Likewise. Tough session? I had a long brick session and went well enough but I was broken after running for an hour. Went off too fast at the start.
Started with 3.5 hours at race pace on the bike then after 5k running I was naively thinking a sub 3 marathon was realistic as I was slightly faster and felt great. Then the wheels came off! Slowed down and got through the hour okay but couldn't have gone much longer.
I've another long brick next weekend to try get the pacing and fuel right. Less than 6 weeks to race day now.
I seem to have finally shaken off my achilles injury and I'm back running again. Bike rides are getting longer and hopefully quads are getting stronger. Right now I'm struggling to walk upstairs after bricks last night so I'm not convinced on the getting stronger part yet.
I'm racing Hardman in Ireland in 6 weeks on Saturday. Training is behind where I had hoped after 12 weeks injured. Running has taken a huge hit but I could swim and cycle through it. I did a 6k swim at the weekend at 1:35/100m which would bring me in bang on the hour for the ironman. No worries there anyway.
Sub 10 remains the aim but considering I haven't run a marathon before and I will need to run in around 3:15 its going to be tough!
OK cheers, i'll maybe try 30 minutes beforehand.. I'm just wary that 30 minutes easy might not really reflect a long harder effort. In my head i'm just thinking how bad can it be but reviews suggest it can be pretty bad!