I also had an awful run this morning - like Nell & Andrew the wind was brutal and heavy rain left us squelching in our shoes! Only a 12 miler but a new & brutally hilly country lane route - average pace was slow at just over 9mmls but really had to grind it out - tough.
Carl - my card was a respectable 19 pts for the club 9 hole comp ... was on for a chance of the prizes until I hoiked my drive on the last OB to ding the final hole. Grrrrrrrr. Played a further 9 for fun/practice and got of the course at 5.30pm... so 4 hours walking in the fresh air I suppose !
No spring marathon for me Nell/Carter ... just running for fun until Build up to Berlin at end of May. Toying with a trail/mountain marathon in June just for fun with lots of run/walking.
TBH I need to sort out my glute & hamstring issues - Been nagging/sore for months... pretty sure they're tight & just need to discipline myself with stretching sessions. Stretching has been non existent to date if I'm honest.
Anyway 7 mile session tonight with a pal which include a tough hill repeat session in the middle.
Think I read a stat somewhere that only 50% of those who start a marathon training programme actually make it to the startline - 99% of those that make the startline go on to go the distance. So this stat kind of backs up BKs experience in finding the race the easy bit!
Carter - proposed pace sounds about right . I remember well the anguish and indesicion on pace and didn't decide until virtually race day. In the end I went out at 8 mml pace with thoughts of 3:30 but at 8 miles in thought better of it as I just wasn't feeling 3:30 was on and backed off a little. Ended up averaging 8:19 for the 26.2 miles so it worked out in the end and my 'B' goal of sub 3:40 was achieved.
Carl & Carter - you are both in a much better place training wise than I have seen u at any point last year. Keep the niggles away, train smart & get to the start line and I reckon your PBs are nailed on. Sub 3:40 is where you should both be pacing for given your training times I reckon. What are your target paces?
club tonight for me - tough interval session: 10mins, 7mins, 4mins x 2 .... 42 mins in total and covered 6mls according to my garmin. All on a gloopy, muddy grass circuit in worn out road shoes which was .... Interesting!