Sorry to hear about your injuries Steve. Sincerely hope you make a quick recovery
Hope your calf is also ok Tom. Sounds like a good taper run today. Will remember that one for 2 weeks. Y fumble sounds worth investigating. I usually carry gels in elasticated straps sewn into waistband of shorts but am always slightly worried they will fall out.
22 miles for me today at average 7.40. Was getting tired at end but was out last night with alcohol instead of carb load! Also some of the wind today was exceptional. Ran with lightweight jacket on and that seemed to become a parachute when running straight into the wind!
One gear - I just looked up my garmin stats. Average pace over past 4 weeks has been 7.18. I have done more faster running this campaign than previously and slightly reduced overall mileage. Think it's helped but will need to wait and see.
Thanks Malcs. I hadn't realised you were an asics runner last year. Overall, I think I need to concentrate on the in race nutrition. Both of my 3.06s were done after developing a stitch at miles 15 & 16. Would undoubtedly help if I could sort that out!
Iain - I'd burn up quite quickly if I tried running at 6.20, especially in the second half!
One gear - I typically do about 50 miles a week, including long run, medium run, parkrun, track session and club 5 -6 mile tempo run. 2 days rest.
Will be happy to just get a pb at London. If I get close then might give the sub 3 a go in Berlin. Main aim is to enjoy!
Malcs - great improvement in your marathon times and with that half last w/e you're looking really good for sub 3. So what's the secret?! VLM will be my 6th marathon. My first was 3.09 and I've done 3.06 twice. Also a 3.08 and a 3.17 (when I ran nearer 27.5 miles after getting lost twice!). Think I'm capable of a pb this year (possibly 3.03 on a good day) but not sub 3. I'm nearly 54 and have been running for 7 years. You?
Steve - impressed you got 24 in today with that fueling and back issues. Hope that gets resolved quickly. Also very impressed with those longest time between sub 3 stats from a couple of days ago. Wow!
Fantastic run today Malcs. Well done! I was at Reading half. 87.07, so 5 secs slower overall than I did Wokingham a few weeks ago. Interestingly watch suggested I ran 5 secs/ mile quicker today (average 6.34) than at Wokingham but have to assume it was out and not the course. Wishing I'd tried a bit harder in last mile now! Didn't have dinner until 10.30 last night which might not have helped on the pb front.
Good runs from you as well Tom and KR. Great to hear calf ok.
Great run Tom. Looking good. Glad to hear the calf held out.
I did a 20 mile slow run today. Ended up at 7.40 average, with just the last mile around 7 mins pace. So happy with that and hope I've recovered after last week's effort. HM next week...
As as you say, it was cold this morning. I started off slightly sluggishly and thought the 20 might be quite hard work. However, I managed to think 'it's only 20 - you'll be fine!' Hope I can repeat that thought on marathon day! Must be nice to get to the start line and think - 'it's only a marathon'! Is that you Steve?