Again it's great to see so many starting to hit the big mileage before taper madness sets in. Ended up with 23 last Saturday - Portrush - PBT - Bushmills - Portstewart - Portrush. Every 4th mile at marathon pace. Weather was drizzly but kept me cool which was nice.
One2e - You are doing brilliantly and there is definitely no shame in run walking. My brother did his first marathon a couple of years ago and decided to run with Jim and myself on the 4.30 train at Belfast Marathon. His longest run coz of injury etc had been 14. I recognised the signs at around mile 16 that he was tiring. Told him to immediately switch to a walk run strategy. He came in smiling and in 4hrs 50 odd. Even though he had to walk he only lost 20 odd mins over the last 10 miles and came in smiling instead of being carried over.
Looks like weather breaking today but got a sun drenched 7am run from Dunseverick to end of Whitepark Bay and back. We are truly blessed with some of the best running trails in the world. 15 this Sunday with BCM runners hoping for 4.30. leaving Cutters at 8.00am. All welcome - to attend please contact Belfast City Marathon office.
Great to see the running is continuing well on the forum and a few pbs. Thanks Leslie and Paul - was really pleased at how I ran in Devon. This was my fourth year on the trot and my best time yet. Ryan had picked up my 1st year result therefore it looked a massive pb lol. I took 6.5 mins off my time from last year and I'm so pleased that it may as well be over an hour. Last year I felt I had a really strong run and didn't know if I could top it or get close. This year I ran by hr/perceived effort and only looked at the time when I crossed the line. I also ran with only five tiny jelly beans and took water only. I've been training my body to burn fat as fuel more efficiently. In the past I would have been geltastic.
Glad the marathon track session went well - Yassoos are a great wee session although Mr Moore speaks wisely about endurance. Hope everyone else is well and good luck to those at Albertivlle today or the up and coming Larne Half.
Some more info on Lisburn although please note that these things not always set in stone.
Same start area and heading out to Moira as usual bt onto Lurganure Road then working back to Maze then out to Culcavy and back to Maze and home via Blaris Road like the 10k route. Flat fast and traffic free. PSNI had a look at it recently - waiting for them to say yes but should fine.
PaulD - was up there myself on Friday. 7.13am start at Donard Car Park - headtorch Ran river path to the saddle then up and down Donard. Onto Brandy pad around to Hares Gap then off Trassey Track into Tollymore and back via Mourneway. Ended up out for longer than planned but it's a fave route of mine (normally minus the Donard ascent) - Still some nice snow cover but not so much to hinder the running. Just a few mins under 4 hrs - so a great time on feet prep run for Grizzly. Legs tender for good few days after though - quads sore from the descending.