Hi Kaffeeg difficult decision for you I am sure, I am struggling with the same decision, don't really want to defer, but the sensible me is saying that I am so behind on the training ie long runs. I really want to do london again, but I want to do it feeling confident and injury-free and at the moment not feeling confident at all. My back/sciatica is much better but still not completely right. And we had a real dumping of snow here and everywhere is really icy. If I decide to defer will do a few 10ks then Cardiff half hopefully boosting my confidence again. Such a difficult thing to decide, I was so excited when I heard I had got in again but everything has gone slightly pear-shaped and in a real pickle as to what to do.
dejected jazz hand waves to anyone around
You all ok -
Bigeater - I would say better be safe than sorry - don't run! If you really feel you have to, then try a walk (to warm up - difficult in these weather conditions, I know!) and if it feels okay try a very gentle jog. Only if that still feel absolutely 100% fine then run further. Don't set off hell for leather hoping its okay - just not worth it. And yes - lots of lovely stretching afterwards when your muscles are already warmed up.
That may just be me being overly cautious - its what I would do if it were me!
6 miles for me this morning - roads are mostly clear now so I didn't bother with the Icebiters. Managed to find a few slippy bits, just to get the heart rate up! Felt hard though, and my legs were tired. Not sure if its 1. the cold & snow taking their toll, 2. my legs finally realising we ARE marathon training and its hard work, 3. A longer than I'm used to mid-week run, or 4. Just me struggling in the cold. Was trying not to panic as I laboured up the hill back home, thinking "I'm only on week 8 of an 18 week plan!!!"
Actually, I'm trying not to think about Friday's 14 miler. Last year, when injury totally messed up my training, my longest run/walk in training was 14 miles, and I still remember how hard it was. Admittedly it was a boiling hot day, and I'd hardly run for weeks, but still the fear of how it felt is there. Definitely a ghost that needs exorcising on Friday. Anyone have any bright ideas of how I can give myself a confirdence boost before then? Thank you
kaffeeg - hope you get out running soon, before more snow arrives!
Pip - how's the snow by you? And how's the sciatica?
Mick - waves hello!
Kiwi - doffs cap respectfully How's your training going?
How are you doing Pip.What have you decided ???
Hi well still not sure what I am doing but sooo behind on runs now, this weekend we had thunder,lightening, huge hailstones and gale force winds !!!! going to run on thursday as I have the day off. Seem to be pain free at the moment so that is good Mr pippity thinks I should defer till next year and have a real bash at it then soooo want to do it again and do it un-injured and well prepared. But am really still undecided.
Hi Pip. Mr Pippity is probably right. If you are struggling with injuries ( or even the fact it is ok at the moment, but there is a weakness there) and your enthusiasm levels are not quite there !! deferring is an option, It is your decision. If at this stage you are not totally happy it is worth the thought of deferring . But you have to think about this. Do you honestly think you can run as comfortably as you can over the distance ? You have done it before so in some way the pressure is off because you know you can do it. But if the competitive side comes out and you want to run faster , this is where you may have to rethink. Same old story. If you just want to get round, fine. That is no problem. But if you are hell bent in improving your time, May be have a rethink.
Please let me know what you want to do Pip, and we are here to help.
Nothing wrong with deferring and going in with a renewed body and mind structure if it helps. Don't forget, whatever you decide to do. No one is there to judge you and you will be supported in whatever. I could give you all the advice under the sun, but it is a really good idea to listen to other people who are , or have been, in the same situation and take on board their advice also. We can all learn from this. I personally think also that your body is the best judge of this and it does not lie to you. Your thoughts can often overide what you should really do. If you are not happy perhaps don't do it. . You have already run a marathon Pip. So the box has been ticked. You have 11 weeks to go. Still enough time, but if you think you can have a better go next year with longer to prepare this could be a good move.
I will honestly say this to you. If I was struggling with an injury now,or any other thoughts, I think I would know if I would be happy to run. I have had close scares nearer the day with knocks at work and the likes , but deep down known it would be ok. But it is a brave and sensible decision to pull out earlier , rather than later. I think it is actually better to make that decision now. If you get to the month before and felt you could have run, compared to not making that decision and committing yourself and find you are too far down the road and it is too late and you can't !!! then the first situation is far more easily accepted and the latter a little scary. The uncertainty will also add to a stressful situation pre-marathon which is a big negative especially as you get closer to the marathon !!
For a marathon you should be stress, illness and injury free.
Let me know what you decide Pip.
Hi Black and Tabby. Was your loss of confidence anything to do with trying to go out too early and emulate what you had just done, or thinking you can't do it again or whatever !! I am interested as normally a break through run like this where your confidence is on a high is a great tonic !! Maybe we can sort it out
Talk to me !!
Ran yesterday and today after probably about 3 weeks not running !! really enjoyed it and realised how much I have missed it and why I love it so much. Just me, no phone, no one else just me ! thank you for your wise words Kiwi... got all emotional when I read it. Well done Black and Tabby and bigeater you are doing brilliantly
Black and Tabby I have that book, going to dig it out.... definately agree with you about wanting to do better, having something to prove, especially to myself !
Kiwi so how did you do in Bath....... pretty whizzy I expect
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