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Sub 3h15

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 17:34

Hello all. Nice to see many familiar faces, including Birch and BB cranking out the miles and PMJ cranking out the numbers. Well done on the weight loss CH. Similar motivation got me out the door today.

Daily total: 3.5 miles

Weekly total: 3.5 miles

Monthly total: 3.5 miles

Yearly total: 3.5 miles

My news years resolution was 'not entering any races all year and just enjoying doing exercise'. - So far the first part is on track. Not doing so well on the second part! 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 16:09
Good luck to all VLMers. Weather in the capital today is beautiful, if a little warm. You all deserve some decent weather after battling through a nasty damp winter.

Remember not to get carried away by the crowds at the start and KINAVIT at mile 20.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 14:24

Thanks for the support, in particular the declaration of man love from TR

Just for the record, 3.13.29 was the official chip time, to make sure I achieved the thread target.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 21:09

Well done Moof. A cracking run and a cracking report. As you said to me post race, always nice to put a face to a name. Mind you as we entered the changing area around the same time I am glad we didn't bump into each other in the showers as that might have been a bit too familiar!

Not such a good day out for me. Despite many 80+ mile weeks in the summer and a couple of 27m LSRs, the return to school has really impacted on my training, but more crucially motivation and energy levels. Despite caffine de-loading (depressing) and beetroot juice loading (disgusting) nothing makes up for lack of training.

However I didn't do months of training and pay for Abo entry for a day out so decided to lay my balls on the line and go for it. 6.40m/m for the first mile but then the group of 10 runners I was with slowly sped up and I was soon down around. 6.25m/m. Too fast, but then into the headwind I made the decision to follow rather than ease up and face the wind by myself. By mile 10 I realised I was left with 16m to run and a box of spent matches (the splits below say it all!) Despite easing up the damage was done and the next headwind stretch on lap 2 finished my off. By mile 18 my legs stopped working and although I only needed 7.30m/m to achieve sub 3 I was royally screwed. Moof came by looking strong and good for sub 3. Ignoring the time and focusing on getting home I just enjoyed the run, including the highlight - seeing some old guy trying to hand out Mars bars to the runners at mile 26- right at the gates of the stadium!

At the finish although I would have loved a sub 2.50, or a sub 2.54 pb, no other time would really have surficed. With that in mind I am proud that I laid it all on the line and went for it. I am also happy and relived that it is all over. I've had some good marathons and some not so good ones. Unusually the early ones were the good ones and I seem to have got worse with experience! But the time has come to put the pressure and stress of pb chasing aside and rebalance my life a bit to cater for other parts of my life. I won't stop running, but will probably race much less. 

Distance Split pace Avg. HR
5.00                6:24 163 (84%)
10.00              6:29 167 (86%)
15.00              6:41 167 (86%)
20.00              7:17 163 (83%)
25.00              9:30 143 (73%)
26.44              8:07 155 (80%)

Keep on keeping on (as they say!) 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 13:54

I've been off here for a few weeks as I haven't wanted to moan and spread negativity. Basically training and motivation have taken a hit with work pressure ever increasing. Good luck to Fraser and anyone else running at the Dam. Also good luck and see you tomorrow all Abingdoners. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 20:31

Well done Barry. Target might have been missed by 10mins, but the calf, illness and supporting your marathon mate were all worth more than that time. Looking forward to reading your conclusions, so long as Gloucester marathon doesn't feature!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 14:05

I think HM pbs are easier to get on a diet of 10k training rather than in marathon training. Although marathon training gives you the endurance to run fast, to pb you really need the speed work and an ability to hang on.

If the sub 90min goal is the main thing you are missing this year Minni, abandon the marathon plan for end of Oct and find a HM or 2 instead. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:48

+1. Respect, AR!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 20:13

 Blimey Lit! I trust you are ok now. Did it just come on suddenly and has similar happened before?

Did someone has the presence of mind to stop your Garmin?

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:49

+1 for screaming up the underpass. The final few miles from there onwards are very slightly uphill as well. 

Windy HM down at Folkestone. Tiring few weeks with work and battling a mild cold I wasn't sure how I would get on. Didn't kill myself as I did 2 yrs ago (then finished in 1.23.58 and 2,54 at Abo), but did lose movation into the head wind over the final few miles and had to stop for a few secs when I went all light headed over a rise, but ended up 7th at 1.24.10.

Not quite sure where that leaves me as an Abo target, will need to see how the next few weeks go.

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