Rae - Damn that's too close to be cool. However I am just the other side of the 3 hour mark off ~45 mpw average so not much more needed by you.
RE - Awesome finish mate and must be great to storm through the stragglers (like me) at the end.
TR - I don't think I will leave it that long again and the convenience of Manchester is very appealing I must say. I hope they fix the mile markers next year though.
Big fan of beetroot here. I got a juicer during the juicing boom of 2011 (or was it 2013). Anyway, it's in the shed now and I buy it (the juice) already err juiced. I was buying bags and bags of veg when using the juicer... crazy amounts... you wouldn't believe how much freakin' veg I was buying.
Cheers for congrats again guys. Legs feel shocking still. Did 20 mins easy spinning on the turbo yesterday and will do the same again today. The dog is being walked nice and slowly currently.
I need my legs back for the weekend when I am supposed to be pacing my brother round the Southampton half. Hopefully I will hobble round in his target time of 1:45.
I think this has happened before where I have already run my A race (Lochaber) and then sat back and relaxed as you all finalise your prep for London. I'm very much looking forwards to hearing all about your races.
AM - Although Sale are known for track and road there has been a push to include more off-road stuff in recent years. I've competed in a few relay races such as Pennine Bridleway Relay and the Calderdale Way Relay. In fact, I'm doing a leg of that in a few weeks.
I think some of the club championship races are short fell races in the Peaks.
Hey Nick, I run for Sale. Just turn up at the Crossford Bridge track on Tuesday night's. Get there just before 7pm as we leave prompt at 7pm. We've just switched from the roads to the Mersey trails so its all off-road stuff.
Tuesdays in the summer months is an efforts session with the occasional time-trial thrown in as we build towards the 5k Sizzler series. Its generally short to medium efforts sessions with mixed abilities groups. Everyone catered for and its very flexible - you want to run quicker move up to the A group or if its feeling too hard drop down to the B group etc. Thursday's is also a club night either at Crossforrd Bridge on the old track or at Wythenshawe Park track which is a bit more serious.
I don't know many of the new guys down at Crossforrd currently as only recently got back into shape but they are a friendly bunch and the older members are all great.
Just turn up and make yourself known to someone.. you'll be more than welcome.
Pre-race I had procrastinated about what pace to run and a target time. I genuinely just wanted to go sub-3 again and run it differently to my previous two. I wanted to run this one more controlled and run the race more evenly. Previous two had big +ive splits. Missed splits at 14 and 16 miles but looking at the 2 mile splits I did manage to get it appears I may of increased pace inadvertently. The average for miles 13 - 17 looks to be around 6:3x. I wasn't aware of this during the race due to bad maths and bad splits.
My next target was get to 20 miles and still feel in control in around 2:14. However around 18 miles I got a few twinges from my right hamstring and a slight twinge in my left calf (possibly due to increased pace?). I pressed on and it never got too bad but just lingered in the back of my mind. I think here I started to plan for the inevitable and try and shorten my stride a little.
Through 20 miles in 2:13:54 (chip time) and bang on target to possibly sneak a tiny PB but definitely barring disaster another sub-3.
Missed the split at 21 but 22 was 13:15 so 6:37 average. Still going well I thought. Got Split at 23 which was 6:56 (might of been long) although I was now really having to concentrate on the hamstring. A couple of little jolts for uneven road surface had me stiffen up but no spasm. Getting closer to the end but I wasn't really switched on just how close as it was getting harder now.
I didn't take another split. I didn't see them. I think around mile 24 after sharing a water bottle at a feed station I got my first spasm. Unlike the first time this happened (in previous two sub-3 races) I didn't panic. I just moved off to the side and stretched the hamstring. I got back into the race with maybe 15 - 20 seconds lost. However, it was now a battle to the end. I was feeling tired now and obviously just wanted it over.
Managed to get going again and was willed on be large crowds. I remember someone asking if we had passed the 25 mile marker to which I was relieved to hear we had. This was a big incentive and pushed me on. I saw Old Trafford stadium and knew I was almost home. Then hamstring went into spasm again. Same again - didn't panic.. just got down stretched it out and then got going again.. slower than ever now but maybe only 300m from the left turn that took us onto Sir Matt Busby Way and the finish line.. Big crowds here obviously and it was a huge sense of relief that I crossed the line with the clock having just turned onto 2:58. I allowed myself a little fist pump and then I think fell to me knees and was almost sick haha.
Chip time 2:57:56 so second fastest time ever and missed out on a PB by 45 seconds.
Half splits were:
So I'm well happy with the way I ran the race. So much better than my two previous sub-3's were I was dying and clinging on for dear life at the end. I felt aerobically much better and only let down again by my soft legs.
I think leg strength is an obvious area I can work on.