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3:24 - 5/102
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21:29 - 465/2200, 27/152 AG
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1:49:52 - 6/97, 1/19 AG
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1:59:57 - 6/105, 1/19 AG
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3:07 1/157
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9:06 107/314
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13:09 103/703
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Half Marathon PB + Marathon GFA !!!
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:11 pm iainm
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I keep touching wood as the last month has really gone remarkably well - way above my expectations with some great results. It's hard to be sure why, but it's certainly welcome.

Brighton Half Marathon - 1:24:11 - 158/8049 Overall, 14/581 AG
This really couldn't have gone any better, as it was a huge PB by 1m16s from my time at the same race in 2012. I didn't taper, other than taking the day before off and I'd run 87km in total in the week leading up to the race. On top of that, on the day there was a reasonable wind blowing. With that in mind, I decided to try and start slightly faster than my goal pace (in my mind, I was thinking of something around 1:26-1:27), so that when I reached the turn near Roedean and came back into the wind I'd be slightly ahead. But it turned out that I never really slowed down: I tucked in and drafted to the Hove Lagoon and then enjoyed the tailwind on the final 3 miles home. Yes I could have probably gone under 1:24, but hey, a PB is a PB, so delighted with that.



Thames Meander Marathon - 3:16:31 - 15/238 Overall, 5/35 AG
I'd entered this race because I'm only getting back from Australia 48 hours before the London Marathon and thought that was too much of a risk to my hitting the GFA time. I thought I might be a little undercooked - my longest run before this was 28km/2h30 and typically I'd run 3-5 x 3hr runs in my marathon prep. On the other hand I'd managed 3:22 last year in the middle of ultra training, so I set out with 3:18 in mind prepared to miss 3:20 if I faded after 22 miles. But I needn't have worried. Even though the trail was variable underfoot, with some muddy puddles and some 'meandering' along the trail to avoid pedestrians/dog walkers etc, I felt completely comfortable all the way. Again I really surprised myself, but delighted to log my 3rd fastest (of 20) marathon and now stoked up to try and set a PB at London.



Why?
Why have I managed to set a half PB without tapering for it and with a high volume going into the race? Any why did I manage a fast marathon without putting as many miles as normal? Any or all of these could be possible reasons:
1. Experience - I might be older, but I'm more experienced. That informs my training, my resting, my nutrition and preparation.
2. Weight - I'm around 2kg lighter than most of my racing career. That's apparently worth about 2mins over a half and 4mins over a marathon
3. Altitude - There were two weeks after my last trip to the Alps and the half, but I did run 100k at 1600m or higher in the 7 weeks before. That might have helped?
4. Gait - Since the physio advice I had after my knee injury at the CCC last year, and followed up by 3D analysis at Profeet, I have really focussed on hip mobility in my core work and translating that into my running style. I'm engaging my glutes more and lifting my knees more (I think) - it could be that I'm more efficient overall.



Whatever the reason, I'm super-happy about it and I'm now (jet lag not withstanding) going to go for a fast PB - maybe try for sub 3:10 at London. Who knows how that will go, but I don't have anything to lose! Nice position to be in.
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About Iain
 
I'm a 50 year old triathlete and runner, competing since 1992. I have competed in 116 triathlons and 19 marathons (including 6 ultras). I am supported by Profeet - sports footwear and orthotics specialists.
20167Goals
 
- GFA time at VLM
- Qualify for World Triathlon Champs
- AG podium local tris
- Stay under 76kg





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