I managed a fairly relaxed Rome on Sunday. Jogging through to km 37ish, started to struggle by 38 only, got to 40 and took a longish break at the feed station, probably cost me a minute or so, ran 3:52:31 with a 9 second negative split. If my energy drops wouldn't be back in London I would have gone through to the finish without any trouble, I think.
Weather was bad, rain for most of it, but at least it wasn't a downpour like we had at 6am. Start was a clusterf..., but we were relaxed about it. Without it I would probably gone 8:30s and died, it was good to b stuck. I really need to work on self control.
Legs were slightly shot on Monday (due to cobble stones?), but walked about 15k including a vatikan tour and all the steps up. Today I ran 10k and it felt OK. Wouldn't want to do much more, but will rest now until an easy run on Thursday. On Saturday I have to hammer parkrun for Jantastic, messed up last week (dfyb).
Well, that was a wet morning. Getting to the start was a chaos and we got stuck in the channel to get to pen c when the start happened and d was released. Started with the 5 hour pace maker, by km 33 we got the 4 hour one we wanted to run with.
3:52:31 with a probably very even split for each 5k segment.
Just had a nap, now some more sightseeing and refuelling coming up.
No idea where you are looking, I see 17 degrees and rain. If the rain isn't too strong it should be fine, taking rain over wind any time. But just a nice cloud cover would be good, then turning sunny once we finish.
21.5 - 20 - 18; Well that is a taper I haven't done for a marathon before
The 18 miles today were in 4 hour marathon pace, same pace I will try to run in Rome next week. Didn't feel that hard, and (or but???) I didn't take on any nutrition yet. But it was important to control myself and not just go running hard again. Much easier without a number attached and thousands of people around.
As for the shoe discussion, I sorted out my flat a bit. I am really into Brooks Adrenaline: