Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend.
I did the Reading Half on Sunday - awful weather but the crowd support and organisation was outstanding. I'm incredibly proud of myself as I shaved over 11mins off my PB after 3 months of hard training and came in at 1:29:55 I couldn't quite enjoy the stadium finish as much as I should have perhaps, as it was so touch and go if I'd dip under the 90minute mark. Quite an adrenalin rush for that last 400 meters than I somehow managed to run the last 0.2 miles at 6m/m!
I feel a very smug runner today, although a very, very achey one!
I've run a Marathon once before and I've completed my training plan almost 100% in full. My question is, if on my long runs I've done say, 14miles easy (8.15ish m/m), then 6 miles at a target race pace (7.20ish m/m), is those 6 miles enough to suggest I could hit that for the full race, or am I likely to blow out if I try?
I'm mid taper now, so no time to try long runs with more of it at target race pace.
Hope you can help, because I'm tying myself in knots worrying about which pace to run at
Morning everyone. Very cold for my morning run, -4 actual, but Garmin now tells me the temperature it also 'feels like' (presume wind chill etc?), which was -8, brrrrrr!!!
I THINKthis morning's run was a well thought out one - I did 5.3 miles in total, 5 miles slow warm up, then 4 x 3 min intervals at my planned Half Marathon Pace (7m/m), with 5 minute recoveries and a 10 min warm down. Hopefully enough distance to keep my legs ticking over and the intervals enough to keep me tuned into racepace without risk of over doing it - my usual weekly Intervals are 6 x 3mins (2 x 7m/m, 2x6.2m/m, 2x 5.45m/m) with 3min recoveries, so I think I've cut back the effort enough during my taper?
Has anyone tried using the SIS Nitrate Gels? I've bought some to try this week. They advise taking 6 over the 3 days leading into a race so it boosts your oxygen efficiency or somthing and imprve stamina. Wondered if anyone had had any success or otherwise???