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10/04/2013 at 22:34

managed a 10 miler tonight myself, good night for it, at a 9.08 pace though which is steady enough for me! entered titanic myself, hope it wont be too close to belfast, heres hoping for no injuries that day! usually a good size field at it too, should be a good day

10/04/2013 at 22:59
Ricky , I did Titanic last year it was my very first race , very good race , flat course down at docks no traffic , might do it again this year as my pace doesn't change much no matter what distance I suppose the injury question is one only you can answer , you would still be doing what 10 or 14 miles in your taper , I like to do some short races just to keep me focused and at the minute I need all the focus I can get
10/04/2013 at 23:11

Gregory work gets in the way this Saturday


Have to say I am tempted by Titanic but overdoing it & picking up an injury is a risk.... mmmm jury still out. Good wee sharpener though as you say Martin & is a nailed on PB seeing as it would be my first 10k. Good confidence booster!

Martin - yes I have a 14miler scheduled in for the day of TQ10k so would prob just switch it with a tempo run and do it a few days before or after the 10k. So last Long run for you coming up this week then Martin before taper?

10/04/2013 at 23:38
Yeh Ricky would like to get one more 20 in the bank before marathon , last 20 miler was 4 weeks ago , nursing a sore knee for a few weeks so 14 miles has been my longest , knee good now so psychologically I just need to get the 20 done , probably will be early next week with work commitments then TAPER !!!
11/04/2013 at 21:09

What rubbish weather! Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend to pick the best day for a long run and the choices are 9c and heavy rain on Saturday but 'only' 16mph winds or 29mph winds on Sunday. Was last Saturday the only summer we're getting then?

Is anybody doing the Mourne Way Half? I was vaguely hoping to do the full but realistically I'm going to be still too knackered after Belfast which is a shame. I'm thinking that next year I'm going to give Belfast a miss and focus on the MWM training.

11/04/2013 at 21:17
Good session tonight with mfeltcrew mile warm up 3mile in 19.30 mile cooldown . Done few more 12mile in total 1hr 30mins
11/04/2013 at 21:23

Catherine....was really looking forward to the Mourne half and the Causeway Half...isnt the Larne half on the date now?....have heard nothing but good about the Mourne and causeway halfs!

11/04/2013 at 21:39

Mark, I'm definitely doing the Mourne rather than Larne as I much prefer off-road and I did Mourne last year and it was brilliant (though hard - I abandoned all thoughts of time when I was picking my way over a rabbit warren in thick mud). I'm going to try to get my Larne entry fee back if possible.

12/04/2013 at 00:18
Catherine agree , weather recently got us all into a different gear then tonight BOOO !! Was gonna do some hill work tonight , in my defence it's my wife's birthday 2 Moro , so have to get athat right
12/04/2013 at 00:19
And I hate hill work
12/04/2013 at 00:28
And my iPad still makes me look like I can't speak properly
12/04/2013 at 09:32

Yes cold, wet and windy last night. I did just over 5 miles and it was tough going into the head wind with the rain beating down.

Catherine I'm out Sunday and it looks like it may be dry but windy. 

12/04/2013 at 10:19

Martin one of the best ways to improve your running fitness and strength which will in turn improve your times is to embrace hills!!

12/04/2013 at 12:43

I know TG , Im just weak willed , I dont know about embracing those hills but I may consider offering them a firm handshake

12/04/2013 at 20:37

Hi Catherine B, I'm from Warrenpoint and do a lot of hill running. Getting ready for Belfast in May. How bad is the hill section for Belfast from 9 - 14 miles?  any advise welcome thanks Kevin

 

12/04/2013 at 21:02
Kevin the hill section aint too bad long gradual climb up the antrim road to near the zoo couple miles tops I'd say
12/04/2013 at 21:26
Kevin, long steady incline no big hills , around about 12 to 14.5 miles mark , that's my run home from work
12/04/2013 at 21:30
Kevin, if you already do a lot of hill running you'll probably be fine. In the first half the section from falls road to floral road has almost all the uphill with the section on the Antrim road 3 miles long and all uphill. But the overall elevation of the marathon is less than 300 m
12/04/2013 at 21:38
When I was doing my training last year it was mostly on the towpath so getting some practice on the course was invaluable to know where I'd have to dig deep! This year I've been doing more hill training.
12/04/2013 at 23:28
2 miles warm up , 1 very steep hill, 5 repeats , 2 miles cool down ( look TG hills !!)
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