SC – Apologies I missed your excellent result from Berlin, great effort… surely there’ll be another in the future
RaceJase – That was a top top class run, I was really interested to see what you would do at the weekend after reading your blog and keeping an eye on Strava for the last few months. I’m prone to stitches in the later stages of marathons too, but usually feel the onset and use deep breathing technique to try to nip it in the bud. Pace inevitably drops while doing so (partly as the breathing rate drops & hence lowers O2 transport rate to muscles I assume), but the slowdown is nowhere near as bad compared to if I let the stitch develop. I also get he feeling with me that stitches can be a sign that I’m pushing too hard (quite often associated with HR elevated above expected race levels)
Jools – Ah the inverse warmup/race effect, when you feel rubbish in warm up have a great race or feel wonderful warming up and the have legs of lead as soon as the gun goes…. Well done on the surprise Bubka
Bufo – Sounding silly rapid as usual, any ideas of a tergat for Frankfurt?
Piscator – Thanks, it’s amazing what the sight of a club mate slowly getting closer can do to your motivation in the late stages of a race (the wind behind helped too!). Nice tempo session and monthly stats.
Not much from me this week so far, a quad muscle (Right medial just above the knee, likely Gracilis) did something funny towards the end of an easy 6M on Monday and I think I’ve strained it slightly. So mostly cross trainer (with more effort than usual) since, although a lunchtime easy 3M yesterday showed that the strain is recovering well.
I had a reasonable run at the Solent half on Sunday, which was also my club’s half champs. Conditions were close to ideal with only an easterly breeze to contend with on a few sections of the course. The first three miles were a pleasant leg out through Blackfield and on to the Forest, with the wind behind but a few undulations. Slightly unexpected were the groups of galloping horses crossing the road amongst the runners; they had seemingly heard the call from a drift (annual Forest roundup) happening nearby and caused a few interesting moments as I tried to judge if they would be pass in front or behind me...
The turn down to Exbury at mile 3 put the course back into the wind, which made the next mile or so harder work, before entering the trees and gaining a bit of relief from the wind and sun. I was happily pacing along at marathon heart rate at this point, it being the first half I’d done in a while; I didn’t want to over-do it early on.
Company from a Portsmouth Jogger kept the pace up as we past Exbury Gardens and headed down to Lepe Beach. Shortly before the coast two became three as we caught an Overton Harrier and we traded places for a couple of miles. Then just before reaching the Solent, at around eight miles, a fellow club member blew past and rapidly opened up a gap. Suddenly a measured fitness effort became a full on race for the club half championship honours! He put a considerable amount of air between us and passed another Overton Harrier in the process. I upped the effort level but couldn’t seem to close the gap over the next few miles. Going up the last big incline my club mate looked to be maintaining his advantage and I feared he had it in the bag. Then as we made the left turn on to the main road back towards the finish between miles 11 & 12, I sensed the gap might be shrinking. So with the wind behind I put the hammer down as much as I could muster. Thankfully there was something in reserve as my last three mile splits were 5:59/5:50/5:44, but it took a lot of effort to catch up to Frank and I wasn’t sure if I’d have the strength to push on past. At the final short rise up to the road home I made the move and snuck by, keeping the pressure on all the way to the turning into the finish straight. The final sprint across the grass to the finish line was eyes-out, but I held on to finish 10th overall in 1:18:18.
I’d been aiming for sub-6 pace, so hit that pretty much bang on. Another nice bit of club glassware to add to the collection too
Lev – A stunning time at Berlin off so little run volume, but maybe now you need to focus on your strength aspects? I think there comes a point in a lot of developing runners when you need to tackle your weaknesses head on (and maybe at the temporary disregard of current competitiveness)
PP – An awesome marathon from you, it’s great to hear that you were happy to get to the finishing line well inside your PB and not lamenting missing the 2:30 mark (I know I’d be mightily disappointed!). The after-race drinking exploits sounded top notch too
Muss – Bloody well run mate, a 4 min PB is a sizable improvement
Jock – Loved the race report, an excellent effort off little preparation
MrBoat – Excellent work bagging the VLM posh bogs qualifier
ES – That half sounded like the perfect MP training run, a bit competitive company (but not too much so) and you effectively got paid to do it! Good work
CW – A quality (lumpy) training marathon at the weekend. Sounds ideal prep for Snowdonia
Bains – Good to hear you’re on the come back trail
SL – Shame to here you’re benched. Like the enthusiasm for more MB pain!
Ryan – Good luck for Mablethorpe at the weekend, trust in the taper!
Selbs - X post, I was wondering where you had got to as I did my latest read back... Hope you can get fit enough for Florence. The MTB trip sounded awesome, Moab's one of those places which looks surreal for riding!
Morning all, continuing my trend of intermittant posting to the thread, it took 3x30mins of gym XT to read back this time...
Wanted to check in to wish the Berlin contingent all the best and DBS for Sunday. PP, Lev and Muss (sorry if I can't remember others) have great time and I hope all the excellent training pays off, I've seen some seriously impressive stuff going on recently .
A very nice range of runs and races being bagged all round, especially Padams 12 hour win, CW's Norfolk dash through the night, PP's various amazing 5k and relay exploits and DanA's flabbergasting mountain ultra with a tactical IV stop halfway through . Loads more that I can't remember of the top of my head too.
Great to see TR and LS21 back on here again, it did go a bit quiet over the summer. TR, I might catch up with you this weekend as I'm doing the HM on Sunday too, weather looks uncharacteristically good for a race that you've entered!
TT - Gutted for you after seemingly getting all your cards lined up for Berlin and then to be hit by multiple set backs, hope you can get it all ironed out and back on track soon.
On my front, Al_P jnr 2 made her entrance right at the end of August, so the following two weeks of leave contained a decent volume but random selection of runs. I did have an eye on the Bournemouth Marathon, partly as I thought that with a smidge of marathon fitness I might be in with a chance of winning some decent dosh. As it transpires the marathon is off as we got a last min chance for a family trip to Cornwall so I've ditched the race. Also recently found out that Marigold is likely to be running, which would have ended the chances of winning money.
Not bothered to be not running an Autumn marathon, I've far from race fit and the effort would have probably just have put my fitness back again whilst I recovered. Instead I'm down for a couple of halfs (Solent & Gosport) plus the Lordshill 10M over the next few months to work on general fitness and hopefully start the New Year in decent shape & uninjured for once (failed the last two years in a row ).