AuldManKing wrote: »
That's a terrific race, Sean, matched by a great report.Why would you be thinking of giving up Marathons? Given the exceptional year you have had across all distances, do you not think there's an equally better performance later in '15 or through '16??
I'm lucky, or unlucky, in that I have a range of interests. Unfortunately I find it hard to focus on more than one thing at a time. I love marathon running, but I do have some other things I want to achieve, and I know if I put the same effort elsewhere the results will be equally satisfying. Also, my other interests (e.g. woodwork) are more tolerant of interruptions, you can leave them for a week or two if life gets in the way, but the marathon training is relentless, more in a mentally draining than physical way. I'd have to say I'm probably nearing the point of diminishing returns now as well.I know I'll see you during the week, but just some q's while they are fresh in my mind;
(1) Was the hydration situation a hinderence in Rotterdam? (My choice in '16 is Manchester or Rotterdam- hydration could be the deal breaker)
I think I got enough water in - although it was a sunny day it wasn't too warm. I was careful to hydrate well (with electrolyte drink as well as water) for the two days before the race, and as I mentioned in my report I had an emergency loo stop just before the start so I was definitely well topped up. I didn't drink on any of my training runs apart from a few Hydrogels just for practice. I actually did manage to get a good drink at one of the stations so there's obviously a knack to the sponge in cup thing, but I felt I was losing a bit of momentum at each station, which is something I haven't experienced before. My previous 9 marathons all had bottled water.(2) What was your average weekly mileage?
I'll do a detailed analysis on the Hansons thread in a week or two, but I'm guessing 55-60, max 70ish.(3) Compared to P&D - how was the Hanson plan? - Do you think Hanson would suit anyone or only those who are already aerobically strong?
I liked the simplicity of Hanson. Hanson had about twice as many MP miles, 15 sessions over the 15 weeks, which was part of the attraction. I found the midweek medium long run very tough in P & D, but despite the tired legs I always managed the Hanson Thursday MP run at target pace. That's not to knock P&D, it got me to 2:58 in Cork and I actually felt in 2:55 shape on that occasion. Also, having followed P&D followed by another marathon cycle, I was in good shape starting into Hanson, perhaps a Hanson cycle followed by P & D would be equally successful. I think it would be important to be in good shape at the start, but I'd be surprised if it didn't bring big improvements in fitness. I ran Cork (2:58) and Dublin (2:55) around 172 bpm, Rotterdam (2:48) was around 160 bpm. I almost replaced my HRM during the training as it always seemed to be reading too low for the paces I was achieving, but then I realised my breathing felt easier too and it was just the legs that were the limiting factor.(4) Having known you for a few years, I'd say this is one of the best spells of running you've had - what do you put that down to?
Well I've trained consistently for about 18 months now. The core training and rehab (with thanks to Aidan Woods) really paid off though it took a long time to see improvements. I took a fairly relaxed approach to this cycle - I knew the plan was a gamble so I approached it in the spirit of a scientific experiment. Apart from 2 races, I followed it to the letter. Also I got lucky, no falls or illness this time round.
Another factor was doing a lot of what I'll call "personal development" work over the last number of years. Our mutual employer provides a lot of resources in this area which many people are not aware of, and even fewer take full advantage of. it's a huge area, but the most important things would be goal setting and eliminating limiting beliefs.(5) What was your toughest session in this training cycle.
I found the speed intervals hard. They always totaled 3 miles, so 12 x 400m wasn't too bad, but 3 x 1600 at the same pace (actually I couldn't hit the pace) was a real sickener. I was much more comfortable when the speed phase transitioned to strength work.(6) You never mentioned your affinity for chocolate deserts at 12:45pm?
Well done again. Inspiring stuff.
Thanks!. Yes, I have always had a fierce sweet tooth. I changed the diet a bit over the last year or more, I've dramatically increased the amount of fat and protein I eat. I have a fry for breakfast most days, I've ditched the spreads in favour of real butter, and I snack on nuts. I do keep some dark chocolate in the desk drawer, and I go for the sugary snacks after a session, but I'm less hungry and in fact I find some things that I'd previously devoured taste sickly sweet now. But yes, I like a nice dessert. I even have them at 12:45 am on occasion - I'm a divil for the early morning commando raids on the kitchen.
overpronator wrote: »
Report from London is here
aero2k wrote: »
My DCM race report is here. it's very long, I hadn't time to write a short one:).
Firedance wrote: »
aero, you're gonna have to stop making people cry am very glad I read that before I sent in my nomination for race report of the year, if you really are retiring from marathon running, writing is surely your next exploit
Ososlo wrote: »
yes yes yes! I had a very melancholy soundtrack playing in the background when I was reading it. Suffices to say, I'm glad I was at home alone reading it!
Another epic report aero. Congratulations on your race. I'm sure both your parents would have been very proud of you. I really can't wait to do DCM again after reading that. You really captured the essence of how special an event it really is.
RacoonQueen wrote: »
Ah Sean, fab report.
RacoonQueen wrote: »
I saw you at your last marathon.
RacoonQueen wrote: »
Last marathon...yeah right.
BeepBeep67 wrote: »
Just had a proper read over the weekend, well done on a fab performance. Would have congratulated you in person in McGrattan's if I had let you get a word in
Wubble Wubble wrote:
I'd passed the 4th & 5th UM placers at some stage. Some going from all of them!!
Wubble Wubble wrote:
I only found out the actual Ultra start location as I was coming up to the finish; I just assumed it was the other side of Peacocke's.