Thanks Malcs. I hadn't realised you were an asics runner last year. Overall, I think I need to concentrate on the in race nutrition. Both of my 3.06s were done after developing a stitch at miles 15 & 16. Would undoubtedly help if I could sort that out!
Iain - I'd burn up quite quickly if I tried running at 6.20, especially in the second half!
One gear - I typically do about 50 miles a week, including long run, medium run, parkrun, track session and club 5 -6 mile tempo run. 2 days rest.
Will be happy to just get a pb at London. If I get close then might give the sub 3 a go in Berlin. Main aim is to enjoy!
Malcs - great improvement in your marathon times and with that half last w/e you're looking really good for sub 3. So what's the secret?! VLM will be my 6th marathon. My first was 3.09 and I've done 3.06 twice. Also a 3.08 and a 3.17 (when I ran nearer 27.5 miles after getting lost twice!). Think I'm capable of a pb this year (possibly 3.03 on a good day) but not sub 3. I'm nearly 54 and have been running for 7 years. You?
Steve - impressed you got 24 in today with that fueling and back issues. Hope that gets resolved quickly. Also very impressed with those longest time between sub 3 stats from a couple of days ago. Wow!
Fantastic run today Malcs. Well done! I was at Reading half. 87.07, so 5 secs slower overall than I did Wokingham a few weeks ago. Interestingly watch suggested I ran 5 secs/ mile quicker today (average 6.34) than at Wokingham but have to assume it was out and not the course. Wishing I'd tried a bit harder in last mile now! Didn't have dinner until 10.30 last night which might not have helped on the pb front.
Good runs from you as well Tom and KR. Great to hear calf ok.
Great run Tom. Looking good. Glad to hear the calf held out.
I did a 20 mile slow run today. Ended up at 7.40 average, with just the last mile around 7 mins pace. So happy with that and hope I've recovered after last week's effort. HM next week...
As as you say, it was cold this morning. I started off slightly sluggishly and thought the 20 might be quite hard work. However, I managed to think 'it's only 20 - you'll be fine!' Hope I can repeat that thought on marathon day! Must be nice to get to the start line and think - 'it's only a marathon'! Is that you Steve?
Well done on the 23 miler today Tom and the xc yesterday. Great pace! Sounds like the Inter Club Ranelagh v Hercules in Richmond Park? HWAC is my club but I wasn't there yesterday.
I did the Clapham 20 Thames towpath run this morning. Didn't go to plan, which had been to run with the 7 mins pacer for first 16 and then beat him home in around 2.19. Instead I left him around mile 2, ran the first 12 at about 6.47 pace and then slowly faded, ending up at 2.17.45 and 6.52 average pace on my watch. Still reasonably happy but would have liked to finish stronger. Lesson learned I suppose.
Speedy - sorry to hear your news. Hope you recover quickly and make VLM. A friend of mine is in exactly the same position, although a different injury.