over the last 2 months!

Re: the cycling - yep, it might have been sensible to send Millar after the breakaways (Frome might have shagged himself out for the TT maybe?) as an alternative, but at the end of the day pretty much all of the top sprinters finished with Cavendish - I guess 9 climbs up Box Hill was too much to expect from small teams based around a sprinter - on a grand tour stage you might get three category 4 climbs on  a "flat" stage - perhaps the whole plan was flawed from the start

Luvsa, I haven't had a number/chip through from Yateley - is it pick up on the night this year?

29/07/2012 at 23:42

Chillies- Yes, pick up your race no & chip in the school hall beforehand  

30/07/2012 at 10:02

Luvsa - yes, I remember now - thanks

30/07/2012 at 11:42

Thank you Guys. I decided to rest on Sunday. I had too many late nihgts last week and overslept. So a cut back week to 40 miles in the end. Not a bad thing hopefully and I think I am still on track. The 5K PB is a real boost for the sub 3:30 campaign in Abingdon.

Super 18 Miles Barry. How are you finding the 3 runs a week plan. Does it work for you?

Meep meep, another 20 Miler. very good indeed.  I hear slow is better on a long run anyway

AC, nice 19 too. hope the blister does not hurt too much when treated. I normally cut them open ad air the toe all day. Probably not the best thing but works for me ( that said not had one for 6 months )

FW, I too do not get it ( cycling tactics). I was amazed in teh mens race when they were not too worried that the group was 6 mins ahead. Nice 20 Miler too for you.

Welcome Also ran. A 24 miler. wow, great effort. !!!

Luvsa - 2 excellent runs. Good luck in your race. Hopefully you will get a boost from it !!

Chillies - Good luck for weds too... I am sure you will find you have not lost 40 Secs/Mile. When my mileage goes up my pace seems to go down...however I think come taper time we benefit... ( I hope so )

30/07/2012 at 13:17

I haven't posted for a while on here so haven't read back much (yes I am that lazy). I hope everyone's training is going well.

Since I declared my target of 2:39 I've spent a lot of time injured so right now I'd say a 2:49 is as high as I can aim for but with 12 weeks to go I suppose there is still time to get back into reasonable shape.  The last 3 weeks have seen me progress slightly with weeks of 42, 60 and 68 miles but the long runs are very slow at the moment while I work my basic fitness back to somewhere reasonable. Anyway, having complained of lack of fitness I must say it is nice to just be able to run again after having been injured for the best part of 3 months.

30/07/2012 at 13:52

FW – good 20 miler. Although a pain, I always carry a drink for a run over 90mins, it certainly does make a different on the back end of the run.

A-R –welcome and good run on Saturday.  What are you hoping for at Abo?

Luvsa –give yourself a pat on the back, 40 miles on a weekend!  I hope your legs recover for Wednesday.

Warren –sorry to hear of your injury woes. 2:49 is still a very respectful target, and as you say you still have over 12 weeks. Mileage for last 3 weeks also not bad.

AGF –thanks for the blister advice, unfortunately had things to do yesterday, which meant I had to get on with it. Still a little painful on this morning’s easy run, but is definitely feeling better now.

Edited: 30/07/2012 at 13:53
30/07/2012 at 15:49
Wow some brilliant long runs done over the weekend with a special mention to the 24 milers (Luvsa 40 in two days!!) I've never gone that far in training but have one planned in so we'll see how that goes
AGF you've done the right thing backing off, I think you know when you need to back off ni did a few weeks back and after. Couple of days I came back stronger. It's frustrating at the time but very worthwhile!!
Race on Sunday went well. Flat 5 was a bit blowy for a mile so having chased down the second placed man I was pretty whacked so eased off then put a surge in and managed to breakaway and get a second place overall first v35. Time was 28 something, I forgot to stop my watch. 78 for the week happy with that even tho it was supposed to be a bit more on the plan. Easy six this morning and I'm substituting an easy four for circuits as its the only chance to fit it in this week with my shifts
Keep up the good work all
30/07/2012 at 23:19

MG-Nice 5 mile result on the back of a 78 mile week!  Looks like you've got speed & endurance to burn

Warren-Welcome back!  Trying to get back to where you were before a long period out is a real pain in the ars*.

First of a two day lay off for me, & I'm loving it! 

31/07/2012 at 07:45

Still got plenty of time yet Warren - did you manage to do some aerobic stuff during your time on the bench ? Maybe too early to be certain about targets ??

Nice racing MG especially as part of a pretty big week of miles. What do you think your mileage will peak at ?

Lovely sunny day up here in the far North - afternoon off today and have a HMP based session planned. Should be fun

31/07/2012 at 08:34

Martin - Congrats on the podium positions -  pacy running.

