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P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 11:44

Crikey BR - im looking at the nice-cannes mara in November and thought I was being brave!!

I might go out for my second run since berlin a bit later - my legs have actually come back to me now.

Carb loading - I dont like it but I believe it works for me. During training I bonked twice on 20+ runs which was totally due to lack of reserves, as I was limiting my fat intake to reduce weight and didnt replace the calories with carbs. For the last week before berlin I ate everything, chips, pies, beer  and heavy loaded the last two days and never had a reserves issue race day, I had 4.5 gels, one pre race and one every 8k - i could only mange half of the last one as I was struggling a bit with my Stomach. 

P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 19:08

Fig Rolls.....

P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:29

Cheers for the heads up HA77 - just got decide if I want to run London again now (would be 4th time).

Getting excited for all you Chester Runners now - Could do with you posting your numbers and attire up please. If you want to now about where to eat etc, I can help with that.

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Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:22

I haven't ran a half or 10m in a couple of years. Looking forward to it.

Have to look into the Tokyo thing Millsy, but I would imagine that I will be taking the race in like Westy says.


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Posted: 28/09/2016 at 09:48

Have always thought of Comrades and trying to hook it up with a Lions Tour and kill two birds with one stone. Next one where they are together is 2021, which would make me 53...

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Posted: 28/09/2016 at 09:24

When do you have to sign up for it Westy? Must admit its tempting...

The Missus has sent me a link to Tokyo (Feb 2017)........

The goals I have are to;

Run all the Majors in under 3hrs.(not cumulative you understand).

Go 79 at a half mara

Go under an hour for 10miles.

Not necessarily in the above order. 

A couple of them should be got out of the way pretty quickly I like to think.


P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 08:32

X Post - Good news Scott.

P&D autumn marathon 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 08:24

Cheers all.

Macca - I did try to tell them that I was a welshman at the expo but they shrugged and branded me as a yank for the weekend. 

Jon OZ - got the 3s. Legs are much better today. I can almost walk somewhere like a normal person.

Tom - will have to be 2018 but there are so many races to do..

Westy - would say that this year it has to be consistent training with higher mileage. I think I was in 2.44 shape for London but had that run of illness that blew a hole in that. For Berlin I watched my nutrition a bit more, lost a few pounds, pushed onto the upto 85 plan and  Berlin is worth a minute or two all by itself against previous courses I have ran. Maybe back to back programs and marathons in the year has given me something too. I also think I am mentally stronger now than on previous campaigns and I think that is probably the most significant difference. The last two races have been hard but I have always managed for the positive side of my brain to win the battle during the race.

Off to look for some races somewhere now...

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Posted: 26/09/2016 at 20:37

Last thing, sorry..

I ran in Adios adizero Boosts and my legs are absolute and utter agony today. They are totally battered. Could be something else that caused it, but I remember Westy had the same experience so thought I would mention it. I never had this in my old fashioned adios adizeros.

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Posted: 26/09/2016 at 20:26

Back home. so race report time.

First off Berlin is well worth a visit without a run spoiling it, so I'm going back soon.

Also its billed as fluke flat, it is close but there are a number of long slow inclines which caught quite a few runners around me out later on. You knew you were on one when the wheelchair racers become obstacles as they struggled.

Had a nice relaxing time landing Thursday Midday so was well prepared come race day, just a bit concerned about the heat.  The organisation wasn't as good as London, toilets too few amongst other things.

Met up with BR at the start, for a quick hello and then pretty soon we are off. The rascal did sprint up and ask me if I was Westy within the first half mile with a cheeky grin on his face, which really made me chuckle.

As ever I ran the first 3 k slower than pace by a few seconds to get into it, this was the first time I was running a race longer than 10k using KMs as pace and distance, which turned out to be a really good thing.

I settled to run every Km at 3.53, that was it, no other plan other than knowing that 4.00 would be a sub 2.50 as BR had mentioned it as his target. I found it quite hard to get on a steady pace and was constantly up and down for trying to get into a rhythm which was regularly smashed by the chaotic drink stations being cups and people stone dead stopping to drink and the like. I quite quickly got elbows out and in front of the group to combat this, not nice but needs must I suppose.  Found drinking from cups really difficult, but I don't think it affected me adversely,

Picked out what looked like a strong runner with a pony tail and distinctive hat 30m down the road and resolved to not let him get any further away. He didn't, and I uneventfully got to half in 1.22 .18 which was pretty much bang on what I was aiming for. I just ran each KM to the watch, slowing and speeding as necessary to maintain my average pace, I had already worked out by the pace band that from halfway 3.53/km would get me home fine.

Pony Tail guy dropped off after 25km which for some reason felt like a real kick in the teeth but then a chap effortlessly bounded past me looking serious, so I ran after him for a bit, and then with him, sharing drinks and ticking the 3,53s off together, guessing he was gunning for 2.44 too. It wasn't comfortable at all, but it was manageable in sub 4.00min/k chunks. I was expecting him to tun round and ask me 'are you Westy?' but alas it never happened. We managed 13 or 14 k together and he started to drop, I tried to rally him but realised his mind had faded and then got back to my own race, this was around mile 24(one of those inclines) I ran a 6.16 mile but it was a GAP of 5.58. Like the others it was a hard shift for the last 10k or so and It started to heat up abit,  but I just kept saying, its only a 10k at training pace, 1k at a time... and when it got down to a 20 min 5k would get me home I wasnt going to let all that training and this opportunity go to waste.

A small neg split and safely home in 2.44.29. Happy Days.

I wont run Berlin again, but would encourage anyone who hasn't to, it was a great experience.

Got to figure out what the hell I do next now as Ive hit the target that I told the missus I would stop at.....


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