Asics Target 26.2 - Previously lardy girl goes for a Boston Qualifier
Glad you like the calculator … it’s fab isn’t it! I hate details and spreadsheets … except when they’re full of my running data – then I can’t get enough of them! I’ve found the calculator fairly good although it reckoned last year that I shouldn’t have been able to get my half marathon time from my 5k time … just goes to show there’s a bit of wiggle room!
Oh how irritating about missing the GFA by 8 seconds – argh!! Well you’ll have to nail it this year and then I’ll see you at London next year as we’ll both have a GFA!! (Fingers most firmly crossed!!)
I’m just going to stick to the 7:55 – 8 min/mile pace this marathon and try to nail this Boston Qualifier. I don’t want to try to go any faster and have the wheels fall off and end up dragging in on the sweeper lorry …! If I feel strong in the last few miles (does that HAPPEN in a marathon ever?!) then I might up the pace then but I’m going to stay as consistent as possible for this one.
Hope it eases off. Keep us updated...
RRR - just looking in to check no bizzare calamities have hit you this week. Not locked in car park...check. Not chased by wildfowl...check. No run ins with cyclists...check. So nothing bizarre but damn, something completely mundane - those pesky cold germs have got you! Can't believe you've been struck twice in one training campaign.
I hate colds - I mean I really hate them. Just hope it's a short one for you. It should be, you are as fit as anything so your body should be up to the fight. At least you are in taper so no need to worry about missing those easy runs. As Steve says, better to have it now and get it over with.
If there's one thing I do like about a cold it's that after it's out the system, bizarrely I always feel quite energised. So rest up well and look forward to that final build up towards the big one - which, by the way, you are going to completely destroy!
Its a calf injury to be precise steve.
Derrick - that's really bad luck, do you think you have torn it? Personally I'd put ice on it as opposed to heat. If there's a tear, no matter how big, then ice will help reduce any swelling and aid the healing process.
Derrick - I'm not a physio so I'm just going off experience and what I've been told or read. An acute injury like that, where you feel something go, is most likely to be a muscle or tendon strain. They can be accompanied by a muscle spasm which sounds like what you're describing. The fact that it was slight (as opposed to severe) pain would suggest that it was a minor strain.
R.I.C.E. is the first thing to go for. Maybe see how it is over the next day or so. If the pain eases then you can avoid the cost of a physio visit. But ideally see a physio so you get a correct diagnosis.
Derrick, maybe that spot you felt was a bit of tightness that hasn't eased up and instead has torn under stress?
Sarah O is the one with the medical credentials, what do you reckon Sarah?
If Ruth lets you have 1 Creme Egg over Easter than have this one.
Hope tapering is going well.
Yes Tough Mudder is the one with the fire, ice and the electric shocks. It was a good giggle and I chatted the whole way around although I kept my mouth shut during the very muddy parts! J It was good fun but I think every single person was bleeding by the end. I did it in May, although I think ‘proper’ cross country races are during the winter. Seems a bit sadistic though mixing ice and mud!
How’s the calf feeling now? Nope … no running for the last week. Have been feeling exhausted and just absolutely worn out … have antibiotics now so hopefully that’ll start making me feel a bit better.
No duck maulings, attempts on life by cyclists or weather disasters so far this week … but unfortunately also no running! Stupid sinusitis … have been prescribed antibiotics … again!! Grrr at winter weather and colds! I’m definitely hoping that I get the energised feeling afterwards that you described … at least I’ll get a nice easy taper I guess! J
How’s the TR24 training coming along?
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