Greetings from an internet caf in Florence. Only had time to glance back, so sorry for highlights I.ve missed, but Happy significant Bday to MikeS and commiserations to AF seem to be in order.
I had a strange race (Florence marathon) on Sunday and can.t ( don.t know where the apostrophe is on this Italian keyboard!) make up my mind whether to be pleased or disheartened,
anyhow... it was very cold and then poured with rain before the start, and although huddled in a little tent, for about an hour, mostly at least I was sitting on a stray beer crate; then followed over 30mins standing in the start pen, so I along with everyone else was freezing cold by the time the gun went off. The first mile was everso slightly uphill but then followed 3 or 4 miles downhill which should have made for a brilliant start, but even with the downhill I couldn,t get up to planned race pace ie 8min\ml. I later found that lots of people had the same problem, so I think it must have been the cold. Anyhow I worked at what felt like marathon effort, though my HRM also seems to have objected to the cold and never got going. At halfway I was nearly 5mins behind schedule though working really hard at being positive and relaxed. Then the sun came out a bit and my legs felt easier and I had the courage to work really hard, and from then on I was getting faster and faster and working at what seemed like 10k effort. Apart from slowing a little in the last 5k when we were back in the centre of Florence and running quite a bit on hard stone slabs, each 3k was 3-5 secs per km quicker than the one before, and a one min overall negative split from half way. I can honestly say I,ve never worked so hard in a marathon, or concentrated so well. So all that has got to be really positive. Only problem was final chip time was 3:38.2x, so to far off my 3.30 goal t be too happy. And they haven.t yet put the age categories onto the results, so don.t yet know where I was in the my cat.
I can thoroughly recommend the race though, as the course was great, and apart from the downhill start and 2 bridges was completely flat, and ideal size field, well organized etc etc, and of course a great place to spend a long w\e. I.ve still got all tomorrow to play here, before coming home on Wed morning
Well done TmR. Couldn't of been a good start with the cold
Tinebeest - Enjoy your time away see you in 2009
TMR - great stuff - very well done. I'd be very happy with that time. Enjoy the rest of your time there.
AF - sorry you didn't get what you wanted, but it is hard to get the training/racing thing right.
Mike - welcome to the niffy fifties!
ssing - hope you get sorted quickly.
The headphones thing - I don't have any, so certainly don't run in them. I usually have a song in my head though. I think they can help new runners block out the pain and help them get to the finish, so whatever gets them through, I think is fine. I don't think it is a problem, unless they aren't listening to race info before the start, or if it's a lap race, and they can't hear the runners coming from behind. Think they must be a hazard when training though - not being able to hear what is around you.
What: Not very much running I'm afraid. Been away since Friday with husband and gkids. Done heaps including swimming in the sea, sand surfing down big dunes. Must admit I almost had to have my eyes closed and a push off because I was so scared, and I dug my feet in to slow me down! Not eldest gdaughter or husband - they loved it. The trek up the dune was the hardest bit though.
Must run today.
Good running everyone.
What...Athletics Data? Oops...Fine effort TMR.Forgot my November stats...Miles run - 270 milesNon-running days - 2Races - 2Races won - 1PBs - 1 (9.36 for 3k)Good hill session tonight in the company of some of the country's top hill runners. Session was 7 reps of a hill in one of the local parks with jog down recoveries. Hill was apparently 480 metres or so and was covered in icy patches. Happy to run consistent rep times ranging from 1.55 to 1.59. With a long warmup and cooldown, it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable 9 miles or so.Have a good night.
en route to bed having fallen asleep in the living room......
....but well done TmR - the circumstances of the start didn't really give you much chance of hitting your target time really.
what: 5.5 miles d&d lunchtime in 38:24why: only time available for a session
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