Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:34
Firstly HUGE congratulations to GBRM for nailing the sub-3 - excellent stuff, well done!!
Well done to piscator too - an excellent run that!! Superbly well executed.
And then the flip side re jooligan - that's really terrible luck to have your race affected by something out of your control. I guess all you can do is to try again - you must be gutted though, so really sorry your illness took it out of you.
Good to see PP posting again. I had a quick look at your Marathon plan, but it looked very scary so I closed it down straight away and ate a pork pie instead
RS - SPO stands for 'Sports Prevention Officer' - a reference to people's wives/partners/boyfriends etc, and the challenges we all face balancing training with family life! Just a light-hearted thing. I think TR coined the term? He certainly used to say it a lot anyway.
CC2 - take your point re Brass Monkey, but I've always used it as a target, and then done a 12 week specific Mara phase from there. That works well for me. If you're in any kind of shape it's a nailed on PB. Even I've ran 77'xx there, and I'm shit
Anyway, Facebook peeps will know this but I was at Abingdon yesterday too. Long time posters will remember when my brother died (over 4 years ago now!) - that was in July 2012. To help me deal with it/give me something to focus on I decided to do Abingdon - I got selbs' number actually. If you're lurking selbs I hope you and the family are well mate. So the race is quite special for me, just for my own reasons. Not sure if it's because I've moved away from my folks now or whatever, but I decided I'd like to do it again this year - again, just for me personally to mark my brother's passing in my own way. No big deal, just me doing my own thing and dealing with it in my own way. That's why I just kept it to myself really.
I managed to get a number back in August I think, and I'd ran Berlin 4 weeks ago anyway - so getting round wasn't going to be an issue. I actually felt Berlin came round a little bit early for me in a way too - having 4 more weeks *could* help, but I full-on raced Berlin so I had to balance training on with recovering sufficiently and then a mini-taper.
I think i did an ok job in hindsight. Scores on the doors was a 2'50'31 for 16th place. Pleased with that, but also a little frustrated I couldn't dip under 2'50. I ran entirely to feel again and hit halfway in 84'56, so I gave myself every chance. I just lost a couple of seconds a mile in the second half - so a very solid run but I'm still feeling a bit 'if only' this morning. Must admit I found it tough at times. I effectively had a 16 mile solo time trial. I was entirely on my own from 4-20 miles. Nobody anywhere near me. I couldn't even see the group in front, and the group behind were a fair way back. It was quite breezy in places yesterday too, so a bit frustrated re circumstances but that's just how it was. I ran the best I could and I genuinely couldn't have gone any quicker. I started to pass people in the last 10k - probably passed 12-15 people at a guess, so I ran well.
Was great to see Al_P beforehand and have a chinwag. I also had a nice chat to Dan, both before and after the race (and in the starting pen in fact!) I also think I might have said 'well done' to piscator based on your description, but I'm not sure? I had a purple vest with a yellow diagonal stripe across it (nice!) - with DAC in big letters on the back.
Anyway, 2 raced Marathons in a month was tough, but I've now got a 2'53 and a 2'50 to show