Carterusm with Spoons
Oirish - RunBritain rates Halstead as a difficulty factor of 3.6 which means it reckons it is pretty difficult!As a comparable the Lakeland Marathon Challenge which has a rep of being difficult as far as I know gets a rating of 3.0 - so they reckon Halstead is more difficult!The hilliest HM I have done in Cookstown gets a 1.6 ..... So based on that I wouldn't get to hung up on a sub 3.45 if I were you!
Carter - I have entered the Bupa 10k in London which is on the May bank holiday at the end of the month. Did this last year and was dissapointed to be beaten bu Mo Farah when I completed it in just under 50mins which is my PB. I am hoping to get under 45 mins this year.
I might do the Oxford 10k in the middle of May as a warmup. Not done this for a few years but my 9 yr old boy wants to run the junior race next year having come and watched me before when he was a little younger. Am planning to go out running with him in the summer.
Carter - have never really considered an ultra before. Why do you think I would fancy it and how the hell do you train for it ?
Really gutted to hear about your continuing niggles. It will be a really tough decision to make and no matter what we say you must listen to your body. If running the race is going to do furtrher damage or prolong the recovery then you would be better off not doing it. As you say you will give it every chnace and we will support you whatever the decision.
I am really tempted to sneak out for a run tomorrow evening. I am surprised how quickly I have recovered from the effects of Sunday. Even my hammy is not feeling too bad.
Spoons- Was always planning the 10k. I have never really trained for them before but it is just like running a tempo session so it must be worth a good go.
Ricky - some good solid training coming from you at the moment. Keep it up. Suggests a great time could be on the cards if it all comes together on the day.
On the matter of pacing, do not get fooled into thinking that your chosen MP is easy as it is so much slower than your HMP. 26.2 miles is so much further than a HM and while that is me stating the bleedin' obvious, holding a sub 8:30 pace for 20+ miles is going to be tough. Particularly if it is warm on the day.
It is nornal during the tapering time with you running less miles to think about going faster.
Having run your recent HM steady paced all the way round and feeling that there is more in the tank, it would suggest that the pace you are talking about is possible.
My advice would be to start a little conservatively, and get the first couple of miles out of the way. Keep something in the tank for the second half. It is easier to get some time back later on if you have conserved your energy. If you start off too fast you run the risk of bonking around 18 miles.
If I had not gone into last Sunday knowing that my hammy was likley to give me a little jip, I would have started slower to run a negative split. As I knew it was going to give me trouble I went off faster and basically ran until it gave up. I never expected to get as far as I did but it was this revised strategy that got me the sub 4 hours.
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself between now and race day. Get some MP miles into your runs and see how it feels. Have a gold / silver / bronze approach such that on the day depending on how you feel you can adjust to something you have thought about rather than trying to change it while running which is harder to do than it seems.
I hope this does not come across as being negative as it is not meant to be. Remember the most important thing is to enjoy the experience and not stress about the time.
Oirish - you want to stay away from niggles and viruses. They are not what they are all cracked up to be !!!!
Halstead is considered by most to be a hilly are hard marathon so pacing will be a challenge. Very important that you take it steady from the start and maybe go slower than you feel you should as if there are alot of hills in the second half they will zap the energy out of your legs. If you set off too fast with a fixed pace in mind you will be putting yourself under stress when you hit the hills in the later miles.
I would have thought fuelling during the race will be very important too as you will be burning more by adjusting your pace with the terrain so bring some extra gels.
You have done some decent training and are well capable of a decent time.
It might as Ricky suggests not be the marathon to get so fixed on securing a fantastic time and just try and enjoy it and get a really decent time.
Oirish - sub 4 sounds very credible. I know people that have run it and there times weren't that much slower.
Ricky - only you will really know how MP feels. It needs to feel easy though as Carl says 26.2 is a long way and believe me it won't feel easy after 3 hours. That said, your half time and training indicates your goal is very achieveable.
Carl - a couple of months of training and racing shorter distances will make you a much better runner. The best runners periodize - they do a spring marathon, a summer of 5km / 10km, an autumn half and a winter of XC.
I've only just sat down - day from hell workwise & only got in from my run @ 10.30pm - hi viz gear back in action.10 miler @ what felt like MP... avg pace for run turned out to be 8.26...... AVG HR was only 148 compared to LSR's @ 9.10/9.20 pace which typically show an AVG HR of 143. So quite pleased with this and thinking now that 8.25 pace might well be a suitable MP.Work in the morning, taking the youngest for a swim in the afternoon & then Chinese food in the evening in preparation for last LSR on Sunday morning
Carter - is the plan to do the marathon but just jog round then? it's a real disappointment but it makes sense. Also you are far more likely to enjoy your first marathon if you start really slow, possibly even with planned walk breaks from the start. And you will get a fitness benefit and endurance training for your ultra dreams. Plus your recovery time will be much quicker.
re: the 10km I would say yes you can race it if you are taking the marathon slowly.
The only issue of course is how the knee holds up.....
I am so gutted for you. To have done so well in training and then face this is a rough deal!
It sounds like doing Chester instead might be the better option long term....but I really share your pain! On the positive side, a friend of mine DNS Manchester last year as she also had knee problems and she's come back so strong and is lookingto do it in a incredible time this year, so this is only a temporary set back!
Carter - gutted indeed is the word. However - think positive and all that - you've got a great HM PB. You've been through a fun experience. You're training will not be wasted. I would take your physio's lead and do similar to what I have done this spring. Take some time off running, do loads of cross training and then slowly build up the running again. You will come back fitter and stronger for it. I'm still a lot slower than I was but I'm really enjoying running again which is the most important thing. I'm also niggle free. I'm still holding myself back a bit as I am desperate to do more but every week I release the reins a bit more.....
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