Hi everyone, thanks for the good wishes Ant Mc Neill. I only had my phone at the B&B so forgive my silence.
Had a fab day out, including a jogette with Superman Tim in the first mile or so, and yes met up with Bramster last night at our club after party.
I ran 3:59:25, which is very much a Bramster sort of time, although he went slightly better yesterday. We failed to meet at the merger.
I had woken with a suddenly acute achilles, my warm-up was tentative and not encouraging. Got going once various pains had shot all over my left foot from the ankle, parking at the knee as usual, which I could cope with.
My left calf was tugging from mile 6 so had to keep it steady to avoid cramp, got to halfway in 1:58:06, and used that cushion to coast in rather than risk blowing up in the second half.
It amazes me how different the effort level is between 3:54 and 3:59.
I'm so grateful to have come through able to run at all, and then sub 4 was such a bonus, it would be greedy to want more given where I was a month ago.
I'm delighted to have squeezed in a cheeky sub 4 - 3:59:25 - after waking with a screaming achilles this morning, is all the more pleasing. My knee was sore on and off but the heel/achilles didn't really return [after a scary 1st mile of shooting pains through that foot] until 21.5.
My left calf tugged from around 6 miles too, all probably linked, but I think I discovered that the physio exercises worked well as it wasn't really hard work, just a rollercoaster of fear at emerging threats.
Still, dodging the bottles, the elbows, and the delerious was rivetting fun as always, and I had the special treat of dragging Super back to run with me right near the start.
Have just seen Bramster at the club after party, being a party animal am now at home watching the recordings of the day.
Oh! Missed the bench, we came at it from a totally different side from usual and were all turned around and needing to focus on the immediate requirements.
Hadn't seen Malcs' post about positioning - bummer.