John - Enjoyed your report, congratulations on a great race! I was listening to Marathon Talk and a listener confirmed that it was warm and very windy!
Just a steady 6 for me tonight after hill reps last night. Thinking of doing 8 x 4 mins tomorrow evening with a 90 sec jog recovery in between. Parkrun hopefully on Saturday. May get up early tomorrow morning (highly unlikely) and sneak a steady 4 in before work.
Morning all - steady 6 on the canal for me last night. Club hill reps tonight which I usually try to avoid; on this occasion I literally have no genuine excuse...
Muddy – Agree, really enjoyed the Pudding Run last year and it’s a good, quick course. And from what I've seen of Walsall, the local surroundings give you the incentive to run that bit quicker!
Being from West Yorkshire originally, I'm hoping to get a spot in the Brass Monkey too this year. I've actually only done it once as its stupidly popular, but remember it being exceptionally flat which is a rarity in Yorkshire! Entries open on Saturday morning I believe?
Runspoon – I think Vernon has the heart and mentality to try out the marathon. I didn't realise he was only 30, loads of time. The guy is a powerhouse.
Joe – I have a wide array (three) of headbands, am I now accepted as one of your own? Well done on the XC run, we have our season starting up soon too in November. Always good fun.
North Ender – Lifelong city fan, yes. Preston by any chance?
Muddy - Sorry to hear about the injury, I believe we ran together in the early stages at Sneyd? I've entered again for this year, hope to see you there?
John - Congratulations on your result, sounds like an excellent performance in tough conditions. Onwards and upwards. Marathons can be so cruel; months of training and the weather can completely rain on your parade come race day. Sub 3 is definitely doable.
Spoon - Great effort this morning, when is Frankfurt?
Westy - Top effort at Manchester, 1:19 is class, especially given the conditions (and I know it always rains in Manchester!)
As for me, planned an early long run but given it was nailing it down, went back to bed until the blue clouds appeared! Managed a steady 15; legs were fairly depleted after 3 high intensity workouts through the week including parkrun yesterday. Needless to say I took the foot off the gas (7:25 av min mile) when I'm usually in the low 7's. Its probably a tactic I need to implement more often as my legs feel much better than usual!
Also catching up on the Birmingham Half highlights. How does Andy Vernon do it. Absolute brickhouse!
Thanks guys for the welcome and I look forward to chatting away on the forums, leading up to London. Have people still got marathons coming up?
Mennania - As for my running background, I started in 2011 and have really just got more and more embroiled into it. As Jason Cherriman recently said on Marathon Talk, 'Running is ace'. I ran 2.58 at Manchester in 2015 but feel I have come a long way since then. Track running has done me wonders. Since I began competitive running, this is the first year I have not ran a marathon and its no coincidence that I have been injury free. To be honest, I think I have ran longer runs too hard in the past, which has contributed to injury. Hence why I am here on runnersworld asking questions about pacing!
Happy to win Parkrun this morning in 17.13; granted, I think most of the fasties are running Birmingham Half Marathon tomorrow. Its funny actually, having previously posted about pacing/heart rate, I wore a heart rate monitor for the first time today and it slipped down to my waist!
Stayed off the beer tonight, but tonight will be a different story.....Hoping to get a nice 13-15 miler in tomorrow.