Abbers: Lorenzo and I were discussing our performances and what might have been if a proper taper were employed. I could feel the marathon campaign miles in my legs yesterday and it cost me a PB, even on an unfriendly course.
It sounds like we have very similar targets. I'd love to go sub-3.15 and am somewhat bouyed by the result yesterday, all things considered but sub-3.20 feels more realistic. As I said yesterday, will I have the bottle to do 7.25s on race day?
I've just added the race to my Fetch stats and it's given me my highest ever WAVA rating of 70.59. I think I'm happy with that!
Just a quick note before I shower and settle down, read back the last couple of pages and then to rugby and beer...BEER! have been deprived of beer for over a week now.
So, first off, Lorenzo some how spotted me TWICE in a field of over 5000 runners at the Surrey Half today, just before the start and at the finish line. What a splendid chap and all round nice geezer he is. Lorenzo, really nice meeting you today and well done with your run (story to come, folks).
My plan A didn't work due to the crowded and slow start, too many hills (especially the last two miles) the heat and headwind! Just a few excuses there.
So, with conditions not PB favourable early on I knew 1.30 was not on, so I flicked the switch to plan B and tried to get sub 7s. Just about managed it with a score of 1.31 and an average pace of 6.59. Slowest mile was 7.11 and the quickest were two 6.45 efforts.
As I start to reflect on the race, I'm really pleased. Second best time ever in a race that I haven't specifically trained for as Brighton Marathon is the main feature.
The Fetcheveryone stats site I use has my predicted marathon effort of 3.10! With my main goal at sub 3.20, things are looking up. Just need to work up the bottle to go for it.!
My HM PB was set 6 years ago (tthe last time I ran a HM ) and is 6 seconds slower than yours. I need 29 seconds better to did into 1.29. I don't think I've done enough speedwork but we'll see.
I love the colour of those shoes. On Sunday I'll be wearing a brand new pair of Asics GT-2000s that are an identical colour (neon yellow - special edition). They are the second pair I've bought, found them in a sale for £55. Don't understand why people don't like them!
The Surrey half is this Sunday. Tried to do a mini-taper this week but my legs are heavy so I'm not sure I'll be able to execute my cunning PB plan. Second target will be to try and do 7min/miles all the way round, I'll be happy with that.