Hi all - another long time lurker deciding to surface!
This will be my second Abingdon Marathon and my third attempt at getting a sub-3. Was a few minutes ahead of pace at 21 miles back in 2009 when my calf went and I limped home in 3:16. Had achilles surgery since and then ran 3:01 in London this year.
I also ran Maidenhead and finished with a new PB by three minutes - 1:20:59. Feel I should be good for sub-3 with that time. Only concern is that I haven't run a 20 miler yet but have two in my plan over the next two weekends.
On pacing I'm planning to go out at 6:40 and see how I get on. If I remember my last Abingdon outing the first couple of miles are on a slight downhill and I ended up getting carried away and running 6:27 and 6:30 for the first two miles. Won't be doing that again!
Hi all - it's been too long to read back, and I'm not sure this replacement puter is working properly - but I shall persevere if only to get a backlog of work done.
Marathon training has been rubbish, basically, but Maidenhead half in 1:36-ish was OK in my head - didn't push too hard. So this Saturday I'm doing London to Brighton off-road bike ride (75 miles) which I will somehow pretend is better than a slow 20!
I'll check back at a more sensible hour and have a read of the past couple of day's postings - hope everyone is OK
Adam - Welcome, great time at Maidenhead, you've obviously got bags of pace for a sub 3 attempt, see how your 20's go, how are you planning to run them?
Chillies - Well done at Maidenhead, should have made it a thread outing, but it is a very good race and I am planning to do it again next year.Enjoy the bike ride.
Hi Barry - I signed up with a coach in January and am following the programme he sets for me. He operates to times rather than distance so my runs for the next two Sundays are:
2:45 and in the last hour 3 x 15 mins @ marathon pace and 5 min recoveries
3:00 with last hour @ marathon pace
I reckon the first one will be around 21 miles and the second I did as part of my London traning and ran 23 miles so expecting the same.
Agree that Maidenhead is a great race. I've been telling people about it and would definitely do it again. Loved the finish back through the town.
Martin – maybe not fast as you would like, but still good run there.
TickTock – best of luck with your 22 miler tomorrow.
Adam – welcome and congratulations on the recent PB. This suggests you may be well below 3 hours at Abo. Sounds like you have 2 tough long runs planned though.
CFB – best of luck with your marathon bike ride tomorrow.
Fraser – sounds like the training is going well.
Club track session last night, 2 x 3miles (with 5min recovery). Times were 20.21 (av 6.39) & 20.28 (av6.33). Reasonably happy, and hope has not taken too much out for Pleshey HM on Sunday. Anything better than 1.35 on Sunday will be fine.
Fraser - Sounds a pretty good effort if you came 7th.
AC - Nice pacy miles, good luck for Sunday. Don't set off too quick, aim for 7's and see what happens.
4 Easy for me this afternoon,day trip to Blackpool tomorrow to visit parents, good luck to any other racers this weekend.
Hi everyone. Only just found this thread. Will have to find time to read all the way through it soon.
Abingdon this year will be my first marathon. Training has been going pretty badly of late tbh . Struggled with boredom on long runs until I found a decent new route. Just as I did, and did my first 18-miler (run-walk), I started struggling with fatigue which turned into a heavy cold and is now just fatigue again.
On the advice of pretty much everyone I've asked, I'm taking a break for the moment to try and get over it properly. Really hate not running but hoping it's better in the long term. I've resigned myself to having to run-walk the mara and am really just hoping to get round now without getting kicked out at cutoff time. My previous target times are out of the window.
Good to meet you all. Hopefully I'll be back up and raring to go in 4 weeks time. Good luck with the rest of your training.
Not been on forum for years(!), just a quickie to say I am unable to do this race justice this year (run it 3 or 4 times and its a lovely race)...so I now have a place available to the first person who emails me...Checked with organisers and if we get the details to them today then its ok.
Can sort out race fee later...
Hi, am injured so not able to run Abingdon. If anyone wants the place let me know and can sort out transferring. Thanks, J
welcome seesteverun. Completing a marathon is an amzing acheivement which the vast majority of the population will never even try to do. You need to take it easy for a few days and get rid of your cold before running again. There is never a good time to get a cold but now is probably the least bad. You have managed 18 miles fo come race day you will be ok and get to the end.
MG13 nice paced 13 miles and good luck with 20 tomorrow. And good luck to AC at Pleshey
Today I did my long run. Felt a bit weird doing it on a Saturday but ended up with 22 miles including 6 at marathon pace. So very happy with the run, plus I can treat myself to a few pints tonight as I don't have to get up early
Abingdon will be my first Marathon too and tbh I am very nervous about being last and getting dragged off the course on the bus. Training was going well but have struggled of late with illness and not having time to do a couple of the longest runs. I just hope I can do this justice. I plan to do 17-18 tomorrow. I am doing this with a few others from the forums and am really looking forward to it.
Seesteverun I may be joining you
Evening all. I've just seen Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet picking up a kebab from my local village kebeb shop. This isn't really news because he lives here.
Today I have learnt that 75 (about 60 actually off road) miles is a bloody long way on a mountain bike. I had to push it up the middle section of the last hill (Beeting Hill on the south downs) but I overtook the three blokes who were actually riding the thing! I rode the other three hills though. My knees hurt.
Steve, Ecky, if you've dragged youselves round 18 miles alone you'll get through it. There will be plenty of encouragement to keep you moving
I'll try to have a read through the last couple of days postings tomorrow. Night all
Welcome Steve and Ecky, stick around. First mara just concentrate on getting round, amazing feeling when you finish, then you either think never again or when's the next one.
Martin - Good to hear you're happy with your running. We're always a bit harsh on ourselves but that is what drives us to get better.
TickTock - Nice long one. Hope the hangovers not too bad.
400 miles round trip to Blackpool yesterday and felt it when I got up early this morning, just over 24 at 7:54 avg so happy with that. My treat myself to a pint of guiness this afternoon.
Thanks for the welcome. I managed 16.5 this morning and could have gone further but I didnt have the time. I felt quite good as I am now confident that I will make the cut off.
Wow Barry B you are speedy.
Thanks for my welcome too. Perversely it helps to know I'm not the only one struggling. I had visions of everybody haring off at 3-hour pace and me turning up 2 hours after they've all gone home.
I've rested today but I did go for a walk this morning. Going to rest in the week and just walk then too. Hope to get back to running next weekend but still take it easy.
Would like one more 15mi+ run before the race, although it's going to have to include a few walking breaks.
Barry B - I'd be happy with one mile at that speed. Very impressive.
Seesteverun I was thinking the same thing. We will be fine as long as we dont get caught by the sweeper bus.
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