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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 23:34

Carter, oooh, running to feel, don't think I can be that brave as a conscious decision but know it can be hugely beneficial..

PS -  to clarify; I meant 8'30 mile 1, 8'15 mile 2 etc. so 8'05 from mile 4. Would anticipate a positive split with a slow down after mile 20 but who knows!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 11:49

PS - can't quite decide on 8'35, 8'25, 8'15 and then in to the 8'05s or 8'30, 8'15 and then in to 8'05. Starting slower would be the sensible option...

Carter you take it easy with your 20 miler and i'll take it easy with my calf

Ali - my mate's marathon PB is around 2'54! but he's not on that sort of form generally speaking I don't think. I reckon aim at 23 mins for your 5k target time? Nice 5k pb there...

Carl how were the intervals?

9 miles at 7'59 pace this morning and 2 steady miles. Felt so hard and had to take it mile by mile. Hope I'm not coming down with something! Didn't get much sleep so that may be part of it. Dropped 1 mile from the tempo as felt my form dropping massively so didn;t want to pick up an injury as a result. Bonus is that my calf held up nicely. Can feel a bit of soreness now but hardly anthing during the run. fingers crossed...

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 18:04

Carl, re your taper - I haven't even done 34 miles in any of my training weeks! I'm obviously a lazy bar steward!!

Carter, yes indeed although bit tempered by the calf. Ran 4.6 miles steady last night and chucked in 1 mile at 6'17 pace - could feel the calf a bit on the fast mile and a bit of soreness this morning but no swelling thankfully. lots of ball rolling and massaging and ibuprofen for me! Have a 12 miler tomorrow am with 10 miles at 8mm pace so that will be the real test (along with 15 this coming sunday). Bloody hell - 20 miles for you this weekend, how are you feeling ahead of that - recovered from Manchester?

Hi Nell - yes the plan is settled now so hopefully with a bit of injury management the calf will calm down. just need to be super careful and sensible (neither of which are traditionally strengths of mine!). I have only 1 x 20 miler left but it's a biggy at 8'15 target pace a week on Sunday.. How about you - difficult to recover then train much between London and Edinburgh? take care with that foot

Washwood - Bournemouth marathon??

Sean, good work with the drinking and weight gain from celebrating. What's the point of all ying and no yang I say!! No ticket for FA cup final and am actually in Edinburgh as the final is the day before the marathon (typical timing!!). One of my mates running is a villa fan so we'll have to watch it together sober which will be an odd experience...

On a side note my mate ran London as Olaf from Frozen (pretty big costume) in 3'42 the cheeky git. I would have been annoyed to be overtaken by him I can tell you!!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:04

ali, yes indeed. End of May is Edinburgh so a couple of long runs and then taper. Am in 'cant wait' mode already!

nice for you to be in chill mode, enjoy..

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 14:44

 You go to France for a few days and everyone smashes their PBs! I’d be happy to go to France climbing everytime there’s a marathon if it’s helpful… (not sure my other half would agree!)

PS – that’s amazing to run your sub 4 with all that knee drama in the lead up. Brilliant stuff, well done

Washwood - sub 4 for your first marathon – fantastic effort!! That is a stonking result by any standard and especially at London with all the crowding. I did really enjoy London (in a life affirming sort of way) but totally shared your frustrations about crowding and bottlenecks as well. Well done for that time with the difficulties of that race, outstanding

Nell - 2’57. Bit speechless, that’s an incredible time. You will be basking in that for a very long time and deservedly so. Bet the DOMS are worth every penny!

Ali – I think a switch to speedwork will be fun and beneficial. Just a different training phase really.. interesting to see how you go

Carl – 3 wks at 60+ miles. Great effort fella. That Richmond course elevation is to be respected but then so is the heath where you’ve trained really strongly. I reckon you’re on for sub 3’30 – have confidence. When is Richmond again?

