Some great stories, I have spent the last 15mins reading them. Special mention to Barry to have turned it around in just 2 months, from HM pw to a marathon PB!
Spent the whole of my race running with a club mate, who was running a similar pace to mine and was going for pb (around 3.25). Unfortunately, was not able to help him along to his pb, as we both finished in just over 3.34, well outside our targets, Despite the time, really enjoyed the race, and cannot wait until next year.
Well organised race as usual and my thanks to the fantastic marshals as usual. Only downside was running through the muddy/flooded field in last mile. I thought I was going to get away with dry feet!
Shadwell - welcome back, hope the race goes better for you this year.With the race signs going up, we must be getting close to race day now
Micknphil - the best summary of how to approach a marathon I have ever heard. Wish I heard this when I ran my first marathon.
seesteverun - hope everything clears for you. Its all our worse nightmares coming down with something just before race day.
Was raining here this morning, so an easy 45 mins on the treadmill. Fingers crossed, the blocked up nose I had on Sunday has not developed into anything further. Club night tomorrow, which will be an easy 5 with 5 x 50m strides, then just a very slow 2 on Saturday and I am done.
Martin - fantastic 10K, all you need to do now is to take it easy before Abo.
6 miles easy for me Tues, then 4 miles easy Weds, and 5 miles Thurs (with 50m strides). May knock out a couple of easy miles on Saturday, just to keep myself loose.
NumberNameWearingTarget 187 MG15 Black vest,shorts and socks 2:50 844 TickTock Orange vest/grey shorts 2:57 ??? Postie Navy vest, blue/grey shorts 3:00 141 Chillies FB Red/Black vest 3:30 810 Joe Peacook white & blue caerleon vest 3:58 107 SR3 yellow stragglers vest 3:58 389 EckyThump CRAC vest ?? 294 WarrenK78 Black vest yellow/red hoops 2:59 359 Aching Calves Red Braintree AC vest,Black shorts 3.20
SR3 - re carbo loading I agree I would really only worry about this Frid/Sat and Sunday. I personally do not eat that much more that I would normally do, with only perhaps a bit of grazing between meals and additional fuild intake. I certainly would not try any foods you have not eaten before. I find if I eat too much I feel sluggish for the race. However only once you have tried it, will you know what works best for you.
CFB - well done on the course pb.
Ecky - good call on taking it easy.
Barry - good speedy run. Glad the head felt better after. I also woke up this morning with a blocked up nose, fortunately nothing else, and it cleared during my run, and are OK now.
9 1/2 miles slow this morning (av8.49). I enjoyed the run and was comfortable, but did not think I would have still been comfortable going any faster, which is worrying.