Good training runs banked by Gul and Lorenzo. That’s a good Parkrun improvement PMJ. Glad your knee is on the mend Jason.
I’m looking forward to the report Bike it
I’m not long back from running the Newry Marathon. It was a hot and sunny day, which is not ideal for someone with my recent condition. I totally covered myself with factor 50 before the start!
My plan was to run about 6:40 pace to half way then 6:50 until about 20 miles, and 7:00 till the finish for a comfortable sub 3. With only 13 days until my ‘A’ race I didn’t want to push too hard. With the sun, heat and my sore knee I was prepared to slow down if it started to get tough.
My knee was sore from the warm-up and I was in discomfort for the first half of the race. However, after half way the pain completely cleared and never returned! Thank you endorphins!
There was a waved start with the slower runners starting 45 minutes early, and also a half marathon and 10k race finishing all at the same place. This turned out to be good as I was over taking people and enjoying the craic throughout.
The first half of the course was undulating and I reached half way in about 1:28 feeling very comfortable despite the heat. I was glad to pour water over my head at every water stop.
The second half of the course was pretty flat running alongside a river. I was in about 10 place at half way but over took a few people over the next miles as they struggled in the heat.
I was a bit alarmed after 20 miles to see a guy face down making distressed noises, surrounded by a group of people. Not long after an ambulance was roaring past heading in his direction. I hope he’s ok. There were a few other people lying on the ground getting stretching over the next miles too.
This was my 31st marathon and first that didn’t supply a single energy drink or gel throughout. Not great under such conditions. I’m just glad I started with a drink and had 3 gels with me.
I went through 20 miles in under 2:15 still feeling great. All I needed was a sub 45 minute 10k so I let myself slow slightly. I was very surprised to notice my HR down at 141. At no point did I feel like I was working hard and even sped up again over the last few miles.
I crossed the finish line in about 2:56:45 with plenty left in the tank. I didn’t even have the marathon shuffle at the end, and it felt no worse than a long training run. It just goes to show how a 51 mile run 7 days before can harden you up. Tapering is over rated! My HR average 145 for the race which is one of my lowest ever.
I had a flask with ice cubes with me, so my knee was being iced within 15 minutes of the finish, and for the hour long drive home. There’s no pain or discomfort at the minute so things are looking good.
Thanks to 500ml of the juice 2 hours before the start my pee is currently beetroot coloured. Teehee.
On another note, I just received a cheque for £75 for first placed M45 at the Belfast Marathon earlier in the month! Happy days.
Now it’s cotton wool time until the 100k in less than 2 weeks. I will have my revenge on my only ever DNF!
Bike It – That goods news about your leg. Bill Rowan all the way!
OO – Excellent 18:09 Parkrun. That’s very nippy indeed.
GD – Steady 10 miler
Well in true Madbark style I got a little carried away in my Parkrun this morning. My plan was to take it easy until the last half mile and finish fast. This was to burn of some glycogen and I would start carbo loading right after.
I ran at what felt like a comfortable pace and only looked at my watch after 2 miles. I was surprised to see I’d run the last mile at 6:10 pace which is HMP. Yikes, a little bit faster than planned! I was running with another couple of guys who looked about my age. I held off until the last ¼ mile and then really tanked it.
The other two decided to race too and it ended up a three way sprint to the finish. I won our private battle and have since found out that I finished in 19:16. I ran the last ¼ mile at 5:15 pace.
Not the smartest thing I have ever done with a dodgy knee and a marathon tomorrow. Oh well, Madbark strikes again. I’m icing my knee as I type and it will be interesting to see how I perform at the Newry Marathon tomorrow.