That's good to hear Martin, thanks. It definitely won't be full throttle, most likely 90 secs to 2mins behind my PB pace, I still expect it to be tough but there's no pressure on me, will get the camera phone out and take a few snaps and hopefully just enjoy the day. I wouldn't mind a crack at Abingdon one day, I hear that's for fast guys but with my improving times I am getting there!!
Just completed my first run since Barcelona, a nice easy 6, felt good.
Thanks guys, good to know. Snowdonia is just going to be a social marathon with two mates at a slower pace than I'd usually do. Due to other commitments I am a bit short of training time so I figured a slow marathon would be better training than say an 18-20 miler on my own.
I should've said hello Flatboy! I enjoyed earwigging your conversations though, took my mind off what I was doing!!
Feel like my legs have recovered so well from this race, had a massage on Thursday and I'm already fighting the urge to get out for a run already. I usually like 7-10 days off but I think a little jog tomorrow might be in order.
This weekend is the final blowout of my Barca Marathon celebration, beers, pizza and ice cream then I am back to eating clean and workouts. I've got ten weeks to my holiday so it's Beach Body workouts to get me ripped for June!!
I can only endorse what others have said on here, Barcelona was a grade A race, I loved it (PB's always help with that don't they!) but the crowd was great, the course was flat(ish) and the city is clearly one of the best in the world to visit. Do it!
Banksy, snap! Valencia for November 2015 is next on my list. Tony Audenshaw raved about it on Marathon Talk and ever since then it's been high on my wishlist. Supposed to be very flat and that finish looks mega.
I've got Edinburgh in ten weeks then Snowdonia in October. Since I've recovered so well from Barcelona I am tempted to enter the Robin Hood Marathon in September and like Wenty and Martin Green use it as a training run. Never tried a marathon as a training run before so could be interesting! How much slower than MP did you two run Barcelona?
Great reading back over the last few days posts. My second visit to Barcelona and what a city it is, I just love the place. And what a marathon it hosts, just a great sight-seeing tour, I absolutely loved it.
As for the race, I sat on the bus tour on Saturday and thought crumbs this is gonna be be a warm one! My shaved head was already pink, and my legs knackered from climbing seven flights of stairs each and every time I went back to the apartment!!
Despite the heat I managed to bag myself a PB, 3:36 taking 12 minutes off my previous best. I guessed anything between 3:30 and 3:40 was possible and 3:35 was my Jantastic target so not too shabby! Loved this race and finished the final 3M strong which means I reckon there's still more to come - I know now that I must be braver with my pace in the early stages of the race, I took 6M to settle myself down and get on pace.
Flatboy I have a feeling I saw you during the race. Were you running with two other fellas? NWRRC on the back of your vests? You came passed me at about mile 5/6, then I went passed you, then somehow passed you again when there was just two of you?!
So what's next for everyone? Edinburgh in ten weeks for me and then lots of cycling - I am doing John O'Groats to Lands End in August.
Haha Wenty, any excuse for a new Garmin! And my 305 has now come back to life an'all!
Sunnysider, try the bus tour on the Saturday, that's what I do every Saturday before a European marathon, you get to see loads of sights, but all you have to do is chill on the bus, eat snacks and hydrate, it's perfect!
This is it for me, I am on a 10:25am flight out tomorrow so I will soon be on Catalan soil. Not sure if I've got wi-fi in the apartment yet so this may be my last message until after the race. Have a good one everyone, this thread has been excellent, best of luck to you all. I wish you all loads of luck and hope that we all hit our gold targets. Visca Catalunya!