13m this morning with the last 5m at MP. Felt a little tougher than I would like, particularly into the wind but HR was OK. Concerned that I am over tapered. Other than today I have not ran over 8 miles since my last LR (a 22 miler) on 28 march.
Still - nothing that can be done now other than to believe in the consistent training I did through Jan-March (13 weeks in the 41m-52m range with a reasonable amount of quality sessions), look after myself this week and be mentally strong on the day.
PMT has started - I'm checking weather forecasts for 26th about 3 times a day.
nice one GD. Knew you could do it. The close ones are the tough ones so well done for digging in and holding your pace through those testing last few miles. You had a bit to spare in the end. Great report too. Congratulations and enjoy the celebrations.
impressive shorter distance efforts from the racers OO, PMJ, RFJ and Jools. Longer legs for the ladies? That gets my wholehearted support (Sorry).
good luck to G-Dawg at Brighton. I look forward to reading the report of what I'm sure will be a successful race.
birch - sounds like you have concluded there is no reason not to go for it, which I think is the right call. If I recall, you are also on Green with me/Lorenzo?
pleasing treadmill run for me this morning. 1m w/u at 8m/m followed by 3 at 6:40 then 0.75 at 6:27, and 0.25 at 6:18 for a 4m tempo effort. I then gradually slowed it down until I hit 7:24 (MP) which I maintained for the rest of the 45 min session. And the best bit? the 1.5m at MP at the end felt like jogging. At last! 6.5m at 6:58 overall.
anyway, must crack on as i've a busy schedule for the rest of the day. A dip in the pool followed by a spot of paddle boarding before heading into the rainforrest for some zip wiring and horse riding.
long time no post from me. I had a couple of v busy weeks at work and then off to Costa Rica on holiday, which is where I am now. Running has suffered and I have only just been ticking over for the last few weeks. However, this has included a few spectacular runs in the jungle and the cloud forest. Nothing more than 5m as that is all I have managed to fit in. In any case the combination of heat, humidity chalenging terrain and (in he cloud Forrest) altitude, make 5m feel like plenty.
i have access to a treadmill for the rest of the trip which may help Get some speedwork in at least.
in effect I will have had a 5 week taper. But looking back I have done 2x22m, 5x 20 (one raced) and a couple more LRs plus a handful of 10m at MP runs and interval sessions. hopefully sub 3.15 should therefore still be achievable come April 26.
got my pack through and will be on Green start (slow SFA). Never been off Green before.
good to see poacher back and people generally seem to be peaking nicely.
PMJ - excellent race and report. Sounds like a close to optimal race given your training and the conditions. Cause for great satisfaction. Good luck with the sub 3 at 50.
Gul - sorry to hear things didn't go to plan. Marathons can be unpredictable and a disrupted training plan can easily throw you off one the day. Often it is the more the fact that it is playing on your mind rather than any material loss of fitness that is the issue. Don't give up. There is plenty of evidence in the training you regularly post that you are capable of sub 3:15.
G-D - That must be a real confidence boost to knock out a 3:32 marathon as a training run. Bodes well.
OO52 - congrats on the PB. Sub 2:15 for 20 certainly indicates sub 3 is a realistic goal.
RFJ - another racing packed weekend. In most weeks that would take nutter of the week but on this occasion it must of course go to Lorenzo for his 31 miler.
Not the best of weeks for me running-wise but by no means a disaster. I only managed 3 runs: 8m easy on Wednesday, 10m at MP on Thursday and 22m yesterday at a pedestrian 8:44m/m. Didn't enjoy that one bit. I'll call that a "time on feet" run (3:12). Generally tired and taking it easy following Finchley 20 last Sunday.