Very nicely done by (nearly) all at Abingdon yesterday, but don't worry Jooligan, the crap days sometimes just happen, we've all had them! Welcome to the sub-3 club GBRM It was good to see LS and Dan (briefly) before the race and Piscator afterwards.
Nice XC win Padams, reminds me of my HM 2nd place a couple of weeks ago, usual depth of field was AWOL then too. Good XCing from Speedy & AlanB too.
So Abingdon turned out pretty well for me all things considered, 4th overall in 2:34:39. Meet up with past fredder DrD pre-race and discussed pacing tactics, since we've got similar PBs and decided to see how things developed at the front of the field before settling into what we felt comfortable with. We led out from the gun and for the first few miles before DrD ramped up the pace a notch I I decided that was going to be a bit hot for me based on heart rate. So I let him a another go. Going through the town around 3-5miles I was in a group of four. A mile later two had started to go on up the road and the other started to drop back and so started a long 20+miles solo effort.... Basically the story of the rest of my race was that I was running aerobically comfortably (sub-marathon av HR), but my legs really didn't want to crank the speed up. Probably not helped by being on my own, but also due to the lack of harder effort running in the build up. Managed to nab a place back around mile 18, but other than that was a minute or so down on 3rd by the end. Happy with the result ultimately given the low state of fitness 3 months back and hopefully haven't trashed my legs much (feel just a bit sore/stiff today), so can build on the good aerobic base.
Was very happy for DrD though who had a great day given the injury issues he's been trying to get on top of the past 12-18 months
Cheers TT & ES, Can't believe the BM half sells out that fast LMH!! Tried a beer gel during my quick pre-race 4M leg loosener this morning. It was surprisingly palatable, distinctly 'ale-y' but quite a high level of sweetness (possibly to overcome the inherent sourness of the beer?), so I'm not sure I'd want more than a couple in a row!
Afternoon All, been lurking for a while but thought it was time to stick my head up again to say hi! Some great autumn mara-funing been going on by all accounts, hat-tip to CW for the York PB, a great time from RS on a lumpy course in Jersey and great efforts from Jools and ES in Chicago . Nice to see PP back on here again and gearing up for a proper VLM campaign (2:30 train?). Commiserations to those occupying the bench (LMH) and a very belated cograts to Padams on the arrival of the mini edition.
I'm gearing up for Abingdon on Sunday, training has gone reasonably well after hitting a likely all time low mid-summer (work travel related). I've managed to string together an injury free 10-12wks since, of nearly all easy running, with a run of 6 weeks at 100-110M/wk. Seems to have worked as I've gone from a career worst 1:27ish for a pretty flat trail half in Canada back in July to a highly unexpected 75:15 at the Solent Half a couple of weeks ago (2nd overall and £50 voucher to boot!).
So feeling cautiously optimistic about Abo now, given the shortish build up (and starting fitness) I doubt it will be stella, but a marginal PB (Abo 2014 2:32:51) might be on the cards. Dan & Pisc, I'll look out for you, I'll be a Green/White New Forest Runners vest, if I don't see you before hand, good luck!