I always have a bath after my runs. A few years ago when I was redecorating the bathroom and couldn't use the shower for a few days I discovered that a nice warm/hot bath really helped my legs, I had a hamstring origin injury at the time. But since then I now have a bath every day after my run, makes my legs feel good and I do prefer a bath to a shower.
Big G - that's a good race result and you sound happy with that. There's nothing like completing a good run at a race to get those endorphins going. Have you eaten the cake?
Cal - well done, that's a good result, to race over 12.5 laps of a track is tough. I laughed at the 3 cups of mulled wine as your post race nutrition.
That's a great job offer, I wouldn't mind doing that too.
Jugula - glad to hear that you have got rid of that gout and are able to run again. Nothing like a couple of race entries to fire up the training plans.
I still haven't decided about Southampton marathon yet.
Back to cold weather today, I had mapped out my route and nearly had to change my plans when I'd got less than a mile to find that the Millennium Bridge was a sheet of ice, after all the rain we've had which then froze last night. I stopped then decided to gingerly walk over holding onto the railing. Further on a few icy patches but nothing serious except the bridge over the A38 which was also iced over, managed to jog carefully over. Had freezing fog for part of my run and later beautiful sunshine which is thawing the ice. Still managed a good run though.
dan - I think you need to set your target nearer the time.
For now get back into training and start building up your aerobic base again. Enter a couple of races before London, a half marathon 4 or 5 weeks before will give you a strong indicator as to what pace you can run your marathon at.
No reason why you can't get back to your previous level of fitness by then.
Shades-When I think about the amount you and some of the others have done it's mental to me.
But you're already being tempted into the world of ultras so there's no hope for you now
That Wirral Ultra looks perfect for your first ultra, flat and 35 miles is a good distance. As T-Rex says training is as for a marathon, however, I personally wouldn't run over 24 miles in training for that distance.
3 months would be plenty time after your marathon to prepare yourself for the ultra, I would just focus on Manchester now for your training.
T-Rex - Achill is 3 laps for the ultra, which I guess you probably wouldn't be that keen on, does look beautiful though. Don't think the website has been updated for 2017 races yet but I believe entries are open on RunIreland. But if you let the photos roll on the home page, it looks so beautiful. http://www.achillultra.com/achill-marathon/index.php#
I think 2017 info is on FB. I believe it will be on in July and again August BH weekend. I will go either next year or 2018.
Very mild here today, light rain/drizzle, had a lovely run. Think it will be muddy for Big G's race though.
Big G - I see in the local paper that the overall winner of the Teignbridge Sports award has recorded the fastest 800m time in the world this year for her age group. A worthy winner, I hope she continues to be that good.