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Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:57

re - exactly what the others have said i.e. 1) Be careful doing so many long runs at MP, and 2) Give 100% to Manchester and then enjoy London. I would suggest starting at about 6:40 m/m - should feel fairly comfortable given what you've said above (and allowing for a taper), then see how you feel at 20M and pick it up if possible.

LS - if it's just normal cold symptoms (above the neck), I would carry on, but stick to easy running. If it's worse than that (sounds like it isn't given you could only feel a cold "knocking on the door"), have a rest.

Dachs - tasty paces on those last 3!

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Posted: 19/03/2015 at 13:45

TR/CW - very nice doubles there, particular TR's with some long efforts.

CC2 - gutted for you. Enjoy a bit of time off and get your mojo ready for when you can start again.

13.5M for me last night, first half off-road then 2nd half on-road trying to pick the pace up a bit. Don't really know pace except a 4M stretch towards the end was in about 25 mins.

10M fartlek this evening, then easy tomorrow, long run Saturday morning before flying out to skiing (and a cutback week) Saturday afternoon.

5M this morning felt very weary!

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Posted: 18/03/2015 at 10:29

Dull - great to see you pop in! Sounds like the family are all doing well and great news about Mrs Dull. Just a shame Master Dull picked a rubbish university.

Hope to see you setting some good V60 times in the near future!

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Posted: 18/03/2015 at 08:45

PP - very nice reps, I've never done a set of mile reps faster than that.

Good to see Marders popping in. Didn't realise you were doing Manchester - hope it goes well.

Track session last night was 15x400 going every 3 mins. That didn't seem like a great marathon training session, so I took the 400s a bit steadier and was just about managing to do 400 recovery by the time they started the next one. Efforts were in about 75s, so recoveries about 1:45 i.e. alternating 5 m/m and 7m/m. By the time I got home I worked out I'd done 13M, which was a bit more than planned but just a result of running the recoveries.

5M this morning with the dog became interesting when she managed to chew through the lead with a mile to go....

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Posted: 17/03/2015 at 08:42

JAP - nice report. Must be very enjoyable to negative split like that - never really managed it myself, although I think I did a 1 sec negative split at Barcelona one year!

Wardi - what you wrote is exactly why I love the Barcelona Marathon and am not so keen on London. Which makes we wonder why I'm doing London!

Dan - that was a fantastic report, I almost wish I hadn't known the result before reading it! All that stress and you ended up with plenty of time to spare...

Lev - that's an awesome 20 miler, far beyond what I could manage. You must be under 2:30 shape, just need to be careful now as TR says.

10M easy for me last night in daylight which was nice. Did most of it off-road and managed to find some great trails I'd not noticed before within a few miles of home.

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Posted: 16/03/2015 at 07:55

OK, had a bit more time now, so a better post!

Dan - as I said before, massive congrats. I wonder now you've broken that barrier whether you can go even better? Or maybe you feel like that's the marathon done for you and you stick to the longer stuff?

JAP - that's a great run given your build-up. I guess it shows that mileage and experience over the years can get you pretty far even if the months preceding are not ideal.

Wardi - I thought you might do the whole thing! I bet it was good fun, rather than chasing a time.

JoeH - well done, and that's a lot of marathons. You should have joined in sooner - the thread is meant to be "For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world"!

Well done also to the HMers, particularly ES with a huge PB.

Commiserations to the benchees, seems like there are quite a few at the moment. Hope you all see some improvement in the next few days.

22M for me on Saturday (easy pace except for last few miles) and 8.5M on Sunday made 86M for the week, again my highest since 2009. Need to nail the next 6 days before leaving for skiing on Saturday afternoon....

Was at the rugby on Saturday, which meant beers starting at 1pm and some not-so-healthy food, but I felt that it was acceptable given the morning run!

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Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:06

Not got time for a full post, but just wanted to say a massive congrats to Dan, absolutely awesome! Hope you're still enjoying the beers...

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Posted: 13/03/2015 at 07:49

Alan - I think the concensus is that sub-2:45 should be well within range, and more like 2:40 (or just under) if the marathon is your best distance (like CD etc.). Depends on your goals e.g. if you want to get a Championship place, might be best to be conservative and make sure you nail that.

I've also liked the look of the lighter Adidas shoes, but I tried some on a while back and they just didn't fit the shape of my foot (possibly very narrow IIRC?). Saucony has worked well for me for all types of running shoes (flats, training, trail, spikes) for years, so I'll stick to them for now.

11M for me last night inc. a sort-of BAC session, 3x2.25M with a few mins recovery. Times were 13:05, 12:50 and 12:40 (5:49 pace down to 5:38), which felt like I was pushing but not on the limit (probably a bit harder than MP for the faster ones). Lots of road crossings, a couple of small hills per lap and bumpy dark pavements etc., which might be worth a few secs/mile.

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Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:45

TR - it's adding the quality in which makes it harder. 24M in a day at an easy pace is probably easier than 21M with the BAC stuff.

PP - re. the shoes, I wore the previous model in both my 2013 IM runs with no issues, so if they were OK for that they should be fine for London (where I'll hopefully be running for 30-40 mins less!).

Fastwitch are my regular training shoes so not a huge step to the Type A. And I occasionally run in Hatoris (e.g. this morning and Tuesday because the heel is soft), which are way lighter/flimsier than the Type A.

Muss - sounds like you're training pretty well despite waiting for the op. Good luck in the half.

Before I forget, good luck to Dan at Barca. I don't think I've wanted someone from this thread to have a good run more since Dull N! I suspect it will be "exciting" whatever happens.

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Posted: 12/03/2015 at 09:08

TR - 21M in one day inc. a BAC session? Very nice! Compeed is now being used and seems to be doing the trick (see below).

TT - I just never weigh myself, the result being that I'm never over race weight. My trousers seem a bit looser than a few months ago though. Some nice paces there off jog recoveries - interesting that changing the running style made that much difference.

16M for me last night at 6:2x pace (is that a LMLR?). No major foot issues, although I could still feel it. Shorts and t-shirt (no gloves) were plenty warm enough, so we must be in spring now!

5M easy this morning and the plan is some MP intervals this evening, but will see how I feel.

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