Hi All, just a quick de-lurk to say i saw your club mate Alex Yee in action today at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country PhilPub. What a talent! Absolutely bossed the race and looked so comfortable throughout. Definitely one to watch.
Would have taken a few pics but my fingers were comfortably numb by then..
Ali - just popped in to see how you were getting on with the club as I haven't really been about much (understandably). Looks like it's working really well for you and your performances are showing that! Well done! Dunoon looked like a great wee day out and some brilliant performances too, might have to see about making it a regular social event! Kudos on the PB too!
As for the autumn marathon debate, I thought I would dive in with an opinion just to shake it up a bit. Personally I think if you haven't been doing any focussed training for the marathon at this stage I would miss the autumn marathon and start the long game training for a spring marathon. I know marathon runners are a funny bunch and missing a spring/autumn marathon opportunity feels losing a limb. With your marathon experience I've no doubt that 8-10 weeks is long enough for you to get in good enough shape to toe the line and run a decent time but it's not going to show your capabilities. Plus if you do an autumn marathon you'll then need to take a break after it to recover and probably wont start building again until the new year whereas there is an abundance of racing to get involved in through the winter now that you are a club runner!
Purely from my experience last year building towards Manchester here's an idea of what I would suggest (This is almost exactly what I did, you could adjust races etc to suit) August/September - Spend the next 2 months concentrating on building to the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon on 4th October (Henderson cup, Round Cumbrae 10 mile or Stirling 10k in between). There are also road relay races the club pays for during September you can get involved in. October - Cross Country season, 10th October West District Relays, 17th October Dunbartonshire Relays, 24th National Relays. Great for building your speed and strength (and for practising suffering ) November - Lots more races, National 4k short course cross country, Allan Scally road relays, Dunbartonshire cross country champs, Glasgow Uni 5 mile road race. December - Marcothon!! If you've not heard of it, it's a challenge to run every day in December. It's a great way to start base training for your marathon especially through the ice and snow and most of the club gets involved. Also West District cross country champs. January - Marathon training begins February - National cross country champs. The big one! Always a great day out and a challenging course to see what shape you are in. March - Balloch to Clydebank half marathon, a very flat and fast half (although I know you're a fan of Alloa). There's also the National 6 stage road relays to get involved in. Then before you know it the spring marathon has arrived and you're ready to smash it! Good luck whatever you decide! Also, good to see carterusm doing great, looks like you continued progressing well after Manchester, well done mate!
Thanks WJH! I dedicated 4 months of my life to that one race! I gave up drinking, i practically gave up socialising! Damn right i'm going to get a little blubbery when it goes to plan! I didn't notice the gel station either, but i did hear stories in the pub afterwards of people reaching out to grab a gel and the woman turning her back to get more at precisely the wrong time. They weren't complaining though as they still PB'd!
Carterusm - Thanks! It's not the course, it's more the distance. I consider myself to be rather inexperienced when it comes to marathons so was taking a lot of advice from peers and the general response i was getting was that most runners slow in the second half of a marathon and i should expect to lose 1-2 minutes. I'd come to expect that would happen, regardless of how i was feeling.
Animal Magic - I can't recommend a running club highly enough. If you really want to see big improvements in your performance i can't think of a better way to go about it. I hope you get involved and good luck!
Saint Jason - We lost one of our best female runners to you guys a couple years back. Katie White. I saw her marshalling around 7.5 miles at the marathon. I'm sure it's Sale she went to.
Still trying to find the time to read back through everyones race reports, will get to it as soon as possible!
Going to try a steady run tonight but my quads are still pretty sore.
Round the corner and can see the finish line is 100 - 150 metres away and slightly downhill. The books and sites I've been reading have told me to spend the last few weeks visualising how I'm going to celebrate as I head down the finish straight. Hands in the air? Fist pumping the sky? High-fiving the spectators? I did none of these in the end. I put my head down, pulled the best gurning face I could muster and kicked hard. Forgot to stop my watch but could see the finish line clock hit 2:39:57 as I passed so knew I'd made it. Elation followed by a few tears. Found my way to the meeting point and tried to sit on the pavement, few more tears. Mrs B arrived and I try to stand up - lots of tears! Then back to the hotel. Official Time: 2:39:46 Position: 34th Gels carried: 7 Gels consumed: 1 before and 2.5 during Toe-nails lost: Only one! Still smiling!