Welcome AR - I think you and Luvsa  are trying to make the 24 the new 20.

Good weekend long ones from FW, Meep and AC.

AGF  - 3 runs a week was going well until now , but have had a sore right knee since sunday's run. Sore on the inside between the knee and the calf when I touch it or bend the joint, was meant to be doing 5 at tempo pace today but going to rest it and see how it feels tomorrow.

31/07/2012 at 09:09
Thanks guys according to the plan I'm following it peaks in three weeks at 91 miles. My previous plan peaked at 75 miles for London so I'm in unknown territory. I've felt pretty bashed up until last week when suddenly the runs felt easier I'm in a sort of a drop down week this week but there's still 85 miles in it but lots of easy double days. Initially I found even these tough but again I seem to be adapting. Only long runs of 16 for the next two weeks then the dreaded 24 I've been stressing about lol.
Luvsa I bet you'll feel like your floating after two days rest, hope you smash your race!
Any ideas what could be causing that Barry? The knee pain I usually get is on the outside and is a tight itb. Could be worth a trip to the physio, it may just be a tight muscle pulling on the knee somewhere and a quick stretch out and it'll be right!! Good luck in the diagnosis.
31/07/2012 at 13:58

MG - sounds like the race went well, and congratulations on your 2nd place. Impressive mileage. I am sure it will all pay off later.

BB - Good call. Take it easy, and don't worry about missing an odd session. I am sure a couple of days rest will make a big difference.

FW - best of luck with your HMP session.

Light drizzel here this morning, lovely for running. 40mins tempo (av7.01), with 1.5miles warm up and cool down. My blister was bothering me again near the end, so will perhaps take my shoe and sock off this evening and give it bit of air. Hopefully will be OK for tomorrow.

31/07/2012 at 17:23
Rest sounds good Barry. Sorry for putting mockers on it !!
Super racing Martin !!
I too love a bit of drizzle AC. Nice tempo running

A simple 9 miler today. Felt good
31/07/2012 at 17:42

Nice 5 miler Martin, any other races before the big day?

Hope the rest will help out with the knee Barry, few days rest is better than a few weeks injured.

What was the half marathon based session Fraser, how did it go?

Good luck with the 10k tomorrow Luvsa and chillies!

31/07/2012 at 19:20

Session was 3 mile warm up then 3 intervals of 12 mins each with 3 min jog recoveries. Target was to hit HMP +10 sec, HMP and HMP -10 sec.

Quite tough trying to pull it off on a windy day - paces for the intervals (which effectively all end up just about 2 miles) were 6.16, 6.10 and 6.05. Would have quite liked the last set a tad quicker but hey ho. Good session to get some prolonged tempo/HMP running in knowing it's going to get harder as it goes on

Sensible to rest Barry

Big mileage proposed there MG - you certainly deserve major success putting in that sort of commitment. Don't think I'll go above 70 per week since that seems to be my tipping point for injury

Good luck to the 10k fellas

31/07/2012 at 21:06

Evening all. 4 miles last night and same again tonight, keeping loose for the 10K tomorrow - I still think I'm going to struggle for pace against the 43:03 I did in May at Frimley (my equal PB with Yateley 2010)

BB - hope that knee settles down quickly

Everyone else seems to be hitting fantastic targets

Race report tomorrow night, hopefully


31/07/2012 at 21:52
Mee meep just got a 10k planned for 21 August in birchwood which is pretty quick, so it should give me an indication of where I am compared to this time last year.
Easy four this morning and club night tonight so an easy six turned into a steady six and a half. Got a decent fifteen miler planned for tomorrow but it's the first single workout day of the week so looking forward to a lie in!!
Fraser good session there it's always hard to hit the times when it's windy so take that into account.
Chillis have a great race tomorrow
01/08/2012 at 09:51

Hi everyone,

Just sneaking on here, hope you dont mind?!  I've managed to get a spot in Abingdon, after a couple of years of entering too late.  Hoping to get a PB (currently at 3:48 at Brighton last year) but my recent ultra running has left me seriously slow - i appear to have lost around 40sec per min/mile for my longer runs - although my 5k pace has improved, hmmm...

Some great running going on here - what are your thoughts for warm-up events?

Also am looking at how to get there, is it possible to get to the start from London on the day via public transport?

Sorry if these questions have already been asked - there's a lot of pages to read!

01/08/2012 at 10:22

Welcome Katie,  I'm planning to do a couple of HM's before Abo, one at the end of Aug and one 2 weeks before the main event.  Sorry can't help you with the transport. Not sure if there are some details regarding public transport when the race packs are issued.

Fraser -   Good quick running.

Good luck to tonight's racers Luvsa and chillies

Edited: 01/08/2012 at 13:12
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