Words escape me ..... Shocking ...... thoughts with all those caught up in this madness .......
Dave - yes post your race no. up ...will be great to follow yours & Will's progress on Sunday morning
Treadmill intervals tonight for me. 5 mile session on total - 0.5ml w/up @ 9.20 then 8 x 0.3mls @ 6.40 with a final 0.5ml @ 7.04 to finish.
Will, red start is mainly the charity places with the fast good for age at the front. Blue is ballot & club places with the championship entries and elite at the front. Green is good for age with celebs at the front. Each has numbered pens and the pen number is shown on the race number you pick up at the expo. It'll be based on the time you put down as your estimate when you entered. Bearing in mind that most finishers take more than 4:30, you shouldn't be too far back.
Enjoy the expo - say hi to Dan on the Xempo stand.
Found the letter: my number is 821.
(de-lurking)...Will, I've been off red before with a sub-4 estimated time...I think I was pen 4 or 5, and it took me a couple of minutes (3 max) to cross the line. Didn't really have any problems with congestion, so I expect you'll have no problem. Make sure you give the blues (and greens) a lot of noise when you merge at mile 3
CD - I think I'll give Dan's stand a miss....if I like the look of the next colour up from the blue (no idea what it is) I might be tempted to go for that time which could be foolish
Best of luck to everyone here doing VLM and other marathons....hoping CD's wise words through the campaign help...and you're doing a lot better than I ever did growing up as I never did anything he told me....well kid sisters never do, do they?
Been lurking for a while - best of luck to everyone doing VLM extra, really hopr it goes well.
Finally walking pain free (been 5.5 weeks now), so hoping to run by the end of the week/ next week. I've entered a marathon end of June, which, if i'm running by end of next week, gives me 8 weeks. Reckon this'll be enough? Worried about pushing myself too far too fast, so will see how things go, but pre injury I was up to my 20miler, and have been cross training lots, so unsure how much my fitness will have dropped. Obviously a very personal thing so hard to predict....but is 8 weeks (so 6 really and a taper) enough to get back to where I was?! Any advice would be great!
RWTW - the cross training should have kept your aerobic fitness in check however I reckon it'll be a matter of running on feel to see how the injury reacts.Ideally with 8 weeks to go you would want to get 3 or 4 more 20 milers in before a 3 week taper. However straight back up to that mileage may be too much for the injury and put you back to square 1. You will get a better feel of what is possible after your first few runs.Personally if you have a goal marathon time in mind I would be planning an Autumn Marathon as 8 weeks isn't giving you much time after you injury problems. However if you are content just to finish with no goal time in mind then go for it!
RWTW, at this stage I'd probably view a marathon in 8 weeks as a long training run - as long as you look after your injury you could probably build distance back up fairly quickly if you've been doing lots of cross training, but it's too close to really go for it as an A race. Apart from anything else you want to avoid the temptation to cram in too many 20 milers to make up for the ones you've missed.
OTOH, sometimes the best races happen when you have no expectations and hit the start line with no pressure to perform, so who knows what might happen? The priority is not to rush back in too quickly. Will's long run plan sounds about right, but I'd probably throw in an 18 at easy pace the next week (i.e. 2 weeks out). There's not a lot of point having a 3 week taper if there's not a huge volume to taper from. Two weeks is fine as long as that last long run is nice and easy.
Exciting times Will! Enjoy the whole experience!!
Thanks for the advice. Yeah I think if I do the marathon it would just be to finish it an get the first one under the belt - its in my home town and hilly so not one for a fast time anyway.
Dd,I received my marathon number for Manchester a couple of weeks ago...
Will - stop it..... you're making me hungry! I haven't though much about carb loading when the time comes... must get googling! Have you got your race no. yet so we can track you? (too lazy to read back to see if you have already posted it - sorry)Dd .... a great enforced taper! Frustrating though not even to have access to a treadmill ... still you've the miles in the bank and the rest will stand you in good stead.I did my first tapering LSR tonight instead of Sunday (have a 10k race on Sunday).... 14 miles at avg 8.57 pace with last 4 @ MP. Good run - knee niggle seems to have gone completely *touch wood/everything crossed*
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