For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Thanks for the comments. I know I'm being tough on myself. My 1st was 3:02 on a bugger of a course, and this was as flat as you like - I'd built my confidence up over the past few weeks and really felt I was in good condition till lurgy/injury came. I will take some pride from it after a sleep. Still missing a few kg's of body weight, so will over endulge tonight and start thinking about my first VLM.
AR: it's pretty hard to avoid the totally gutted feeling when you miss your target, even if the reasons for the result are both obvious and rational. As you say, sleep on it and take the positives.
Speedy has posted on FB and is ok for result to be shared. She's pretty gutted after just dipping inside 3.09. Split on course for 3.05 but looks like the second half was a bit of a grind. It's pretty darn close to a pb but obviously not what she wanted.
SJ - sorry to hear that you've had to pull out of Abo; hope things are back on track very soon.AR - very brave attempt. Amazing that you did it at all after the last couple of weeks and a great finishihng time everything considered. Sub3 for sure next time. Take care of yourself now.OOlg - never mind, at least you gave it a shot; did the bet specify which parkrun?Moof - that's some going, especially full of cold. Well done on a cracking time.RJ - just awesome!!! Congratulations on another huge achievement.Gutted for Speedy.Anyone heard from KR yet?6 mile plod for me this morning.
AR - sorry I don't give you any good wishes as on Friday I assumed you wouldn't be running and haven't read the thread this weekend. You surprised me by running it. Very good performance considering. As other have said, I sure sub3 will be no problem for you on another occasion.
Moof - good result there. I very much like that course and its got a good feel that race. The hill at 8miles is a classic.
RJ - astonishing. I can't even run 1 mile at that pace. Well done fella.
SJ - go easy there and sorry to hear you're probably out of Abo. I will also be at Manchester.
My wife had her first day back at work on Saturday so I looked after both kids. It went well so I celebrated by getting a hangover. 11miles yesterday and hips and thighs still sore but getting better.
I was once offered a re-location package when the insurance firm I was working for moved to Peterborough. I decided to go to Uni at Hull instead.
Moof - A great result when not feeling your best, and on a tricky course, too. Good stuff.
Jase - We love you, too. A stratospheric effort from you - even when a bit porky!
AR - I'd say that's a result to be proud of given the circumstances. Just getting round took enormous cojones.
Meanwhile, I did some great off-road running over the w/e, 9 miles on Sat and 10 on Sun. I was particularly pleased with Saturday's progressive effort, over testing terrain and having been chased by sheepdogs and then a bull! I finished with 3M at a decent clip, HMP, probably. I think I'm starting to get myself into the sort of shape where I can actually contemplate starting marathon training in mid-December.
Ant - also went to Uni at Hull. Good Times.
Had a good (ish) run in Peterborough and got round in 1.25.40 which was my 2nd fastest half and just 14 seconds off my PB. Can't help feel a bit disappointed though to get so close to a 3 year old PB. I've had a cold for the past 4/5 days and have been dosing up on Sudafed. It did help out but still didn't feel 100%.
I was however please with my pacing and managed to knock out pretty consistent 6.30 miles with the fastet being 6.25 and the slowest 6.38. I think this was helped with the flatness of the course. The race is really great and with 4000+ runners, totally closed roads, a very flat profile it has all the right ingredients. The other good thing was that there were lots of other runners of the same ability, so no big patches of running solo, which I think also helped with the pacing side of things.
I've had a blinding year running this year with 4 x sub 90 minutes halves (1.26.11, 1.26.10, 1.27.43 & 1.25.40) and want to put all the good training to good use - you never know what next year has instore! I'm tempted to have another go at another half this Autumn having got the training behind me - just got to find another flatish course to have a bash at - any ideas?
Great marathon time there AR, don't be disappointed with that given the past couple of weeks.
Speedy - 3.09.xx is still a brilliant time. It's always tough to hit a PB when all the training has gone to plan and the marathon can be an unpredictable monkey. Llike Poacher says, you've got to look at the positives.
KR - good going at Peterborough. I can sense your frustration at coming so near and yet so far. PB next time!
DM - not be too over anxious about that hill; after all, as you say, you have been including a hill in your MLRs and LSRs. Just keep an even effort, stick to your target pace and see what comes out on the day. You might be surprised!
DM: I had a total elevation of approx 2800ft up, 2800ft down on my first Marathon in June - run in 3:02 - I am still so proud of that. That added to yesterdays disappointment on a flat course. I like hills!
Reverse Order review;
Dylan Man - Dont fret on it, you have your contingency already set out so give it a bash.
KR - Another nice half there.
AR - Its only a matter of time till all aspects come together at the same time and sub 3 will be there,
Moof - Impressive given not at 100% fitness
RJ - add my congrats to those you already have and deserve
Speedy well done and we look forward to your report!
Another 25min run under my belt and am now starting to think about increasing these little jogs to something a little more structured.
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