Hi everyone, lots of good training and racing going on recently. Best of luck to you all moving into the taper. Will have to read back properly at some point.
Hope you manage to recover Gary...sounds like you have got alot of quality in from the racing alone.
Sounds good with the watch saintjason. My Garmin is on it's last legs and wouldn't be surprised if it packs up in a similar way....there have been times when it has lost data when the battery has died. I'd be much more wary of Garmin mile splits and mile markers if aiming for a key time (sub 3:30, 3:05 for VLM qualifying, sub 3 etc).
Good luck with the 21 JJ.
Hope the cold clears Robin.
Not just you Carterism on struggling to work out final marathon pace. Despite a lack of PBs over all distances and illness last week, I feel a PB at Manchester could be possible.
Things have also been complicated by a poor race at the Eastleigh 10k on Sunday. Final time was just under 41 minutes on the chip and 2 minutes outside my 10k PB but was never able to get out of third gear following a week of illness. This was dissapointing as conditions were near perfect with only a moderate breeze in parts (can't really agree on it being windy where I've read elsewhere - the Llanelli half earlier this month was what I'd call windy). Fast forward two days after the race it and I've felt much fresher although perhaps it is a result of an enforced layoff. Hoping to hit between 55 and 60 miles by the end of Sunday for the week before beginning to taper.
On acknowledging other runners, some do and some don't from my experience. Just depends whether people are on the zone, in a pair or group, have headphones on, etc.
Excellent PB AliBali.
Llanelli half today combined with visiting family back in Wales. Raced this for the third year running and it's one of my favourite races with its scenery, its size (not a big city HM but big enough to be competitive), organisation and fast route. However, the last good point can be crossed off due to running into a near gale for half of it with much of the route being on the coastal path. It was bad enough in parts last year but today was just at another level. The wind really kicked in from miles 2 to 5 and almost from the off knew a PB challenge would be way out the question so just aimed to enjoy it and have a strong finish. Once that mindset kicked in, it was strangely enjoyable watching the horizontal rain blow in from the sea!
The second half was slightly better with only parts with the twisting coastal path where the wind would be directly against us. 12th mile was the fastest in 6:33 and the last 3 miles were my fastest of the race. Felt strong and pushed on with a few others for a relatively strong finish. Managed 20 odd seconds under 90 minutes but the time was academic in those conditions and was more pleased with feeling fresh after finishing. Perhaps it's a sign I could have pushed harder but no point with the bigger picture in mind.
Mind you, if the weather is like it was last year at Manchester this year (a little breezy in parts to keep you cool and overcast) , I'll be happy!
We ate in the Harvester in The Lowry Centre last year and am pretty sure there is a Bella Italia there too. Might certainly be worth a look around Media City though, thanks John.
Yasoo 800's on the track last night with 90 second recovery jogs inbetween. Paces between 3:05-3:10 mostly with 3:02 to finish. Worked hard but not at maximum so didn't feel slaughtered at the end which was good. That said, I don't think my marathon pace will quite equate to that.
Ceejay - I ate in the Lowry Centre last year....might be worth a look around although not sure how far it will be from where you will be staying and others will probably be able to better advice.
As for carb loading, I have tended to eat a main meal with carbs on the Saturday afternoon and have tended to eaten something a bit lighter and with more protein in the evening.
Lots of good training going on and good to see a number of longer runs being posted.
Excellent PB Runningtap and as you say, looks great for a sub 4 hours!
Unlucky with the injury Nonstick but sounds wise with the circumstances.
Managed a second 20 of this campaign yesterday. Ran with a number of club mates at a run organised by my club which was very enjoyable particularly as it was the first long run I've done with company in a number of years! Ended up getting dragged round with a flying club mate at an unsustainable pace 15 or so miles in so by the last lap of the route, it really was a struggle. I don't think stopping for 5 minutes or so after 17 miles helped with that as it was really difficult to pick the on the average pace again. I guess the last two and a half miles were good for mental toughness if not much else! Rest day today and a lighter week in general after hitting 53 miles last week and a half coming up on Sunday.
Same with the sub 3:15 pacer last year. He was a bit ahead after the first mile and then disappeared I think for a quick pit stop after 2 or so miles to many cheers! Never saw him again and went with the pace he set with that first mile. He overtook me with a large group at about 24 miles. I'm pretty sure I'd have stuck with him if he didn't start slightly quick and disappear not long after the start. That said, I'd certainly go with one if you are looking for a specific time.