Ryan Snell

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Posted: 13/10/2016 at 23:01
TT - I saw that and actually feel for the guy. I know it's technically breaking the rules but it seems harsh to me.

CW - Just fantastic. I'm so so happy for you.

Jools - Read the report and it sounds like you left everything on the course in less than ideal circumstances. I know you'll recover well and come back stronger.

ES - Cracking run - if frustrating so get so close to a 2:4x but that does not devalue the run at all.

Wardi - Nicely done

SL - Your sessions have been massive. I've forgotten what's next for you?

I had no plan after Jersey but did 4/5 off road runs last week including an unplanned XC for my club as they were one short for the team. It was 5.5m of hilly and twisty XC so was very happy with a 5:57/mile avg so close after the marathon. Only good enough for 34th (over 4 mins behind the winner) in a quality field.
Done a few runs this week including a little double today and will see what takes my fancy tomorrow!

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Posted: 04/10/2016 at 11:46
TT - Demons exorcised and marathon mojo rediscovered. I'm not committing to anything yet but I'm starting to believe that sub 2:30 is possible without it taking over my life. Still have an entry to Pisa (entered in Feb I think!) which is just before Xmas so will recover properly and then decide what to do.

CW/Wardi - I didn't realised Yorkshire was this weekend either so good luck to you both.

Jooligan - Welcome. That sounds like a very hard and complicated session - nice. I would say that if your training has been consistent between Brighton and now that sub 3 should be on for Abingdon. I've done both before and my only word of caution would be to not expect too much support at Abingdon - Brighton's atmosphere was incredible but Abingdon is much more a 'runners' marathon with some small pockets of noise but a very nice track finish!

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Posted: 03/10/2016 at 19:25
LS21 - That is an impressive report in many ways. Very well done!

Jools/ES - Hope this final taper week isn't too horrid and you both smash it on Sunday.

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Posted: 03/10/2016 at 14:10
One thing I forgot to mention is that during the second half there is about 4/5 miles on dirt tracks - it's pretty solid and hardly any mud but it is certainly not a 'road' marathon as billed.
Didn't bother me at all (in fact the softer landings were nice) but I knew about it beforehand and can see how some people could be a bit miffed as it's not mentioned anywhere on the race website.
Everything feels pretty good today and have done a decent amount of walking to keep it all loose.

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Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:45
Oh, and happy birthday Wardi ????

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Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:42
Ok, so I'm in bed listening to the Ryder Cup and am ready for the report.

No dramas on the flight over, checked into my hotel and picked up my number. Tootled into town for a customary night-before pizza then back to the hotel early to rest.
Up at 0600 followed by flapjack, 2 x banana and some coffee - felt ok but not great.
Got to the start at 0830 (0900 start) and did the usual pre race necessities. There were 5 x sub 2:20 runners (3 x Kenyan, 1 x Russian and 1 x USA) and then two UK guys with slightly better PBs than me.
Set off at a sensible pace and was quickly presented (less than half a mile in) with a big decision - the two UK guys were 50m ahead but there was nobody close behind. I decided to catch them up and take it from there. Caught them at about 1.5 miles and one of them disappered up the road, never to be seen again! The Bournemouth guy and I had a bit of a chat and settled in. Previously I've run the first half of marathons to a HR limit of 160 but my resting HR has been much higher recently (36 vs 43) so wasn't really sure where to peg the limit and ultimately went more by feel.
The course climbs gently from 2-3 and then steeper from 3-5. I stayed with the B'mouth guy until four miles but let him go as the effort level climbed and my HR spiked to 171.
I ran 4-7 solomand settled into to a more sensible rhythm. Went through 5 miles in 30:30 (2:39 pace) and felt ok. At 7 miles I heard someone catching me and was very pleased! Slowed a touch to let him catch me then tucked in behind. He was from Jersey and got loads of support around the course which was cool. We stayed together and went through 10 miles in 60:40, meaning 30:10 for the second five.
I didn't feel great but we were clicking off sub 6 miles. Got to halfway in 1:18:40 and thought about whether to carry out my normal acceleration or just stay tucked in. Felt good enough to go for it and knocked out a couple of 5:50s. There was no 15 mile marker so didn't get a time but looking at Strava it was around 29:30 for the five miles.
Around 15 I got sight of the B'mouth guy and concentrated on reeling him in. A very fast downhill 18th mile (5:37) got me on his tail and I tucked in again. I knew there was a climb from 19-21 so wanted some company for that. It turned out to be more of a gentle climb so I went past at 20m (29:30 again for the 5) and concentrated on the final push.
22nd mile was a big downhill and went really hard for a 5:36 which turned out to be a mistake!! Hit the seafront at 23 and started to wobble. Last three were 6:06, 6:06 and 6:16 so not a total collapse but painful nonetheless. Crossed the line in 2:37:28 and felt tired but not in any real trouble apart from sore hamstrings - held on to the barrier for a second and started hyperventilating - never had it before and not being in control of my breathing was horrible. Only lasted 30 secs and then I wobbled off to the relief of the lovely St Johns Ambulance people.
Pretty course but tough. Well organised and lots of lovely people.

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Posted: 02/10/2016 at 13:37
Quick check in - 2:37:28 after 1:18:40 at halfway.
Slight fade at 24 miles after going a bit too hard around 15-23 but I'm happy!

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Posted: 01/10/2016 at 19:44
In my hotel room feeling full of carbs and a bit nervy.
0900 start with a perfect forecast.
There is a tracker for those interested - I'm number 10


I think I'm in roughly 2:35/6 shape for a flat course so anything sub 2:40 would be nice but it's not the main focus.
See you on the other side

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Posted: 30/09/2016 at 09:37
ES - Very nice set of mile reps. I always enjoyed that session of the Pfitz plans.

SL - Truly a monstrous training run.

TT - I'm pleased that you're giving 'just' running another shot. Is the plan London and Berlin for next year?

Did a 3000m race on the track on Tues. Not a normal part of my marathon taper
but it was good fun. One guy blasted away and won easily and pretty quickly I was tucked in behind a clubmate and we were both tracking a stronger runner from a rival club. The plan was to do 1km each of pacing then (if possible) go hard at 2km to try and beat him. Plan went well (1st km was 3:07) and we were both tucked in behind him at 1800m. It was a bit windy and I could feel him tiring a touch so I went hard with 3 to go. I think the 2nd km was 3:11. I could hear them both behind me and knew that the surge wasn't enough but I was committed and kept piling it on until 2800 when they both swept past me along with another very fast finishing guy from my club. The rival beat my clubmate by about 0.5secs so the plan nearly worked! Didn't kill myself for the last 200m but came in with a respectable 9:31 which I was pleased with off no speedwork.
Forecast looks pretty good for Jersey Sunday and just hope that I have someone to run with. Would love this taper madness to disappear!

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Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:37
Jools and SL - Nice wins

CW - 2 or 3 months ago I thought I'd experiment with cadence on a flattish 2 mile loop to see if it was worth trying to change it. I did 3 loops - one normal, one higher cadence and one lower. The normal one was fastest, then higher cadence, then lower. All the heart rates were similar so I concluded that staying as I am was the best thing to do.

GBRM - Welcome. No need for sub 3 to post here. Nice five miler at Weston.

I have highly predictable taper lethargy - feel sluggish, heavy-legged and have convinced myself that I won't recover in time. No idea why it doesn't get any easier even though I know what's coming.
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