Good to see that SJ is back in action and congrats to Abbers for making it into the local Hall of Fame.
Good pacy run from GM as well. Sounds like a head torch should be on the Xmas list.
Thanks for the suggestions - it's a good thought to consider upping my mileage although my concerns are two-fold. Firstly, the impact it would have on speedwork and recognising that that sounds a bit feeble, the second reason is the more practical one of hours available in the day and the time to rest and recover.
As it is, I average about 6 hours sleep a night, so trying to throw another 20 miles a week into the programme would mean either 30 mins less sleep a night, 30 mins less family time or getting in to work 30 mins later each day. So, if I want to hit 70-80 a week, I've somehow got to work out how to do the last of these (not impossible, but a real challenge with everything going on at the moment) or simply reprioritise the other things in life. Obviously the ideal solution is to find a job which doesn't involve a 75+ minute commute each way!!!
Enjoying my post marathon rest days - up in Manchester at the mo having met up with elder Lorenzito and hearing the tales of student life up here!!
GM - sounds like you might be tempted by the 24 hour run? Don't think you shouldn't be too disappointed by the parkrun - a tricky course and 50mph winds makes for tough conditions.
I didn't run with a Garmin - just a normal watch and I hit the lap button on every turn so I had no idea of the pace until I got to the turning point. I knew that 22:30 was 3 hour pace and that when I hit 3/4 of the way round in 2:20 I had to do the last lap in under 50 mins to hit 3:10 but that was about as far as the calculations went.
Good luck with the dreadmill BI - sounds like you've got things set up well.
Happy anniversary Madbark - amazing how much progress you've made in the last 6 years.
Fishy - hope that the hip holds out OK. I've still got a couple of years to go before I hit the big 5-0!!
So Phoenix Riverside Marathon for me this morning - an out and back route along the Thames towpath from Walton Leisure Centre to Hampton Court Bridge; 3.275 miles each way so a total of 4 laps for the marathon and 2 for the half (which Mrs L did).
No elevation to speak of, but it was pretty chilly at the start (long sleeved top and gloves for the whole race) and there were a few icy puddles en route. Also the surface fluctuated from tarmac to that sort of stony footpath that's a bit unpleasant to run on.
Anyway, having seen that the winner last year did it in 3:02ish I thought I'd try to set off with the leading group and see how long I could hang onto them for. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake as they ended up coming in in 2:55 and the pace was far too much for me and I got dropped off the back fairly early on and paid for the too-fast start later in the race.
In a nutshell, the 4 laps were (roughly) 46, 46:45, 47:15 and 49:30 (a 4 min positive split). As you can imagine, the last lap was a bit tough although I did manage to pick things up in the last 100m to gain a position in a "sprint" finish.
Overall, reasonably satisfied with 9th place in 3:09:30 for my 3rd fastest marathon but still about 2 1/2 mins down on my PB.
I now need to think carefully about how I might modify the training programme to have a serious crack at a sub-3 at London but it's clearly going to take a pretty big change. I think I've proved that my body can cope with 60+ mile weeks without getting injured, but I suspect that I need to be building more speed work and threshold runs into the programme and cutting back the miles a bit. Perhaps the up to 55 miles P&D might be worth a go. I'll be taking it easy for the next week or so, and letting my body (and toenails) recover / fall off
On a more positive note, Mrs L managed a PB in the half, so it's not been too bad a day.
Fab stuff Jools - leaving the rest of us for dust on here!
Good news SJ.
Being in that pre-marathon week, it's time to start to knocking back the beetroot juice - not quite the champagne I'd rather be consuming today as I'm now a year closer to V50 (although not quite there yet!); will save myself until Sunday evening!
It always feels a bit odd in the final week but have kept things going with 4 x 3 min reps on Tuesday, 5.5 easy miles yesterday and a short birthday run this morning - am planning a 4-5 miler with 2 miles at MP tomorrow morning.