Whos in - whats your goal
Thanks RRR, Its good to have someone with the local knowledge on here.
I'll definitely look into heading for Altrincham and getting a cab so. Seems its only a tenner to the airport from there. Thanks again mate.
Also Warren the trams will be a lot emptier heading back to Alty than they will be heading into Manchester There is a taxi rank right outside Altrincham and Sale tram stops so take your pick, don't stop at Navi road or brooklands though as there is no dedicated taxi rank there. taxi is around £12 to the airport. ps, welcome to the thread and good luck on race day!
Karl - Good to see you back on here. Sounds like you have your head down and focused on the marathon. Good stuff.
Ranjeep - Hopefully those shin splints will disappear soon. rest up
Carter - Sounds like you are back on track after illness!
I'm off to Manchester this weekending for the up&running 18 miler and am going to give the Aldi jelly babies a whirl. I don't do much training with gels etc (sometimes take 1 on a long run but dont always have it). training this week has felt good, my legs appear to be responding a little bit rather than the dull ache they have been for the last 2 or 3 weeks. A good VO2 session on Tuesday and a 19k Wed with a nice and easy 6k lunchtime recovery run today in the sun.
RRR - Ive been thinking about my ABC goals for some weeks now. A would be a sub 3:30 but I'd have to have a REALLY good day! Plus with being a first timer im sure there are many unknowns on the day ready to trip me up. I dont feel i could be better prepared though, i've done the miles and know the route inside out and have run 80% of the roads daily for the last 4 months. B goal would be 3:45, going off at 3:30 pace and tailing off is what i think is more realistic. C goal is just getting round and enjoying the day.
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RRR - Ive been thinking about my ABC goals for some weeks now. A would be a sub 3:30 but I'd have to have a REALLY good day! Plus with being a first timer im sure there are many unknowns on the day ready to trip me up. I dont feel i could be better prepared though, i've done the miles and know the route inside out and have run 80% of the roads daily for the last 4 months. B goal would be 3:45, going off at 3:30 pace and tailing off is what i think is more realistic. C goal is just getting round and enjoying the day. John
Good plan mate, varied targets but all achievable depending on how it goes on the day
I think you'll get a sign around Mersey Farm, having done the Manor Avenue straight and then leaving Sale/Ashton on Mersey as that's around the dreaded 19/20 mile mark and also the start of a bleak 1-2 miles through Carrington and then up the Mile Road to Flixton, very boring roads and very few spectators. If you come through that with a bit of a spring still in your step you're good to go as you then come back into Flixton/Urmston where the crowds start building up and you know you're getting nearer and nearer to the finish and regardless of how tired you are, that last mile has the adrenalin kicking back in and a sprint finish over the line
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Had a nightmare Mrs EEG has gone and purchased bassetts jelly babies and not aldi.....
Don't worry - I can totally vouch for Bassetts
Leeds getting a seeing too from Bolton. Skd will be happy. Especially on the back of a local Derby win last week
I did running in the sunshine; I did running in the sunshine!
Got a bit over-excited and even put my shorts on!
Goal was a sub 4:00, but based on the last few days sub 4:10 - 420 is more realistic. I really think I have overdone it todays 22m was the first run in two days and my average was 10:35 and was a real grind at times. This following a week of no real pace work either being as my legs felt like lead! I'm wondering whether it would be best to start my taper now.
What do the experienced marathon runners think?
A great result today third win on the bounce,which sees us firmly in the Championship for next season, with Leeds again.
East Hull 20 tomorrow, looking forward to it but a bit apprehensive, as I don't want to push it, so sub 3 is the goal, this is only my second 20 I'll mostly be using gels.
Pete, great effort. Yes, to start your taper now sounds like a good idea.
EEC, also a great effort. Sounds like you've nailed it if you can still do a recovery run the day after a 21miler.
I have ran a total of 1 mile in the last 12 days (ankle still sore). Been hitting the gym, cross training and I'm still upbeat about competing and hitting my goal in 29 days.
Good luck to all those doing a 20 mile race this weekend. The idea is to treat it as training, NOT to race it, and you'll probably finish with a better time than a lone 20 miler anyway. I had planned to do the Stafford 20, but never mind
ive got a 18 mile,13mile hm and a 21mile run in over last 3 weeks,planning 22miles in the morning then was thinking I might need 2 more 20mile runs over next cpl weeks,whats ppls thoughts on that? im hoping you will all say ive got enough done lol
Rick....That sounds like MORE than enough! Too much? Spose it depends a bit on how fast you going and your other sessions and your goal time but......even so , sounds like you gonna be nackered by April 6th! What's your goal?
The more the better Rick, simple as that mate!
Good luck to Stafford 20 runners tomorrow (and other races). 20 miles at MP will be a great confidence booster if I can pull it off.
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