thanks for the info Adrian, will look into it. Good luck Richard. I did my first mara at Manchester last year in 5hrs 17. I am hoping for my next one to be 5hrs. I read on the facebook page there were only 800 ish entrants so far! Quite surprised by that.
I did this race last year, two weeks after achieving a PB in London of 3:07. I managed 3:09 in Sunderland. It was a very friendly affair but I did not find it that flat, in fact the penultimate mile was a cruel climb.
I would have done this race again without hesitation had it not now being scheduled for the week after London.
I even saw Steve Cram on route last year and managed to have a brief chat with him whilst he passed me in the race car!
I didn't mind the lack of crowds. It was friendly amongst the runners but I do remember running through a park and having to ask some pedestrians whether they had seen some runners go by just to make sure I was on the right route. The field had become so strung out I could not see anyone in front of me. (I came about 48th I think)
Glad training going well Adrian. How close together are your marathons? Training ok. Great to get out this morning in sunshine, wind but no ice. Did 6 miles with some speed work and actually feel quite energised. Plan to do some hill work Weds, 13 miles Thurs then 4-5 Saturday. Just working my way through my training plan that worked well for me last year when I ran Manchester.
Hope everyone's training going well
Been hit with a terrible chest-infection type thing. Feel like shit. Determined this isn't going to knock my training after I battled through all the snow but my run tomorrow is in jeopardy.
Heartbroken if so....
oh no poor you, hope you are feeling better Adrian. I wonder if you have managed your run today?
Back. Lived and as usual, after a couple of warm up miles chest was fine. Completed my planned 10 miler and instantly coughed. Lol.
Onwards and upwards...
Good work. 10 miles in the bag!!
I'm sitting here trying to motivate myself for 7 miles, with strides. I'm sure my legs are aching more and more with every minute that passes..........
great, Adrian and Richard, really good to have ths forum to encourage each other I am following a plan from Manchester that worked for me last year again. So I am just about to set off for a 13 miler. I always find it tough to get going but love it once I start and feel great afterwards. But my house is so warm and it is so cold outside! I don't have a garmin (yet!), just my stopwatch! Wow, 2 marathons in a week Adrian. Good idea to practice with 2 long runs close together. Let us know how it goes
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