Minni v Dubai Dave
Been away doing the endurance session that is a centreparcs holiday. Managed to do a couple of short runs round the lake, which was lovely with bunnies running across my path. Knee and calf both a bit niggly which is a reminder to not get carried away and do to much too soon.
Then when back had the endurance session that is catching up with this thread. I missed some brilliant racing last weekend including Ant getting his 3:30 . Happy birthday as well for this weekend.
2Old, congrats to your daugher for getting round on her first marathon. I got my training completely wrong for my first marathon and did 4:46 but then trained better for the second and ran 3:56 (albeit quite a few years later).
Now nearly everyone seems to be injured . Hope everyone is recovering? Minni, arnica might help with the bruising. (Afraid I don't know anything about the other injuries.) Be careful all of you this last week and try to conserve mental energy as much as possible, although I know that's easier said than done.
haha, its true AA. There's always so much catching up to do there's no time for nerves! 2old - you'll have to wear a red carnation.
O4S - hope the Doc sorts you out tomorrow.
Spoons - did you enjoy watching the marathon? Were conditions good?
I've been leafing through photos of 2011 when me and AA ran together and got 3:28. I thought I'd share this photo of us...
Evening! Not sure if I'll bump into any of you next Sunday but I will be at the blue start, wearing pink and hoping to enjoy my second chance at running London
Training has been up and down due to both the weather and injury so my longest long run was 19 miles last weekend however this time round my focus is on something other than the time as I am using my ballot place to raise money for Breat Cancer Care as my sister-in-law has terminal breast cancer. Even if I come in just under 5 hours that will be faster than 2008!
Great to see you USB Fab abs, Minni & AA in that pic So, whatever happened to Blade ??
Just a quick check in to wish everyone all the best for Sunday! May the weather be cooler than yesterday....... I have been snatching a few mos here and there to keep abreast of the thread but really hard to post at work (luckily wfh today) and then time at a premium at home re our second kiddie now being (over) due...... A particular well done to Oompa on a speedy half at PW, a really great time and well deserved!
I'm doing Manchester on the 28th, training a bit so, so. Not quite as many long miles as would give me confidence on hitting target but hoping it'll at least be close (aiming for 3.10 for a Boston Qualifier). Speed still there tho - shiny new 10k pb last month, 37.36 and 4th overall (but was a new local small scale race) Gobsmacked I was!!
Anyways, all the best & I look fwd to reading the race reports!!
Hi Cooks and USB - great to see you both
We need a list of race numbers for VLM for anyone who wants to track - I know there was one somewhere back but I think I got mine wrong on that anyway...so I'll start:
Freemers - 28971
USB - lovely to see you pop in - will you be at the Chandos?
Cooks - good to see you are still speedy, make sure you let us know how Manchester goes
AA - sounds like it could be like your pre Berlin 'carb loading' plan...
Simon - nice one, was that your first 100+ ride?
Minni - thanks for the Seb pic!
Knee niggle confirmed at taper madness - did 13 hilly miles through the epsom downs to box hill on Saturday, 2hrs40 on feet and no problems.
I'll probably be going to the expo Wednesday pm, if not then Thursday morning.
Kfc - 27836
Summer is here at last. Just in time for VLM as every year!
Hi Cooks-blistering 10k-have a good one at Manchester , endurance will be easy now you have new baby-congrats
KFC-good running in the Downs
AA- good tick over run-Weds is the couple of miles at MP day , I am led to believe
Free-number to follow
Tempted to have an easy jog but will probably just swim and spin today, maybe tomorrow?
Blade -hope your celebrations were good
Ps - Spoons, it can be a bit exposed on the south downs eh! Thats where I do my hilly long runs, I love running there. Hope your weekend in Brighton was fun.
KFC - it certainly was a bit windy on the ridge. I nearly blew off a couple of times. With your long runs - some of the inclines were like 15 min mile pace. I presume you just forget the Garmin and run on time...?
Cooks - mega well done. I had noticed that on Jantastic. Brilliant effort. Make sure you let us know when da-babeee-cookster arrives.
Chick - we we'd done a lot of core that year.
Well done Freemers starting a new list. I scrolled back at the weekend but couldn't find the first one - this thread moves too fast.
Minni - 29044 (I think - I'll check)
(Actually I will keep copying this into my posts so we don't lose it again).
Hi Cooks- smashing 10k, good luck in Manchester!
Minni- lol...lovely abs!
Can't remember my number, will add it later from home.
I'm getting nervous now...
Guys - Firstly thank you soooo much for all the well wishes from you all prior to yesterday. Really, really appreciated. Sorry didn't get on here before the race as just didn't realise how much I still had to prepare / plan / early night etc! Then yesterday, we pretty much stayed out the whole day as the weather was so nice. By the time I got home and laid on the sofa to watch a bit of The Masters, I crashed out!
So, I am no longer a Marathon virgin! Official time of 3hrs28mins17secs (average pace of 7:56mm) What a day! My target was inside 3:30, as you all know and I crossed the line well and truly spent! Therefore, I was really chuffed and pleased with how I did.
My splits look like this according to the tracking:
10KM - 48:54 (7.52/mile)
Half Way - 53:21 (7:44/mile)
30KM - 44:14 (7:59/mile)
Finish - 1:01:45 (8:08/mile)
Day started perfectly as it was pretty cool with light drizzle and I got off to a really comfortable start. Looked at my watch and it was saying av. pace 7:47. In theory I thought this might have been a little quick but it felt really comfortable so I just stuck with it. I crossed the half way point feeling untouchable and it pretty much stayed this way right up to mile 19... I knew I had my brother and my Mum waiting for me at 21 miles so it wasn't too much of a problem getting to that point, although it was starting to hurt a bit. After seeing the family I literally had a 'Wall' moment, albeit it probably wasn't the full wall but, pretty close!
Between 21 miles and 24.5 miles it was just a complete mental battle to get my legs to keep going one in front of the other. I felt light headed, dehydrated, hungry, you name it! I took on a gel at mile 23 and saw a good friend of mine at 24.5 miles. After a quick high five with him, I found an extra gear from somewhere and had a strong finish for the last 1.7 miles.
There are parts of Brighton that are psycologically pretty tough but the crowd really help and were out in full force as the weather got better. During the last 1.7 miles the noise was deafening with cheers, hooters, drums etc.
So just leaves me to thank all of you on this forum for all your encouragement, words of wisdom, advice, humour, inspirational stories and everything else that has helped or made me smile along the way.
So as we turn our attentions to VLM, how is everyone feeling?
Blade - nice one. Totally fab result for a first marathon!
I'm still suffering from my birthday celebrations
Fantastic Blade! Well done you. So pleased you beat your target by so much.
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