Valencia Marathon 2014

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17/10/2014 at 20:57

My training has been sadly hit and miss. Not in the sub 3 shape that I hoped. I really need to be in top nick just to shade under it. I may engage in some marathon tourism instead. I've looked t the weather in Valencia at the moment, 29-30 degrees !!! I hope it gets colder quickly.


20/10/2014 at 11:32

A disrupted Friday evening meant my Saturday morning LSR following the London Marathon route wasn't my best. Reaffirmed the importance of resting the day before and getting a good night's sleep. Knocked my confidence slightly but at least it was circumstantially bad rather than just outright bad. Although, all in, it capped a seven day period with my highest ever weekly mileage, so perhaps shouldn't be too disappointed.

One final strong run this weekend (paring back towards the 30k marker) should hopefully restore my confidence!

Also, how dull is the London marathon route by itself! Without the crowds and event it's absolutely pants, largely just dual carriageways and dull high roads.

20/10/2014 at 11:33

PCleasby - weather hits 33c this week! Seems to be warmest in mid-afternoon, hopefully the four weeks will be sufficient time for it all to cool down a bit

20/10/2014 at 16:08

I do hope so, I'm rubbish in the heat. I could never imagine doing a desert marathon.

Today at 00:28

Yes the heat would put most goals out by a few percent at least.... anything more than 15C on the day will have an adverse effect... this happened to almost everyone in Barcelona in March. It got up to around 22C by the time we hit 20 miles.... ppl suffering from cramp etc all over the place... Cost me at least an extra 4 minutes... but it had been quite cool up to about 10 miles.

Wouldn't get disheartened tm ... doing the London marathon route without the road closures etc sounds like insanity to me .... Up here in Sheffield am a fan of getting out on the trails into the countryside rather than inhaling diesel fumes. Even in London that possible along the Thames towpath and the parks etc.. some great flat long run routes around.

Managed a 16 miler tonight on a blustery tuesday evening.... quite happy about that as felt quite strong at the end and only had the one gel. Almost worth a 20 miler for me hehe...

Might attempt back to back long runs with something tomorrow depending on what the body is saying.....

Half marathon on Sunday which is quite hilly (Worksop) - the plan is to run it at marathon pace... no quicker.... ie 1:29:30 .... we shall see....  its getting close! Thinking that a 2 week taper this time round might be the way forward to fit in an extra high mileage week as have been lazy till now hehe. Have a good week all.

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