Follow Wotsit as she embarks on her sub-4:30 FLM campaign (Mentor: Nick Anderson)
If it's a sunny Sunday, we might make it a family day out to Brighton.....
Docklands supporters groups are at mile 17 - think may well send Dave and the kids there as at least there'd be people to chat to and stuff to keep the kids from getting bored.... I reckon for supporters, the Embankment (mile 22/23/24) would be most fun?or somewhere just after Tower Bridge mile 13/14?
the 6 mins would be a post kids PB! Pre-kids I did 4h27 and even with perfect conditions, am not sure that is achievable?
Cannot really focus too much on the time thing - last year I ran 4h40in Essex and had a nightmare - v hot day and walked a lot towards the end. The year before in London, conditions were perfect - I ran the whole way and was v pleased with self. And I also ran 4h40! I think it's partly in my head, and partly the sheer congestion at London? gah!
Tatty/Wotsit - all good? any running?
Full of cold here, so little running this end of the week, but gloriously it is now the holidays and the kids are off to Grandma's tomorrow afternoon to stay for the week. Yes, really. The whole week. Well, until Friday lunchtime when we join them, but I'm not complaining Am very much looking forward to just rocking in from work and not having to run around after anyone. And being able to run when I want because there are no students and therefore no set times for anything at work. Marvellous.
Tatty - I am so sorry, that is really sad news. Not that it goes any way towards helping, but you have a big fertility bounceback after a miscarriage and lots of people (including me, when I had the small boy) get pregnant straight after having one. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Its a hard time, so I'm glad to hear you have run. God knows how I would have survived this year without being able to get out running.
Yes, muscles have memory. Don't forget that a) you have been ill b) your body has had a trauma and c) so has your mind. Be gentle on yourself for a bit. I have been so stressed recently that my running has been doubly hard, just running with the addition of an already high heart rate and tense shoulders. It does make a huge difference.
Don't start me off about London congestion
Abs - my favourite places as a supporter are around canary wharf, where it almost doubles back on itself, so you can whip across and see runners at mile 15 and 19? Something like that... its a long time! I always love the embankment supporters. They've done a lotfor my morale in that home straight.
Gladrags - I sense a spring full of PBs
did something a bit daft tihs morning. forgot to take my daily meds before going to kingston (I usually double the dose for runs over 13 mlies) - so was worried about how i would cope from the beginning. (meds are steroids as have a dodgy adrenal gland)
i thought it was lack of motivation when i kept stopping to walk - but actually, at the end of the race i was very unwell. some kind soul encouraged me to jog the last half mile - aren't runners great. but i was really disorientated by the end. actually could not speak to her other than to grint "thanks" - everything ached and my head was spinning.
somehow managed to drive home and then have spent the afternoon in bed being ill.
if this is solely due to not taking meds then ok -chalk it up to experience. but not a good last long run before VLM.....
going to take it easy for a couple of days to get bakc to full strength. then i need some confidence building activities for the next 3 weeks...... thoughts?
sorry v self focused - brilliant running Abs - fingers crossed for Brighton. and well done Tatty - we all have to start somewhere?
losing kids for a week sounds good. we are all trouping up to cheshire for easter weekend - if only i could opt out!
Hope you have a lovely weekend Tatty - think a weekend focusing on coupley things is good for the soul! We have one planned in early May and I can't wait!
Taper plan is now radically different from in previous years - this is all about getting my confidence back and making sure I'm on tip top form to do this. Aiming for a 90 minute enjoyable run this weekend to remind me why I do this!
Everyone ok? Abs - what's the latest?
I even got a notification that you had! Hurrah!
Tatty - have a wonderful time away
Abs- have fun camping? Hope your weather is better than ours.
We are watching Man vs Food. Hysterical!
afternoon ladies! - am a much happier gladrags today. I ran a very happy 12 miler - actually felt at the end of it that I could do it again without too many issues - was fully dosed up this time and everything felt fine.
Abs - I do think it's a double-edged thing, being an experienced marathoner? knowing the enormity of what you're trying to do means that self-doubt is far worse than when we were shiny novices? i have always spouted to people that long distance running is at least 50% mental, but had not realised quite how true that was until recently.
I have had some bad runs recently. dwelling on them really impacted my self confidence. try looking back over your entire training diary - we have some serious miles banked here which cannot be eroded by a few dodgy runs. we. can. do. this. [determined emoticon]
and happy easter! - hope everyone had a chocolate laden day!
ooohhhh - getting excited Abs? Saw your number on facebook - all very real now? What's the weather forecast - bit cooler than last year hopefully? think chocolate is actually a required taper food?
sounds like a great idea to build a holiday around the marathon? lots of great things to do for kids in brighton - are you down there already? have lost track!!
all good here - had big package arrive from the Royal Marsden yesterday- t-shirts and these cardboard clapper things for the kids to shake - everyone v excited (M less so about the t-shirt as it is enromous and he doesn't fancy copying his sister and wearing it as a dress with leggings!!)
am rubbish with FB links!!! it's www.justgiving.com/sallyayling if you did want to sponsor me..... are you raising money this year if so will need your link thing too?
think a taper woudln't be a taper without some phatom aches and pains?! there's someone on the support group 1 thread who has sudden shin pain - realistically it is very unlikely to be something disastrous at this stage? Bit of TLC for your foot and hopefully it will recover? i always seem to go through lots of ibuprofen gel in the last few days - massaging it into all those twinges!
hoping to run home tonight - 7 miles - and then it can be 3 or 4 milers from then on in - are you running any more Abs or is that it? cannot believe that it is suddenly so close? think my new job has helped kill some of the dead time in the last month that normally has me all jittery....
Oooh - I am so excited for you both And not a tiny bit gutted that you're both getting such glorious cool weather. It is SO unfair! (*stomps feet a bit*) It does undoubtedly mean that you both have to blow away last years' marathon times so I can entriely put my performance down to the high temps and ride on your coat tails, yes?
Its the first Worcester marathon here on Sunday and a mate is running it. He only discovered about gels and actually drinking when running after his longest 24m run. Numpty.
glad you had a good break Tatty - sounds great!
managed to run about 4.5 miles towards home last night when i got caught in heavy rain. decided to plough on as i'd have to on the 22nd.... but then these enormous hailstones came down so decided enough was enough! phoned d to come and get me - and he was about a hundred yards away! He'd seen the black sky and had jumped in the car with the kids. - was a very grateful (if rather bedraggled) Gladrags!
Where's Abs? Hopefully managing to keep her mind off it somewhere?
am reeeeeeeally hoping that this cooler weather holds. and to be honest - if it rains, that is not a disaster for me - my second best marathon and half times were both achieved in heavy rain..... (wotsit - am completely happy for you to claim my time as yours - this forum has been a major parft in me carrying on with all this nonsense!!)
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