Posted: 22/10/2014 at 07:08
W60 I hope you have recovered, sounds nasty
MF, Mowser, SK and Moore congratulations on your races at the weekend.
After having a cold, migraine, a bug etc in last couple of weeks I got out for a nice 8 miles in the Autumn wind and sunshine yesterday and it felt good
Big G glad you had a good run with your club and that the pod appointment went well.
mowzer wrote (see)
Jugula - 10 min/miles sounds way too fast. I often tell first time marathoners to double their half time and add one hour. Unless they're super fast club runners that's the time they often finish in, they're pleased with that, they've enjoyed the race and they look forward to doing another (which invariably is much quicker - but then they know they can do the distance). Portsmouth is not a fast marathon - you've got grass, paths, mud, shingle, sea water if you're toooo slow and lots of people/dogs wandering around on the seafront. Why not leave the watch at home, start near the back, chat to a few runners and then fall in with someone who is going at a comfortable pace?
Mowser I absolutely love your advice! Thank you! For someone who increasingly stresses during races about my time this really made me think about how and why I run. I run to feel better about myself mentally and physically. I race for a goal for training and to have camaraderie with other runners. My best ever time for a marathon was my first. I didn't own a garmin then, chatted lots to other runners, never felt like I couldn't go on and had the aim just to finish. Which I did and felt strong. After York I asked people I knew did you have a good race not what was your time! I think partly before a race I pick 5 hours as a time I hope for but don't actually analyse my training. So it is rather random! I will plan things differently for Windermere. If it's ok I will ask for your help here please Shades. One thing I will do differently this time is race a half in training which will hopefully assist me in making a more realistic marathon goal