Halstead marathon

Am I being stupid.

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16/03/2013 at 11:51
Great to meet you today oirish! The best timekeeper in all the land!
Now for carbo loading
16/03/2013 at 17:59

Assistant timekeeper  Good luck tomorrow if I don't see you there

17/03/2013 at 06:25
Good luck!!
17/03/2013 at 13:25

Hey Angela 

How did you get on? I looked out for you before and after but couldn't see you.

My chip time was 1:38:15 so pleased with that

17/03/2013 at 14:57
Yay, well done- I havet found official chip time yet but my watch was 1:56:07- well pleased with that! Pb by about 3 minutes will do a report later- in the pub now
17/03/2013 at 15:01
Surprised u couldn't see me I was wearing bright pink arm warmers -NYC marathon stash!
17/03/2013 at 16:12
Chip time 1:56:06.6 thrilled
17/03/2013 at 16:45
So today was the Colchester half marathon, I knew I was in shape for a pb and as a result nerves and excitement meant I was wide awake at 4am. I managed to doze for another couple of hours and was up again at 630. I must say, having the race in your home town is ideal- didn't need to leave home until 40 mins before the race start and still had plenty of time to go to the toilet before racing.
Breakfast: oats so simple porridge, cup of tea, glass of beeple (beetroot and apple) juice and 500ml SiS go electrolyte. A lot of liquid, but had perhaps kept the bedroom a bit war m overnight, so needed to rehydrate.

I didn't do a warm up for this race, so I struggled in the first mile, even though it was mainly down hill. My aim was 8:50-8:56 for the first five miles, 8:45 for the next 5, and then speed up for the las t 3. The reason being the course was supposed to be flat after mile 5. I reality, the effects of the tough climb up north hill early in mile 3 lasted well into the race, and I think we saw our last significant energy sapping hill around mile 7. Whilst for the most part I remained below 8:56, I struggled to speed up to 8:45, as these were the miles I was taking on water and gels and it w windy in the country part of the course. I did draft to protect me from the wind, but I found I was overtaking throughout the race so couldn't find a drafting runner for long.

Pacing was as follows:
Mile 1: 8:58
Mile 2: 8:42
Mile 3: 9:00
Mile 4: 8:58
Mile 5: 8:54
Mile 6: 9:04
Mile 7: 8:48
Mile 8: 8:51
Mile 9: 8:51
Mile 10: 8:54
Mile 11: 8:51
Mile 12: 8:47
Mile 13: 8:34
0.1: 7:03 avg pace.

Chip time: 1:56:06.6

Pb by 3 minutes. I'm really pleased with this record. On the whole I felt properly trained and fuelled. What has held me back is probably a tiring week at work, the wind. There was a psychological issue at miles 6 and 7 where I wasn't expecting any hills, yet there were, and again at mile 9. In addition, I didn't realise that even without stopping to walk, taking on fluid and gels still slowed me. All in all a great first race of the year, and very happy with a well executed race plan.
Negative? The giant blood blister...
18/03/2013 at 08:27

Well done Angela! how are you feeling this morning? After a few pints yesterday I am good from the neck down but a touch fragile. 

 

18/03/2013 at 08:47
Achy! I don't understand this DOMS concept... Always seems to be instant onset muscle soreness for me... Are u coming to the park run meetin tomorrow evening? We can exchange race stories there
18/03/2013 at 09:12

Yes I'll see you there. I see your chip time was 0.4 of a second quicker than your watch time, that kind of inaccuracy is why I am the Assistant timekeeper

18/03/2013 at 18:45
Oirish well done on that blistering time sounds like A very good day.

Angela also a very well done to you, especially for beating the P.B

Wish I could add to the latest running stories, but I got totally wasted from my stag night haven't run since Wednesday but making sure I'm back on it 2moro.

Well done everyone again!
20/03/2013 at 15:14

4 miles last night no problem  felt like forever since i last went out.

got club session tonight so looking forward to that.

hope everyones good 

20/03/2013 at 20:27
Good for you- I was planning 8 in London tonight, but a colleague came over from our TeL Aviv office and she an her bf had broken up, so i thought my time would be better spent commiserating with her over a few glasses of wine, meanwhile thinking how am I gonna save myself from embarrassment this Saturday in the Orion 15 when one of my clients competes in it who is double my height and therefore probably double my speed.

Alas, the troubles of a runner...
21/03/2013 at 00:39

Jason - Glad to hear you are back in the fold, I often think the occasional break doesn't do any harm, keeps you fresh and sharp and you get more out of your runs.

Well this week has been about breaking myself in gently after the weekend so Tuesday night was 2 x 4.12m @ 8:41 with a lounge around inbetween so that got everything ticking over again nicely and then a 7 mile speed session yesterday which wasn't quite full tilt as I was with my good lady so it was really only the last  of the 6x 400m sprints that I really went all out but was a pretty good workout none the less.

9 miles MLR today and another 18 Saturday with a recovery run of some description Sunday and that'll be another week done

22/03/2013 at 12:53

Afternoon all, been lurking around for a while but was struggling to find time to post.

However once Angela and I began hijacking Steve Loves Bacons Asics 26.2 thread I figured it was high time I popped over and introduced myslef.

Halstead is going to be my second marathon, and having finished Liverpool last October in 4:00:13 I'll put my neck on the line and admit that I'm hoping to be sniffing around the 3:45 - 3:50 mark this time.

I appreciate that I've set myself a pretty ambitious target but I've been following a "proper" training plan this time around that has incorporated a degree of speedwork (intervals, hill repeats etc) and the improvement so far this year have been startling.

I've got the Brentwood Half Marathon this Sunday which may act as a bit of a reality check, I'm aiming for 01:45 (my pb from Pleshy in September is 1:51:13) and my confidence in hitting this has been growing and growing over the last couple of weeks but it's beggining to look like I may be sabotaged by the weather!

22/03/2013 at 13:24

Welcome Kandinsky.  I'm also  about the weather.  Do you at least live close enough to the start that you could get there if its too dangerous to drive?  We're looking at an all day forecast of heavy snow, which makes me think we should not risk the drive to Epping forest, in case of the problems we may face drivning back.  am grumpy now, as I was really looking forward to a muddy cross country race - I've never done one before

22/03/2013 at 14:41

I used to live just a couple of hundred yards away from the start line.

I'm in Chelmsford now so just s short punt down the A12 which is usually gritted!

23/03/2013 at 06:29
Sitting at home looking out the window at the snow and thinking its not worth the risk of getting on the road to get to my trail race.... Hmmm
23/03/2013 at 08:01

morning all!!

weather hey?

glad to see another adition to the thread Kandinsky 

Angela if its a trail race doesnt that mean off road?? sounds like fun in this weather though! 

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