As a runner whose main ambition is the marathon, I really only have one chance to perform each year – and last year did not go well. After a series of increasingly strong performances (2:53 in 2015, 2:46 in 2016, 2:44 in 2017), I hit the Championship Start at the London Marathon, and it all went wrong. An attempt at going under 2:40 on a warm day with blue skies, when I possibly wasn’t as fit as I thought I was, left me in a world of pain less than half way in and a performance I was far from happy with.
This year I felt much more confident going in for two reasons. My form was exactly where I wanted it to be. After only going sub seventeen for the 5K for the first time last year immediately before the marathon, I’d run under the mark three times in a month this year. I’d lowered my 10K PB and gone under 34 minutes for the first time. I’d run a strong half marathon on the tough Liversedge course. My training and long runs had gone well, and a week prior to race day I went out and ran 10 miles at 6:03 – under race pace (6 minutes and 6 seconds would be exactly sub 2:40 and no more) and it felt easy. Secondly – the weather report in the run up was for cold temperatures and an overcast day. Bliss. Continue reading
Eagle eyed readers will notice I haven’t posted for a while. There’s various reasons for this, a combination of life getting in the way (in particular a wedding to organise…) and a series of hackers getting in to the Allez Goose website routed through servers in every imaginable location across the globe.
But in the meantime I have been getting on with things. I’ll write more about this at a later date, but after running London last year I’ll be targeting the Manchester Marathon again in the spring. This means that at the time of the race I’m writing about today, the Dewsbury 10K, I was at the end of eleven weeks out of twenty weeks of training for Manchester – and feeling good.
I’ve had several good outings at the Dewsbury 10K – 34:49 on a long course in 2017 and 34:23 on a proper course last year. It’s a fast course, straight out of Dewsbury on the road towards Batley on a steady incline, a bit steeper in the third mile, and then back down to the start. It’s a race which also attracts a strong club field – my 34:23 last year was only good enough for 25th. Continue reading
It’s the biggest marathon in the UK. Some might say the biggest marathon in the world. The London Marathon went off with a bang last week, and my legs have just about recovered, so it’s time to look back and see what happened in my race.
I’d approached the final run in to race week with strong designs on a 2:43 or lower marathon. The closer I got to race day, and when other spring marathon results meant I still held the club record, the more I looked at sub 2:40 as the target.