Month: April 2012

Greater Manchester Marathon 2012

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Sunday 29th April, 09:06

The day was cold, wet and getting wetter, windy and getting windier!  Ran with Jeff of course.   I added a plastic poncho to my attire to keep me as dry as possible; Jeff had a bin bag.  It was great to start a marathon in good shape and without significant injury, and we took it steady to save energy for later.  The rain and wind was awful.  Some of the country lanes were full of muddy puddles.  But the marshalls and spectators that provided support were brilliant – they must have been soaked and freezing.

The last 5-6 miles were really tough.  I was running on empty and they seemed to pass so slowly.  My calves were tired and stiffening, but the main problem was my thigh muscles beginning to struggle and my right hamstring getting tight.  I just managed to keep moving and probably slowed Jeff quite a bit.

It’s a PB and I’m so pleased to finish this one without injury and by running from beginning to end.  The relief was overwhelming at the finish and we really earned our medals today.  The months and months of early morning runs paid off.

Jeff and me at the finish of Greater Manchester Marathon

Distance:  42.27km
Time:  Garmin – 4:25:52  (The time on the marathon tracker site is gun time – 4:28:26)
Avg HR:  151bpm
Avg pace:  6:17 min/km
Calories:  3278

From marathon website:

   Start Mat 09:06 am 00:02:39
   StartBackUp
   10 Kilometres
   10 Mile 10:41 am 01:37:12
   Half Marathon 11:11 am 02:07:10
   20 Mile 12:22 pm 03:18:06
   Spotter 01:32 pm 04:28:10
   Finish 01:32 pm 04:28:26
   PostSpotter 01:32 pm 04:28:36

training run #431

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Wednesday 25 April, 06:17

Cool 7C, but dry. Went for a one lap run round RV, 4 miles in total. Right leg fine, left calf slight niggle but not too bad. An easy run and my last before the Manchester marathon.

Distance: 6.76km
Time: 39:51
Avg HR: 140bpm
Avg pace: 5:54 min/km
Calories: 491

training run #430

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Monday 23 April, 06:25

A cool, overcast 7C but it stayed dry. Went for one lap of RV. Legs not stiff but I’ve still got a left calf niggle. Easy to keep a reasonable pace. Legs started feeling better as I was finishing.

Distance: 6.77km
Time: 39:41
Avg HR: 139bpm
Avg pace: 5:52 min/km
Calories: 480

training run #429

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Saturday 21 April, 07:48

Cool, 7C, some sun, some cloud and a breeze. Went for two laps of RV at a reasonable pace.  Total 7 miles.  Right calf felt almost perfect, left calf had small niggle but much better than recently.  It must be the tapering (and a little foam rollering) helping them to heal.  An easy run, and just a week to go to the Manchester marathon.  Hopefully I can eradicate more of the calf niggles etc and start the race with full fitness.

Distance:   11.43km
Time:  1:05:45
Avg HR:  149bpm
Avg pace:  5:45 min/km
Calories:  878

training run #428

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Thursday 19 April, 06:09

Cool and overcast, 7C. Went for one lap of RV at an easy pace, total run about 4 miles. My legs were stiff at the start, affecting my running style quite a lot. After they eased off I just had the usual calf niggles. Started raining at 5km and it turned into a heavy shower as I ran uphill out of the park.

Distance: 6.77km
Time: 40:15
Avg HR: 142bpm
Avg pace: 5:57 min/km
Calories: 514

training run #427

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Wednesday 18 April, 05:57

Cool and overcast 4C. Went for a 6 mile run: one loop of both lakes at RV and 2 extra loops of the northern lake. Calf niggles not as bad as of late, and right leg actually felt good. Rained from 6km to the end. Left calf stiffened up a bit afterwards.

Distance: 9.57km
Time: 55:37
Avg HR: 142bpm
Avg pace: 5:49 min/km
Calories: 717

training run #426

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Sunday 15 April, 07:36

Cold 2C with a stiff breeze on the far side of RV. Went for a 9 mile run with Jeff. Kept it at an easy pace and just felt the usual calf niggles. A great run and good to talk marathon stuff with Jeff.

Distance: 14.17km
Time: 1:24:03
Avg HR: 141bpm
Avg pace: 5:56 min/km
Calories: 992

training run #425

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Friday 13 April, 06:09

A cool 7C and overcast after some overnight rain. Wore hat to start with but took it off at 1km. Did 2 steady laps of the main lake at Rother Valley. Garmin measured first lap at 3.87km. Total for the run was 6 miles. Slight calf niggles but nothing bad. HR monitor played up at the start and for all of the second lap.

So far the taper is going well – 7m Mon, 6.5m Weds, 6m today 🙂

Distance: 9.79km
Time: 58:32
Avg HR: 145bpm estimated
Avg pace: 5:59min/km
Calories: 606

training run #424

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Wednesday 11 April, 06:02

Cold, 3C with clear skies. Stayed overnight in London for work (Radisson Grafton, Tottenham Court Road), so went for a run around Regents Park. Did 2 laps of the road that circles round the park, and found it was 4.3km per lap. The usual calf niggles, but gradually picked up the pace. A nice easy run, and watched the sun rise over London. Total for the run was 6.5 miles.

Distance: 10.48km
Time: 1:00:03
Avg HR: 141bpm
Avg pace: 5:44 min/km
Calories: 746

training run #423

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Monday 9 April, 06:05

Grey and overcast, 9C. Light rain and drizzle throughout this run, but getting up early on Easter Monday I’m hopefully avoiding heavy rain due in a few hours. My taper for the Manchester marathon starts today, so cutting the usual 8 mile run to 7 miles. That means just two loops of RV. Legs were stiff after Saturdays long run, especially a muscle on my left calf. I can often run at a steady pace from beginning to end, but today I started out quite slow and got gradually faster and faster as my legs eased off. No new problems, just the usual niggles.

Distance: 11.47km
Time: 1:09:03
Avg HR: 139bpm
Avg pace: 6:01 min/km
Calories: 806