Posted: 17/10/2016 at 10:48
GD - enjoy the new shoes! Have you broken them in yet? PMJ wiped the floor with me at the Spring Shakespeare 8-lap marathon about 18 months ago.
PMJ - the suspense is killing me. How many miles did you do?! OK, 15.2, I thought so!
Leslie - in theory, sub 3:20 on a reasonably fast course in good conditions should be well within reach, but the great thing is I only need sub 3:30 for a PB! Still not going to happen on the coastal marathon course, though. Glad you managed to jump out of the way of the car - as you say, a VERY good reason not to wear headphones!
GM - nice work. I'll keep plugging away and eventually I'll get this marathon racing right! I've a few theories which I can test out at the end of the month. 1600ft is not far short of 1/3 of a mile, so that sounds a lot to me! I would probably die. I'm sure Amsterdam is reckoned to be a fast course; go for it!
Speedy - really good to hear from you again and pleased that things are settling down a bit. All the best. Must be a good feeling to race again, even though your legs might not agree!
OO - nice parkrun. Hope you're fully recovered from the cold very soon.
Lorenzo - does it count as XC if it's dry?! What number ultra will this be for you then?
SEdan - welcome, always good to have some new blood! Good idea to take your time building a solid base, as PMJ says, so don't rush things.
Router broke on Friday, so been off-line all weekend. Did my final long run before the coastal mara, on Saturday, an 18 miler. Forgot to charge my watch, but fortunately it was still picking up GPS at 9 miles, so I turned round and did it as an out and back run. Good job as the GPS failed at 11.8 miles, but still got an overall time with no further splits. On the spur of the moment I decided to do some 200m efforts near the end. Average pace out was 8:40m/m and back 8:00m/m. Rest yesterday and 9 miles this morning with 16 x 400m tempo / 200m easy (a mini-Zatopek session!) - mode 400m split was 1:32.