I've read on here some really good things about it and the finish looks insane so have been booked up since last December. Training was going well until 1st September when I came off my bike and injured my knee. Since then I've also had a virus and training has fell apart. Still plan on going as I don't want to kiss goodbye to over 200 quid, but I've accepted it will be a slow time and a tough day.
Hopefully training is going better for anyone else doing it!
You'll enjoy Barcelona VM, excellent race in an excellent city. Did it in 2014 and loved it, its my current PB. And sitting in Placa Reial (great spot) with two Estrellas in the warm sunshine after the race is still a great memory for me. Later in the day I went to the Camp Nou and Barca dismantled Osasuna 7-0 courtesy of a Messi hat-trick. One of the very best days I've had.
In terms of a comarison I've also done Amsterdam in 2012. Barcelona is a much bigger race with far greater support. At one point in Barcelona the police were pushing the locals back as the support in Placa de Catalunya got way too excited and encroached into the road! Amsterdam is a smaller race in comparison. Course profile is similar although bear in mind Barcelona is a gradual climb for the last couple of k. But in the early parts it's perfectly flat and the tall buildings provide plenty of shade.
I'm absolutely certain you will totally love Barcelona.
3:38 here. Bowled along lovely until 22 miles at which point I was on for a 3:29 but the quads just gave up on me and the last 4 miles became brutal! However I was happy with 3:38 and I was just 95 seconds off my PB and this was done on less training. I fancy retiring from the marathon but the combination of knowing I can go sub-3:30 and how much I enjoyed the Valencia finish makes me think hmmm, maybe one more!
Loved Valencia, flew out on the Wednesday and really got to see and enjoy the city before the race, although in hindsight I think 3.5 days of sightseeing probably wasn't the wisest prep for a marathon.
Hey guys, I did a HM today so it seems like a good time to review my training so far.
Pleased with my half time (90:54) as that's a seasons best for me by 20 seconds and my 2nd ever fastest half. Not sure what that means for Valencia as I've never been able to convert my HM times to the marathon.
The good thing is that it shows I'm in decent shape. Which given I am not doing speedwork is nice. I'm concentrating on leg strength at the moment so my weekly sessions are hill reps and a tempo run.
Training is going ok but given that I'm several weeks in now and the long run hasn't got a whole lot easier I feel this will be my final marathon. Can't see me getting into the same shape I was for Barcelona last year so don't think my 3:36 PB is in any danger. Only managed a couple of 16 milers so far so I really need to step up the distance. Overall the training is going well but it concerns me I'm behind in terms of the long run. So I have decided to try 2 week taper this time to allow me another weekend to get a 20 in.
Great North Run next weekend, another weekend with no long run, ooops!
I do the opposite Swizzle, I do lots of long runs. Shortly heading out for my first which will hopefully be 14 today, will get up to 18 in the next 4-5 weeks and then should hit 20 around week 8-9. Ffrom there on I like the 5 longest runs to add up to 100 miles, that approach worked well for my last one.