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manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:39

For me, yes the training miles make a difference, to a certain extent. It was more of a difference a few years ago when I started running, less so now.

What seems to affect me more is making sure I'm properly (Not over or under) hydrated for the few days leading up to a race, make sure I'm eating correctly for the few days leading up to a race. Controlling and reducing my adrenaline, especially immediately before the race and the first miles. You can take a lot out of your legs by them working harder than they should be, not neccessarily going fast, just that your legs are tense, run relaxed, loose shoulders, loose legs. On a flat mara I'll even aim for a negative split just to make sure I don't put all the effort into the first half.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 11:06
Looks like it comes down on to the road between the blue arch and the red arch. Or where I think I remember the blue arch was anyway!

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 10:50
Cheers Fish, intrigued as it looked like it had a timing mat as well.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:27
Hi Fish, you may know. What was the blue arch with the mat a few meters shy of the finish for?

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:25
Thought they'd moved the finish when I first came round the corner. Would love to know if it was a timing mate, just to see what the actual speed of me was, as opposed to Mr Garmin. Always was more of a sprinter than a distance runner!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 22:55

Yep, that was me, I was moving a tad rapid, I reckon it was the man on the tannoy that prevented me taking the Buff man with a dip on the line....  

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 22:38

You know, I hadn't realised it had cut me off mid sentence! 

I heard my name to my left. The voice sounded so familiar that my head snapped round. It should really have stayed looking where I was going. I perhaps wouldn't have fallen over (now 60% failure rate to stay upright on the descent) and bashed my knee. Ah well. Went off down the hill at a slower pace than in the past, not because of the fall, just because that's how I'd been going.

As we came down the Tarmac into the outskirts of Llanberis I thought about trying to catch and pass a lady from Sarn Helen I had been slowly getting closer to, except as we turned right then left towards the high street she and the group around her went off. I haven't sprinted at a finish for over a year now, scared that my calf wouldn't take the pressure. I then decided that i would, just to see if I could. Not only did I overtake her and the group she was with by the blue arch with what looked like a timing thing under it ( Anyone know what it was ), I saw one of the Buff team I'd met earlier with USD on the way to the start and decided to push it even harder to see if I could catch him before the finish. I really thought I had just got him, but looking at the results, I hadn't...... 

Mr Garmin reckoned I held sub 13 second 100m pace for about 30 metres at the end which resulted in two things: 

1) If I can do that there is nothing wrong with my calf

2) knowing if I had anything at all in my stomach it would have come out as I retched and nearly threw up from the effort after I'd crossed the line.

Dead chuffed I can still sprint like that even though I've not done any rugby for 18 months. 

Finished in 501st place and 3:56 dead. Faster than last year, but I had torn my calf, slower than my SNOD PB of 3:47 from a couple of years ago when I specifically trained for this race. All in all happy enough with the result. Mile splits are pretty even over most of the course, with the exception of the track after the Pen Y Gwryd Hotel and the hill at Waunfawr.

From the top of Pen Y Pass to the finish I passed a nett 250 people, about 15% of the finishers, don't think I've done that before. But before I pat myself on the back, a nett 8 people passed me between the start and finish meaning that while I passed 250, they had all passed me previously, plus another 8, in the first 4 miles. ( Ok, so maybe not those exact 250, but you get the idea).

Roll on the year of speed and PB's that is 2015, followed by the year of the reverse double, meaning a guarantee of at lest one PB in the next two years!

Should I really be so excited already?

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:17

Most definitely YES, YES, YES, count me in.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 20:21

Meant to say, I was intrigued as to what time was done for the 501st person to cross the line in the years listed on TDL (2008 on) following on from an earlier comment

In 2008 it was 4:10 and has got quicker every year since to me this year at 3:56. Is the field getting faster in general then? To compare the two years turn the position into a percentage, as below which shows that no, the field in general hasn't got quicker in comparison. A greater percentage of the field finished faster than 3:56 in 2008, than did in 2014.

3:56 would have got me 353rd approx in 2008, 1133 finishers so 31.1% of the way down the field.

There were 1710 finishers this year, which means I was 29.8% of the way down the field. 

USD, told you I was a bit of a stats geek.... 

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