Ryan, I'm doing Kent RoadRunner too so see you there
Bedders hopefully your Milan time will get you into Boston Baby (fingers crossed). Best to take a London place as well when GFA entires open end of May. If you end up with both then you can do a glorious double ..... Race Boston and trot London the following week.
OK! i've done my best to work back through days and pages of information and on the whole it's just FANTASTIC - i'm going to drop the F-Bomb cause thats the only way for me to describe my reaction to all your endeavours - FUCKING fan-facking-tustic you lot.....
(deep breath) Ryan smashed it! Luke Pi Man OS Postie Spirun awesome PBs! CD great time. Bains - unlucky but well finished, HR so near/so far/so fucking BRILLIANT! Lev - dead even perfect pacing. Running Eye more to come from you next time i'm sure. TR good show! Dachs it didn't go your way - you set high standards and 2.42 is still bloody great. COROAL-P CW CL SL awesome 2.30-odd crew, should start a boy band. CC2 Perfectly executed Sub3 right from the training plan all the way to the fantastic rock hard performance and lastly the alcohol quaffage/pub action- congratulations! DS2 nice sub2.50. AW unlucky mate but 2.57 impresses me - same to Yas with the 2.48. Toro Ouch (but you will come back strong). BUFO WOW! PhilP nice sub3. OldNo7 love the big PB - congrats. MrB i sense there's more in there! Marigold = Legend, no boozing for you now Mr - hope you get to represent Team GB at the marathon and still come back talk to us after you are famous! Jonny still a champs qualifying time! Sweedo, unlucky on the DNF - better to stop than risk long term damage in that situation, hope you recover soon. LS21 GREAT! Odeon NICE. Wardi - well toughed out Old bean! JH 2.45 nice! Bedders - nice 3.30 pacing/nice double medal frame-age opportunity there! Last but not least, Dids well done on finishing - despite recent injuries you made it and had a blast, and you beat the old boy in the photo! more importantly congratulations on a bargain weekend in the big smoke. (BREATHE)
I'm in need of a second bite of the cherry after the whole Paris/Tonsilitus thingy. The freshness is well and truly back in the legs, they didn't really get beasted in Paris, so was able to turn in some good short runs last week and i've had a couple of of 10s this week - a steady on Tuesday and a tempo today. Planning a short sharp saturday and a long(ish) sunday. Then another mini-taper with a half mara race (Plymouth) next weekend. I've my back up marathon at the end of May which i plan to run more on feel, more focused on executing a good 26.2 miles than the actual mins per mile ..... i know it'll be a bit warmer so i'm not going to panic about sub3 so much, if it happens then great otherwise it'll come when it's meant to. I'm still in the process of building my base so i can run higher mileage (like you peeps on 'ere) rather than the 50 miles a week or so i can sustain at the moment. The paces are there in my training sessions but you still have to deliver and the marathon can be a cruel bitch sometimes!
My opinion, marathon running is tough when you have young kids, can put strain on the relationship with the OH, you have to be shrewd with your training and go out at silly o'clock and do commute doubles. If you make some adjustments you can find a way to squeeze in 50 miles a week and have little impact on family life. I know, I've had to do the same. The main problem is the races, that's a whole day, or weekend, or longer if it's stateside. The more races you do, the more it aggravates the situation, however, reading your experience the other day - I know you trained brilliantly and were well on course for a chunky PB, you've made real improvements after your dicky ankle problems last year.
I would say you getting a place in the Chicago Ballet is a sure sign that you should GET YO ASS OVER THERE BUDDY .....