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P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 20:57
Agree with Scott, HP, definitely wear a vest when the weather's warm.

Lovely evening for a track session, would have been even lovelier had my legs co-operated. 400m reps with some 100m sprints thrown in for fun. I have learnt:
1. However many track sessions I do, I will never be able to sprint. On the plus side, I don't get puffed out after the 100m sprints, as I just can't run them that fast.
2. Legs not fully recovered from London (I sat out a couple of reps but won't get away with this next time).

Just voted - 3 forms in all.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 16:21
Lily - I have the Garmin 225. It probably has more functions than I'll ever use (like a built in HR monitor) but I got it for a good price and it's more user friendly than older models. I used to use the Nike running app to monitor speed/distance. It only cost a couple of quid and gives average pace and distance. You can even set it to tell you your pace every 0.25 miles.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 13:15
Sorry to hear about the stomach problems Keith, but good to hear you haven't given up the bacon butties.

Mamafox - I really hope the scan helps you get a proper diagnosis for your injury. I remember saying months back that you would be recovered in time to enjoy a good summer's running and it must be so frustrating not to have it sorted yet. Fingers crossed the diagnosis results in a speedy recovery now.

Big G/Shades - didn't see that runner on the course but she would have been a bit ahead and green start. But I think she was interviewed briefly by the BBC when they did a slot in the coverage on record breakers.

Had a club session last night which is usually a nice easy 7-9 miles, chatting all the way. But we had 2 newbies who were quite speedy and after a couple of miles easy it turned into a tempo run. A couple of people dropped back on the way but I just about managed to keep up. Funny at the end though, as no one knew who had forced the pace! Could only manage 4 miles this morning as legs felt very tired.

Race pack arrived for the London 10k at the end of this month. I'm thinking of doing another (local) one next weekend to try and remember how to race shorter distances.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 11:13
Great report AWC, must feel like you can now completely forget and draw a line under Manchester. But go and get your blood tested!

My plans for the rest of the year are to enjoy my running a bit more - I'm in a team for a 24-hour track relay next month plus I'm doing a 'marathon week' which consists of 6 races over 6 consecutive days on different terrains - hills, road, wood, sand, track... I'd like to get back to track work too, and race lots of 10k and parkruns. A race pack arrived this morning for the London 10k at the end of the month - feels too soon!

Had a club session last night which is usually a nice easy 8-9 miles. But for some reason after a couple of miles in turned into a tempo session. At the end everyone blamed everyone else and I'm knackered now!

Talkback: The Secret Marathon is coming to London. We just don't know where or when

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 10:19
And interesting that when you complete the initial entry form, you only get 'priority entry' if you tell everyone on Twitter! So not very secret after all.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 14:31
It is amazing how many non runners enter the ballot thinking they'll start running if they get a place. I can't contemplate going from 0 to 20 miles in training in the 6 months or so from getting a place to finishing training. But saying that, a friend who marshalled at the 12 miles point said that they had never seen so many runners walking already from that point. But that should in theory mean more places for those who want to run it if people are honest re predicted times.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 14:20
Lit, I reckon you could flog those brownies at the expo for a fiver a slice.

Ramjet, gutted for you on the DNF, so frustrating. It does sound like a virus to be suffering so early, so right decision to pull out. The training won't go to waste though - hope you can find another marathon soon.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 09:33
Well done Tricia, you're mad but impressive all the same! Were you not following P&D last year too? Great that you were much stronger at the end this year.

BR - another mad ultra runner! That time is really impressive, are you tempted to do more of these mad distances? And kudos to your friend for even entering that so close to London.

Good luck again to Ramjet and AWC. Re the nutrition, I've read in a couple of places that dark choc is just as good as beetroot for endurance.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 09:26
Love the medal Shades and well done on achieving goal C. To shave off time from last year must be a good sign mustn't it, even if the A goal wasn't reached.

Well done too to Steve for the 10K PB. I'm sure you could get well under 40 mins on another course.

I've entered the VMLM ballot this morning for my OH. He has already deleted the confirmation email, that how enthusiastic he is!!

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 18:21
Tom - hope the hip flexor improves soon. I'm sure beer is very good for it.

Impressive parkrunning Scott, faster splits each mile too! And good parkrun time from BR too.

Good luck to the MK marathoners, Ramjet and AWC and to Hilly on the ultra. Weather looking OK for all races I think.
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