Good luck in Boston, chickadee and supermanruns! I ran it in 2011 (the year there was a tail wind the whole way. Yay!) if you've not done it before I didn't find heartbreak hill too bad at all, in fact I ran up it unsure whether it really was the hill or not in a sort of half psyche out/ half dense way...and was pleasantly surprised when it dawned on me that I must have done it. The wellesley girls at mile 13 scream as loudly as advertised and i saw them snog a few blokes in front of me...if you're interested in that kind of thing during your race
things are probably different post-bomb and by the passage of time, but I thought I'd mention it took AGES to meet up with my friends and family. I'd consider a meeting point a good way from the finish and if you have support using public transport it gets REALLY congested so they may be delayed.
hope you have a wonderful, trouble free, experience. I really enjoyed it (and the week in Cape Cod afterwards to celebrate my birthday )
Hi, it's nice to hear everyone's race reports. i had a look out for you, Malcs, but didn't notice any Swiss flags (might be 'cause I had my head down for large periods whilst I counted to 100, and again, and again)
so, tried out 3:30 pace for size for the first 14 miles, but didn't have it in me after that. Turned my Garmin off in case it was too demoralising and concentrated on not stopping and churning out the miles. Pretty happy with 3:41:30 - second fastest time in the 9 years I've run marathons. This on achey knees, hips, ankles, and shoulders - not ideal preparation
well done to everyone who achieved their goals and I hope everyone who didn't takes away the good points from the day. Might be my last ever marathon, so nice to end on a relative high all things considered.
Hi, congratulations Malcs. Hopefully you're taking all the positives out the day as you achieved your goal...I'm sure you can go even faster in the future, but for now you've nailed it: you're a sub 3:30 runner. Well done
Hi malcs, I've been following the thread since the beginning, but went back to lurking when my training started to nose dive (if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all;-)) I did a 16 mile race two weeks ago and did 7:50 average splits, but didn't feel that easy. Despite having run 11 previous marathons, this one feels like the biggest unknown somehow - I just can't figure out what kind of form I'm in. Weird.
ANYWAY, what I wanted to do was to wish you a great weekend in Paris. I hope your race is both enjoyable and fast, and you get the time you're hoping for. you're an entertaining writer and it's been fun reading about...dare I say it?...your journey!
good luck and enjoy. Can't wait to read your race report
Hi Malcs, good write up on your fitness assessment. I'd like to do one of those if I had the chance. I had a fat analysis last year and scored a whopping 25% body fat. not too surprising considering my chocolate consumption, but disappointing all the same as I don't look especially blubber like (so it's probably a lot of visceral fat, the really bad stuff. Great). i've been doing the 5:2 diet for the last month to loose a few pounds and get down to 9st for London. That's what I was for my last PB. Am fasting today but did the 16 reps of 200m. Tomorrow I'll probably feel the lack of energy. Will eat normally by mid-March!
Couldn't figure out how to configure garmin to show pace/ time for the reps so ran them blind. Pretty pleased with the results when I'd finished (my first lot of 200m reps EVER!)
9km total (flat bit of ground in Richmond park that I'd earmarked bit of a trek..but worth it especially as there was a herd of deer at the end of every outward bound rep.)