Can't wait for this one!
Evening all. Some good running going on! Congrats on your first 20 miler Mervin!
To those of you sweating on injuries, missing runs, feeling you're running slow: don't panic! Nobody says a marathon is supposed to be easy! Enjoy the taper, look after your legs and feet, watch what you eat, and think positive!
Sounds like some of you have got the snow in a big way. Nothing here in South Wales, fortunately, but it's blinking cold.
I ran the Llanelli 20 miler today. First 6 miles were uphill. I say hill, more of a constant, dragging, grinding incline that knocks the stuffing out of your calves! Then it levels out for four miles to the turn around point. So there's another four miles (mostly) flat, then six downhill to jar the knees. Anyway, I finished in 2:50:38, which is about 15 mins faster than I've ever run 20 miles. Felt like there was a little more in the tank, too, which is a good sign for Brighton.
Also, chuffed to discover the race organisers and arranged it so you could swap your race bib for a crepe at the end of the race. Very welcome!
Thanks to those who warned that we may well be feeling slow and tired! I was beginning to worry. But hopefully I have done enough training to be able to run the 26 miles! In only 21 days we shall know for sure
Now I am looking forward to tapering.
Well done everyone for getting out today in the cold. I did 4.5 miles to the gym, 6.3 in the gym, then 4.5 miles back so super chuffed with a total of 18! If I can manage 20 next week then I am set for a taper.
my this thread moved on at a pace well just 8 for me today with 2x 5miles and a 14 on Friday then the mileage drops right off
hat's off to all of you who got out there over the weekend some great runs clocked up welcome to all the newcomers if it's any thing like the last 3 years this thread will be join by a few more yet
MarkD wrote (see)
Sussex runner. It's when you eat cake and pop out for the occasional 4 mile jog;)
It would appear that Ive been tapering for 14 weeks!!
Managed 17 cross country miles in ridiculous conditions. Must have done 6-7 miles wading through knee to waist deep snow. My hip flexors and calfs are shot to bits this morning.
I had aimed to do 22 miles, making it my last big run, but thats now going to have to wait until next weeked.
It means a two week taper but I think I need it for my own confidence.
I dare say the weather this year has put everyones goal back 10 minutes!!!
I do like the sound of these caffeine gels - I am using SIS gels (the non-caffeine ones), I think I will get 1 caffeine one to get me through the last 30 mins (I was going to say 3 miles, but depending how I am getting on that could be anything between 1 mile and 3 miles !!).
Anyone else doing an "old man shuffle walk" today after their long runs yesterday ... very stiff knees today !! My kids think it's very funny, especially up and down the stairs.
More like a wooden leg walk for me.
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