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My Last Run

Posted: Today at 10:27

Lots to catch up on.

Swits - Good to see you mending yourself, you're right in what you say about the long run and I was content that I made the right call when I got back.  No regrets.

Ness - Bloody well done to you, that sounds like a lovely run that was a real test to boot.  You seem in grand shape.  London is less than 4 weeks away now.  Butterflies yet?

JT - It's a little tough out there at the minute eh?  Solid miles all the same and I share your sense of malaise at the minute.

Cal - Same!

Dank - You banana! Gutted for you on missing the race though, you must have been peed orf.

Me - 14 miles this morning, the last 14 mile week day outing of the plan and the start of the last full week of plan.  Wind was up and at em again but an early hail shower was swept off and the sky gradually became blue.  By the end, the sun was out but no discernible warmth from it, it is still cold out.  It's April on Wednesday, things must improve soon, right?  Pace was slow, legs still heavy and unresponsive.  Bleaugh.

My Last Run

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 14:11

Kind of a fat mess of a long run.

It was supposed to be 20 with 14 at marathon pace.  I'd never felt truly recovered after Wilmslow all week and when I set out early doors, I knew things were not going to go well.  It just felt hard going. 1.5 miles into the MP section, a strong wind pushing me back, my pace was already dropping.  My legs felt tired and heavy and I was breathing like I would in a 5k race.  FAR too hard.  Then my MP3 player laughed in my sweaty face and died.  I canned it there and then, after an elaborate concerto of swearing.  It was never going to happen so there was no sense in prolonging the agony and risking injury.  I needed a rest day really and I don't think the MP run is crucial to running a good time in the grand scheme of things.  I ploughed through the 20 at normal pace, in ever increasing volumes of torrential rain.  It got so heavy and the wind so strong that I was laughing at the absurdity of it out loud laughing.  Some of the worst of mother nature's arsenal i've experienced in some time.

I shall now relax and eat...lots.  Good weekend all.

Sub 3

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 10:17

Charliew - Christ on a Segway, that's severe. Is this something you've done before?  Are you doing much during the week or is it all about the long weekend efforts for you?  I'm not sure my body could take the weekday load + a 20+ miler each weekend.

bainspj - Yep, I won't take too much from the 10k but if I knock, say, another 30 seconds off my PB, it would translate into something like a 2.48-2.51 marathon so i'd probably be a bit daft to only go out at 2.54 pace.  I don't see that happening though.  But yeah, I feel fairly well prepped for the sub 3 shot and all being well, this will be my one and only marathon with that sole aim in mind

ES - Nice going, that's enough eh?  I am pushing things a little to fit an extra 20 miler in than last year, primarily so it just feels as if I am better prepared when in reality, it's only making an 18 up to 20.  Is that 2 miles going to make any difference physically?  Probably not but it's a psychological trick i'm playing on myself to hook into during the last 6.

My Last Run

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 08:34

Swits - Glad you're mending but keep things sensible.  I'm sure you don't need that advice though.

Stephen - Must feel fantastic to be getting right back on form.  Keep it up.

Marsh - Quick!

birks - Snow can GFAM.  It's nearly April, it's time to chip the BBQ down not dig out the snow shovel.

15 for me last night, 6 with the club.  The wind was boisterous, the gusts were frankly unreasonable.  Not sure where it came from but I felt i'd really worked hard after that session.  Got up for a 5m recovery job this morning and a feather would have landed right below the hand that dropped it.  Weird.

Sub 3

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:58

Not a bad time considering several thousand people are trying to trip you up.

Sub 3

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:27

Thanks Charlie and Alan, hope your running is treating you both well.

ES - Cheers and well done to you too on the PB, has to be encouraging at this stage.

I'll be honest, there is a part of me saying "just run the sub 3 and be done with it" but i'm also aware that my times at 10k and half m translate to a potential around the 2.52-2.54 mark.  Given how much time and effort i've put into the training, i'd be a fool not to push it close to that.  Your 6.40 m/m pace seems about right to me and maybe push on a bit in the last 6 if there is some fuel left in the tank (ha!  I wish).  I have a 10k race next week so that should solidfy or alter my final ambitions. 

How many 20 milers will you finish on?

My Last Run

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 07:28

Dan - Some impressive runs there to say the least.  One heck of a daunting schedule mind.  Not sure my body would cope very well with all that.

Birky - Had a light smattering here last night too.  I get very bored of winter weather at this time of year.  We've had a lot of frosts already this March and i'm just itching for warm, sunny days now.  Grrrr.

10 miles last night with 6x1000m intervals.  Gawd was it tough on tired pegs but a rewarding session all the same.

Sub 3

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 11:17

Hope anyone running a marathon in the spring is holding up and injury free, it's that real crunch period now eh?

Last week and 3 days of full plan for me after today and things seem to be ok.  Minor niggles here and there but nothing that's stopped me running (a virus did in Feb but only for 4 days).

Set a HM PB at Wilmslow on Sunday of 1.23 and change so i'm starting to gain confidence that the sub 3 effort is now very achievable.  4 x 20+ milers in the bag with two more to go and I should be ready to enjoy taper with my spirits high.

Good luck to anyone in the same boat.  Well in any boat actually.  Sod it, good luck if you don't even have a boat and have an intense phobia of water....

My Last Run

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 09:19

JT - Enjoyed the early morning comedy!

Ness - Thanks a million and yep, it's getting flipping close now.  I was very pleased to run strongly at Wilmslow but just as chuffed to finish without any new niggles.  I probably shouldn't be so paranoid (sadly, a 27 year old lad is currently fighting for his life after collapsing at mile 12.  Puts everything into sharp perspective when worrying about getting a sore toe or summat). 

Jack - You're absolutely right!  Although I think the other factor has been that I didn't really race much in the summer so I had very little idea of where I was at pace wise.  The summer speed work clearly moved me on and then the club has just helped further.  Glad you enjoyed Barca, it's a great place eh?  You'll take some memories that will last your lifetime from there, no doubt.

Matt - Thanks sir and that's a bloody impressive effort from you, taking over 10 minutes off your target?  Some going that, you must have seriously pushed it.  Has that adjusted your Marathon time aim then?

10 miles this morning for me with a protesting body being dragged around the streets by a willing mind.  I hoping that might have shaken the last of the fatigue out from Sunday.  A bit of roller action tonight and hopefully i'll be feeling perky again tomorrow.

My Last Run

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:30

Nope, not having that JT.  We all know you're a flame heeled flying machine trapped in the body of a man who's allergic to racing  You'd smash it in a race.  Cheers though and i've genuinely taken myself aback with my progress this year, i've made some giant leaps forward that I never thought i'd make in my most optimistic dreams.  Funny how things turn out.

Carter - I never got around to badgering them again after they blanked my initial request.  Maybe they just don't want Yorkies involved.  In other matters, I took my Welsh nephews to their first ever Leeds game recently.  The one where we painfully inflicted a gruesomely dull 0-0 draw with your lot on 31,000 innocent victims.  They loved the day though and hopefully i've stopped them becoming Liverpool or worse, Manchester United fans like half the kids in Wrexham are.  They'll thank me in years to come.  Right? 

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