Poacher asked "Birch - toying with doing Manc again - Are you up for it" ?
there are reasons for and against -
I'd supposedly called it a day with mara's after VLM 2015, and I'd certainly be slower, both in absolute terms and relatively (as measured by WAVA) ; on the other hand, no one cares except me, and there's the element of "while ever I can do it, then why stop? I've always derived great satisfaction from putting a campaign together and completing the race as fast as I can on the day, even though (again measured in WAVA terms), I'm "better" at the other distances. Maybe the prevarication indicates I'm not really up for it, and I should concentrate on 10K & half marathon now. However, I've just done the first 2 weeks of a 12 week plan for experienced mara runners, so we'll see how the 20 goes (now on Wed, not Tue) and take it from there
Gul - good to get the inaugural 2017 MLR done, I'll bet ? MsE - best of luck with the rehab (hope you are not benched too long) . . . Abbers - nice 18/50 numbers Lorenzo - solid week to follow the ultra - good work, and great work from junior - always a brilliant day at the English Schools XC OO - fine outing at parkrun, and splendid PB from jnr #2 Jools - excellent 97 in 9 - a more modest 67 in 9 here (up to yesterday), but a step up from recent weeks, so happy with this, and interestingly, the VoGit legs seem fairly happy, running daily after last Sunday's "seizing up" at the end of the 18. Have 20 planned for Tues - will then decide whether to join my daughter at Manchester . . . .
GDawg - "Watching football and cricket in my running gear with . . ..and really can't be arsed". Ha, I know the feeling . . . . PMJ, I too enjoy your XC reports . . Jools - good to see you back to it with the 18/62 . . . . OO - excellent half marathon there - 82% WAVA if I'm not mistaken - so I'll amend "excellent" to "*!** ing brilliant " Speedy - fwiw, with your background, and the mindset you've previously shown, I reckon you could have a fair bash at your goal - 11 weeks pre-taper gives enough time for 2 really good blocks, with a cutback week included if necessary SBD/Leslie - nice week's work . . . Gul - I'm sure the downtime won't harm; as you say, the extra sleep may indicate body needs a rest . . . MsE - nice purchase - hopefully you'll be ready to "christen" the t'mill soon - in the meantime you'll just have to gaze upon it longingly and, yes, I too remember the Wrong Trousers . . . . no, daughter's legs still strong , thank you, - just mine complaining !
Lit – “didn't have any particular issues doing the marathon itself and I don't think there's any point mystifying it” – really good point, I needed reminding !
Jools – “depend on how many years she has been running for, in particular half marathons” – well, she’s been running since age 8, schools & club XC etc, has now done 5 half maras , latest 1:34 on a fairly hilly course, prob on around 40 mpw currently
Speedy – “I ran 1.36 in the build up. I ran 3.28 on the day” - so 3:30 could be better target than 3:45 off a 1:34 half . . .
MsE - “can attest to feeling strong towards the end of long runs seem a like good sign that she will go the full distance comfortably” - hopefully this will be the case; good suggestion re strength work – her cousin ran her debut mara last year and found this beneficial
So, thanks again – I’ll pass your comments on – I’m sure my daughter will take encouragement !
9 miles this morn, wit 4 x half mile, 1 x mile in the middle. First "quicker" running for a while after just plodding over the festive period - felt hard . . .