I'd seen your XC on strava Dean and was very impressed with the pace. 5.25 on mud is impressive!
Any plans for another marathon Dachs or another year of the faster stuff? A half maybe?
I was slightly slower over the last half but miles 10-13 are a gentle rise looking at the elevation so pretty consistent still. Miles 7/8 were my quickest I think as that's where I passed my clubmate and decided that I'd get at least a solid run out of it if I didn't make the finish.
CC82, I used a small gel belt thing. It wasn't too bad. I think I'll carry an extra one or two this time also. In Sundays half a chap in a group in front dropped a gel at 6 miles and went back the 10 or so yards so I passed him. Never saw him again so the gel can't have been that good.
Most probably diet (hopefully) and I think I'll try what you suggested SC. Even on training runs when I get to a certain effort level then that's when it usually happens.
Phil, after the marathon I really think I should have another go at some shorter distances over the summer as that is the year I ran my best times. It was through doing 5k sessions trying to break 15.30 when I then ran my half PB.
I do think i raced more then that would help too.
Nice long run CC. I think you'll see a massive benefit in doing your sessions on some hilly terrain. Man heaters flat course will hopefully feel a breeze for you!
SC, that's not a bad front 4 is it!
You and Phil make XC almost seem appealing. Very time I've done a XC I've been absolutely ruined.
Solid week there Bus. It always seems that you do way more than 50 with commuting.
I had a run at the Brass Monkey half this morning. Wasn't really sure what to expect as i think all of my sessions have been on a treadmill prob for the last 2 months, maybe more. My clubmate who I travelled with was hoping to run 73 and he's yet to beat me so I'd have happily taken that.
I ran the first 4-5 miles with RaceJase who was running at marathon HR but I didn't want to go too soon in case I blew a gasket.
Clubmate had a fair bit of a lead on me but I managed to claw it back then go past him around 7 miles but at this point my bowels wanted to evacuate themselves and as I went by him I said I'd be lucky to see the finish. I was certain I wouldn't see 8 miles and just kept thinking that the more miles I got in before I had to stop then at least it was a decent session.
Went by 4-5 people over the last 6 miles still but had an almighty scare at 12.8 miles as I approached York racecourse where the finish was. The relief of seeing the finish and knowing I could make the toilet meant I nearly relaxed a bit too much!
Thankfully the people spectating and cheering must've sent the adrenaline going and I managed to get home in time. 1.12.50 in the end but not crapping myself in full view was priceless.
I took 2 Imodium before the race and had 2 visits but just can't seem to get round a race comfortably. It's a right chore. Stomach was in absolute bits on the near 2 hour drive home including another 2 pit stops. Not great.
Well done Spoons, impressive mileage and especially with the MP long run at the end of the 100+.
John, running in the heat just wipes me out so great job on the MP run.
Another cracking long run Tom. Can't beat a few beers after a long run. Haha
First race since early Nov for me today at the Brass Monkey half. Didn't want to go off like a scalded cat as I was a bit unsure of how it'd go as I've not run a half since May 2015. Spent the last 6 miles being certain I wouldn't finish as my guts were playing up which is annoyingly far to frequent for me. No idea how I made it but pretty happy with 72.50 so 5.33 ave. a minute and a half down on my PB but ill take it.
Reg, how long has that been now? before christmas wasnt it?
SG, your right about the plan and pace. Todays 20 was 7.40s but with 1300ft of hills. I'm basically following the P & D plan but with being off work over Christmas I had plenty of time to get the runs in and added a few easy miles to see how I'd cope with the extra mileage. I don't plan on keeping it so high.
I spent last week working away and with 2 medium long runs and a long run of 20 miles it soon adds up. I've still been putting a couple of faster sessions a week in but on the treadmill and even on the back of the previous 2 weeks I felt good early on in the week despite doing 11 hour days at work.
One of the days I should've been doing 5 mile in the morning then a medium long run of 15 miles in the evening. Haha. That's sandwiched around an 11 hour shift. There was no way I was going out and doing the early morning 5!
I think my run streak stretches back to last May. Probably not too many weeks below 70 either.