4 leisurely miles this morning @ 8:52. Lovely to run in daylight so early!
Nice to see 8:52 described as leisurely, Rachel. You've still got it!
Will, at what point did you realise 1:45 might be on? You made up a lot in the second half - I'm not surprised you got a stitch after a throwing in a 7:26!
Will - great running from you at the weekend.
Rachel - running in daylight and a leisurely run at that. Well done you.
Have got round 2 of the dreaded flu and after bearing with it since Sunday gave in today and came home early to see the Doc. He has concluded that rest is the most important but prescribed antibiotics as I suspect he thought that is what I wanted.
I know I need to rest and not panic but it is hard. It has been a tough winter and alot has gone into the training. And paris is 2 weeks on Sunday and and and ....
So I was planning a normal distance / pace midweek session of tempo, MLR and intervals with a reuced LSR of 12 miles this weekend.
Next week I was planning on reducing the distance of the midweek runs and their intensity and then doing an 8 mile LSR.
I am going to be sensible eventhough my head is telling me that I need to run, and skip tonight and tomorrows run. I will try and get out onThursday for an easy 4 - 6 miles. All going well I will get the 12 miler in at the weekend.
Then next week during the week I will do what I was planning to do this week if that makes sense.
Really frustrating ....
Carl - looking at the "glass is half full" perspective:- better to be ill now & get recovered rather than it to happen in 2 weeks & on the eve of Paris.- if you have to take time off for illness/injury during your training there is no better timing for it than the start of your taper.Rachel - sounds like you are running freely & stress free which has to be a good thing.
Will - I am doing Larne HM (N Ireland) on Saturday. It is an out & back/double ended lollipop course with 11 miles out & back along the coast road complete with scenic views of the Scottish coastline & gale force winds if the weather is bad (which it is forecast to be ), It is reasonably fast & flat though - half mile climb out the town early on and then a steeper half mile pull inland in the mid section. Tempo run tonight for me: 6 miles - first mile w/up 8.17 pace, last 5 at tempo 7.48 pace.
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Dave, I always thought I would start conservatively and really go for it in the second half!
Will, in that case it was perfectly executed. It takes a lot of confidence to run slower than your planned average pace but it's the best way to a good time. You must have been passing loads of people in the second half.
The 'go for it from the start and hang on' approach that Ricky's using for his half can work in a half (up to a point!) but not over twice the distance. It'll be a good test of where he is though, and a good pointer to what MP should be.
Ricky, personally I'd go for an easy run tomorrow. The hard weeks you've been doing as marathon prep should mean that you're recovering from the hard midweek runs pretty quickly, and you'd barely notice an easy run, and as you say it'll keep you nice and loose.
If you did an easy run Friday it probably wouldn't affect your half (not that I'm suggesting you change your plan, just making a point). Some people like to go for an easy run the day before a marathon, with a few strides thrown in (accelerate to race pace for 50m or so) just to get things going.
Will, a 1:45 HM converts roughly to a 3:40 to 3:45, so your pace seems about right, give or take. A slower first half is a good plan, especially since you've proven that you can run like that, but I'd suggest that once you've got to 10k in around 54 minutes or so that you don't worry about your speed drifting up a bit - you're better off with a gradual acceleration rather than any sudden changes in pace. Your stitch in that HM may have been down to what was quite a change in pace. Just don't let it drift up too much, keep a lid on it until 20 miles at any rate.
I have in the past made the mistake of having a nice steady first half, then getting to halfway and carried away early in the second half, because I was expecting to run a negative split. The 10k between 25-35k (this was Berlin, no mile markers) was too quick and the last 7k were painful to say the least. Overall I'd have been better keeping that for 30-40k. The one downside of a slower first half is that you're constantly fighting the urge to go quicker!
Oh dear carter, hope that's not too serious. Get stretching!
As long as you feel you're still holding back at that pace I think you'll be fine Will. You just don't want to feel like you're forcing the speed up that early on.
Well the weather here has made my mind up whether to run or not - blowing an absolute gale out there so sofa for me tonight.On a more worrying note my HM may be cancelled on Saturday due to bad weather. 30 cms of snow & gale force winds predicted tomorrow & into Saturday Route is a coastal route for 10ish miles so even if the race proceeds the winds will be brutal and rule out any realistic chance of a PB.Not happy.
Checking in to see how everyone is getting along. Hard to believe that we can have such a snow fall coming up to Easter. Madness.
Emjoy your hols Will.
I am much the same as earlier in the week. This whole flu / virus thing is beginning to wear me down. Despite antibiotics,fruit, vitamins, fluids etc it is refusing to budge. Beginning to worry that this marathon may not happen for me. It all depends on how many more days does it stop me from running and how much time is left to get in some decent sessions. I do not think I could go all that way just to plod around to the finish line.
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