Sparkly bridget v Len2
Ooh hoorah Flo Po - I'm thinking I need to enter a race to get myself going again - I keep saying that and doing nothing about it!
'enjoying lake swimming'???? in this weather?????? I am mightily impressed LMB
Thought I'd pop in and say hi- it's been a while! (compared to my pultiple-times per day pre-marathon foruming). Things have been a bit crazy round here as my little girl has been poorly and then Mr Beck came down with Man-Flu (he's actually pretty rotten, bless). We thought little miss was over the worst and then today the spots all came out..... chicken pox! So thats her off nursery all week at least, and having just had a week off with her when she started with it the week before last, I'm going to struggle with work. Cue calls to mother in law, sister in law, next doors dog etc trying to get somebody to help out.
I managed 2 runs in the last 2 weeks- both short and trying to pick up the pace in preparation for the Great Manchester Run today. I've actually missed the long slow runs at times- the time to get out and spend quiet time with yourself in your own head is priceless I'm finding.
Still, did the 10km today and despite not breaking the hour I did improve on my time from last year, making it round in 1.02.12 (c/w 1.03.44), with my overall mile pace under 10 min/mile, which is a first over any distance for me pretty much! It was bloody hard work though- I properly gave it everything for the whole hour. Not stricly enjoyable at the time, but quite satisfying once youve finished!
I'm looking forward to not having any events scheduled for a while. I'll keep running once or twice a week and bring back some of my strength training I think. It'll be nice to do what I fancy and not have a regime to stick to for a change.
Annyone else been out for a run this weekend? How's it going Len- been back out there? Still in the post marathon blues DL/Bridget/FloPo?
Anyone remember exactly when Mitiogs race is? Next weekend I think...
You could always do a triathalon or just sign up to anouther marathon later on this year or next year?
Sorry not been on the thread for a bit been to buzy with stuff lately. Just read back and very well done for manchester by the way that was the worst conditions I've ever seen for a marafun. I managed a personal worst and gave up after 20 miles because was to cold. It was hellish.
Apologies from me for not having been around for a while too Variety of reasons really but here I am.
mitiog - not long now for you
LMB - nice coaching
beck* - I'm not surprised you don't feel like running after the couple of weeks you've had
I ran a leg of the Round MK Relay on sunday which was wet, muddy and great run. Despite it being mostly off road I managed to sneak under 10 mm average pace! I'm gradually getting back into running by focussing on my 100 mile/month target and working out how many miles I have left to do.
Well done LMB - I always reckon it must be hard doing the half after the full marathon.
I've done my last run! Nerves are starting to kick in now, that maybe only other runners will understand. My mum's comment on the phone was "well you can always stop if it gets hard". I mean, yes, stop if actually properly injured, but marathons do hurt and they are hard (I remember only too well) and what a waste of 6 months of training to get part-way round and "just stop" when it gets hard? Ho hum...
Carbo loading starts tomorrow! USB I have your "diet sheet" that you posted some time ago and I'm adapting it to reflect that I'm about 25kg heavier than you!
My club coach posted on Facebook tonight basically telling me it's an awesome course and I'm guaranteed a PB and she's expecting me to get my head down and get that sub-5. Hmmmm I'm not so confident! A 32 minute PB seems a bit of a challenge but my training has been better I think and I know I need to eat loads to stop me hitting the wall. I was going to start out at 11:30 pace (just outside 5-hour pace) and see how I felt at 20 miles. Does that seem reasonable? I averaged 11:45 on my last 20 mile run so I don't want to go out much quicker than that really, even though the first 6 miles have quite a bit of down-hill in them. I definitely feel well-rested though, I've done a few 11:30ish paced miles this week on a nice flat stretch of the bike path (we call in the M1 - it's the nearest thing we have to straight, flat running!!) and it's felt really easy with a low heart-rate so I think the tapering is working.
I've got my number, downloded the race pack and sorted out my travel, etc so just resting and eating now!
Thanks everyone for popping back to cheer me on - much appreciated!
mitiog I think your plan sounds good but you know what we are like on the day. The one thing I would say it try very hard not to get carried away at the start. I did a London despite my plans. Very best of luck you have done the training and you can do it.
Beck well done on the 10k pb and hope the little one is doing ok...
LMB congrats on your pb too sounds like you had a great run and paced it really well.
I am doing Edinburgh half on Sunday. Don't think I have to worry too much about the weather as it starts at 0800
Don't think a P.B is on the cards but would just like to have a decent run and not be negative.
mitiog - definitely be careful to keep it nice and slow at the beginning. I think Edinburgh tends downwards to start with so easy to get carried away.
Thanks everyone - some good advice as always! I like the 3 times thing, LMB. Yes, the first 6 miles is quite hilly with a lot more down than up so I'm going to have to be super-careful on that one and re-check my pace when I get on the flat again. Hopefully my heart-rate monitor will help and I can consider the first 6 miles as a nice down-hill warm-up!
Not sure how I'm going to get through all the food I'm meant to be eating over the next three days!!
Not enjoying the carbo-loading! 6g of carbs per kg of bodyweight is loads!! I hope my body is storing it as glycogen not fat - have enough fat as it is!!
Getting nervous now
Don't overdo the food mitiog. I ate too much and felt really lethargic at London. I think the carb loading is over the top...If and it's a big if I do another marathon I won't be changing my diet in the run up.
It always seems funny that they say don't do anything different well lazing about and stuffing your face is different...
Good luck hope it's not too hot...
Thanks Flo Po - right now I'm wishing I wasn't doing another marathon!!!
You will be fine you've done the hard work just try and enjoy the day...
I will be with you for the first 13.10 as doing the half...eek really shouldn't be hydrating on Gin and Tonic oh no never mind...
24 hours to go
Rest well mitiog
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