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PhilPub

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Oct 2021

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    105.5 laps of Kim Wilde and Mel Smith? WHERE DO I SIGN UP??

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    My favourite items in my dad's old vinyl collection include the soundtrack to The Sting (Marvin Hamlisch playing Scott Joplin), The Muppet Show Album (featuring Hogga Wogga and It's Not Easy Being Green), and Queen's Greatest Hits.

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    Cheers everyone! Feeling relatively human today, a bit stiff but even managed to carry a baby downstairs this morning without dropping her.

    @doubleodavey - 10k's about my limit on the track. That's phenomenal!

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    Well, I went for it! Chip: 2:34:59 (HM splits: 1:15:39/1:19:20)

    I set out at 2:30 pace from Wave 2, which meant fun and games overtaking slower runners, with judicious use of pavements and central reservations, plus the occasional slow-down at bottlenecks. Not ideal for pacing, or for my head! (That's enough excuses, I wouldn't have run sub-2:30 with a clear road, but it certainly held me up.) Was up on pace at 5k largely thanks to the downhill section at Woolwich, but slightly behind pace at 10k, and realised at halfway that I was already looking at damage limitation and B-targets, principally my London course-PB of 2:35:56.

    The Docklands is never fun but it felt less-bad than I remember, and by this time the field had both thinned out and got faster, as I'd mainly be overtaking club runners off the Champs start by this stage. Definitely started feeling it coming back along The Highway (22 miles) but I gave myself a boost remembering that my lovely new daughter (oh, and wife!) were due to be spectating at Blackfriars, so I was telling myself it was only 2 miles to go, and the last couple would take care of themselves. That worked out perfectly, a nice little boost and I still had my head together enough to work out that a course PB was in the bag unless I slowed considerably. I'd only faded to just over 6min miling, so I actually enjoyed the finish, and as a final bonus my Garmin time of 2:35:01 became 2:34:59 on the official result.

    Very happy with that, considering much lower volume of training than I've been used to (<50mpw and no x-training), plus new-dad sleeping pattern. I'm turning 50 next year and should probably give it another go, when I'll have a Championship place to go off.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/605900­2858

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    "Remind me to Vaz my toes on Sunday..." - conversation only half an hour ago. Toes, nips, under-arm, shorts lining. For my first marathon I went with surgical tape on the nips but one fell off... Lucozade Sport spillage at 24 miles = ouch!

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    You're the local nutter on... :)

    I've already amended my final week taper plan. CNBA running to Decathlon in cold rain yesterday so it's gone down as an extra rest day.

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    Early nights and stay well hydrated

    Oh yeah, and definitely this! I've already bargained with MrsPub that I'm not getting involved in the 10pm/1am/4am baby feeds for two nights before the race. Hopefully the extra kip will be like a shot of EPO. :)

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    I agree that you can only really do too much at this stage. On the other hand it's good psychologically to keep ticking over, and also as @juanito suggests, throw in some MP to remind yourself what the pace feels like.

    My schedule looks like:
    Today: jog 5 mile round trip to Decathlon to pick up some gels
    Wed: 6M incl. 3M @ MP (the only run this week quicker than easy pace)
    Thu: rest or 5M easy
    Fri: either 4M easy or might cycle to Expo (8M) and not run
    Sat: rest? 3M easy? See how I feel when I wake up.

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    Soon it will kill us all and the radioactive remnants can slowly start again.

    Yay! The circle of life.

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