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Berlin Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 10:06
Massive congrats PP !!!
I ran exactly to plan for my 2:40 target. Halfway at 1:19:56. Cruised through 30 and 35k staying on the pace until 37/38k when a massive stitch hit me out of the blue. Could hardly freaking breathe and was forced to walk and jog home. Finished 2:48. So close yet so far.

Berlin Marathon 2014

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 11:11

I have actually driven myself around most of the course, using google maps.

Looks good and so much wider than London !

Berlin Marathon 2014

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:56

I'm typing on a solid wood desk here, so I hope that should allow me to mention the WEATHER.

Looking about as perfect as one could wish for.

Chance of rain 0%

Wind:SSW at 6 mph

Temp somewhere around 10degrees at 9am - 17degrees my midday.

Berlin Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 14:50

Laminated up the paceband,so its 2:40 or bust for me.

Just passed the 2,000 miles mark year to date, nice confidence booster there if ever I needed it !

Bit concern about the cup / drink situation tbh, I just cannot drink from cups.

Berlin Marathon 2014

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 09:33

Toro, you should be good for 2:45. I have a similar 10k and broke 2:45 at London.


Tapering now. I hate taper.

Sub 3

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:53
Berlin 28th Sept

Kona 11th Oct

Budapest 12th Oct

Abingdon 19th Oct
The Jimbob

Amsterdam 19th Oct

Frankfurt 26th Oct

Sub 3

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:49

PP, I think I have the same throat issues as you, I currently sound like Vito Corleone when speaking.

Dece mileage last week 84 miles with some speedwork and hills chucked in for good measure.

10 weeks to Berlin, i'm going all out for the 2:40 as I have my champs spot so I can risk this one a bit.

Anyone have an tips on the starting gates there? Have been suffering mightmares of being stuck in the middle of the masses behind a donkey....

Sub 3

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:29

The DOMS have cleared and currently ensuring I consume enough 'whatever I want' food at the moment, until I pick up the training for Berlin (Although my attempt to not run at all last week cumilated in 23 miles).

Plan now is to just tick over for a few weeks, then hit an 18 week Pfitz schedule and target 2:40.

Looking forward to a bit of warm weather training this time around !

Sub 3

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:54

Just read back through all the posts. Congratulations to everyone and a pat on the back to those that were a little short of their target. Onwards and upwards.

Post race report, my race went pretty much perfectly, I was right at the front of the line of the GFA pen with an open road, I knew I had to keep the pace under control early doors here. Well up for this. The first few miles flew by and the pace felt way slow. 5k Splits in first half ranged from 19:00 - 19:15 area, reaching halfway at exactly my target of 1:21 (actually 1:20:59 but i'll take that). I got in a group of 3 and we were running side by side taking up the whole road, I'm sure that looked pretty cool as it felt pretty cool. Feeling great great by this time but nagging thought that my half PB is 1:20xx, not still entirely sure how the remainder of the race was going to. Next few miles came and went.

So far so good.

Next 5k splits, 19:03. At 30k the split dropped to the slowest yet @ 19:19 and the first wave of negative thoughts come over me as I felt my pace drop off. I was prepared mentally for this and thought... Ah, so here you to wreck my day you sod, I planned for you this time and sorry you are not welcome today pal. Necked a gel, shoulders back, take in the crowd, increase the stride and I passed through this rough patch.

Next 5k split at 35km was 19:01, time 2:14:11, I started feeling a lot better and passing more and more people, knew that 2:40 was not really possible by now, but was home and dry for 2:45 if I could just keep this up. Onto Tower Hill, nice down hill section, relax, pick a few more people off.

Out of the tunnel heading onto Embankment and right calf started to tighten up on each push off, but I could put up with it. Embankment was a struggle, I have run this section a hundred times and knew the profile raises slightly into Big Ben, must push on but pace slipped and not a lot left in the tank. I saw my family as the corner comes and into Birdcage walk, nice boost. Last mile split 6:02

Wow i'm really feeling like crap now, right calf is rock solid, feel a bit dizzy now.

Final corner and...onto mall...clock in distance 2:42:xx....Head up... crows are all on their feet giving ME a standing ovation, pump arms, finish line in sight, swap lanes so I get an empty one with no-one else to ruin my finish pic arms out, finish line, cross, small vomit.

Wow, I pulled it off..2:43:15

Sub 3

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:27

Old No7, here's to keeping that level of progression going

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