Solid run Lorenzo. Are you going to do a different marathon plan to usual? Seems if you have a 40+ in you at more than decent pace then endurance may not be the issue so maybe a campaign with more speed and less miles?
PMJ - yes, definitely thinking along those lines. Also, I'm looking to switch the day for my long run from Saturday to Sunday for the following reasons: - so that I can get a decent session in on the Friday as I'm planning to work from home on a Friday more often - to avoid not getting enough sleep on a Friday in order to get up at Gul o'clock to avoid clashing with family commitments which tend to be greater on a Saturday - to give myself the flexibility to do more parkruns.
Oh no MsE - can't believe that it's happened to you again. Hopefully it's nothing more serious than a minor sprain. What sort of treatment have you had on it previously?
Great pacing on that 20 miler G-Dawg. Were you aiming for that pace and how easy did it feel? Super hard last five miles from you Leslie.
Good bit of trophy bagging from you Speedy
Tough day for me at the Country to Capital, a 42.5 mile (billed as 45 miles) run from Wendover down to Little Venice near Paddington. Chilly at the start and moderate rain in the middle, together with some muddy off-road sections and puddles on the tow path made for an interesting mix of conditions and terrain.
Having told myself that I would learn the lesson from previous Ultras (including this one which I'd done as my first Ultra in 2010) and pace the first half sensibly, I failed miserably with 5 of the first 9 trail miles at 8:00 pace or quicker. In my defense it all felt pretty comfortable for the first 20 miles and I was still miling at sub-8:30 pace at miles 20 and 21.
When we hit the Grand Union Canal at mile 23 I took the opportunity to change into a pair of dry socks and road shoes and promptly threw in a 7:53 for mile 24.
It all started to go pear-shaped at mile 30 and my pace dropped to 9:4x and then 10:xx with a couple of 11:xx as I adopted a run-walk strategy in a few of the sections heading into town.
I redeemed myself with a 10:14 for mile 42 and then 9:08 for the last half mile but suffice to say I was passed by more people than I passed by quite some margin.
That said, my finishing time of 6:44 was more than an hour quicker than I'd managed 7 years ago and having said at the start I'd be happy with anything close to 7:00 I'm taking alot of positives out of the race; I just wish I'd got the pacing a bit more even so that I could have enjoyed the last 10 miles.
Good advice from both PMJ and Poacher on the choice of shoes for the race. My legs are moving under duress at the moment, but my head is telling me I've got to go back again next year and try and get it right!
Rest week ahead and then I start my 12 week campaign for London.