Posted: 18/11/2013 at 09:45
There isn't half some communal momentum about on this thread at the moment
Velloo - Very well done on the marathon, what a huge improvement and it sounds like it was you in control rather than the distance.
Mr V - You have high standards these days if 36:48 classes as a disappointment. Looking forward to seeing what happens when everything clicks.
Alehouse - Good luck at Hyde Park at the end of the month. And couldn't agree more with your advice (as you know). Run plenty miles and run a few of 'em a bit quicker
If anyone is interested the very same theme will be covered on this week's Marathon Talk. Reluctantly the OH agreed to do a joint interview with the friend that ran a 2:35 recently to show different approaches to running a string of marathon PBs. She won't tell me what she said but considering that she runs every run with me there won't be much science involved
YD - Superb run from you yesterday and the lack of any over celebration on your part just goes to show how fit you are feeling at the moment. Just remember that only 1 in 5 races will click as you want ...... And that's if you're lucky.
Duck - Whatever happened to you? I'm feeling a bit of a disconnect here. Aren't you the chap who gave up on the longer stuff to go and run some incredible speeds on the track? If so, what givs you the right to then go and knock out 6 min/mile half marathons? However you've done it, it is brilliant to see
I had a decent weekend myself, it was just one of those really enjoyable running weekends where the results don't really matter. But as it happens, the results were ok too
Saturday was Sheffield Castle parkrun, which could well be the toughest of the 110+ courses that I've been to, so was very happy with 1st in 18:10.
Then yesterday it was back to the Brampton to Carlisle 10, the scene of my PB when myself and Dr Dan did battle there alongside Steve Cram a mere 29 years ago.
The course is pretty much a straight line on a B road, and isn't what you would call flat, but it tends to work well for me because:
a) There are no sharp bends anywhere so you can keep the momentum going.
b) No matter what pace you're running there is always a reasonable amount of company without it being crowded.
The end result was my fastest 10 miler for 20 years with 59:13 and because you climb a bit towards the end some of the earlier splits look a bit swift, 3 miles 17:20, 5 miles 29:04, 10k 36:21. Absolutely loved it
This morning the OH asked what age grading it was to which the response 'erm, don't know' didn't suffice. So I am advised that it was 83.03% and equates to an age graded time of 53:25. Pinch of salt and all that but I suppose, technically at least, it could be my best ever run