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P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: Today at 12:56
AlanB wrote (see)

(Scottish) National CC relays at the weekend for me. Thankfully I wasn't shit (I wasn't slowest in the team anyway)


Haha, I was slowest in my team (if that's how you measure shitness), but I told them not to pick me 3 weeks after a marathon and we were missing about a whole team's worth of our strongest runners, so it didn't really matter.

Great report Macca. My favourite bit was this oddly precise bit of maths:


Maccatheknacca wrote (see)

 I managed to calculate that if I got to mile 26 in 2hrs 51min 30s I should do it, provided the last mile marker was accurate.


P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: Today at 11:06

I would - and indeed have - attempted a sub 3 off a 1:26 half (that was your Bristol time, I think, RSR?) but how plausible it is really depends on what kind of marathon runner you are, because a lot of people don't manage 2xHM + 8 minutes. However, I think JohnOz is right about the likelihood of a fade rather than total disaster if you do choose to go for it and it doesn't quite come off - you could try the most conservative split ever (1:30/1:29:30) to keep your options open.

Also: some excellent running at Abingdon. I think negative splits in marathons are overrated, Millsy - you end up feeling like you could have run faster.

Overdone it?

Posted: Today at 10:15

Interestingly I once ran a half marathon in 1:35:57 despite feeling very sick in the last 200m. I didn't roar. Maybe the roaring actually makes it worse, not better!

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:51

Good report Rich, though you do seem to be turning into DT, even down to the spelling! You didn't have a banana in the disabled toilet pre-race, did you?

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:07

That's okay Rich, I usually just ignore those bits and I'm sure Skinny will be able to too. Well done on the MASSIVE PB though! Must be very satisfying.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:55

Mine was not too bad; I was not fast but also not embarrassingly slow, which is a good sign for some non-anaemic marathon recovery. It's teams of four and we only had two of our five fastest runners, of whom one is only just coming back to fitness after a year off (another is injured and two were running for their unis) so we were pleased to come 8th out of 40 completed teams in the circumstances. I don't love xc but had quite a nice day out. And I saw Velloo having a slightly better run than me.

Overdone it?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 22:11

I am 'racing' the Scottish xc relays tomorrow. Though to be honest, if we have to put me on the 'A' team, we're probably beyond the point of worrying about actually winning anything. I've also been quite busy at work so only just managed to find my spikes, which don't appear to have been cleaned since last season. Oops.

Overdone it?

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 21:32

I think one of the reasons I quite like them is that I'm relatively less shit at turning 180 degrees around a traffic cone than some people. 

I was going to go for a run tonight but instead I ate pizza while watching the Great British Bake Off. Oops. Also I could make better puff pastry than any of them (not that I would bother) with my eyes closed.

Overdone it?

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 16:59

Most of my media coverage comes from our club's publicity officers sending in reports to the local press. So I am always, in all circumstances, described as 'Fife AC runner'.

Though I did go to the doctor today to demand more blood tests as befits my elite athlete status and he congratulated me on my marathon win without me having to tell him. So clearly I am actually famous and it's not just that the rural north-east Fife running community is quite small and two of the doctors and the practice nurse are all runners.

Overdone it?

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 16:40

Believe it or not, I actually had forgotten all about mace again! Perfect timing. I would never have done TTT (or even PB) pace - I reckon I can, if healthy and well-trained, do 2x HM + 6 minutes, and 2:53:xx was already pushing it a bit. However, I am not anaemic any more, and if I can get back to PB fitness for a half marathon this spring, I'll get that gold cell back in London.

Unless some other bastard nicks it first.

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