Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:55
Well done Matt and so you should be happy with that
Welcome Marshallini sounds like a challenging and beautiful route- off road I am guessing?
JT- some awesome training, as usual
Cal and Lily- I am with the plodders. I have been running now for about 6 years and for the first 4.5 years of my running I never every managed to get faster than a 10minute mile, even when racing a 5k on a flat course. I loved running every bit as much as I do now, and I am quite a bit faster now.
Me- I (nearly) did it- 19.8 miles this morning! It was really quite tough going from 17 miles on, when I really fell apart a little, but kept going... but I got to 19.8 and felt I could literally not walk another step! I had between 18-20 in mind, and slightly miscalculated the route. Of course now I am kicking myself at the extremely un-round number but overall I am chuffed with myself. It is odd that it was much harder than last week's 18 although the pacing was pretty similar throughout. It took 3.15. I *have* been doing my long runs as far as possible on the River Lee which is flat, and today I did a hilly first hour to factor in for a friend who provided company for 3-4 miles before heading to the river. Maybe the hilly start made the latter bit tricky? Also it was a very sunny day, which was lovely, as it was still quite chilly, but I wonder if that got to me after a while... OR is it a fuelling issue? I am taking those sports jelly beans starting around 6 miles and then every few miles as and when. But I cannot stomach a whole packet and the *official* guidelines say I think 40g of carbs per hour. On packet of the sports beans is about 25g, and I nearly manage to finish those over the 2nd and 3rd hour... might I need to tackle one of the vile gels?
Anyway, really I am happy with myself and relieved that next week will be an easier week before next Sunday's HM.
Sorry for the ridiculously long post and endless marathon talk- I figure you lot might not mind my rantings and questions