Radar sal - does that mean it won't record the full 26.2 ? Be a shame not to have that as a PB on garmin connect !
Yes your GPS watches will record a full distance. There is a tunnel about 750m long around km27/28 in the race. EVERY watch loses the satellite signal there. By definition. The issue is whether the watch recalculates correctly when it refinds the satellite signals as you exit the tunnel. One year my watch ADDED 1.5km on to what I'd already run, so my average pace was way out.
I use a footpod now and that helps. But over a race as long as the marathon, a GPS watch is only claiming to be accurate +/-2%. So as Eggy says, it's unreliable if you are chasing a very specific goal. All you can do to be absolutely sure you are on pace for a target, is to have a note of timings for certain km or mile markers. Easy
Yer_Maj Matty is a cyder drinkurr from Yeovil my luvely. Matty - a sudden onset of pain like that would have me heading to an osteopath to check alignment issues.
Nice ride Jokeybhoy and a good result in your 20miler too Hatter88. Good work!
Well, I caved in today. I was going to do a 32km run but just couldn't face another lap of an uber crowded parc. The usually placid TinkerBEL had this wild-look in her eyes that she was going to mow someone down on her bike, with people strewn all over the pathways, getting in the way.
Anyway, I did 26kms. My running data shows my previous peak fatigue was 154 points back when I PBd in Paris 2012. Today I hit 175 points. I am just shattered. But, on the plus side, my fitness score previously peaked at 124 for Paris 2012 and today I hit a new record of 125 (All TRIMP measurements for the geeky). So now I am mainly eating cheese and making animal noises from the sofa. A bit like a Water Buffalo at feed time maybe...
Good long running people. Just one more week of push push push. And good long rowing too if that's what you are up to. I see on the BCRC Strava club that TheEngineer (formerly of this thread and known as SlowEngineer, managed to knock out an 18:38 at the Stoke-on-Trent ParkRun yesterday. Anyone else want to join - just send me a Private Message on this forum with your email address.
Sparky - I think you need to do a test run in ideal conditions, to simulate your marathon pace. The idea is that you can run a marathon just below the point where your use of energy becomes inefficient (slightly anaerobic). For most people, this is around 82-88% of their Maximum Heart Rate. Or, to use Eggy's sugestion, the point where you can be speaking in phrases but not sentences.
Run like that for a half marathon distance and be realistic about your pace, not pushing too hard. It should always feel comfortable speed. Not easy but not hard. Take your half marathon time, multiply by two, that is a reasonable estimate of what you can do in 4 weeks time.
I'm still in bed. A very late night. Might go running today. Maybe. Can't contemplate it yet.
Hey everyone. Gosh, what a difference in the weather. Is there anything better than getting home from a hard workout and being able to do naked sunbathing (without being overlooked at all?). And eating pasta cooked last night. And drinking beer. 'Cos that's what I've been doing. TinkerBEL is sensibly dressed like all good Australians, with not a hint of bare flesh exposed to the sun.
Jokeybhoy. I think I did 121kms in 4h11 in a group with one ex pro triathlete and another seriously strong amateur racer in his early 20s, plus usual IronMan friend. They ritually demolished me on every climb. Well, I might make it to the summit with them but as I gasped for breath, they just ripped it up and in seconds, you are spat off the back wheel and are 50m behind, in the wind, on your own. Making me stronger though.
OK, keep resting. LSR tmrw. Hope the good weather moves north. Or just pop over and see us here in Belgium. You're all invited. And I'll put clothes on.
Zeena - sorry to hear your tale. I'd agree with the nurse to not return to running just yet. To maintain cardio vascular fitness I would recommend any exercise where you can keep your heart in the 80% of max HR region. To replicate a long run, then yes, 3 hrs of this (reasonably low) intensity training is needed. You are training your body to go to exhaustion of carbs and efficient use of fats, building stamina.
I couldn't imagine sitting on a rowing machine for that long. My preferred alt. to running is biking (although less intense, so I go longer). Am expecting a 4.5hr ride today. In sunshine. With shorts and leg warmers. Summer is on its way! Happy running everybody.