Emmy Bug with Flatfooted
Emmy - here's the intervals pace screengrab. Hopefully you can click on it and get a better look
Dog. Every time
Emmy H wrote (see)
Morning Shades, The 10in10 has been opened but if you can find any info - that would be great. A friend wants to do a quadzilla this year so was planning on 2 days of Ireland followed by another race in the UK. Or just 4days of Ireland
Have you got the link for the entries for the 10 in 10, can't see it on runireland?
Apologies for the delay.
Sunday's run was 13 miles and it was a little tiring as it was constantly in the head wind.
Today's 5 miler was in hailstones... so a nice change but it was cold and quite painful. It was an easy 5 miler so i think the mile pacing was around 11-11.30 mm.
So.... FF... I know that you're really busy but I have a confession to make. I'm running a marathon on Sunday. It's my Birthday so I decided to look at a local marathon for me.
The organisers found out that it's my birthday and have given me a free entry and i'll have a beer on the finish line! So... my plan is 4 miles on Thursday and then the marathon on Sunday.
Does that sound like a plan?
Also, what pace should I aim for? I know that I need to be careful with speed as I have the following races planned:
10th Feb: Genk Marathon17th Feb: London 50k ultra24th Feb: Malta Marathon...
What should be my plan for these weeks? Any advice?
Should I pack my bags?
Wonderfully crazy Emmy!
Emmy - thanks for the link but I forgot to come back and check for it so I had to register with Facebook to find out the link for myself. I hate Facebook with a passion
Might be hard to get the dates we want for the individual days.
Morning Shades - no problem. If you want - i'm their 'friend' on facebook and can relay any updates for you? Is there anything specific you're looking for?
Also, what pace should I aim for? I know that I need to be careful with speed as I have the following races planned: 10th Feb: Genk Marathon17th Feb: London 50k ultra24th Feb: Malta Marathon... What should be my plan for these weeks? Any advice?
If it was me, I'd prob treat all three of them as my LSR for that week. Paris is your A race, so if you try and score a PB before then, you could risk an injury or at least wear yourself out. And a slice of birthday cake after Genk as well. Oh okay then, two slices
Have a great time tomorrow. I'm too tight to buy you a present, so this'll have to do instead...
Happy Birthday Emmy - have a good run today
Oh Jesus, Mary and Joseph. That was one hard day at the office.
It was -2 when I arrived and got sorted. I tried to double up on all of my layers and there were still points when I was cold. The route was icy and although they were gritting - i did slide on a few moments during the first 2-3 laps. I was so impressed by the marshals who stood there for 5 hours.
I later found out they were really close to calling off the race due to the conditions but chose to grit it and hope for the best.
Course: It was 7x 6km loops, mostly on asphalt but there was 1km on grass which throughout the day got progressively more and more muddy.
I managed the laps relatively OK as I think i'm getting used to them but I did not feel 'right'. Today the bones in my feet are really sore. I think I was taking different strides due to the icy conditions?
I ran the route with a variety of people and taking on Weedy's advice - used it as a LSR... so I walked a bit with Robbie, who's 77 and still running marathons! Then I ran with another 100 club member as we chatted our way through 3 laps. I've noticed how much I love talking to people and running with someone.
Lessons Learned: Jam Sandwiches + Emmy = badness. I prepared some jam sandwiches but they just didnt agree with me. I couldn't swallow them and when they hit my stomach... well.... they didnt sit well and I ended up throwing it back up. I need to come up with a different strategy. I had 4 gels and a dozen jelly babies and some coke around the course.
I was the last marathoner on the course so was escorted back by two girls on a bike who were 'encouraging' me to run faster (I kept a few choice words under my breath). I know that they were trying but trying to make me push out a 9 min mile in the last 3 miles of the course was a little ambitious! I know they were cold but it really demoralised me... especially when I was told that there was no time limit! I just didnt realise that they set of the +6hrs an hour earlier!
The finish line: What happened next - I was not expecting. As I approached the finish line a chorus of: Happy Birthday to you.... started. I was so touched! It was completely unexpected. This was followed by one of the marshals telling me "The Boss wants to see me". I was instantly struck by: Oh crap - my chips not been recorded or something like that - No.... they were presenting me with a bunch of flowers! As I left yesterday - my legs felt trashed.... and even this morning I would normally have gone out for a recovery run - which i'm leaving until tonight to see how my legs feel today. This was a slower effort (on purpose) but it felt harder than the double I did last month!
All in all - it's good experience. The nutrition strategy is something I need to work on (any advice is appreciated for the next few races) as well as my clothing. I wore underarmour shirt and tights followed by two tshirts and another pair of tights, gloves and a hat. I'm sure that I looked like the michelin lady!
1st lap: (this was the extra little lap) 1.062nd lap: 40.163rd lap:42.334th lap:44.585th lap:45.546th lap: 50.387th lap: 53.20Finish: 48.37
Totals:Net: 5:27:19Gross: 5.27.34Average pace: 7.45 km'h
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