Good luck Abbers, I did 3 PBs under 1:31 before I finally beat 1:30, and then proceded to take lumps out of it down to 1:24 in the following races. So once you beat it you'll probably push on and end up wondering what the fuss was about
MsE - the Japanese have just as much depth as the Kenyans if not more, they're just 4-5 minutes slower over a marathon.
7 gentle miles with the club tonight @ 8:50 ish. It didn't feel too bad running, but my stomach is churning right now so we'll see how I feel in the morning.
I've worn Nike Vomeros for quite a few years now starting with Vomero 3 and most recently I've been running in Vomero 6 as I bought a bunch of them cheap when the 7 was brought out but due to a year of not running I've only just started to wear them out. I decided I'd need a new pair for the marathon, so I bought a pair of Vomero 8 and ran in them for the first time tonight. Unfortunately, apart from the fact they're completely fugly, they also seem flatter and very hard, nowhere near the amount of cushioning of the 6, and my legs were sore after just 7 miles, so it looks like I'll be racing in my best pair of 6's as it's too late to switch to a completely new model now. Afterwards I guess I'll be looking for a new shoe. Why can't they just leave stuff alone!
Tarts - I ran 3:11 at the first Brighton Marathon averaging less than 30 mpw over the 12 week schedule. And I think I've only ever exceeded 50 miles in a week when I did a 20 on a bank holiday Monday then another 20 the Sunday after.
No running for a week here as my stomach still doesn't seem quite right. I will run tonight though as I have to decide if I'm doing the club's 20 mile training run on Sunday.
Did anybody see the results from the Japanese university half marathon championships this weekend? Run in fairly poor conditions the winning time was 62:09 with the top 10 all under 63 minutes. Scott Overall's winning Reading Half time of 64:44 would have got him just 95th place, and there were 200 runners under 66 minutes and 529 runners under 70 minutes. And these are just university students. By comparison just 63 runners have gone under 1:10 in the UK this year so far, of whom just 5 are under 23. Seems to me we should forget looking at what the Kenyans and Ethiopeans are doing as we can't replicate their genetics or their environment, and instead we should be looking at the Japanese as an example of what can be achieved.
Nice run Minni, things are definitely looking good
Feeling a bit better today, but I'm still going to give running a miss until I'm definitely right. Just over 135 miles for the month, which is one of my highest ever totals, despite missing the last 2 runs and cutting one in half which would have given me 160 and a 40mpw average. Pity I had to miss Reading, but got to think of the big picture. It does mean however that as it stands I have not a clue about what I can do at any kind of pace as I haven't run a proper race since Brighton 10k back in November, and I have nothing planned. I guess I might have to try and find something just to tell me if I'm on a hiding to nothing for London or not.