one2e great to hear you've got the 20 finished, massive mentally as well as physically - personally i didnt run all of my first 3 marathons so its nothing to worry about! i find having a short walk through the water stations (especially belfast with its pesky cups) is a good way to keep somewhat fresh, get water on board and relax for 5-10 seconds, as Leslie says, its a different ball game doing the long runs after a week of training / cumulative fatigue, as the races where you've the support on the course and a taper behind you etc
I got my final 20 done on sunday, and been running well since - i prefer a 2 week taper personally so will keep the miles up this week and drop it next week, 2 weeks out from London - then its just about staying healthy and not getting injured! Lovely weather for running of late, good to see some really good runs going in here, just in time for the summer road races!
i run in nike shorts, and adidas t shirts - both seem to fit me well - vice versa not so much - i have no idea why that is, but always seems to be the case - nike shorts much better quality than any others i have tried
well done to all at larne...beautiful conditions (as usual!) and enjoyed my run in the main - 1.46.20 for me, around 3 min faster than last year so happy enough with that PB - didnt enjoy the last 2 miles much though, managed to keep the steady pace but had nothing left in the legs to lift it!
Martin - mark mentioned that to me! good to see you, even if i didnt realise at the time! ran with mark the first 7 miles or so but lost him around the hill - never got close after that! super pb for him as well - i agree with the water issue near the end! - Queens on wednesday - are you in for it yourself? Ill give it a blast, not sure ill have recovered from today but nothing to lose!
one2E - well done on the time, good solid time for that half and plenty of time now before the full in belfast to build the long runs up - larne should be a good confidence boost too! ill second that about the glengormley hills, theres nowhere to run here without being up or down one!
Still one of my favourite races of the year, despite having entered months ago and then being told on the day they had run out of medium tshirts (the large one is a bit too big!) which was disappointing - as it was a really nice tshirt for a race but this is a minor point - all in all a great day
also great to see mags at the end - the end was a bit of a blur for me trying to catch my breath, apologies!
I'm for larne mags - looking forward to seeing you up there!
one2e - would definitely take it easy the first run after a race, the day after or even after a day off, for me the legs always need a really easy jog to loosen them before a tough run after any race distance
looking forward to larne myself, always one of the best runs of the year for me - dont want to speak too soon but usually get lucky enough with the weather on the day too! first race of the year for me tomorrow, done pretty much no speedwork this year, just miles and miles ahead of the marathon so not expecting much but hoping to enjoy nonetheless and bump into some of you all from the forum!
o2e well done on the 15.5, hills always make a run tougher but thats a good distance to be at now!
Leslie more good miles in there - weather is definitely getting better for the longer runs now, although still a bit chilly!
I managed to get the first 20 miler in of the year yesterday - 5 miles hill in it also but fastest 20 miler to date and felt pretty strong throughout - definitely true about it taking years to build up some endurance in running, a few years ago i was basically on my knees finishing a 20 miler, never thought id feel halfway alive at the end of one!