LMH - Valencia marathon in two months. Have a place for Abo as usual (goes twice past my sister's house so logistics are always easy), so may use it for a training run as it's four weeks out; but would have to be incredibly disciplined not to get carried away and push it too hard and jeopardise the bigger picture. Could try for my first ever negative split in a progressive run perhaps.
SL - do you get guaranteed entry to MB marathon next year? Us mortals have to go to ballot next month.
SL - that's a solid 50k at sub 2h50 marathon pace, especially with the slowing down etc.
Feel like I'm finally making progress. Regular weekend 20 milers, midweek 14 milers, and a good mix of easy & tempo in between. Been going to the track regularly as well. Done about ten sessions this year now, having never trained on a track before. Anyone recommend a good track session for a wannabe marathon improver? These are the last three I've done:-
10 x 800m at 2.50-3.00 per rep (last one 2.29), 400m recovery between each
Then 5 x 1k (adding up to 16.33 5k) with 60 secs recovery in between k's.
Then 5 x [1 mile (5.50 - 6.00 each), 200m recovery, 1 lap fast (75secs) 200m recovery]
CD - that is an incredible run of sub 2h40's at VLM. Can't be many who can replicate that (Coro springs to mind)
Beginning to see some form & mojo returning here. Despite a humblingly awful parkrun PW last week (gave up mentally on it), I've managed 100 miles exactly in the past seven days, with some quality inc. a 21 and a 14, in some pretty toasty conditions too.
Even been going to the track to work on some speed. 10 x 800m off 200m recovery. All in the 2.50's but felt very easy so I blasted the last one in 2.29.
Couple of months until target mara, but may use Abingdon as a training run of sorts. Will decide nearer the time.
SL - good news. Hope to have finished the TDS race by the time you start the OCC. Am out of qualifying points for the big lad.
Running has been very poor for months. Still get out most days, but the speed (such as it was) has vanished. Even been going to the track for the first time ever but my parkrun times are all consistently a minute slower than earlier in the year. Haven't broken 18 mins since May. Got three months to find it again before Valencia marathon. Was out in France following the UTMB last weekend, and took the chance to run the last 14k of the Mont Blanc 80k I dnf'd in June. Gave me a finishing time of 9 weeks, 1 day and six hours. Think I might have missed the cut-off though