PMJ - excellent race and report. Sounds like a close to optimal race given your training and the conditions. Cause for great satisfaction. Good luck with the sub 3 at 50.
Gul - sorry to hear things didn't go to plan. Marathons can be unpredictable and a disrupted training plan can easily throw you off one the day. Often it is the more the fact that it is playing on your mind rather than any material loss of fitness that is the issue. Don't give up. There is plenty of evidence in the training you regularly post that you are capable of sub 3:15.
G-D - That must be a real confidence boost to knock out a 3:32 marathon as a training run. Bodes well.
OO52 - congrats on the PB. Sub 2:15 for 20 certainly indicates sub 3 is a realistic goal.
RFJ - another racing packed weekend. In most weeks that would take nutter of the week but on this occasion it must of course go to Lorenzo for his 31 miler.
Not the best of weeks for me running-wise but by no means a disaster. I only managed 3 runs: 8m easy on Wednesday, 10m at MP on Thursday and 22m yesterday at a pedestrian 8:44m/m. Didn't enjoy that one bit. I'll call that a "time on feet" run (3:12). Generally tired and taking it easy following Finchley 20 last Sunday.
Finchley 20 for me yesterday. The plan was simply to race it. I tend take the view that there is no point travelling to a race and paying the entry fee just to do a progressive long run that I could do from my door. I know this is not exactly a textbook approach but it’s not like I’m a serious athlete or anything.
I set out at around 7:10-7:15 pace which was fine up to about 13m or so at which point I started to struggle to hold onto it. However, I didn’t slow too much and the last 7 miles were a fairly steady 7:22m/m or so. This gave me 2:25:05 (7:15 pace overall). Slightly disappointed with that but it does at least suggest I am just about on track for a sub 3:15 marathon although it may be tighter than I would like.
I usually run Finchley in the build up to London so I looked back at how previous times have converted. The closest comparator is 2013 when I did 2:25:07 at Finchley (raced it then too) and this converted to 3:14:54. I was rather hoping not to cut it quite so fine this year! I am hoping that with a strong final push I still have time build in a bit more headroom with 7 weeks to go (it was just a 5 week gap in 2013).
Interestingly (to me at least), I ran around 2:21:30 at Finchley in each of 2009, 2010 and 2011. These converted to 3:09, 3:05 and 3:22 respectively. Just shows that the marathon is quite a different beast to a 20m race. A lot can happen in those last 6 miles!
Legs a bit sore today (especially calves). Went out for 2k with my 8 yr old this morning and couldn’t respond to her sprint finish!
Abbers/RFJ - two great performances at the Salisbury 10. Well don both and congrats on the PB, Abbers.
MsE – impressive return to form. Enjoy the winnings.
Birch – Great result. You’ve every right to be delighted with that performance and to share that with us. That’s what we are here for!
G-D – congratulations on a great run. A first sub 90 is quite a special landmark. You’re on a great streak at the moment.
Sandy – quality pacing
KR – 1:27 still very respectable.
Music – I do tend to listen to music on long runs but equally happy without. I couldn’t do audiobooks or even marathon talk podcasts. I like to either be alone with my thoughts or have some “music that’s good to run to” to keep me going
Kit – I tend to take two sets of kit away with me when travelling even if that means skimping on “normal” clothes. I am off to Costa Rica for the first half of April so will certainly need to take the trainers and hope I can fit in plenty of running. Otherwise it could be a long taper!