Thanks for the great welcome all! I have a couple more yardsticks coming up. I am doing Silverstone Half this weekend but will run it at 9 min mile to see how I feel at the end. Do you think this is a good idea?
Two weeks after that I have Reading half which I will run all-out to see if i can get a faster time than my previous ones. If I do then I will post it up here and I can think about what I want to do in London 4 weeks later.
I know you are right - i really should take London easy and I also know that if I go a little too fast in the beginning it will hurt a LOT at the end. I will keep your words in mind.
Been looking forward to club tonight but now I'm home I'm soooo tired....
Ikle - take heed, mini taper sounds good. Don't do what I did a few years ago, peaked too early had a great HM 4 weeks out from London and never really recovered to get back in to the final stages of Marathon training.
FRC - Jovi is sub 7 min pace for 5k too as well as 10 mile - How could I be so f**king stupid to think I'll ever achieve that?
6 weeks of course... in that case run your legs off!
Dave - swearing on a Tuesday .. tut tut... Well Ickle thats at least four different bits of advice - I am sure you will do what you need to do and depending how you feel. I did Silverstone in 2007 - first year I was on this thread - Gordon was away filming in Budapest and I made a plan to meet a guy from this thread called Corredor (went on to be called Chi Monk!!) I was going to try and run with him... but missed him at the start. I found him at the end - some of us here know him as Chi/ Phil - I ran Hastings with him at a later date but that Silverstone half it was a bitter wind cutting right through us and hail and then at the marathon same year 2007 it was the hottest hottest-- 23 degrees plus - Chi ended up on a drip, TuTu ended up on the front page of the Daily Mirror collapsing at the end with the Headline "Tutu Much!" ... memories huh? hope TuTU is doing okay ...
Are you going away AH???
amazing report Martin .. dont know how you can keep going ... awesome. 26.2 is fine for me still....
She might be, Martin. She's overdue, anyway and no news....
Khanivore - 4 weeks is too close to VLM to do an all out effort at half marathon. As Dave the Flower found out...
You don't need to test yourself too much before the day. A marathon is SOOOO different to a half marathon. Run Silverstone hardish but don't kill yourself - and see where you are with that. It'll tell you loads.
Sorry Susan. I know you're really looking forward to the pool side pics. Will be paying you back for Morocco
Got to go to bed. First massage at 7am in the morning, then another at 8.30. Then a delicious tempo run or something at marathon pace or something.
hi all - been lurking a lot but not posting.
Fantastic race report Martin - sounds like you got it spot on - amazing time. I think if conditions are good on the day I;d defintiely go for the sub 9.
Susan - I can't believe it is 6 years since we all first met - I can still remember first cheering Tutu on as she passed while me & my OH were spectating at about the 25 mile mark although she has no memory of running along The Embankment.
Ikle - good luck at Silverstone - whatever pace you decide on!
As a few people have alluded to I managed a new 10 mile PB at the weekend. I have been trying for 2/3 years to crack the sub 70 and finally managed it on Sunday. a loevelty rolling course through country lanes and small villages. I can't really believe I have managed to do it after coming so close on several occassions. I still just keep thinking "but I cant run that fast". I am convinced the combination of more miles mixed with the extra speed sesison that is my weekly parkrun is what has helped me finally crack it.
AH - have a fab time in Lanza. My mate Adam (who Martin has talked to about Comrades and who is doing Comrades again this year - as well as Marahton des Sables - he is officially certifiably bonkers!) has just come back from a week's warm weather training there - was great to hear how much he'd enjoyed it. Look forward to seeing all your pics. With Bon Jovi touring this year I just cant stretch to going but hoping I'm hoping to be able to get there next year. Amazingly from how Adam described where his room was I think he may well have stayed in the same room we did!
Tutu is now seriouly overdue so baby Tutu's arrival must be imminent.
Marathon training still on track. Thessaloniki was originally just going to be a holiday with a fun marathon thrown in but with training going so well at the moment I am now rethinking and might go for a PB although it will definitely be weather dependent - if its hot I'll just go slow and enjoy it.
Can't find my bloody Garmin. Grrrr. Last seen in Cambridge on Saturday - hope I didn't do something stupid like drive off with it on the car roof or something (I have form...) Aaaaggghhh. Hope some kind club friend might have a spare they could lend me.
Am in bloody chaos here... Still at least I'm earning some money today. Not doing much packing tho...
AH when you do fly? I've got a Garmin 201 going spare.
Jovi, congrats. WAVA stat achieved. You are 25 again?
Martin - great report. Definitely need to sort your food though. What do they give out at Comrades?
DtF I was sub 7mm for 5k barely when I joined the thread just before my first marathon.. literally at my limits though, on my knees wiped out after. Did the same marathon time as you at Chester the month after so its definitely possible to improve. In the 18 months since then have done sub 7 at 10k distance, ~sub 44 min, then 10 mile, then six months later kept same speed to sub 1:30 half.
I did a 10k one week, and a 10 mile the following week, just ran it like the 10k a few seconds off, to see what happened. Knowing you can carry on without exploding makes a huge difference to your confidence.. same applies to Martins comrade sub 9 plans, even Ikle's silverstone plans.
Oh hen I feel your pain, hope you get it or a spare
oh I hope we hear something about TUTU soon
Well done everyone, I really cannot keep up with this thread! Sounds like you are all speeding along
welcome to Khanivore as you have seen - great advice to be had here. I think I have been around the longest but still never achieved sub 4! Don't think I ever will but thats ok,I just cheerlead and lurk!
Now you will, Wabo, what with all your fab brialliance, running and weight loss etc. Not to mention mileage!
lol, sub 4.15 will be fine!
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