We ate in the Harvester in The Lowry Centre last year and am pretty sure there is a Bella Italia there too. Might certainly be worth a look around Media City though, thanks John.
Yasoo 800's on the track last night with 90 second recovery jogs inbetween. Paces between 3:05-3:10 mostly with 3:02 to finish. Worked hard but not at maximum so didn't feel slaughtered at the end which was good. That said, I don't think my marathon pace will quite equate to that.
Ceejay - I ate in the Lowry Centre last year....might be worth a look around although not sure how far it will be from where you will be staying and others will probably be able to better advice.
As for carb loading, I have tended to eat a main meal with carbs on the Saturday afternoon and have tended to eaten something a bit lighter and with more protein in the evening.
Lots of good training going on and good to see a number of longer runs being posted.
Excellent PB Runningtap and as you say, looks great for a sub 4 hours!
Unlucky with the injury Nonstick but sounds wise with the circumstances.
Managed a second 20 of this campaign yesterday. Ran with a number of club mates at a run organised by my club which was very enjoyable particularly as it was the first long run I've done with company in a number of years! Ended up getting dragged round with a flying club mate at an unsustainable pace 15 or so miles in so by the last lap of the route, it really was a struggle. I don't think stopping for 5 minutes or so after 17 miles helped with that as it was really difficult to pick the on the average pace again. I guess the last two and a half miles were good for mental toughness if not much else! Rest day today and a lighter week in general after hitting 53 miles last week and a half coming up on Sunday.
Same with the sub 3:15 pacer last year. He was a bit ahead after the first mile and then disappeared I think for a quick pit stop after 2 or so miles to many cheers! Never saw him again and went with the pace he set with that first mile. He overtook me with a large group at about 24 miles. I'm pretty sure I'd have stuck with him if he didn't start slightly quick and disappear not long after the start. That said, I'd certainly go with one if you are looking for a specific time.
Hi McCarthyC - I did one twenty miler with all of it constituting marathon pace a few years ago and ended up with MP being very close on the day - however, I probably underachieved as wanted to get round unscathed for once. That said, I am not sure about ever doing something similar again unless it was a 20 miler race far enough out to recover from!
I find a Parkrun at a hard effort followed by a long run with miles 15-19 (as an example) at MP useful and very tough mentally with the last mile to make 20 as a warm down (although also mentally tough). I will do another similar sort of run this year as it certainly hasn't done much harm over the last few years! Will probably mix things up a bit as well though.
Have had a decent week so far and have a MP run coming up at my club on the weekend with miles 5-15 out of 21 at MP. Seems that your planned session will be similar! Not really sure I'm looking forward the run on Sunday though the forecast!
Looks like more good training going on everyone too.
Hi everyone - I did post on here a while back but thought I'd get involved with things on here now training is in full swing! Also running this year having managed 3:15 last year. Really enjoyed the race so thought I'd give it another go! No idea on exact targets yet although got a fairly good idea of a range that is achievable depending on how the race goes on the day.
Slowly pushing the mileage up at the moment and hoping for over 50 this week before a mini taper for a half a week Sunday and then edging back things up again.
Lots of good training going on having lurked for quite some time.
Will be staying at Salford Quays Travelodge again which is a nice distance from the start!