Thanks for the congrats Tenjiso, appreciate it
As my original goal was sub 3 which was scuppered by both the weather and maybe slightly underestimating the effort required (it was my marathon debut - I've run for many years including two sub 1:24 halfs in the last 12 months so thought I'd prepared reasonably well but I did find it tough regardless of the conditions), I am now really tempted to enter London to have another go at it - I would also guess that London is a slightly faster course as there would be a lot less 90' turns/ups/downs due to the numerous MK underpasses? (Not to mention the floodwater!)
Anyway I'm going to give the legs a chance to recover properly (am feeling a lot beter today) before making any firm decisions - hope evrybody else who ran is recovering from the effort!
It was my 2nd marathon, 1st was London last year and I hoped then to get under 3:10, it went woefully wrong on the day, thought i was prepared too!
I would reccomend the book Advanced Marathoning, it is technical and i had to re-read some bits several times to understand. However I stuck closely to all the principles in the book and the training schedules and it got me round in sub 3. I haven't gone under 1:24 for a half yet (though i think thats there to be smashed) so you have the speed.
Lots of good schedules out there too though, and the sub 3 forum on this site has some very helpful people
Thanks for the advice ON7, I've heard that book being recommended before so I'm definately going to check it out (after a rest!) - I'm also seriously considering joining my local running club for some coaching advice.
If you ran sub 3 in those conditions on Sunday I seriously suspect you have a sub 1:20 half in you on a good fast course, any plans to give one a go?
Dave: I think a fast half will probably be my main target for the rest of the year. No plans as to which yet, like you I need a rest!
Get yourself along to a club, they would be delighted to have you join.
this was my second marathon and I really enjoyed! I made PB by two and half minutes,although my first marathon (dubai,in January) I run it with a calf strain.
Too bad for the detour,but I made the time for VLM for my age group, so for me mission accomplished.
I felt very well troughout the race and had two perfect splits (few seconds from each other).The weather bothered me before the start, but once I got going I had no problem,also because my previous sports before I took running was cycling,and trust me you catch a lot of cold wind and water...
Someone asked why many runners were working hard to skip the puddles.I speak for myself,however I think a common reason is that you don't know what the surface look like underwater, you could run over a stone or hole hidden under water.I also prefere to keep my feet dry and warm for as long as possible.Beside that water is heavy,and having to run over 42k with your feet and socks full of water is not the smartest thing to do.
I don't share some of critics to te organizers: the weather was awful and some caos started to develop around the stadium before the start,however the start was given in time,and i had no issue on the course,with the marshalls always in the right place giving the right directions.
My only two critics are for the fact that after the finish there was no kind of support especially in a day like that foil blankets should be available.The second had me almost losing it was the baggage pick after the race.Needles to say I had to jump on the truck to get my bag after 20 minutes waiting under torrential rain.
I hope i get a place in VLM next year if not I'll be back.I like the course,although that hill on mile 20 something had me cursing the organizers
@Mark W. Agree, Marshalls were excellent.
I don't let my wife anywhere near my sports gear.I even wash it myself,never mind packing it!
On anything else she rules,but not on this one.If I'd listened to her on Sunday I would be wearing the same gear as you did.....
My Garmin and the orignal time were identical so I'll go with that regardless (no where near GFA so not an issue). Agree about the 0.23 miles as my watch read 7.25 miles at 7 miles.
Always best to look after your own gear
First proper run without any pain this morning so all good.
What's everyone doing for sending in GFA evidence, is a print-out of the Power of 10 rankings good enough?
I am more shoched that my 405 still works & it was over my jacket...
I wish I had stretched out straight afterwards as am still having problems with the stairs. Hoping to run saturday & play footy sunday...!
Hi all - my training has already started again, 5 miles yesterday and the same this morning tomorrow off and then 14 on Saturday, it is only 10 weeks until my ultra so the mileage really starts to go up now.
I personally dont care about the extra distance, just finishing and getting my medal in the conditions we experienced was enough, and I managed a 30 second pb so all good for me.
MarkD - what is your next challenge
4 miles smooth for me tonight - if Mrs Cooks stamps my pass of course!
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