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Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:23

Tap - that would normally suggest your problem area is with endurance as you clearly have the speed in your legs and a decent lactate threshold level.  How many 20+ milers did you get under your belt in your plan for London?  I would hazard a guess it was less than 5.  The other thing to look at is nutrition, maybe you just hit the wall in the marathon and your body had no more to give (what time did you go through the half way point in?)

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Posted: 26/10/2014 at 11:22

Jack - I've never followed the ASICS plans but heard nothing but good reports about them.  I think the recovery runs you mention work better for some people than others.  For me a 5-6k recovery run at a pace not too different to walking works wonders and leaves me feeling fresher the next day than it would if i took the day off completely.

Big - My marathon pace is currently around 7:35 and i currently run my long runs around 8:45 pace (5:25/km).  Last year i was training for a 3:30target time (8mm race pace) and did my long runs around 9-9:10mm.  I worked pretty well for me last year only missing target my 2.5 mins in my first marathon.

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 21:08
David. Yes 60-90s is advisable. Much faster and you risk burning out. Do you have a recent HM to base your Predictions off?

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Posted: 24/10/2014 at 21:02
Good luck Sunday Pete!

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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:52

On the way to Manc marathon last year i was stood behind where Tom + Martin from Marathon Talk were sat on the tram and even though i had listened to every podcast throughout my whole training schedule I didnt say a word to them.  Kicked myself for it afterwards.  Their podcasts got me through quite a few of the long runs.


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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:07

299 ran (or at least finished), the race had an entry limit of 300 according to RunBritain.  Likely its been massaged to make the event seem better organised.  Well done on the PB, well under your 1:50 target

I agree with you though Robin, the event was actually ran pretty well on the day.  basic but well organised.  The chip timing was a nice bonus, as was the free parking.  The medal was actually alright as well and the tech t-shirts also seem ok.

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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 10:58

Robin - Results have been released   I came 38th - woop!

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Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:37
Wythenshawe has one really muddy stretch which from Oct to may is ankle deep in mud, then around 3k of running in grass which saps the legs. Its flat tho.

Smashed it round Arley today. Felt really strong and managed a fairly even pace despite the strong headwind on the way back in to the finish. ran a 1:35:20 for a 5:11min PB so im so happy with that. Training had gone so well and I thought with the rivington run and this bloody cold I had blown my chance at a decent run.

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:43

Great work - must try that out some time, a few regs at Wythenshawe say south manc is quicker.

Robin - Good luck at Arley tomorrow.  I'm #175, if you see me give me a shout.  Weather forecast looks ok, just hoping the wind isnt as strong as it sounds it might be.  I'm still full of a cold and still have a sore ankle so not sure what to expect out of tomorrow

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:59

Well done on the PB Pete!  Was that at South Manchester?

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