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Marathon Training: Final Big Run

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After trying to do this last week (got to Hyde Park and my legs were dead), I decided to give my Edgware to Hyde Park and back run another go for my final big run.

The run out to Hyde Park went well. Managed to maintain an average pace of 5:36 per kilometre. The return run was painfully slow though. So I averaged at 6:03 for the whole run. I need to get that under 5:40 and add another 10km to the end on race day if I’m going to get under 4 hours for the marathon.

At the start line; the glamorous McDonald’s Stanmore at the top of the A5.

Half way point after 90 minutes at sone fancy Roman statue…

Which looks so much more impressive without my ugly face. 

Half time treats on a warm spring day at Hyde Park Corner.

Back at the finish line complete with farmer’s tan, stains and very painful ankles!

Those final splits were rotten! Got through the run without injury though. Two weeks till race day now, so time to recover and get strong for race day.

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Marathon Training: Hyde Park Run

So here’s the latest in my efforts to raise money for the White Lodge Centre.

www.justgiving.co.uk/andydavismarathon

As part of my marathon training, here’s a run I’ve been trying out. The A5 runs from Edgware to Hyde Park in Central London, and it’s pretty much bang on 10 miles.

Can’t say that the view along the way from Edgware is overly photogenic, unless you’re into retail parks and dual carriageways. Very satisfying when you arrive in central though!

This massive horse head greets you as you arrive at the park.

The eponymous Marble Arch…

Met one of the jolly locals…

Got this shot of Wellington Arch at the turnaround point near Hyde Park corner, the second time I did the run. Then it’s all the way back to sunny Edgware…

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New Half Marathon PB

I woke up on a sunny October Saturday morning, with the best of intentions. That intention was to do the patent Park Run – Brockwell Park 5k run. However, my rushed scramble to the park on my bicycle at 8:50am took me down a wrong road and I ended up finding myself on the way to the Heart Of Darkness (aka Camberwell). So I turned back, realising that if I corrected my route, I would get to Brockwell Park too late to do the Park Run. Dejected, I headed to my Sainsbury’s Local to pick up some morning snacks.
Back at the flat, my combined guilt of missing the inaugural Saturday morning 5k, and the knowledge that I was 20km short of hitting my monthly running targets (link) made me realise that it might be a good idea to do a half marathon. So, impulsively, after a bowl of grim, hot, sludgy porridge, I started planning a route. Starting in Brixton, I would shoot down to Clapham Common and swing by Battersea Park. Then I would head over the river via Chelsea Bridge. Knightsbridge would get me to Hyde Park. Then I’d cross the Serpentine and head down to Hyde Park Corner and head towards Victoria via Green Park. Victoria would lead me to Vauxhall Bridge, then I could get back to Brixton via Stockwell. So here’s how it went…
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I started out going slightly the wrong way, by taking the Stockwell Road, instead of the road to Clapham via Clapham Park. Also, on the way back, I totally missed the turning for Vauxhall Bridge. That meant that I came back via Chelsea Bridge, which added an extra 2km to the route:
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I didn’t totally thrash the route, and there was a lot of both human and vehicular traffic, but somehow, I did manage to get my pb for the half marathon. Very probably down to all the Sweatshop Running Club 8km runs, which have given me a bit more of a competitive pace.
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My 21km time came out at 1:55:07
22km was 2:01:11
So from those figures, I calculated my half marathon time (estimated time for 21.097km) as being 1:55:42, which is almost two minutes under by personal best. Here’s hoping I can get it under 1:50, but that seems long way off.

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Fading

One big tendency I have towards the end of a competitive run is to fade towards the end. Whilst heading to smash my half marathon personal best at the Great North Run 2013, I dropped off in the last 2km, and barely managed to squeeze in at 1:57:02. I did the same thing when I ran the Brathay marathon in 2010. Reaching the last two miles, all my momentum dropped off, and I was horrified to find that I was being overtaken by Scooby Doo. Well, after last night’s run at SRC Clapham, I’m clearly up to my old tricks again! Don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to bring it home.

Here is the route we did:
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A really decent route, starting in Clapham, over Vauxhall Bridge. Along Chelsea Embankment, running back over Chelsea Bridge. Passing Battersea Park on the way back to Clapham. The result wasn’t too bad, with me managing to nail a 4:55 split:

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Even though that’s really not a bad time for me, the reality is that the last 1km was a complete mess…

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No idea why I seem to drop off! 8km is not even a particularly tough distance, but it must be my limit at these kind of paces.

Oh, and here’s one more pic of SRC runners about to pig out at the Chicago Rib Shack in Clapham, after a similarly gruelling run. Great night, Sweatshop Derek!

Chicago Rib Shack

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