A final jog out before the big one tomorrow, after a bit of a hike out to Mile End (we were all following Alison who thought someone would yell if she was going the wrong way, we all assumed she knew the way), a rather crowded bit of parkrun tourism. Last week they had under 200 runners, this week they had over 400. I managed to sneak in to get one of the final proper position tokens in 246 having taken it reasonably steady (the downhill’s were fun).
I’m feeling good ahead of tomorrow’s race. I have done the training and now we just have to see what happens on the day. I’ve set myself 3 times that I would be varying levels of happy with:
Bronze: 3:44:59 – this would be qualification for London next year as good for age for my age category.
Silver: 3:40:20 – this would be a new marathon pb (my previous time being 3:40:21).
Gold: 3:29:59 – I’ve been training to go sub 3:30, so anything under that pace would be great. If I feel good and have the opportunity to push on towards the end of the race then I will, but realistically you can’t make up too much time over the last 5-6 miles and I’m more likely to be working on holding to pace than be able to increase it.
It should be fun, I’m nervous obviously (a marathon is always a huge challenge), but excited more than nervous and I have done all of the preparation asked of me. What happens on the day happens (good or bad). For anyone wanting to track me, I am number 30917.
I was RD1 at Ashton Court this morning, which featured TV and radio as well as an incident to report (all well, just overdoing it on the hill), so had to do my 30 minutes of easy running after parkrun and after processing the results.
The cloud had cleared by this time, though it was still a little chilly, but I got to crack out the sunglasses for a gentle run along the riverside. I maybe shouldn’t have used my marathon playlist as I went out a little fast (plus the extra adrenaline from being RD), but settled down into a nice rhythm once I hit the flat. One more parkrun to go!
A spot of parkrun tourism at the BJC, though we very nearly didn’t make it as the gate that was supposed to allow 24-hour access was locked and we luckily found an alternate route out to make it just in the nick of time. If there was any important information in the briefing we didn’t hear it, not because we were late, but because the megaphone was feeble. A lovely little two lap course that went around a series of football pitches then up into a wooded area. I spent the time chatting to Polly with a little sprint at the end.
Back on site I squirelled myself away in a squash court with my yoga mat to get some core work done. At one point the staff came in to make the court bigger, but they didn’t seem to mind me so I just let them get on with it without interrupting my workout. Long run tomorrow, I think I have my route planned out.
Today was my last Ashton Court parkrun for a while what with holidays and RD duties and the small matter of a little race in the capital coming up this month. It was sunny and showery to make sure that I experienced all of the weather in one run.
As usual it was supposed to be a nice easy recovery run, but I got a little carried away coming back downhill and went a bit fast (but I promise it didn’t feel fast!). I’m going to try and get to Forest Rec parkrun next week, but no promises. No core work this week as I have my toughest long run tomorrow. But before that I have to do battle with England Athletics and renew all of the club members’ registrations.
Another Saturday and another parkrun. This one was wonderfully Springlike, beautifully sunny if a little chilly and I was grateful for my new lightweight Asics jacket. Another nice and easy one (is there any other kind these days?). Alas I couldn’t stay for cake to celebrate Cecilia’s 100th parkrun as I had some errands to run before my midday core class.
They hadn’t moved the bikes out of the room from spin class, but luckily it was only me for this virtual 30 minute core class (though the disco lights mean that there are always people looking in through the windows in the doors). Boom, another 30 minutes of core work done, all working towards being strong for London.
A big run tomorrow. 2 and three-quarter hours with 75 minutes at marathon pace.
It was dress up time for parkrun as Emma was running her 250th parkrun, the first female runner to achieve this milestone at Ashton Court. The theme for the day was Kings & Queens (or rather Queens and Kings) so it was on with the fancy dress and up the hill.
The plateau was a bit breezy to be wearing a robe, and it got tangled up in a couple of other people, but a quick rap with the sceptre got them out of the way and the inflatable crown stayed on nicely.
Back to the cafe for lots of cake (mostly chocolate) and some fruit courtesy of Alan who was running his 300th parkrun.
I was run director at parkrun this morning, and only allowed an easy 20 minutes anyway (what with Bath Half tomorrow), so after a fair amount of general running around, including a trip to B&Q) is was out along the river for a nice easy run.
I almost got tripped up by a small black dog (that looked a lot like a teddy bear), but stayed on my feet and took in the views, thinking about not much at all.
It was such a lovely day at parkrun this morning, but also so busy that I may have gone round a little bit too fast (weaving through people who would stop dead because there was a puddle). It may have been particularly busy because the Green Man Ultra had started from Ashton Court earlier that morning (resulting in an almost full car park, so I had to park properly). Not something I am tempted to do.
There was just enough time for a quick coat of paint around the fireplace and to watch a bit of the indoor athletics before heading off to the gym for 30 minutes of core work (still tough). Came home the long way via the bank and got some extra steps for the day ahead of copious eating at a friend’s games evening tonight.
A busy Saturday where I had to dash off to Bath straight after parkrun for an event, so I had to squeeze in my 30 minutes of core work before I left for Ashton Court. This was accomplished courtesy of a Tae Bo DVD focusing on Abs & Glutes (and boy, did it).
It was another lovely pootle around parkrun, most of the way trying to keep Alison going slowly ahead of her race the day afterwards. It was great to be there as Charlotte broke the women’s course record too, she was storming it.
Another Saturday and another double header of a gentle recovery parkrun followed by a 30 minute core class. I had a lovely chat during my bimble round with Craig, and got to see Chrissie Wellington fly by in the other direction on the plateau (celebrating moving out of my age category), followed by Sarah Everitt. The weather has warmed up not quite to shorts temperatures, but definitely to capris. Given the forecast for the rest of the week I could well be in shorts by the end of it (which is nuts for February).
A pleasing repetitive time this week (will have to see how it compares to the official results).