Do you know why they are so similar? Might there be some staleness in your training?
I don't know, as I've only just realised how close they were. It could be the training for the first 3 which were only about a month apart, but my training's been completely different coming into Dublin. I only got 1 long run in, had done a tough Adventure Race three weeks before and a multi day cycle a few weeks before that, both of which were disruptive to my training.
I also think that Dublin was a completely different race to the first 3 as they were all very flat in comparison.
hi Jeep, Manchester is nice and flat. Comparing the garmin graphs of Dublin and manchester in terms of the terrain is chalk and cheese. Manchester's is like a snooker table in comparison to the Dublin graph.
Thanks Pete. I ran it this year and can confirm how flat it is. It's also my home town , so gives me a chance to stay at my mum's.
My time was almost exactly the same, which is one reason I think Dublin was my strongest marathon of the year, as it was much tougher than Manchester. I reckon I'll be at least 5 -10 mins faster in Manchester than Dublin.
Hardest part as a lifelong City fan was having to run towards Old Trafford !
Planning on taking a full week off resting, then a gentle week of running before looking to improve my 5 and 10k times, ready for a mid December marathon training plan.
My approach will be slightly different in that normally I would work up to 40ms before starting the marathon training. But this this schedule my base will be about 30 miles per week. Last time round I peaked at 65 miles which I do not think benefited me whatsoever.
I went out and did a very steady 2 miles yesterday and feel 100% better today. I'll be going out with the club tonight, but only plan on a nice easy run.
I'm thinking of taking it easy for a few weeks, maybe do some other stuff (cycling, core fitness etc) and then will step up to a full plan in about a month. If I decide to do Manchester then I think that I'll probably go all out for a PB as it'd be a good course to get one on.
I got 3:50 too. was hoping for much closer to 3:30 so have been a bit pissed about it. I do have sprinters thighs tho so it could just be my genetics which meant that the course was tougher for me than others!
I also missed a water station which on reflection meant I worked too hard mid run which knackered me out a bit too much, on reflection.
Which is your next marathon?
Not sure. I have no plans at all at the moment as I've just finished a very busy 2 month period of events and couldn't really think past DCM. It'll probably be Manchester unless I can get a pass from SWMBO (and the inclination) to go and do Clonakilty in December.