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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 22:52

Err don't know how that happened but appear to have somehow reposted yesterday's post again. Very weird. sorry folks!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 22:45

Well done to everyone getting out in that filth today!

nice 10 there Ricky, shifting the pace up still?

ali, the latter half of your plan with the long runs looks v strong to me... Managing the shins is the key now. You're in to taper now almost right?

thats really good going washwood on undulating ground. Bet it was weird without a watch. That would give me cold sweats!

nell, massive mileage. Am in awe

PS, excellent 17 miler. Stag was in Nottingham and was v good fun. Good natured and we even got to a game of rugby in Leicester on Saturday which makes a nice change from jumping into freezing water or firing small globules of paint at other people! Second half of my 20 was brutal I think because it was at least a day (if not 2) earlier than usual for me and I also was still feeling the half race in my legs I think. Oh, and I like doing my hard sections at the end of a long run to toughen me up!

carl, another great run and in atrocious conditions

carter as others have said its your decision mate. I've already thrown my hat in the 7'45 ring ???? - have you done any recent races you could bang in to McMillan? I would err more on side of caution if it was me. But obviously it's not me!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:35

PS, I'm the same ie I cannot sit around doing nothing BUT if your body says sleep then you were right to listen to it and chill out for sure.

Carter. yes we were kind to Nottingham. it's an age thing!! sounds like a good plan to start out with. You can, and perhaps will, adjust on the day but good not to go out too fast I reckon. I'm thinking for my pacing  something like 8'35, 8'25, 8'15 and then settle in to 8'05. It's a long way off I know but can't help thinking about it!

Don't feel too bad from the stag actually. bit run down but can't be too bad as got out for 3.5 easy miles this morning and 1 mile on the track at 6'03 pace which really surprised me given the weekend. Really happy with that! Got a short tempo lined up for Wed and an 18 miler again on Friday this week as we are visiting my mum in France for the week. Impossible to get a settled training routine in terms of the days - c'est la vie!

Happy Monday all

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 23:21

Well done to everyone getting out in that filth today!

nice 10 there Ricky, shifting the pace up still?

ali, the latter half of your plan with the long runs looks v strong to me... Managing the shins is the key now. You're in to taper now almost right?

thats really good going washwood on undulating ground. Bet it was weird without a watch. That would give me cold sweats!

nell, massive mileage. Am in awe

PS, excellent 17 miler. Stag was in Nottingham and was v good fun. Good natured and we even got to a game of rugby in Leicester on Saturday which makes a nice change from jumping into freezing water or firing small globules of paint at other people! Second half of my 20 was brutal I think because it was at least a day (if not 2) earlier than usual for me and I also was still feeling the half race in my legs I think. Oh, and I like doing my hard sections at the end of a long run to toughen me up!

carl, another great run and in atrocious conditions

carter as others have said its your decision mate. I've already thrown my hat in the 7'45 ring ???? - have you done any recent races you could bang in to McMillan? I would err more on side of caution if it was me. But obviously it's not me!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 12:56

Hi all. Sorry - no time to read through posts as running to catch a train to notto for stag do! Hope you are all running well and gearing up for long runs this weekend

got out for my second 20 miler this morning. 20 miles at 8'38 pace. miles 17, 18 and 19 at MP. gels at 5, 10 and 15 miles. Second half of the run was brutal. One of the hardest training runs I've done I think. Every mile required mental fortitude! Phew... Onwards, catch up properly with a hangover Sunday.

happy weekends everyone

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:02

I'm sure you're right carter - will err on the side of pacing caution for Friday's 20 miler!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 10:39

thanks for more kind comments on the half PB

Nell - wow gruesome story and a salutary tale for sure. You must be close to tapering for London?

Carter, have a good 12 miler later. I reckon you shld go middle ground on your pacing for the marathon i.e. 7'45? Just a hunch though, ultimately only you can decide - it's fun hypothesising though! be good to see how your 7'30 miles go this weekend

Ali, great work on your 20 miler. big confidence booster I'm sure especially with the shins holding up - no reason you can't go sub 4 especially with all that cross training you get in as well. I'm sure that will make a big difference to your fitness

Carl, nice work on those 800s. really good that you still have beans in you. I am still struggling following Sundays race!

Nice steady 6 miler Ricky especially after your longest distance for a while at the weekend

PS, sorry you're feeling ill. rest up and don't run! missing the odd one won't hurt but pushing on now and missing lots of runs as a result will be far worse long term

Wow - I am suffering following Sunday's race! Was meant to get out and do 6 @ 7'44 this morning and a couple of easy miles BUT was very aware that I was still recovering from sunday and also that my 20 miler this week has to happen Friday morning rather than Saturday or preferably Sunday as I'm away on a stag do this weekend. As soon as I set off I knew I would struggle at that pace so adjusted to 7'56 pace and ran 5 miles (rather than 6) at that pace plus 2 easy miles. Feel ok now afterwards. Also feel proud that I actually listened to my body for once!!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 21:04

Good work ricky

3.3 miles recovery v easy tonight (9'25), bad case of the DOMS after yesterday's half..

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:54

thanks Ricky - and good solid 13 miler there from you. is that the furthest you've run for a while or am I making that up?!

Carl - I would think you are seriously on for a sub 3'30 are you not? 3'08 + 20 mins in theory but you will be fitter for Richmond if the training continues apace. You are right though that Richmond is hilly... hmmm. although again you do train on hills a fair bit don't you? Perhaps setting off at 8mm pace may be best idea and thinking about a negative split if you are feeling strong at say 16 miles?? is Richmond 2 laps? I'm not sure where the majority of ascent is on the laps but may be worth thinking about that beforehand if possible as may affect your pacing plan/strategy

Sean - I agree with carter. I'm no expert but you must be looking closer to the 3 hr mark than the 3'30 mark I reckon..

Excellent 21 miler carter with all that ascent. By your own logic you shld be targeting 3'15 perhaps? How many 7'30 miles will you run this weekend? If they feel comfortable and you a fair amount of them I would think that gives you a good indication that you could achieve that sort of pace over the marathon distance. or you could play safe and aim at 7'40 pace..

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:59

Argh. Wrote v long thread and the sodding iPad lost it before I posted!!

ali, 3 x 20 is loads I reckon. People run excellent marathons having never gone that far in training!

PS, brill 20 miler. I never feel fresh at end of mine so hats off!

sean, fab race. You are on top form for your Mara for sure!

carl brilliant pb well done. Perhaps you should be ill more often! Yes it's very crowded at the start. And the mile 3 hill is a big un as well...

i started off pretty slow due to the crowds and hit roughly target pace (7'30) for miles 4, 5, 6. Was thinking how good I felt only to get a stitch at end of mile 6. Annoying! Spent 4 miles running it off and then managed to finish quite strongly although couldn't quite push on for the last mile. Missed out on sub 1'40 by 11 seconds which is frustrating but then it is a 2 minute pb so also v happy with coming in at 1'40'10

splits were;

7'51

7'42

8'02 (116 ft ascent!)

7'27

7'32

7'30

7'43

7'29

7'48

7'39

7'14

7'22

7'30

(6'29)

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