For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Nice work, Charlie. Looks very well paced and it's encouraging your legs felt good afterwards. Nice 'final heroic sprint' as well. See you on the Champs start in 2014
Race day for me today too - the Milton Keynes Half. I managed a PB by just over a minute, so that's good. That's based on an unoffical time of 1:26:46 on the Garmin, pending the official results being posted. I'll update later with official time and placing etc.
Freezing cold day, but the course is relatively flat and quite sheltered in parts so it wasn't too bad. I ran the first 11 miles very consistently, but then the wheels came off for the last 2, which I'm disappointed about, because it cost me about a minute I reckon. It looks like I need to improve speed endurance. Any advice on how to specifically train on that? More LT work, or would longer runs between MP and HMP be more useful?
Unoffical 10M PB during the race as well, although that's mainly because my other 10M performances have been shambolic.
So I don't think I'm in sub-3 shape, but that's OK, it was always an ambitious target for a debut marathon based on 4 months training and a previous HM PB of 1:27:xx. I shall revise my target to 3:10 and aim for a GFA entry for VLM 2014!
Great racing Charlie and CRAB.
Nice champs qualifer CW and PB for ES
Mad March 20 report and my weekly summary now up.
Short story is I beat CRAB by 20min but he already spolit that bit.
........just hope I haven't burnt too many matches TR - we shall see!
23.36 miles for me today, at 8.01 pace despite trying to slow myself down. To be fair it was too cold to run slowly - snowing and blowing a gale to boot. Legs now feel like they've actually done some work.
CW - great pacing there!
Off to read Marigold's blog now...
Great running CW, well done.
25 miles today at 6:48/m trying more than one gel for the first time training and made a big difference. Good to know the sub 3 is on at the moment. Best chocolate frijj I've ever had after too.
Off to the pub now to replace some calories
CW - I knew you hadnt tapered properly, you were running far too far in the taper (for you), so was expecting you to run well. I'm pleased to see that you're happy with the race, fragile confidence pecker will be for a couple of days, just the 27M next Sunday to keep it there then ?
ES - speed endurance has nothing to do with it, left after right often will do you nicely.CRAB - fair effort son given the taper, but I guess the warm weather acclimatisation and recent altitude training helped. After a year off it's about time you beat me home again !
Marigold - you're on a different planet to me, so I have no idea how well stocked your match box is. Pretty well stocked I'm sure.
PP - race report ? there were a few rock stars in your AG at the weekend.
No matches burned here happy to say, it was supervising the SPOs mothers day breakfast in bed and an early k.o for the U12s. Unlike CRAB my youngest did trouble the scorers (3rd game on the trot).
Nicely done sub 75 Charlie, & good to hear the legs were up for a few more miles afterwards.
ES.. congrats on your half, I reckon sub 3:10 is a decent target for you.
Some cracking long runs today; Jools, Andy D, CC2 (good stuff after the XC downer) & Sweedo (congrats on the 5k PB too!).
Clearly.. sorry to hear you're not back in the groove yet.
A good day's exercise yesterday CD, hope the beer tasted good!
Hats off to CRAB & Marigold at the 20 miler 1:47 = top banana!). However what I really wanted to know Marigold, did Steve Cram ask you for your autograph??
5+10m today with a few snow flurries this afternoon, 60m for the week.
Speedy: nice LSR. You were actually only about 40s behind me yesterday, so if that was cruising you're in fantastic shape - I was definitely working!
Nice 20s from CRaB and Marigold.
Congratulations on the pb, ES: it shows you that your training is working.
Marigold -- cracking win, and this leaves me slack-jawed: "140.33 miles (6:37m/m)"CRAB -- 18 miles is a lot of matches burnt. Will the sphincter have any strength left for 21st April?ES -- many congrats on the PB. Long runs always help with the endurance, but given you were hitting PB times along the way, maybe it's just a question of starting off at the right pace. Can't have been all that wrong given the PB though!Good long runs there CC2 & Sweedo, and your double Wardi. SL -- wow (again) on your "lid-on" run that for me would be ~PB stuff.TR -- I probably *will* do a 27M or something next weekend, having ticked the speed box today. You're just leading me astray on the mileage front...
Although very happy with today, I'm a bit miffed that I wasted some time on mile 6 and then ended up 4 sec behind the only V40 ahead of me, who would normally beat me, but was blowing up at the end today -- another 200m and I'd have had him and been 1st V40. Fair play though, he finished first. Have had a very chilled out mothers' day evening including beer, sherry (!), nibbles, pie, sticky toffee pudding, wine, and The Bourne Identity (now the kids are old enough). A very satisfactory day all round.
SL - hoping to keep it safe, no MMH or Salisbury 10M for me today means no build up races, but I did ok last yr without any and this time last yr I had just had 10 days on the non running bench. Amazing to think that I have a chance of another sub3 when I was so unfit running wise on a sore knee about 8 weeks ago and was struggling on 17M long runs.
CW - I was only playing, you are well set for a PB at VLM and are very happy with today, dont go and waste a load of matches on more 27 milers, you already have 2 or 3. Set a 22M maximum !
CRAB -- I did about 5 or 6 halves of 76 min and was sure I'd never do 75 -- I'd apparently hit saturation. Then blow me, two come along, giving me hope that I'm not quite over the hill after all. Stick with it! PS you've reminded me of a party trick in which you hold a boxful of matches (sans box), wipe Guinness foam around the hand to protect it, ignite the matches to give a mightily impressive flare, and then put them out in your mouth, nonchalantly exhaling smoke (and hopefully not delaminating your palate). I think I got thrown out of somewhere once when I was very much younger doing that...
CW - yes I may have paced the early stages slightly too fast (went through half-way in 42:35 which is 6:30/mi, finished with average of 6:36/mi). On the other hand, the first couple of miles were downhill and the uphill finish didn't help!
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