Think it was my 7th (?) Abo mara yesterday. Good chance to catch up with friends and family so it's become a bit of a permanent fixture. Still think it's the best race in terms of organisation/value relative to other bigger events.
Well done as above to those who ran well at Abo and elsewhere, but esp to GBRM. Everyone remembers their first sub 3, and rightly so. LS21 isn't quite as shit as he likes to make out.
Jooligan - fair play for coming on here after a not ideal (though not too disastrous surely) day out. Very hard to align fitness, good health, right weather, neptune passing through uranus etc all on race day. 3 weeks might be pushing it though if you maxed out y'day. 3 years ago I only managed 3.31 there despite a 77 min half and 2.53 earlier in the year. Just couldn't get it all together on the day.
Pretty satisfactory day for me at Abbers I'd say. Last proper long run of target marathon training in 4 weeks time. Hard half last Sunday and about 60 miles during the week plus a parkrun on Saturday and no taper at all, so wanted to run about 3.10 with a negative split (never done one of those before despite about 50 attempts!). Actually managed it this time with 1.36 / 1.33 for 3.09, or maybe a second or two under.
First half felt really easy which was nice then started to overtake plenty (about 40-50 in total). Only concern was the last 4 miles I had to work a fair bit harder than expected, but I guess the last miles of any long run are usually pretty tough.
Already been out for my regular morning 5 miles earlier with no particular tiredness. One more big week then a 3 week taper and see where we are.
LMH - get yourself to the front of red pen 1 and you'll be fine. I remember a group of us started quite a way back in the FGFA last year, and we all got away fine and were straight into our running without any hold ups. All of us got our sub 3 or sub 2h45 targets that day.
Had to miss first XC of the season as I was up north, where I took the opportunity to do the inaugural Manchester Half. Wanted to use it as yardstick of marathon training; last "race" was a PW parkrun in early September of 19:26, so I've had to work quite hard to get back into any sort of shape.
Started peeing down a few seconds before the start & stopped just before the finish. Got round in 78:30 (just over 1.5 mins slower than PB), but didn't really push that hard in second half. Went through 10k in 36:30 but got isolated between groups and lost a bit of focus. Probably lost a minute thereafter but happy enough for a 70 mile week without rinsing myself. Abo next week, long training run so will aim for around 3:10 I think.