Posted: 23/08/2010 at 13:22
33 Days to go? OMFG... jesus, that's nothing? Blimey, I thought sub 5 weeks still sounded like miles away, however, now, 33 days sounds like it's around the corner... better get my act together hahaha.
Pug - sounds like you`re on fire. Squeeze 2/3 long runs in before the big day and you`ll be primed.
Cheers matey, BUT I'm anything BUT on fire hahaha... infact I haven't got a clue what shape I'm in at all, and only the next 2-3 races will dictate the facts... I'm contemplating our own running clubs Capenhurst 5k race on Wednesday night...don't expect much as only just over cold, however, would be nice to go sub 17 there...
Pug great 10m after long day you must be looking at a sub 2:50 with that pace on the day!
I'm looking alot quicker than that, well, I WAS looking alot quicker than that... did 2:49 in Chester Marathon in May and in theory I should be in WAY better shape than that, however, I now need to start to deliver... and I've now got two main races coming up that will set me up... Sunday is the Ellesmere 10k race... I'm hoping to be 34.xx there for a new PB, we'll see, however, whatever time I do there, no matter whether I die, over rate myself, whatever, will dictate the pace I then do at my final warm up race Lake Vyrmwy Half on 12th September... whatever I then do over that half will give me the pace I'll attempt at Berlin. Simple as that really, however, think I may start like stated above, with a 5k Wednesday night, just see what I can do... although don't tend to race well at evening races... will decide Wednesday, see how legs fell.
Hydration - Not sure I'm good at this myself... personally through a half marathon i won't drink unless it's above 20C, in which case I slow that much anyway in ANY heat I can have a full on lunch as I go past water stations. In a marathon, for Berlin, I'll be taking 4 gels to take at 5, 10, 15, 20 with a cheeky chewy sweet tucked into my shorts for that 23 mile "OMFG I'm dying stage". Water wise, I made the mistake in Chester that I mixed Gels and Energy drinks and had the most awful stomach cramps that stopped me from 14 - 22 mile and wrecked any chance of my target time... so in Berlin, it'll be water, simple as that and pray that the gels will carry me through.
When I did 19 3 weeks ago, I didn't bother taking a drink, not good I know, was thirsty at the end though...