Thank you so much. We all did our best!
To many amazing times to post but as you say LO65 we all did out bit it was a special day.
I have decided NOT to enter the ballot, I may do a spring marathon next year but if I do think it will be Edinburgh, my wife has always wanted to go plus I have no idea how I will feel after my Feb challenge.
Autumn marathon. Anyone thinking of one see Chester been mentioned. The other side of the country mablethorpe is fast and flat so may do it
I am doing Chester! Windermere next month though.
I followed your advice Susan, I run 11 minte miles on long runs and never do more than 30 miles in training. I start off a marathon slowly and never get out of my comfort zone. Only manage just under an hour for 10k these days! Hence my absence from this forum!
I would love sub 4 hours!! HOW
Not sure about splits I think my miles were all about the same except for last mile which was very fast(for me). Never felt tired and was able to run next day
So with some proper training I could probably get nearer 4 hours?
I always felt as though I was too slow for this forum but you have been lovely and made me feel one of the gang!
GFA for me at 66 /67 is 5hrs 30. So 4.19 is great
Well done Susan (again!!) and Ikle on Brighton....Ah sorry you had to pull out!
LO65 - quite inspirational... well done!
AH - shame you couldn't be at the RR10 tonight, it was great.... very busy, and much better than last year's opener...
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bless you LO 65 sounds perfect, so did you do a negative split? Do you get AMA ..amazing for age? Or AOFA absolutely outstanding for age? I will aim to keep running like you. Fantastic.. Will have to try a bit harder to keep up with your times ! Brilliant Susan!
LO65,you are a legend. It sounds like your training is really suiting you, so think hard about how to change it. 'Training harder' might lead to injury, so be cautious and conservative. How marvellous to have such a comfortable run. Would you want to swap it for a less comfortable sub 4? I suppose as runners, we'd all prob say yes!
Sorry - don't know why all of that looks as if it's in quotes.
Agree with FRC re resting at least 4 weeks post mara. Rest doesn't have to mean sitting on your bum for four weeks. But very little running at first and certainly no running if you don't fancy it, some swimming, cycling/non-impact stuff. No efforts for a month. Just because you're not stiff or achey doesn't mean there isn't carnage inside your muscles and joints. Your adrenal system takes a pounding and even your central nervous system needs to recover! Give yourself a good rest and you'll be raring to go when you do return. All that fitness doesn't go anywhere. For two weeks it's fairly stable, but does start to dribble away after two weeks. But think how fit you are in the first place! Even with four weeks off and a good recovery you're in better nick than you were four months ago!
Just doing final preps for big swim tomorrow at Guildford Lido. I'm in a team of 4 doing 24 miles in 24 hours. Other nutters are doing it solo. Lots of friends going - so should be fun, even if the temp is going to plummet and we're going back to winter. The pool is a balmy 19degC... not brilliant for swimming in the middle of the night in for the 24 mile swimmers. Can't imagine anything worse...
Am still nervous though.
Talking about carnage... here's some of the MRI report of my knee:
"Findings:The anterior cruciate ligament is deficient and there is anterior translation of the tibia on the femur. The posterior cruciate ligament is intact.There is extensive tear of the medial meniscus. The anterior horn is truncated, consistent with a radial tear and there is extension through the body of the meniscus into a horizontal tear of the posterior horn, with partial extrusion of the body of the meniscus into the medial gutter of the joint.The medial collateral ligament is thickened, consistent with chronic grade 2 strain. The meniscofemoral portion of the deep medial collateral ligament is torn and retracted, surrounded by fluid on the undersurface of the superficial MCL.The lateral meniscus is intact. The posterior cruciate ligament is intact.The proximal attachment of the fibular collateral ligament is thickened and irregular,suggesting a chronic incomplete tear. The biceps insertion is intact.The extensor mechanism is intact. There is mild retropatellar chondromalacia in the medial facet.Small joint effusion is noted."
Wow AH 24hours swimming? knee doesn't sound good.
AH Definitely something in that for LO65. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Was reading about Alberto Salazar (uber runner in his time, won NY 3 times, Boston and Comrades) and now of course coach to Mo. He got stuck in silly mileage weeks 80, 100 and 120 even 200 miles per week which then seriously affected his immune system and pretty much broke his body in 1980s. Yet in one of his books, he now recommends very slow running and gradual build over a year to 20/30 minute runs.
Also think of Ed Whitlock 81 years old and doing a sub 3:30 marathon. He runs a couple hours a day very slowly. Only races in the actual marathon, no intervals, speedwork.
Conversely, I had a league race 3 days after VLM last night, legs in surprisingly good nick.
Okay, shoot me. 4 miles in 26 minutes. It was last league race of the season/
AH how do you feel about that report??
Thank you all for that input! I think running 4.19 in a marathon at 66 and feeling comfy should be enough.
ooh... too much to read in one go!
I'll have to hide at work later and go through it all...
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