What pace were the reps selbs? Not sure on the starting stuff, but I know our bus leaves Reading at 7am (though we are also taking marshals, so that may be part of the reason - I'm not sure what time the race starts at?). My plan is the same as yours - run it as fast as I can on the day and see what happens. I'm suspecting a positive split
That's it Wardi. It'll be here in no time. I've got a 10 week plan that started this week (looking to improve 10k/HM paces with loads of very easy endurance work), before a 9 week marathon specific phase, so right now I'm just focusing on the first part. Sounds ideal for the parkrun
That's an itch I occasionally get Padams. I might do Endure 24 one year.
As this week was the start of proper training, last night was the start of properly structured efforts. Plan was 8 x 800m, 1 x 1600m @ 5m pace, off of a 1 lap jog. As I'm optimistically targeting sneaking a sub-35 (84s laps) I thought 83s laps was a solid target. Ran 2:46, 48, 46, 42, 40, 41, 40, 37 and then 5:20 for the mile (77s last lap).
Pleased with that (but still think a sub-35 is a best case scenario target - especially as I'll have a big first week in my legs).
Crazy stuff TTock! Good luck, and cheers re: Paris too. I was thinking there can't have been too much of it on the cobbles - I'm still achy from them today!
selbs - see you there. Hope things pick up for your Dad.
Jools - likewise, see you there, and fingers crossed for the manflu. I'll be delighted if I can manage MP.
My training 'officially' started yesterday with a very easy 17m (was supposed to be 20, but got caught in hail at 13 and was getting a bit shivery). The last 5 weeks were basically trying to build back into it (with last week's 77 being the highest). The plan is, essentially, 10 weeks of very easy endurance stuff whilst working on 10k/HM paces, before a 9 week marathon specific phase.
Have to keep reminding myself that my goal race is 19 weeks away so I don't succumb to the temptation to try get fitter quicker.