Brilliant run Freemer- a great confidence booster for the marathon.
AA, that's still a very good HM time and shows you're in good shape.
Carrot, congrats on the PB!
Kiwi, glad you're back with us!
Chick, I don't know how you manage that mileage. I've just completed my first ever 60-mile week and I'm knackered! Time-on-feet 22 today, about 7 of which was off-road and some it quite muddy, in just over 3 hours at an ave. 8:18mm. Was meant to be a 20 but the off-road detour was longer than expected and there was no quicker way home!
Good luck to AA, Freemers and anyone else who's racing this weekend.
Hope you're on the mend, Barry.
Well, I've now entered two autumn marathons...I don't intend to do them both though! Entered Chelmsford, which is the week after York, and am currently weighing up the pros and cons. Pros for Chelmsford are obviously that it's 8 miles away, which will make for a more relaxing build-up, plus will mean friends and family can come and support. Looks like it will be a fairly flat course too, although there's no course map up on the website yet. Cons are that it's its first year so may be teething problems and it's a two-lap course (bad for me, but good for people watching!). I emailed the organisers and they did at least confirm it's all on road or hard paths, it's being officially measured in two weeks' time and the application is in with UKA. Still, no need to decide yet.
39 miles so far for me this week, with 12 or so planned for tonight and maybe a recovery on Saturday, which will make quite a big week for me. Heart rates have been as low as they've ever been on easy runs, and had a good 5 x mile club interval session on Wednesday with 3 mins recovery. Managed a nice consistent 6:13/6:06/6:05/6:04/6:03.
Quick pop in to say congratulations to Bro on a fantastic PB Much deserved.
Got back from France on Saturday evening after a great week's skiing. Mixed weather - some days of snow and poor visibility, others brilliant sunshine, but great snow all week. Managed to get out for a couple of 4-5 mile runs around the lake in Tignes - running in the Alpine scenery was lovely, although had to keep it steady as I only had my racing flats, not my trail shoes (thought I'd be running in the gym, but outside was much more appealing as the weather wasn't too cold).
Skiing all day for six days solid obviously takes it out of you though, so the 20 I intended to do yesterday became a 15. Heartrate was fairly low, but the legs just didn't want to know. 8:09mm average.
I'd been gradually drawing in a couple of my clubmates who beat me at the Benfleet 15 a few weeks ago and at the 7-mile marker (6:33) I passed them both. Still feeling strong, I pushed on, catching and passing a couple more runners as I went through miles 8 and 9 in 6:33 and 6:34.
Then came mile 10. Hideous. We turned directly into a brutal headwind and, having studied the course beforehand, I knew we had two miles solid of this to come and with the field strung out by this stage, I was on my own. I'd just breezed past a guy from Felixstowe RR before the turn, but he gradually worked his way back alongside me and I was quite happy to let him pass and just try to cling on to his tail. Those two miles were 7:09 and 7:01.
The relief when we finally turned out of the wind was wonderful and I pushed on again. The Felixstowe bloke encouraged me to go for it as I went back past him, which was nice. I knew my gf and parents were waiting at mile 11 and it really spurred me on to see them. Mile 12 was back on track with a 6:39, but I was finding it really tough by now and thoughts of PBs were replaced by thoughts of just getting to the line once we'd turned back into that headwind for the final mile.
A couple of runners passed me, but I had nothing left - the last mile was a 7:03, which meant I just missed out on a PB by 23 seconds, but given the conditions, I'm more than happy with that. I felt from my training that I was back to where I was before my injury and finally I have a result to prove it! (Incidentally, I'm pretty sure I went through 10k faster than I completed any of my autumn 10ks!)