Minni v Dubai Dave
Brol - That was the last xc this season. Which club do you run for as we (Lingfield RC) are in the Surrey League also?
Oompa- Hercules Wimbledon. I must say that after Dorking on Saturday I'm feeling rather about it being the last one!
Hi Luca. To run 3.30 mara you need to run at under 8m/m or 5m/km. The general consensus is to try to run even splits (unless it's a hilly course) although most non elite runners will slow down at least a little bit in the last few miles. Which mara are you doing? Do you have a half mara planned beforehand?
Hi Brolish - Im doing Brighton again, hence why i thought following the same pacing pattern (minus 35 secs/mile) might be an idea (accounts for gradient changes etc - not that its hilly at all!).
I may sign up for Longleat Half (10 March), but may awat that weekend. but i have half marathon distances in my training plan in any case
Luca- it's a good idea to do a half 4-5 weeks before the mara to get a better idea of what to aim for. There's no point plucking a target out of thin air- it may well be over or under ambitious. Running the same distance in training is not the same, you will never be able to push yourself as much as you do in race conditions. What are you other pbs- 10k/ half mara?
yes this is a fair point - you cant replicate race day in training.
best 10k - brighton - 44mins - Nov 2011
best half marathon - Bath - 1hr 42 - March 2012
hi minni - my pacing was a bit off in Bath - i went out too quick i think, and had to slow at the end.
i had an injury in early january but last four weekends ive done 8, 10, 12 and 14 miles - between 8:30 and 9 min/mi - plenty of work to do still but feeling stronger each time!
Wow, well done to all the racers at the weekend Being female, I applaud AA'S performance, can you pass me your training plan please. What was your previous PB?
Carrot- Well done on your 18miles pain free. Will you keep up the lunges?
So how many of us are going to try for a sub 3:15 marathon this year? Looks like a lot will make it by the end of spring.
O4S- 30miles in yesterdays weather, hats off to you.
Zuvai- Congrads on the best man role.
Chick- get well soon
Freemers- Well done for sticking it out and carrying on.
Luca- Welcome, what training plan are you following?
I went out to do 5miles slow yesterday just to add mileage, I got bored by 2.5miles so decided to put in one mile at MP, I looked at my watch and I was hitting 7:02mm so quickly decided to change MP to 10k pace which I kept up for 1 mile, I was quite impressed until I have just looked at everyone's mile splits from the weekend! I might just of hit HMP
O4S, tough and crazy in equal measures. Well done for finishing and great report. I can really picture it despite having done nothing like that.
Chick, get well soon. Poor you.
Freemers, well done on another 20 in the bag. Hope the slight cutback does the trick in restoring your energy.
Messages on now.
2Old: Can't stop laughing re Liverpool, I'm sure your run was more fun than watching
Spoons: I do have two very nice pairs of winter cycling gloves, in fact i have all the winter gear I've been collecting in readiness.
Shildon: 0615 is a lie in, there are those on here for whom 0430 is not unusual, if I waited until 0615 in the summer I would fry.
O4S: Absolutely nuts, I love running but ... there are limits.
Off for a splash then a spin, tired legs yesterdays 3 hours on the bike followed by a one hour tempo run has just about cooked me.
(((O4S))), massively warm hugs to you. What an effort.
AA, I know exactly what you mean about confidence, mine is all over the place right now. But as you correctly point out, this mob help enormously so who knows what is possible . Keep it as an aim, keep on doing the training and see where you get to and maybe one day your head will wake up to what your body's achieving!
Chick, oh no! I hope you're feeling better now. And thank you so much for sharing your 10m/m-to-3:30 experience, that makes me feel a hell of a lot better! That gives me hope for Dubai next year. I just have to keep on telling myself that this is an opportunity in itself, to see how I get on going from zero to hero in 15ish weeks.
Great mental toughness, Free!!
Brolish, I hope your legs are feeling better after the XC. Congrats on your PB placing
Hi Luca. Listen to the dudes on here - they know what they're talking about.
DD, enjoy your splashing and spinning!
I am going to try some sort of tempo-type session again today. As last week's tentative exploration of 5x5@8m/m on the TM felt relatively easy, I'm going to try 3x10 and see how that goes...
AA: you were brilliant - you are entitled to a week of DOMS. I will have to curtesy [spelling?] when I see you on Sunday.
2old: and you think I am mad?? Actually the course is probably rather nice in a dry spell................
SS: thanks for the warmth sent this way, I still feel cold just thinking about Sunday. Good luck with the tempo, sounds like you are on the way back
DD: once you are back here we will soon convert you, just wait and see!
Carrot: great news on the quad, super fast recovery!
Barry: didn't really spot your brilliant time on Sunday I was so bowled over by AA's PB. Fantastic run in those conditions.
Came down with a nasty cough last night which kept me awake half the night. Now seems to be developing nicely. Did a short run this morning just in case it gets worse, need to get one on the board for this week.
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