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Muzza it is the Hal Higdon plan I am doing. I do enjoy his plans,.
Melbow that was a great time for Stamford. I know it is hilly too.Time is creeping up now !
I do keep thinking it is not enough mileage in some ways. The longest weeks have been 50 - 52 miles. I really could not put any more mileage in with out feeling exhausted. I feel now that I am ready for the taper to be honest.. I chose the intermeddiate 2 plan. I even looked at the advance plans and they were 6 days a week and I know I would find that hard. Saying that though I do a good walk one day a week on top of my running sometimes more than once a week.
Funny you should mention the breakfast run as I have been looking too. I can not find any information at all other than a maximum of 2,000 bibs. I have been trying to find out more as I would love to do that steady.I was thinking of emailing to ask.
I will let you know if I hear any more about the Breakfast run.
I had four consecutive 50+ mile weeks for Dublin but my peak mileage for this one has been 43 miles and usually around 30-35 per week but it has been at a much faster pace
It looks like we get the numbers from the expo. I could pick one up for you as I have more time than you and meet you Saturday Morning if you wish.
3.5 weeks to go. It's getting close.
Jim, well done on a smooth transition from treadmill to tarmac, and getting good improvement on speed. I think you will beat Dublin time by a good margin. I've only average 34miles/week at slower pace to avoid injury. My last of 3 20miles was done last weekend. Am easing back this week with one more LSR 17mile this coming weekend, so it's like a 4-week taper. Will be happy to be able to start injury free.
Did someone say it'll be 'hot'. It'll be cold for me coming from tropical climate.
I'm hoping it'll be nice & warm, using this as a training run for London..picked up a calf niggle so just had a week off which is frustrating. Hoping to get in a 10-12miler this weekend and 20 the following.
Really looking forward to it now.
Didn't know about the Breakfast run, sounds good. We fly out Wednesday & return Monday so trying not to eat/drink too much may be tricky!
Anyone going to the Barca game that weekend ? any tips welcome
I did a sub 49 minute 10Km two days after the 20 miler - That's my fastest 10 km on the track and it was fairly cold with a stiff breeze - I am doing between 17-21 Km on Saturday - Probably at Race Pace - I am doing the Meath Spring Half Marathon 8 days later on the 3rd and I am tempted to try and stay with the 1:45 pacers for as long as I can but am a little worried it may take too much out of me with only two weeks to go from there to Barcelona
Hot - for the marathon?
No - comfortable - like a warm day - shorts and a top!
I did a training 1/2 Marathon today, very cold but no wind - a tiny little bit of snow 1.5C but I had a lot of gear on leggings/hat/gloves/jacket so I was happy with 1:51:17 - Will try to get closer to 1:45 next week in race conditions. McMillan has me at 3:53 for Marathon but I think my 1/2 time will drop next week - I would like to get below 3:50 with below 3 :45 as my dream time - Pity there are no 3:45 pacers
This will be my 4th marathon and I had entertained hopes of a sub 3.30 (previous best being 3.40 in the sweltering heat of Edinburgh last year) BUT my hopes have been scuppered by injury. I had to rest completely for three weeks between end of Jan and most of this month with a calf strain. So, I have eased my way back again, very gently and in a way I am glad that I have, shall we say, 'revised my target' as I'm under no pressure to do a PB. I've been training at 10 min. mile pace, with no long runs under my belt since 13th of Jan (18 miles). I am hoping to do 18, in 3 hours tomorrow, and if that's successful I feel I'll have to do another long one (20?) next Sunday with 2 weeks to go.
Does the team think that 20 miles might be too long next Sunday?
What time should we get up for a 8.30 am start? I'm staying near Barrio Gotico area. I'll be having to set my alarm for pre-race fuelling.
Which pen should I put myself in now? Is there a 4 - 4.30 pen? Are there pacesetters?
Cheers in advance
Cheers Muzza, I'm just in from my 18 and the last two were very tough indeed (had to stop and walk a couple of times). Still the miles are in the legs. I've had conflicting advice about a long run two weeks before; I'll just have to weigh it up and decide for myself. I'm just looking to finish in under 4.30 really, which is more or less 10 minute miles, to enjoy the race and soak up the atmosphere of the great city of Barcelona!
I'll be in the wrong pen as I put down 3.30 or under when I registered, so I'll just have to hang back.
One thing that I am concerned about if I don't do another long run is that I will be going into this marathon with NOT ONE 20+ race under my belt! When I did Kielder in October I had just one (rubbish training!) but I had also done a 17 and an 18.78; when I did Edinburgh in May I'd done 3 long runs over 20 miles, plus an 18.05. For Barcelona, I have an 18 in January and today's 18, when I struggled. Ah what to do?
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