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Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 22:29

As you say, J Swizzle, there's not much difference between 2:50:xx and 2:49, so you may be best to see how it's going in the first half and then push it up a little in the 2nd half. Nothing like a negative split and flying past people in the latter stages of a marathon!

5 mile reps done tonight. Backed off the pace a little (6:30 averages) to conserve energy and loved it. Very relaxed run in the rain.  This taper is making me hungry, though - constantly nibbling…and not all healthy stuff either!!

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 09:12

J Swizzle - no, it doesn't really change my race plan…I still don't think I have enough medium-long/ marathon-paced runs.  Typing the 5 mile time into McMillan did give a sub-3 prediction, though, so my brain may tempt me to start off faster on the day.

Several family members and work colleagues are getting bugs and I'm off work this morning with a sick child. Typical!!  

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 18:11

Thanks, J Swizzle - the massage did pay off. Came 1st lady in the 5 miler and won nearly enough for my next massage, which I'll have on Wednesday. Time was 30:27 - happy enough with that as it was almost a minute faster than 5 weeks ago (but still 40 secs off PB).  The only drawback was that I also got some wine…which was promptly opened last night, despite me saying that no alcohol would be consumed before Abingdon!  Good job I'm not actually taking the marathon so seriously that I can't change my mind on this!

Good work on the 12 miles - no surprise about the tired legs after the 10k. I'm jogging a short one today, speedwork tomorrow, resting Wednesday, 8 miles with some MP on Thursday and then rest on Friday. Then, hopefully, a speedy parkrun and then back off even more from then on. Exciting!

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:15
Congratulations on your PB as well, Robert! Bodes well for you, too. Enjoy the easy longish run tomorrow.

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 14:05

Fantastic running, J Swizzle - what a great sign for Abingdon!!

I'm feeling good. Slightly sluggish at parkrun this morning, but I'm putting this down to my first quad massage since about April! Plus, I'm racing a 5 miler tomorrow, so I was just trying to squeeze a sub 20 without pushing it…probably easier said than done.  Not doing anything over 10.4 miles this week or next, with several miles at MP.

I can imagine people's stress if it'd taken 2 weeks for these numbers to arrive, OS! 

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 13:39

Number arrived this morning - thanks for the message, OS!

How's everybody feeling? Tapering now? 

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 21:40

Thanks, Frankie's Beard. I ran it in 2004 (old course, I think) and 2010. I did sub 3 those times, so know how much training it takes…and I haven't done it this time!  Have been cautious about high mileage after hip surgery on a problem that started 2 days before the 2010 marathon - none of my weeks have been over 50ish miles of training.  I'll see how I'm going on 7 min miles at half-way, then either ramp it up or cling on for the 2nd!

Abingdon is pretty much flat, with the occasional mild undulation - nothing bad. There's a part that goes off road at about halfway and then in the latter end of the race - still decent paths, but quite narrow - that was the bit I felt trickiest.  Old Shadowfax can be more precise about the course, if he comes on here.

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 21:00

Hello, Frankie's Beard and Matt Roberts 11. Would love to join your train, but not quite fast enough. All the best to both of you for your sub-3.

J Swizzle - how's the mouth? Congrats on the pretty huge Half PB! Great sign for next month

Had a good long one of 21 miles yesterday: 5 miles, 19:48 parkrun, 13 miles. Overall average pace of 7:25.  Thought it was going to be my final long run before the marathon,  but not sure. I have a 12 mile race next Saturday and a busy Sunday, so will probably just tag a few miles on beforehand.

Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 18:02

ralphc - glad I'm not the only one who has developed maranoia already! Been convinced I have a cold coming on for over a week now.  Good luck with your 24 miler. Not doing Oxford Half, but have friends doing it, so I'll probably go to watch.

I ended up with 24.2 yesterday in 3:06 (7:41 pace) - had to stop myself tagging on another 2 miles. Definitely happy with how the long runs have gone - pure bliss having a few hours of peace and quiet from the kids each week! Only problem is that I've done few medium-long runs or marathon-paced runs, so I can't really be sure of target time/ marathon pace. The plan is to bring the distance down from now (20 next weekend, 12 mile race the week after) and just start adding some faster bits (low 7s?). All a bit random and unstructured, but I like that at the minute.


Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 18:13

I don't know you, J Swizzle, but I thought you might try out a little run . As I said, I'd have done the same, and wouldn't have missed my parkrun fix.  Good work on the 16.5!

This morning's parkrun was my fastest/ 1st sub 19 since my calf went in April, so I'm happy with where the fitness is at. Bit surprised, to be honest - I mainly took on the Abingdon marathon place as I was getting frustrated with lack of pace in short runs. Now that I'm doing long, slow ones, my speed seems to be coming back! Not complaining - just hope it continues.

Can't even think about tapering now - only seems like my marathon training has just started!

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