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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: Yesterday at 13:05

As promised photo of the Abingdon 3.


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:05

So my 13th marathon and 5th time at Abingdon.  Pink and youngest came along to support(youngest took some great photos).  Great to meet up with AA again and Cooks for the first time. Race pacing was discussed and my plan was set off at 7:40's and push on if I felt OK, turned out to be an accurate prediction. Wind was the main concern, was n't too strong at the start but picked up as the race progessed.  Splits as follows: 7:40(impressive pacing), ,7:19,7:34,7:13,7:16,7:23,7:36,7:25,7:25,7:30,7:22, 7:29,7:22,7:32,7:25,7:49, 7:28,7:42,7:44,7:47,8:10,8:05,8:12,8:24,8:36,7:50, 5:57(for last 0.2 I will go under 3:20)

Ran with AA and Cooks for the first mile then got into a steady pace, Abingdon consists of a 5 mile leg then 2  x 8 mileish loops then 4 back to the finish. It was warm already and started to feel the sweat at 3 miles.  Saw the support crew in the town centre(4.5miles), I think I was a bit earlier than expected.  At about 6 miles I tagged onto a group of 5 runners, this was good as the next 3 miles were into the headwind.  No dramas up to halfway but right achilles was a bit achy.  Through halfway in 1:36.xx.,unfortunately the group I was with slowed so I made the decision to carry on at my pace.  Saw support crew at 14 miles which was start of second loop, Any delusions of a PB quickly went through miles 15 to 18 as I was now running alone and the headwind was getting stronger.  Started to struggle from mile18 but made a promise not to stop and try and get best time possible. Miles 22 to 25 were a bit of survival mode and shoulders are aching today from poor form. Saw Cooks a couple of times in the last few miles, mutual words of encouragement given.  Looking at watch at 25 I knew sub 3:20 was possible but would have to press on.  Coming back into the stadium it was touch and go so shouted some obscenity at myself and kicked, think I went a bit too early/hard as I felt a bit dizzy with 300 to go, slowed down for 10 metres then kicked again.  Great photo of me "sprinting" the last 100 metres.  Was v happy to stop my watch on 3:19:55.  That's my quickest time for 2 years. So an avg of 7:40.  Met up with support crewAA and Cooks afterwards will try and post photo. I took gels on at 6,10,14,18 and half at 22 and took on water at every stn(3 miles ish)

Conclusion, could n't have hoped for better given training/injury issues and conditions on the day, the swimming/cycling definately helped keep my fitness up,  so very happy and will stick with my mixed tri training for VLM and hopefully not miss 5 weeks of running in the build up.


Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:05

Checked the results and hope they sort them, as currently everyone has got the same gun and chip time.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:24

3.19.55 on the watch and v happy. Report to follow.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:30

AA, Cooks - Not liking the look of the weather for Sunday, prefer rain to wind and cold to warm, last couple of times at Abo I've worn gloves for the first half of the race, don't think I'll be needing  them this year.

AA - Your niggles OK?

O4S - "Enjoy" your 50 miler, I will be thinking of that distance when doing Abo on Sunday and my legs are complaining 26 miles is a long way.

2old - Take it easy on your return, hopefully nothing serious but better safe than sorry. When is your appt?

Swimming yesterday was a bit of a breakthrough, after the lesson on Wednesday I concentrated on what coach had said regarding head position on breathing and arm position and while I was doing a 200m effort a couple of the lengths felt really good and comfortable and did n't feel I was fighting the water.  3 miles this morning in race kit and all good, that's me done until Sunday apart from swimming tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:42

Nell - Great report and impressive consistent splits. Congrats again.

Freemers -  Good running, I've had a few 6.xx during my marathons, normally near the start and negated by some  8.xx or 9.xx towards the end.

Rest day for me on Monday, followed by 5 miles yesterday. Swimming lesson this morning and lots more to think about - bad habits already, mainly head position on breathing and arm position when extending.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 19:42

Nell -  Very well done mate. Even without making the 2 stops that an impressive time but with them brilliant. Congrats and enjoy.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:14

2old- Decision made for Abo then. How did the family get on at the HM.

11 miles for me this morning 6 slowish then 5 steady.  Then  watched/cheered on the Swindon HM/5 miler - perfect running conditions.  Then an hour in the pool this afternoon.  Nightshift this week, not the best before Abo, not too concerned about the sleep just getting the carbs in later in the week, 3 in the morning is n't the best of time to try and eat.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 16:11

Cooks - Well done on the swimming progress,especially without lessons, go for it at Abo.

2old - Rubbish news, rest and recover well, hope it's nothing serious.  I fainted once in the shower at the gym, very strange experience waking up with water coming down on me.  Got checked out at the docs and no concerns, put it down to training too hard.

AA -  Yeah sounds like it will be a good thread turnout for VLM, but think I'll be on the blue start, not quick enough to join you on green.

Nell - Good luck and enjoy for tomorrow, go smash it.

Rest day for me on the Thursday, had my tooth pulled no problems apart from the noise when it was being pulled and  it would n't stop bleeding for most of the evening.  Club swimming went OK last night, coach pulled me out of my "baby" lane and in with the "proper" swimmers, managed a whole hour this time rather than the 45 minutes when I tried last time but very hard work.  Quick blast on the new bike this morning and first time in the rain.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 18:12

Freemers - Good news you are back running well, any planned races?

2old - That's a very long way to swim, are you planning an IM soon? A little muscle soreness after Sunday's run but that's to be expected given my lack of running and not sure I need a taper here's my last 14 weeks running totals with longest run in brackets:

29 (13), 25 (15), 36 (20), 31(15), 36(20), 30(15), 0, 5 (5), 3 (3),  0, 8 (5), 21 (10), 31 (15), 43 (20).

Nell -  Good running, once you got going, always difficult to get the legs working early morning.

Double for me today 45 min in the pool including 4 x 50 and 4 x 100 all felt hard work until the last 100.  Then 5 miles at 7:04 avg with a couple of sub 7 miles included.  Advice please, I was planning 12 miles this Sunday with 10 at MP (steady) any thoughts?

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