Posted: 14/09/2015 at 12:45
Great time SK, I might stick my name down for GNR next year. Reasonable chance of getting in ? ,4 seems a lot of Gels for a half. I normally carry one but don't always use it.
Tough times shades, but as you say, having a date on the flat probably helps to get on with it. I really don't like paperwork & having to call around & avoid it as much as possible.
Big_G - Plenty of long runs in the bank & you're in good form, do your taper the way you've planned. Eat\drink well and you'll have a great marathon I'm sure. Good that you've kept this weekend free, although a run will do you good. Take care.
5m xc on Friday, really enjoyed the 2 lap course (apart from the slightly uphill bit on grass into a headwind, only 100mtrs or so though) ,half the lap on open paths/grass and then into trees for the 2nd half, nice rooty, slightly muddy, pebbly kind of trails. 2nd lap was quite dark and was hard to pick out trip hazards. Finished in 37:27 for 5.08 miles. So my 5m road time in July was 37:26 so very pleased.
Just did a very easy parkrun on Saturday, 27:25, found it hard to stay slow.
Wirral Half yesterday, very light rain on my 1 mile trot to the start, which I thought was ideal but the sun soon came out. I was stood next to the 1:40 pacer at the start, but didn't think it would have ended well . Plan was to go under 1:45 again (1:44:38 current pb). Got into a nice rhythm early on, but by mile 4 I was very hot, no breeze at all, thought it may go downhill from here. Kept up a good pace and seemed to recover by mile 6 (10k runners split for the finish!) & had a good few miles, and then struggled again from 10-12 but finished ok in the last mile.
1:42:55 , so getting closer to the 100 minutes. I need to start adding long slow runs in again, I don't do many over 10. I'm more confident of knocking 3 mins off my half time than I am of knocking 1 min off my 5k time (for a sub 20).
Spent the rest of the day decorating, which although didn't feel good at the time, I think it has helped me today. A little sore, but not too bad.
Next up in two weeks, is a 17m trail run (Sandstone Trail),so that'll be my long run for Yorkshire marathon.