NP - Sounds like your getting some good training in the sun!
RJ - I wouldn't race to heart rate, as it might do something you don't expect. But, aye, if your max is 205 your marathon pace HR will be low 170s I think? Teks the man to ask about that.
Signed up for Brampton-Carlisle on November 16, hopefully 6 and a half weeks is enough time to recover and get in 70 minute shape. Couple of other races planned (10k and 5 mile) but this is an overnight job so I'm focussing on that.
NN - It is a good point you make. I really struggle with the mental side of things, and maybe I could have pushed on slightly further which would have seen me home sub 4 (although I don't have any real interest in only going sub 4 to be honest) but I really doubt could have kept going all the way. That's not overly surprising, as I know I didn't do enough long runs.
Kaz - That sounds horrible. Rest up and hopefully you'll recover soon!
Barbara - Well done on the half! Shame it didn't go as well as the spring effort!
NN - Oddly my legs turned to lead, then to jelly (resulting in me nearly falling) and then back to lead. That's a good set of splits, a positive split of around 3 minutes is about what the fast boys were doing, so looks like you paced it very well!
Tek - Good short run and strides
Stewart - Hope you got out for a run after work!
OH - Nice race report, sounds like you had a good Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the trip to Switzerland!
Michael - Nice running this morning. Funny you mention the nudist beach (and NP mentioning the old boy with a sunburnt testicle) as I just remember the surreal moment yesterday when I clocked a female runner looking forwards me with her shorts round her ankles... That's probably why I finished smiling away to myself...
So, I think i'll take it easy for the next few weeks. Left achilles really isn't amused this morning but should be back to it's usually niggly self in a few days. Not sure what I'll do in terms of running the next couple of weeks. Maybe a few short ones, or maybe just parkrun on Saturday and a lot of rest days!
Looking at a few shorter races in November to finish the year off, and then build towards whatever I decide to do in March. Really hope I don't get a place for London through the ballot...
16-20 (8:31 8:40 9:12 11:22 10:29) Both thighs were now really starting to hurt, but I plodded on. 16 and 17 were uneventful, although there was tremendous support through Dores. So even though I was starting to hang the crowds kept me going! The route started to get nasty beyond that, the crowds thinned out and we started to climb. I guess it's not the toughest climb in isolation, but after 17.5 miles a steady 2 mile climb isn't what I wanted. I kept on going to around the 30km point, which is where the climb steepens a wee bit. For the sake of trying to preserve my legs I walked to the top of that bit, which was the 19 mile marker. I started running again but it was now becoming a run/walk venture, albeit it was mostly run for mile 20!
21-26.2 (9:46 13:16 10:43 11:27 11:39 10:18, 8:17eq) From 20 miles we dropped down for a mile and a half, usually that would be a good thing but my thighs were that fried I think I'd rather have had a shallow climb! I was still mostly running (very slowly) but that changed just before the bottom of the decline when my right leg completely buckled under my weight. Thankfully I was going so slowly I managed to keep myself upright, as it would have been a nasty fall if I had been charging down! The route started to climb again at Scanisport, I walked the full uphill there. I got shouted at by a lady that recognised me from Falkirk parkrun here, as she powered away from me!
I had conceded that a good time was way beyond me now, so decided I was going to enjoy the rest of my run/walk to the end. I ran when I could (although I think I was struggling to get more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time), high fived kids and had a laugh with spectators and other runners. Once we got into the centre of Inverness the support was tremendous, the streets were lined and there was a wall of noise. I was still hurting, but got pulled along from mile 25 by another runner although he fell away by mile 26. At 26 miles I had a cheeky look at my garmin, it was still reading 3:58:xx, and decided to try to 'sprint' to the end. Unfortunately that sprint wasn't good enough and I plodded over the line 19 seconds over the 4 hour mark, but with a big stupid grin on my face!
I'm not very impressed with the time, but I guess I had a good day (and weekend in Inverness) and that should be the main thing. I think I might just not be cut out for marathon running, so regretting booking flights for Barcelona. However it's only flights that I've paid for, so I might just just my change my spring A race to a half. While I might not be cut out for marathon running, I will definitely be back at Loch Ness next year