GDawg - "Watching football and cricket in my running gear with . . ..and really can't be arsed". Ha, I know the feeling . . . . PMJ, I too enjoy your XC reports . . Jools - good to see you back to it with the 18/62 . . . . OO - excellent half marathon there - 82% WAVA if I'm not mistaken - so I'll amend "excellent" to "*!** ing brilliant " Speedy - fwiw, with your background, and the mindset you've previously shown, I reckon you could have a fair bash at your goal - 11 weeks pre-taper gives enough time for 2 really good blocks, with a cutback week included if necessary SBD/Leslie - nice week's work . . . Gul - I'm sure the downtime won't harm; as you say, the extra sleep may indicate body needs a rest . . . MsE - nice purchase - hopefully you'll be ready to "christen" the t'mill soon - in the meantime you'll just have to gaze upon it longingly and, yes, I too remember the Wrong Trousers . . . . no, daughter's legs still strong , thank you, - just mine complaining !
Lit – “didn't have any particular issues doing the marathon itself and I don't think there's any point mystifying it” – really good point, I needed reminding !
Jools – “depend on how many years she has been running for, in particular half marathons” – well, she’s been running since age 8, schools & club XC etc, has now done 5 half maras , latest 1:34 on a fairly hilly course, prob on around 40 mpw currently
Speedy – “I ran 1.36 in the build up. I ran 3.28 on the day” - so 3:30 could be better target than 3:45 off a 1:34 half . . .
MsE - “can attest to feeling strong towards the end of long runs seem a like good sign that she will go the full distance comfortably” - hopefully this will be the case; good suggestion re strength work – her cousin ran her debut mara last year and found this beneficial
So, thanks again – I’ll pass your comments on – I’m sure my daughter will take encouragement !
9 miles this morn, wit 4 x half mile, 1 x mile in the middle. First "quicker" running for a while after just plodding over the festive period - felt hard . . .
MsE - you asked recently for views re first marathon. If I may, could I ask how you prepared for your first marathon? I ask as my daughter is making her debut at Manchester (She will be 25 by then). Of course I'm advising/guiding, but a separate perspective would be welcome (esp as my debut was pretty grim) - particularly on mental preparation for the debut. She's in good form currently with PB at 10K & half mara in November, and she encouragingly reported "feeling strong" in last 3 or 4 miles of a solo 19.6 (furthest she's run) on New Year's Eve, but as the day draws nearer, the "unknown territory" factor will cause doubts to surface, I'm sure. PMJ is correct in that the goal has to be defined - the goal currently is sub 3:45 to qualify for VLM; this would be a very soft target for an experienced runner with her other distance PBs - conversely a goal more in line with these may be unwise on debut?
All views welcome, but I AM interested in the female angle (Speedy, Jools)?
some good long runs stacking up now - GD, Abbers, OO, SBD, Speedy . .
and good work at the XC County Champs, Speedy, also Jools at the SW inter counties XC
like Lorenzo's , my offspring were in XC action this weekend . Yesterday son counted as part of the team Gold at the Yorkshire Champs, and today daughter collected individual silver and team silver at the Humberside event, so a brace of medals and a qualification for the Inter Counties in March bagged. Might see you there, Lorenzo . . . .
good racing MsE - soon to be MsBeef(E) like you, my WAVA needs improving - parkruns currently in low 70's , like Gerard, but as recently as March 2015 was 79% for the half mara. I'd like to get back to 75%, - 21:32 for 5K.
sounds a great day at the XC in Edinburgh, Minni - I attended a few years ago when the World Champs were held there - super venue.
Low key first full week of the year here - 33 total, 11.5 yesterday the longest.