Alan - I'm John Morris on Strava. The nickname of Johnny Morris became Animal Magic and it just stook as a forum name
Excellent work on the Marcothon - a tough week coming up with xmas day etc adding extra complications! Ive already been told i cant run at xmas day parkrun so im planning on back to back ones on NYD (some start at 9, others at 10:30)
Managed the first LSR of the plan today. 19k road run with a couple of woods and a water park thrown into the mix. Im glad i made the distance but i'd be lying if i said it was easy. Its amazing that after a few easy weeks followed by a holiday your body just seems to forget it was pretty fit only 2 months ago
AK - Many thanks for the ballot date, i will certainly give it a go. Been to NY 3 times and really enjoy the city and when i was there in summer i was doing a run round central park and it happened to be a training run for the NY mara ran by NYRR. So i ended up doing a lap with a load of people who were on a 20 mile training run. Was great fun (i only did 10k though - i was on holiday after all ).
Rich - No racing for me, a recovery parkrun then a 19k LSR on Sunday.
AK - Yep looks like our times are very similar indeed. How did you find New York? Was always on my bucket list long before i even started out as a runner. Sports Tours international just released their tickets for next year and i was having a quick nosey at the packages. Did you do yours through an operator or book it all seperately?
Sean - be careful pushing it. I was in a similar place at the start of last years plan with a chesty cold but as it was my first marathon i was a stickler for ticking off the runs each day. As i was feeling rough I just tried to cover the distance for the first couple of weeks and ignored the lactate and mara pace runs. I ended up with a full blown chest infection and fever, spent 2 weeks doing no running whilst trying to get better.
Ah, my times a slightly faster than yours (43.09 and 1:35:20) but only my a touch. I aimed for 3:30 last year at Manchester. Stayed with the 3:30 pacer until mile 21 then dropped off for a couple of miles before pulling myself together for a last push. Came in 3:32:36 which i was still delighted with.