Al Runs

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Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 17:24

Good work LessFat!

Very very happy with my first sub 3.

3:05 was the target but felt pretty good up to 18 then just held on for dear life and managed a final surge to sneak under 3 hours. 2:59:14. Great day out all round.

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 06:28

Good morning and best of luck everyone

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:05

Thanks David - good useful info

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:24

Pipes - your 2004 negative split sounds heroic! Must have been feeling good that day! Love the costume by the way. Wind could be an issue...

Who here has run this year's course before and can provide some inside information? Is it really pancake flat and if there are any inclines where are they?

I'm planning a cycle route for my wife so she can see me at as many points as possible (and hand me water bottles). Does anyone know how narrow the road called "Peep O Day Lane" is? In my plan she's going to see me at 22 miles then cycle up past the runners on Peep O Day Lane and continue on the race route until the athletics tracks at the finish. But maybe that road is too narrow to feasibly do that? Can't really tell on Streetview...

Get well / stay well everybody! 

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 08:23

Oh no Pipes, get well soon. Still enough time to be fighting fit before race day. What costume are you going to be wearing and what's the current record?

I am sorely tempted to set out at sub 3 pace but I blew up at mile 20 in my last marathon (London 2013) doing the same thing, and I don't want that to happen again. Although I did get sick the week before London which I'm pretty sure had a big effect on my race. My fitness is perhaps marginally better now. Anyway, all things considered I think I'll set out on 3:03 pace and see how I feel. From reading around I think I probably need a higher weekly mileage before going sub 3 anyway. I've managed an average of about 50 miles per week this training cycle with 3 x 20 miles. Any more and I seem to get injured.

Happy tapering all!

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 17:52

Just had a quick read through and catch up - good running everyone!

After a few injury niggles I'm very relieved to have made it to the taper. 10k PB last weekend in 37:26 which is good for the confidence. Trying to resist believing the marathon predictors which say I can do sub 3...sub 3:05 is really my target and fear I'll blow up if I try for more.

Apparently it's going to be cups of water and not bottles so I'm currently planning my wife's spectating positions and cycle route on the day so she can hand me bottles. I am rubbish at drinking from cups when running...

Abingdon Marathon

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 07:56

Hi Flo

I have a spare place, will send you a message.


Abingdon marathon

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 07:52

Hi Rachel - I've got a place going if you're still interested? Will send you a message 

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:43

Unfortunately my wife has had to pull out of the Abingdon Marathon so we have a spare place going. Send me a direct message if you're interested.

Thanks, and happy training everyone! I'm off for my 20 miler, legs still heavy from a midweek threshold run...

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 14:26

Cmc7 - I've had similar experience with P&D leaving me tired out, so I'm definitely approaching it with caution this time and aiming to listen to my body more. Like you say, I'm going to make sure I do the sessions with good quality and then totally relax on the recovery runs, and even the general aerobic runs.

John - congrats on the 5k PB! Always good for training confidence. There is a school running track near me but weirdly it's 300m so quite tight turns! You're a little faster than me (5k PB 18:10) - have you thought about a target time for Abingdon yet? I'll be hoping to beat my PB (3:09.42). If training's going really well then maybe I'll think about going sub 3:05 for a VLM good for age...



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