RS - sorry you didn't get what you wanted, but still a bloody good time!
Dan - glad you finished the year strongly.
Solid HM Al_P.
Padams - quality! Well done!
Not much to report here. Only ran Tuesday/Wednesday for a grand total of 17 last week. Family stuff took over the rest of the week and I never even got close to lacing up. Back to it with a solid 10 today.
RS/PP - with the extra marathons, Marders is fast enough at HM to bag £ that way whereas I'm nowhere close. The idea only occurred because if I had been fit I would have bagged a few quid in Lanzarote for the same effort, and one or two I was looking at for next year anyway are not dissimilar in terms of depth, plus a lot of my club go off to marathons around Europe on a regular basis, so it's as much about a club break as anything else - any bit of prize money would just be a nice bonus and very secondary to the idea of a training run and a short break.
RS - funnily enough, after Saturday the idea of going somewhere every month or two and doing one as a training run is starting to appeal. If I can get a few days break and have the chance of a few quid for a training run (I'd have to be an awful lot fitter for that to be viable, but if I'm in around pb shape then a sub-2:40 should be comfortable enough and a good training stimulus) - the top 3 Saturday were 2:35, 42, 43 with prize money of 500, 300, 200 euros (I think).
I know some of you are Canova fans. I haven't read these yet, but Letsrun done a Q&A session here.
Cheers all. Bearing in mind I ran a(n expected) small positive split (less than 2 minutes), the positions at the chip mats tell enough about how people pace marathons: 10km (17th), HM (12th), 32km (7th), Finish (4th).
TR - how is the body holding up to the runs?
CD - a belated happy birthday.
Wardi - similar. I think race day was in the 23-25 region. Nice for relaxing, not so much for running!
Jooligan - I'm hoping to be able to pb at London (currently 2:27:48). Loads of time for you; don't stress it. No point comparing how you felt a month before a marathon with how you feel 4.5 months beforehand.
Padams - in terms of mentally just going out and doing a marathon without any endurance, yeah, definitely. Plus I guess I got the long run side of things mentioned previously out of the way! Nice chilled parkrun!
ES - tough break on the race, but useful from a training perspective nonetheless!
CW - no harm giving your body a break occasionally, and it's the best time to do it!
SL - amazing stuff and massive congratulations. I'm glad you got the reward your training deserved.
I'm currently out in Lanzarote. Done an accidental/unplanned marathon. With no long runs since London and 18m on Tuesday the closest to that (which left me shattered the next day) I set a target of 2:50 which I figured should be a solid, but slower than current MP, effort. Ran to feel and when I was tired just let the pace slide. Ended up with 2:49 which was good enough for 4th.
A marathon is a flipping long way especially when the temperature is in the 20s!!
The afters saw me doing similar to SL, so today's jog might be a bit slow.