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Posted: Today at 14:23

So that's two quality sessions during the week, plus a third on occasional parkrun weeks, plus a Sunday long run at a pace that is too fast for what your 5K and 10K times suggest you're ready for on easy terrain let alone on hilly trails.

If I hadn't seen the training details and this was just the 5K vs 10K question, then I would be asking whether you're doing a parkrun course that is noticeably slower than the 10K race. I would also ask you to consider whether you are really 'racing' the parkrun (I find it hard to go all out at a parkrun even if I tell myself before that I intend to). However it seems much more likely that you're running hard too much without enough easy.

Is my max HR 1888

Posted: Today at 14:09

If you're averaging 180bpm over a 10K race effort - assuming those look like genuine readings and not full of random high spikes - then your max heart rate is likely to be around 200bpm.

This is based on the assumption that a 'good' 10K race averages at 88-92% of MHR. Source - t'internet.

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:01
Other key points from that doc - including apparently mile markers:

All runners should be in place by 08.30am for a 08.45am start. The start will not be delayed for late arrivals.

Mile Markers: Will be placed every mile up to Mile 26.

Parking Facilities: Pay and Display Parking is along the seafront and at the pyramids car park. ??6.80 roughly, free parking on the roads to the east of south parade pier is available and only 5-10min walk away, around canoe lake area.
(PLEASE do park legally and respect local residents).

Toilets: There will be a number of toilets at the Pyramid centre. And there are 6 public toilets on route. + 3 toilets at half way.

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:54
The emails I received on Nov 9 and Nov 19 had an attachment "Marathon Covering Letter.docx". If you've not had that then email the organiser asking for a copy.

"race numbers will not be sent to you. Your options for number and chip collection are as follows!

1. Come along to Alexandra sports on the corner of 140 Gladys Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 9BL on Friday 19th from 9am till 6pm or Saturday 20th from 8.30am till 6pm for a marathon expo, here you will be able to collect your race pack with race number and timing chip. Also we will have some light refreshments available and free mince pie. Also stock up on those last minute things you may need. This will be ideal for local runners and those who are traveling down and staying overnight on Friday and Saturday. Thus giving you more time on the Sunday morning as you will be ready to rock up and run, no need to register on Sunday morning.

2. Or come and collect your race pack on Sunday morning (race day) from race registration inside the Plaza Suite at the front of the pyramid centre. This will be available from 06.30am on the morning up till 08.30am. Please be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to get ready to run."

Marathon Trainers for mild overpronator

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 12:06

I'm a mild over-pronator (or more moderate on right foot and neutral on left foot) and I used Brooks ST5 for my last road marathon and plan to again for my next one. For me they were just right as they are fairly lightweight and very comfortable, just enough cushioning for when I get tired and start heel striking more.

The right shoe for you will be a compromise between different factors like weight/cushioning/support. It's hard to recommend without knowing what types of shoes already suit you, how much you tend toward heel striking, or how heavy you are. For example Asics DS Trainer would be a good compromise for many, but would still be too much shoe for some, and too little shoe for others.

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 10:05

Thanks Andy, best of luck everyone with recovery and/or taper.

My last few weeks will look like this by the end of the week:
50 miles
5 miles
0 miles
? miles (next week)

I'll be on antibiotics until Monday, so will probably try a short jog after that to review where I'm at. Could be interesting...

Chaffing from heart rate transmitter.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 15:58

The FR620 can use cadence information from the HRM-Run chest strap, or from a footpod, or from the watch's internal accelerometer. The accelerometer is the least accurate of these though.


Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 14:06

I'm not sure about that, I know parts of the route but not the whole course. Hopefully somebody who as ran it before can clarify, or if you're keen then you could watch the route video at the bottom of the page on and see if it makes sense that way?

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 11:18
You have my sympathy. I've been ill all week and have only managed 5 miles so far in December! If I do recover in time I think I'll be jogging not racing.

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 01:06
For those that missed out but still would like to run this one - note that some extra places have been released -
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