Hi everyone, I haven’t been near the forum for months, as life has been hectic and I haven’t been doing any marathon training. It’s great to see all usual suspects still running and posted in this thread.
I’ve been concentrating on shorter distances and picked up a few (low quality field) 10k victories. My main goal was to qualify for N.Ireland, in the British and Irish Masters cross country. I managed to sneak onto the team but due to an unluckily timed dose of man flu, ran poorly in the International. I was still chuffed to represent my country though.
Although I’ve been working hard on improving my 5k to 10k pace, I’m still slower than last year when I was running a marathon every month. So either at 47 with over 7 years of running I’ve finally peaked, or I run faster on very high mileage, I don’t know. Time will tell now that I’m back to marathon training again. I managed my first long run in months of 22 miles at a brisk 7:16 average.
So now I’m racing a 10k on Saturday then attempting a sub-3 marathon on Sunday. Madbark is back!
There’s been some great training done by everyone. OO53 mile reps were incredible! You must be the fastest regular poster here. My fastest ever mile in training was 5:37 and that was a single rep time trail.
Good luck moof and SJ. I look forward to the reports
I’ve had a bad cough and wheezy chest for a fortnight. Subsequently, I ran a 10 mile race in 1:05:3x which was 4 minutes slower than last year, on Tuesday night. I went to the Docs on Wednesday who has put me on steroids and anti-biotics and told me not to run for a week. However, I’ve a Half Marathon paid for tomorrow and I’m even staying away in a hotel with the family afterwards. Will Madbark take the Docs advice?
Including today's 10M I'm on 1,430M for the year to date - so about a month's mileage for BB
Funnily enough Jools, my yearly total mileage is very close to yours at 1434. Although this year will be the first in 4 that I won’t break 3k miles, due to missing 5 weeks after my operation.
I ran a 10k today but struggled in windy conditions and only managed 39:13. That’s 2 ½ minutes slower than my PB, but understandable after last Saturdays 75 miler.
I think I’ll stick to shorter distance races over the next few months, with currently nothing longer than a HM planned coming up.
About 6 hours into last weeks 12 hour race I remember thinking ‘Never again’. I was running with a lot of stomach pain and promised myself to remember how bad I felt. However, I’ve already decided to work toward running the 24 hour race next year! It will be the 24 Hour World Championships, hosted close to my home. Apparently there will be 100 open places available for the event.
I thought it would be great to tell people I beat a world record breaker in a race so re-considered dropping out. I asked if they knew what place I was in. I was shocked to find I was second behind Jan but with 2 guys just behind on the same lap. Oh, feck I thought I can’t stop now.
I now had a spring in my step running the next mile in around 8:30. However, my spring didn’t last long and I got my worst cramps yet on mile 58. I nearly did a ‘Paula’, but just made it to the loo shooting a jet of unpleasantness from my rear! I couldn’t get up for 5 minutes and took over 14 minutes for that mile. I stopped for a few minutes to rest in the next mile before feeling a bit better and managed a few sub 9 minute miles.
I went 100k distance in about 9:50 so well down on my 100k two weeks previous. However the difference was probably the time I had already spent on the loo! I was now running longer than I had every run and had overtaken Jan who had stopped 2 hours 45 minutes earlier! I needed another loo break at 65 miles and then a long one again at 67 miles. By this stage I had stopped eating completely as it was just running through me. All I could do was sip a little water.
I got chatting to a women I know called Fiona and she was only a few laps behind me. Her longest every run to date was 31 miles and she said she was loving this experience. Unfortunately I was not! We split when I had my long toilet break at 67 miles.
At this stage I though I was in third place and was worried because she might catch me too. I pushed on and managed the next 5 miles all in around 9 m/m pace. I was finding the pace comfortable when feeling good. It was now 11:25 and the finishing line felt close. However , I cramped up again and needed another long toilet break finishing the 73rd mile in almost 13 minutes.
With just 20 minutes to go I realised I could break 75 miles if my tummy held together and I ran 9 m/m. I didn’t know what place I was in but pushed as hard as I could. I had missed a podium by 1 minute in the 100k and was determined to give it my all this time. I finished mile 74 in 8:45 and my final full mile in 8:29 which was my fastest since mile 35.
I knew my Garmin was a bit long so kept running hard to make sure I broke 75 miles. With about 1 minute to go I spotted a group ahead and recognised one of the guys as being close to me earlier on. I didn’t know what lap he was on but I managed a sprint finish to the klaxon just in case we were neck and neck. I finished about 10 metres past him and was so relieved when the klaxon sounded. My Garmin measured 75:56 miles but think it was really about 75.3.
We had are numbers on a little plastic stick that we had to push into the ground. Unfortunately I was at the further point possible point from the start and finish area so started trudging back. I was nearly back going against the flow when I was told I had to wait at the stick until it got measured. Doh! Off I staggered back again to wait and get measured. By the time I got measured and back to the start I had walked an additional 1.5 miles.
Anyway, none of this is important, what really matters was how I had done. I asked the organisers and was blown away when they told me I had won by a mile! The guy I sprinted past at the end was in 2nd but a lap behind. I’ve to go today at 1 pm for the prize giving and then I’m treating my family to a boozy lunch! Party time.
Apologies for typos or poor grammar in this report as I was so hyped I didn’t sleep a wink last night!