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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: Yesterday at 17:00

Cheers Nell - not too sore actually. Probably all the painkillers I am taking for the toothache though! Great view for your run - and it isn't actually raining

2old - no IM (yet) I have an Olympic (dambuster) to do in June and a couple of sprints before that.


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: Yesterday at 13:45

Go boston-ites. Dropping like flies at 16M - never!

Have had two days off. Might have another one off but the tri training has to start soon eek.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:46

Oh and the 5K splits:

Split       min/km

5K           04:44

10K         04:48

15K         04:46

20K         04:45

25K         04:41

30K         04:45

35K         04:49

40K         04:49

Finish    04:46

Through halfway in 1:40:10, so nearly evens!


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:37

My plan was quite simple 38 mins for each 5 miles – about 7:35 pace, which would bring me in around 3:19/3:20. I decided not to push it in case my teeth problems had taken too much out of me. Managed to stick to my target pace immediately – and the first 5 miles were a breeze. Although it was sunny, there was a lot of shade in the early part of the race and I didn’t feel too hot. I had five gels on me and was going to take one with water every 5 miles supplemented by Lucozade in between.

By Cutty Sark I notice that all the early fast starters were coming back to me as I started overtaking people. But it wasn’t too busy, so didn’t need to do any dodging to speak of. By the time we hit Surrey Quays it was getting a little hotter and I thought my pace was dropping fractionally so a took another gel and pushed on. First two 5 mile splits were fractionally over 38 mins, so on target, but looking like a 3:20 run.

Over Tower Bridge looking for one of my mates – no chance, too many people. On the other side of the bridge I saw Minni who looked like she had stopped and was talking to a marshal, but I was already gone past her. Last time I did London I remembered it started to get hard just as I entered the Isle of dogs after the tunnel. But this time it was much more controlled and I pushed on, waiting for the expected wall at around 18 miles.

It duly arrived on South Quay, which is where my club was marshalling and doing the crossing which gave me a big boost. But I could feel the energy system switch and it was definitely feeling harder. I just said to myself that even the fastest runners suffer and counted to 100 the lovely Paula does. And my god it worked perfectly. All I needed to do was count and the miles would take care of themselves.

The last 9 miles were done in this zone of counting and keeping an eye on the pace, which was pretty much on target the whole way. Once I hit 23 miles I knew that a PB was in the bag, and that I just needed to hold this pace to hit 3:20. I started to get slight indications of cramp in the last 6 miles in my calves but it never developed into anything serious. Saw the family at 24.5 miles and I was feeling good. Rounding the Mall and seeing that I would make 3:20 comfortably was excellent and a put in a strong push for the line.

I passed 544 runners in the last 7.5K and only 4 passed me. Can’t complain with that at all. Tooth pain was barely noticeable on the run. I did however end up with a spectacular black toenail that I hardly felt on the run. Saw AA at the finish, but no-one else, and didn’t make it to Chandos because I was sitting in a camp chair outside the Harp in the sunshine with a beer.

I have already signed up for Brighton next year and hope to have a crack at the 3:15 target there. I feel confident of getting there next year as long as I can bring my HM time to under 1:30. Anyway how long was that report! Too long!

Well done everyone!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:35

Right – here’s my race report. A bit self-indulgent, but hey! As KFC said, I wasn’t planning a spring marathon – I wanted to give an autumn marathon this year to avoid winter training. But once I got a club place in the lottery there was no question I was going to go for it. I have only done the London Marathon once before and I loved it. This time I loved it even more – the crowd was amazing – noticeably bigger than 3 years ago.

Training started with what seemed like a disaster as I sprained my ankle high up in the Atlas mountains on a cycling holiday in December. But luckily diligent strapping, icing and cycling seemed to help it recover remarkably quickly and I only missed around a week of training.

I was going to try a tri-flavoured plan for the marathon buildup – but missing the early part of training meant I chose the P&D up to 55 12 week plan and followed it pretty closely, and didn’t miss many sessions at all. I was too knackered from all the running to do much else apart from gym work, so swimming and cycling took a back seat for 3 months.

So with training having gone well and having decided a target based on recent race results of 3:19, race week came. Disaster struck on Thursday when an bubbling under tooth infection escalated into screaming pain on Thursday.

I had already been to the dentist for this earlier and was on the waiting list for the dental hospital to sort it out, so all I had was antibiotics and painkillers. Although it seemed to initially clear up, it came back with a vengeance on Saturday which made carb loading tricky and I could hardly sleep on Sat night. I was very close to pulling out!

Thankfully I woke up in the morning, just took more painkillers and just decided to try and ride it out. My legs were fine, so I just needed to ignore the pain in my head and get moving. Took the club coach down to the start and got chilled out with a club mate in the red start for ages before getting into pen 2 – which was just behind the FGFA lot. Couldn’t have asked for a better place. I actually went to the back of that pen, and suffered hardly any problems with race congestion – unlike Paris last year which was a nightmare for that. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:12

Quick check in from me in between pub visits. Did 3:20 - 5 min PB so very happy with that. Great support on the course and had to dig deep from about 18 miles! Tooth seems fine so that was a relief - I didn;t have much sleep last night. Will report back late. Chin chin all

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:05

eek 2old. It's always the unexpected things! Fingers crossed it clears

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 15:47
Well done O4S my pen was not up to the job!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:44

Expo done and message left under the 2nd N of London. In and out very quickly so didn't really see much else. 

My only concern for Sunday now is my darn toothache which returned with a vengeance this week. I really hope it does not disrupt matters. I went to the dentist last month and he put me on the list for the dental hospital because it isn't something he can deal with himself. My initial appointment is only on the 5 May though. Anyone else run marathons successfully with toothache?

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:03

O4S - good news on the lack of ops and osteo thumbs up. I'm sure you'll be running it whatever - you're 100 mile hardcore!

Minni - sounds reasonably positive. Watch out for that Bro tho!

Carrot - great fun watching London - I've been a few times. The embankment section is great fun as it is the final reckoning and it is surprising seeing casualties even in the fast runners. The lead pack go past soooo quickly as well.

Anyway have done my dress rehearsal of 7M with 2M MP - and it felt comfortable so I am ready to race. 3:19 / 7:35 pace is the A target. I have already signed up for Brighton next year! And that will be my sub 3:15 attempt assuming Sunday isn't a complete disaster. 

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