Did my 4th 20 miler last Thursday and paid for all the switching round of runs a bit. Mucking the plan around meant I had a calf niggle going in to it that I could feel all the way round which ended up with a bit of a swollen and painful left inside shin for the rest of Thursday and half of Friday. It’s cleared up now after 4 days off but a timely reminder to respect the plan! Back to a normal schedule now and running later so will see how it is but seems to have cleared up

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:23

Sean – great race report and great race! fantastic effort with a bad blister and stomach, the marathon was made to test us that’s for sure! 18 minute PB as well, wowsers!

PS, yes am doing Edinburgh! Ermm, not sure you are allowed senior moments at the tender age of 39+3 are you?! Due to being away climbing in France Thur-Monday I will say a HUGE GOOD LUCK for Sunday right now! I’m sure you will be fine – I really think you should take a couple more gels and maybe take the first one around mile 4 or 5. And when the going gets tough grit your teeth, slow down and keep running!

Washwood – massive BEST OF LUCK for London this coming Sunday. I’m sure you will smash it! What pace are you going to go at? My tips for London and for your first marathon are don’t try and weave round people to make up time – if you’ve got energy you will pass loads of people on wider roads after mile 16!, do take enough gels (6?) but don’t use energy drink as well and really try and enjoy the experience. I thought London was amazing..

Carter, fab race report. How awesome to pace like that and run that time without your watch! Really well done again.. and a negative split – I’m in awe!

Nell, BEST OF LUCK for London – what time are you after again?

Ali, thanks for your encouragement but I think we both know that no marathon is ever a walk in the park ;o) Your race report is inspiring to be honest. You are way more stubborn than me to have gone through all that (and I am very stubborn trust me!) – really well done on sticking it out and bringing in such a fab time in those circumstances

Easy recovery 3 for me today at lunch – more mucking around with my plan this week due to being away climbing in France this coming Thur – Monday (yes I do also have a family! – so it’s a real juggle fest for me the last few weeks!). As a result I did a 7 mile tempo yday (instead of this coming Thursday), dropped the speed session yet again and replaced with today’s recovery run and am doing 20 miles on Thursday! Sheesh, can’t wait for return to a more normal schedule next week. After Thursday’s run just 2 more long runs till taper for Edinburgh….

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:52

Ahh, I see Carter! Did you follow a pacer? Lack of watch was obviously empowering

PS, I'm not doing London! I'm nearly 40 i'll have you know which means minimum 2 day hangovers so there's no way I would have been on the lash like that a week before a marathon! (am doing Edinburgh end of May). Yours is this coming weekend same date as London yah?

7 miles at ave 7'57 pace at lunch. ho hum, still quite warm out there. Another 3 weekends of long runs and I'm in to taper. not that long now!!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:56

Sorry for lateness of post, was so hungover yesterday!! Wedding was cracking..

Amazing racing all round yesterday

Ali - brilliant work. You shld be really proud. I do believe that what's they call courage in the face of adversity. Great time especially with injuries in training and then obviously the difficulties on the day itself - really well done

Sean, 3'21. Again - wow, that is a great time. You should be absolutely over the moon. hope you enjoyed some celebratory beers..

Carter - 3'15!! Even better. well done that's incredible. How were your splits - interested in your pacing!

Carl - 18 miles at 8'09 pace on the heath is excellent - it's very hilly round there.. were you out of puff or did you feel strong? And yes re other people tapering it is a bit weird - sort of like arriving at a party late on when sober?! 

Nell, Hibs clearly have the same weakness as the Arsenal! All ready for VLM?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:21

Wow. Carter that is amazing. Absolutely smashed it! Really well done. Looking forward to the race report!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:26

PS, I agree with ali. Why not go for 7 or 8? I have a 10 on my plan for the weekend before Edinburgh but am planning to do that run Friday to allow adequate rest time..

ali your training looks very strong! Concentrate on that mentally and you'll be fine. The nerves will go as soon as you start running. Best of luck again! 

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