Hi everyone! I'm back from my race now so thought I'd check in. It was one of the G3 races, really good though just as tough as I remember from previous years. We had snow! When I woke up there were just a couple of cm here, but when we arrived at the carpark at Newlands Corner, where the start was, it was really snowing and kept going for the first half of the race. It didn't seem to be sticking too much so fortunately getting home was no problem.
So, I stopped my watch at 1 hour 10 minutes dead, which I'm very happy about as that's nearly 4 minutes faster than I've managed the same course the last two years. Splits were 9.31, 10.15, 9.33, 12.53, 9.23, 9.54 and 8.31 for the last 0.88 of a mile (9.39 pace). I'll leave it to you to work out which bits were up and downhill! Actually, looking at the elevation it looks as though there were uphill bits in most of the miles though you can see where the biggest hill was quite clearly (clue: it starts with 12!). The last km is mostly flat but a real slog through deep mud on tired legs. There was a guy I'd been leapfrogging for a while; I'd overtake him going up hills, he'd pass me on the flats - I knew he had more speed than me but from his breathing it seemed he was hurting more. I'd got ahead of him with half a km to go to the finish but could hear him behind me, gaining on me. I didn't think I'd be able to hold him off... but I did!
So that's been my morning. How are you all doing? Nice long runs yesterday Hanster and CB69. Hope your head's doing ok Hanster!
Hanster, that sounds like a storming long run, well done! I've been known to do the cold bath thing after a run in the summer but not at this time of year - you're clearly made of much tougher stuff than me!
Speaking of mantras - there was a good one in the last email from VMLM: "Winter miles, April smiles" - I quite liked that.
Thanks for the reassuring words Angela and BRB! I'll be happy to parrot them back to anyone who needs a pick-me-up. We're all going to be fine and run awesome marathons
BRB - I'm slightly jealous of a foot of snow right now! Though I know it's far from ideal when you've got running to do, especially for the faster stuff. I don't envy you the treadmill sessions as I detest treadmill running though it's useful to have the option and I'm sure it builds mental determination or something.
Hello Inlastplace! It's a nice feeling isn't it? Hope your training's going well too.
Angela, thanks for the words of reassurance. All is well now, the freakout has passed. The race on Saturday is near Guildford. It looks as though it should be snow-free, sunny and very cold! Which might at least mean that the mud is a bit more solid than last time.
i did my 4 miles last night, perhaps more undulating than hilly, but otherwise fine. Just 4 miles kinda feels like a rest day now! But today really is a rest day, so no running for me today.
What's everyone else's plans for today and the weekend?
Angela, is there a way of changing the intervals to km without changing the normal settings? I only know my paces in minutes/mile so I'd be lost if I tried running in km, and I'm incapable of doing mental arithmetic whilst running. Once it took me several minutes to do 9.6 + 2.7 in my head (I gave up and settled for "a bit more than 12, but less than 13").
I had a bit of a freakout in my class yesterday evening, ironically while we were supposed to be relaxing at the end! The thought popped into my head that it would be just typical if I got injured in the run up to this marathon, when lots of people know that I'm running it, and various family/friends will be coming along to see me, and there's you guys following my training, and, and, and... that pretty much covers my thoughts while I was lying there supposed to be focusing on breathing. I'm not ever so good at the whole relaxing thing.
Hanster, well done on getting your run done last night in the wind and hail. Free exfoliation, ha! I like that.
Thanks for the snack suggestion Angela, I didn't have any cashews at home, so today I have substituted a mixture of pecans, almond and pistachios, along with a few apricots.
I'm going to do my 4 miles after work today. It's supposed to be a hilly one which is a bit of a challenge as finding a hill near my home isn't easy! But there's a small hill not far away so I'll be going there. 'Twill be a mild warmup for Saturday, in an email from the organisers about the course I see that the steepest incline on the course is 38.2%!