Can't wait for this one!
Hi Dudey. Sitting here just getting mentally prepared for 22 miles ... 52 minutes to go
Tillstar - As it is my first marathn my original aim was just to do it under 5 hours. In most of my long runs I had been averaging 10 minute miles so that was quite a bit slower than usual, bit I guess that is inevitable as the miles pile up and if I carried on at that pace for the real thing I would be more than happy!
Well done with all the running by everyone and good luck to those doing their final long runs today
7 miles easy pace done. So glad I've already done my LSR this week as it was biting cold and windy - lucky for us that there's no snow here at least.
Enjoy the end of this last heavy week before taper starts!
LOL Mark. You couldn't be bothered, so you only ran 22m. Priceless.
This morning I got myself out the door with the promise to myself that I could cut the run short and finish off on the treadmill (e.g. run 12m outdoors and 8m on the treadmill). I thought that would make it easier on the knees.
The first mile was like an ice rink, before deeper snow along the trail made footing more secure. I was surprised how clear some of the country roads were once I got around five or six miles out of town, so I decided to carry on while the going was relatively good. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't as hard as I had been expecting. In the end I ran all 20 miles outdoors.
The final few miles, and in particular mile nineteen, rank among the toughest of any of my training runs! The cold headwind added to the challenge coming up the incline.
52m banked this week, and now it's TAPER time!!!!
Yay....I've finally managed a 'long run'....went out this morning and managed just over 20 miles!
20.25 miles (32.6km) in 3 hours 31 minutes. I know it's slow, but I'm still over the moon to have managed it. Ran over the South Downs at the start too! Also spent time dodging cars as I was running into oncoming traffice on country roads.
I think I still need another long one in the bag before tapering as apart from this all I've managed is two 15's and two 13's as long runs.
Great runs guys.
I was delighted to do just over 21.5 miles, in 3 hrs 56 mins. I was really worried at the start my calves/shins would give me a problem, in the end they didn't hurt one jot !! My knees were very sore towards the end, and they are very stiff now, but nothing that will be better in 2-3 days I think. One hiccup was that my Garmin ran out of power half way round, so I was guessing a bit on distance/time, but that is only a minor point.
Roll on 3 weeks time !!
Evening all. Some good running going on! Congrats on your first 20 miler Mervin!
To those of you sweating on injuries, missing runs, feeling you're running slow: don't panic! Nobody says a marathon is supposed to be easy! Enjoy the taper, look after your legs and feet, watch what you eat, and think positive!
Sounds like some of you have got the snow in a big way. Nothing here in South Wales, fortunately, but it's blinking cold.
I ran the Llanelli 20 miler today. First 6 miles were uphill. I say hill, more of a constant, dragging, grinding incline that knocks the stuffing out of your calves! Then it levels out for four miles to the turn around point. So there's another four miles (mostly) flat, then six downhill to jar the knees. Anyway, I finished in 2:50:38, which is about 15 mins faster than I've ever run 20 miles. Felt like there was a little more in the tank, too, which is a good sign for Brighton.
Also, chuffed to discover the race organisers and arranged it so you could swap your race bib for a crepe at the end of the race. Very welcome!
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