I think my lack of long runs was my downfall and my pacing. I never did mention how I got on in the race. I was going strong and caught up with 3:30 pacer around the 10 mile mark, I then decided that this pace was too slow for me, overtook him and decided to go 7:45 up the Antrim Road. This would be the biggest mistake I would make and cost me bigtime later. In my mind I had it my head that I would take it easy on Floral Road to protect my knee, however the warning signs were there at Gideon's Green. Miles 16-19 were very difficult to maintain 8:00 pace.
By mile 20 my race was over and it would take me 65 minutes to complete the last 10k. Only for seeing my wife at the 22 mile mark there to give me a bottle of water was I able to continue. It was the worst wall I have hit in a marathon and I found the experience very humbling. I seen the Mrs again the last mile and she decided to race some of it with me. I just about got to the finish line in one state. In truth I should have did more long runs and didn't have the endurance for the 3:30. I have my eyes set on Dublin and will treat Belfast has a learning experience of how not to train for the 26 mile distance.
The towpaths ok Ricky but hill from the towpath back to mp is brutal, in saying that the last time I ran up that road I had already done 16 miles so mightn't be so bad on fresher legs.
Indo, well done sortin that all out, and still a pretty impressive time !
Mags, great photo of you and Stuart on n.i running , block 3 of BCM photos.
Indo - sounds like you salvaged it quite well to still come in sub 3:40 after what sounds like nightmare last 6 miles. The warm day after doing all your training in cold winter temps could have been a factor also.On that note of training for the next one...I have been thinking about my Autumn Marathon (Dublin) and would I adopt a different training plan?
I have read some great things about the Pfitzinger & Douglas plans (P&D) and have decided I am going to try one of their plans. So....Just ordered the P&D book "Advanced Marathoning" (not that I am anywhere close to being advanced!)...I know Alwyn followed a P&D plan for Dublin last year and ran a superb time off the back of it.Martin - you're not selling LJ10k to me
Just a heads up for anyone who enjoyed the Causeway Crossing or wished they had given it ago. The Mourne Marathon, half, 5k, 10k and Ultra (85k) takes place in 4 weeks time on 8 June.
I had a good day over at the Rocks N Rollin Ultra Challenge. This is described as Irelands most Northerly, Scenic and Toughest Ultra along the highways and byways of Inishowen's Rocky and Rolling coastal routes. And it lived up to it's reputation.
I did the Half Marathon and the first half was quite hilly with a 2 mile, 900 foot climb between 4 and 6 miles after that it was mostly down hill with the odd hill threw in to keep you honest. It is a good course for a negative split. It's a lonely run with small fields in the Ultra, Marathon, 17 mile and Half.
I ran 2:21:34 which I am pleased with considering the course. It was wet, windy but mild. Apart from the wind perfect conditions for long distance running.
Well done, kenny. A 900' climb is tough enough in a half marathon, but you also had the wind to cope with as well.
I was up in your part of the world doing the Roe Valley sprint tri yesterday. The cross winds made the cycle pretty hairy. It's a busy town on a Saturday afternoon so wasn't really an ideal time for the race. Most of these leisure centre based triathlons are run on Sunday mornings when the traffic is lighter. There are some excellent runners in these triathlons so, as these races are started in waves, I was able to watch the faster waves out on the course after I finished. They're great athletes to watch.
Well done Paul. I called in after kids training and watched to about 2.00pm then I had to head home. It was cold and some heavy hail showers. I was at the exit of the Leisure Centre and was surprised there wasn't a few accidents as there was so much traffic. Sunday would be a better option.
6 easy miles tonight , felt good to get back out , that's me started on the road to the walled city
Good man Martin - 6 miles for me also although a progressively faster tempo run. Strangely felt fresher than I've felt in weeks and ran the 6 mile route faster than I've ever ran it .... are you planning to get another long run or two in before walled city?
Ricky my plan would be a few 6 milers through the week and a 10 and a 12 on the Sundays can't see any major benefits from knocking out a couple of 20 milers , plan for what it's worth is "marathon fit / injury free" Only 3 weeks to walled city and that has to include some tapering/ rest
Anyone know the registration arrangements for the marathon in Derry? Can't find out much on the website.
After two-and-a-half years I eventually clocked up my 50th Waterworks parkrun on Saturday .
paul i contacted them and they said they would be emailing everyone details in the coming weeks, that was about a week ago,well done on the parkruns
Hi anyone out there
i am attempting my first ultra the titanic 101k in sept aim doing 50-60miles a week how much do you think I should be doing thanks all help needed
David if your aim is just to complte the ultra then 50-60 miles a week is more enough.A few things I would try would be to try back to back long run to get used to running on tired legs, practise eating when running, inclued walk breaks. I also would max my long slow runs at say 24 miles, when i started going further than marathon distance for my first ultra i started getting injured , Good luck
David if you are aiming to just finish then my approach has been to do nirmal marathon training and a bit of offroad stuff to build endurance. If you wish to race it hard then back to back long runs would be normal. How many marathons have you completed?
David , sorry cant help you with that one , but good luck , plenty of good people on here to advise you and I'd be interested to hear what sort of training you should be doing.
Ricky , not sure if your still contemplating the Les Jones , good news is you run down the brutal hill at the beginning ,along the towpath to shaws bridge and back through Barnetts Demesne to Mary Peters, last bit should be undulating but not sickening
Many tthanks jim
ive done a few back to backs of 30 and then 18 but worried if its to little or to mdon't any ideas on running back packs
Hi I have done two marathons 1st one last year at BCM at 3.36 and last BCM didn't app the heat and it was a hard 3.52
Thats a good back to back David. If you are local try to run on the course a few times to reduce surprises on the day. I cant say too much about road ultras as mine have been offroad I know Jim has done both types.
Thats great it's so encourageing I really appreacte all the feed back must people just go oh then look at you as if you are kind of mad ell maybe a bit mad so thanks again
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