For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Hey Bike it, I am excited for you doing the Comrades. I used to live out there and one of my relatives has done 12 of them. I think he is taking a rain check this year. Running in SA is a different thing altogether, they run mega distances over there and it's so hot too. I ran a half marathon in a small desert town a year or so ago and it was 37c by the time some of the runners were finishing. Fun times though and miss it out there.
Legs feel good after yesterdays Sports massage, for the 1st time in ages I can actually touch my calf muscles and not feel sore.
CL - Yes I am too. I think I am losing my mind with all this in activity, weather has warmed up here and I can't wait to run this evening.
I was just checking the results for Sundays 10k race here in Jersey and for those who read my race report Liz was 6th Lady home! 10th male finished in 37:10 and he is a 60 something year old runner. I guess really fast people never really slow down if they look after themselves.
SD- Good news re glute
The weather forecast is looking ideal at the moment ...
Exhibition safely ticked off this morning - resisted all forms of retail therapy and escaped in 10 minutes. There were a few sick looking people on the tube so I'm now on the First Defence as a precaution ...
More worryingly the right calf has been playing up a bit since Sunday and the periformis is playing up in the left buttock. Hopefully all just taper madness ...
Hey DS2 - make the most of being a square as next time you will be 64. By Guls reckoning at 43 I am in my prime
Jools - I would take todays run as a good sign.
SBD - Yep, it is taper madness time.
7 with 2 to 3 at pmp tonight. Looking forward to it.
Hopefully, I'll be wearing this on the day:
Sounds promising Jools. I really hope it comes together for you on the day.
While you lot are tapering and going mad I'm trying to rebuild my fitness, and since I'll be away all weekend I had to do my long run today. I was foiled in my route plan by the canal path being closed so I had to make it up as I went along. I am so unfit it is unbelievable. The last mile was 9.18. I hope it comes back quickly.
No bargains or freebies FINgers?
Jools: So is sub 3 at VLM on? Didn't realise you were going to be at Lochaber, may have seen you without realising. There was good support out on the course especially from a group of four shouting like eejits. How did your friend do?
Speedy: Have patience, your fitness will return within a week or two and there is five weeks to Edinburgh, you'll probably only need a very short taper as well, poss 10 ten days or so.
Notice that the taper is causing the usual madness and worrying to many, not long now.
Seem to have recovered fairly quickly this time and am about to head out on a short recovery run. The on the day problems with my stomach and hamstrings/glutes were gone by Monday AM. Sense has also deserted me as I'm already contemplating running it again next year.
surprised your still going that far Fraser...
Jools - Fingers crossed for you, but I'd say there's cause for optimism there.
Good luck to all VLMers with staying sane, healthy and niggle-free.
I did 14 miles today. I was going to do 16-18 but then as the day dawned sunny and hot I saw the error of my ways...I'm only 11 days out from my big day, after all. I did the first 10k too fast, in retrospect (46:14) and then I started to feel the heat (22ºC today!!) and that peculiar taper time haven't-I-done-enough-already CNBA feeling. So although keeping up a decent rhythm and form, the head was not really in it, and it was a bit grim towards the end. Anyway, av. 7:28mm, so reasonable result. Now the focus is going to be on rest and recovery - freshness and how to get it back being the key thing.
Note to self: listen to your bleedin' body, will you?
Fraser and Speedy - glad to hear you're on the way back!
Good restraint there Ant.
Know what you mean Lorenzo- I'm cursed with a sitting down job which I think is bad for my hip and back problems.
Rest day here
Bike It - Couldn't agree more about the importance of a mattress/bed in decent condition. I had problems with my hips and what was probably pubalgia for months, and I think finally getting to change the mattress for a new one was key in my recovery and/or partly responsible for the injury nagging away at me for so long.
5K for me tonight along the seafront, very pleasant conditions albeit windy. Easy pace (8:10) and the legs felt great after the sports massage yesterday. If only had know what the problem was with my calf muscles before but hey, better now than having left it. Getting really amped now for Sunday and can't wait! Busy organising travel arrangements from airport to excel and then on to Fulham where I am staying and then from there to Blackheath station and the start.
Nice one Ant, good run and great pace!
Expo done and dusted SBD & Lorenzo, I am envious! Like the photo of your number.
Any predicitions for the winners of the Elite races??
Action photo of Liz & I just before the finish of 10k race on Sunday. Doesn't she look happy!
See you all at VLM- this will be the look
-and I'm not even going to London- it's all for you guys!
What have you gone and caught Jools? If you feel unsafe, you could join me at Stratford the week after London. No kissing though. That's reserved for other wimmin.
Shock news. I am patenting the Blisters Special Training Plan. Be Marathon ready in 2 weeks, including a taper. This should be funny for the spectators.
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