TT - Yep, it was them. ??36 entry and 3rd place got me 3 x high 5 gels and a high 5 water bottle; 1st and 2nd got the same - they were billed as prizes! Other finishers just got a medal. Admittedly shoddy but the race was full. Only reason we were there was because it was the day that one of my friends was free.
Hello all. Just done a massive readback. Lots of mental treadmill training (SL), outrageously fast racing (Padams) and inexplicable marathon woes (DanA).
SL - Seville is a belting city and marathon. Stacked field, flat course and a great finish on the track where Michael Johnson broke the 400m world record at the worlds in 1999!
A couple of weeks ago myself and a friend tried to pace two other friends to a sub 75 HM at Eton Dorney. One of the pacees had been ill and dropped off the pace at 6m taking the other pacer with him. That left Sam and I together and we were looking good at 11m (5:39avg compared to the required 5:43) - this coupled with the markers being in km meant that there was no cross checking being done. AJust after 20k I glanced at my watch and saw 1:11:35 - I knew from a metric friend that sub 75 was 3:33/km so we were about 8 secs outside the pace. Did another quick calculation to be sure and then broke the news to Sam that we had to really shift - he gave everything and collapsed over the line in 75:01, and was given 75:00 chip time. VLM refused it for a champs entry as they wanted 74:59. Gutted. Course was 13.29m on my watch and 13.20 or more on four others - could be coincidence but doesn't really matter now!
I'm just starting to taper for Pisa marathon on 18th Dec. Not sure on target yet but probably sub 2:32.
Jooligan - There is so much experience on this board and we've probably made every marathoning mistake possible! IMO, it you really want to run a good marathon then prioritise it and forget racing for 2/3 weeks before. Two races the weekend after a marathon that went wrong due to a virus does not sound very clever and will certainly not help you recover for a second attempt.
SL - I've worked out that each bpm is about 2.5 secs for me so Padams' prediction looks bang on.
TT - Hyperspeed 6's for me. They are very light (150g in my size) but just enough cushioning in the heel to cope with a marathon. They are quite narrow so might be worth trying a pair first.
Performance of the day has to be Dr Dave and hopefully he'll be along with a report soon
Al_P - As mentioned elsewhere, another perfectly executed race and a great platform to build on.
GBRM - Enjoy the feeling - the first one is great!
Piscator/LS21 - Cracking runs
Dan A - Seems like a job well done - what's the target race?
Jooligan - I think most of the advice you've already had is good although I will take a slightly different angle. I think three weeks CAN be ok between marathons for some people depending on how smashed up you are physically and mentally. The real issue for me is that you would have been losing fitness while tapering and losing still more whilst recovering so it will probably be 4/5 weeks since you last trained properly by the time you get to the next race. It might be worth chalking this one up to experience and rebuilding? Only you will really know what's best and good luck whatever you decide