Went out at 5.30 this morning, wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting the tail end of the hurricane to be but I think I was perhaps running off the stiffness from Sunday so I was a little bit slower and taking it easier than usual. It was wet in parts and the odd gust but not the storms we'd been warned of
Easing back into it this week and then building the Long Run back up so that I can hit the marathon plan (excuse the pun) running in mid-December
Trying to focus on pacing for the next few weeks rather than just going out and running so that I can exert a bit more control over my speed and certainly learn to pace the early miles a lot more evenly
Well done AM, saw a couple of old friends but given I'd blindly missed my own number in the envelope in the shock of getting a timing chip, I was oblivious to most other people's
Went out a bit quick at Arley and suffered for it over the last 3 miles but I think I still came home in 1:49 which would be a PB. Need to get that pacing right, didn't feel like I was running fast but the watch says otherwise and I've done a positive split with the last 3 miles probably coming out around the 9 min mark rather than the 8:25 to get in under 1:50 (which was the goal), I was oblivious to any head wind at that stage!
Something to work on over the winter
Do have to say that Arley was much better than expected, easy to get to, plenty of parking, scenic venue, great weather and an XL technical shirt at the end along with the medal. Chip timed too which I wasn't expecting given there were only around 500 runners
My only moan is a course that does 2 laps rather than a full 13 mile circuit but I guess that means they have to pay to close less roads
It was quite spooky to have a couple of stretches at the end where I couldn't see a runner in front or behind nor a marshall
Coop - The P&D book is excellent and taught me loads. Even if you only read the first 2 chapters they are invaluable. Teach you all about why you do each run at the pace you do, the benefits of each run, how and why training works and all that jazz. As a newbie runner the information in that book was incredible.
Robin - You definitely have a sub 4 in you, i'm confident you will do it next year! They have even laid a perfectly flat canal path for all your winter training
Cheers mate, agree completely with the P&D being more than just about a training plan, it's a good read if nothing else and gets you thinking
Manchester and Wilmslow entered yesterday just after payday
Was toying with Preston or 4 villages in Jan but might do the Rhyl 10 miler in Feb instead although I wondered whether the Oulton Park event might run again this year and although I don't fancy doing "laps" it might be a good indicator of where I'm at.
Pete - I was told that if you're "feeling" the taper it's a good sign that your body is working hard to repair itself and get ready while you're not doing the workload that you've put it through in the previous weeks. Stick to your guns, I'd be more concerned if everything was going too smoothly
Forecast looking good for Arley, 500 runners registered but not sure how many of those are going to be transfers from previous incarnations of the race and might be no-shows on the day
I'll be 43 when next year comes around, 6'2 and probably somewhere between 14-15 stone. Regularly run a HM in 1:50 so I'm fairly consistent as have been my marathon mistakes
Plenty of mileage in training both years but probably run at too fast a pace, I know a couple of first timers doing it next year and may well hook up with them for the LSRs to try and keep the pace a bit slower and perhaps even make the LSR slightly more enjoyable
On the day itself, don't go off too fast, stick with the pacer and so how things are at mile 19/20, don't think the carb loading has played a part but then again it never hurts to have a look
A friend managed to stick with a pacer for the first 20 at Chester for the first time and ended up coming home sub-4 so that's my motivation and proof that it can be done
Final "hard" run of the week done this morning, will have a jog with junior tonite and then a couple of days off before Arley as I'm feeling quite stiff at the moment