Al_P - love it! And thanks for not putting up the gurning one, though I did like the air shot one where I seem to have actually found some knee lift!!
I should point out at this stage that I didn't sit on Al_P' shoulder and unleash a Mo Farah-esque sprint, and, neither, did I deliberately leave it too late to give him a chance to respond. I had been trying to close on him from about the 1km to go sign, and at 400m I thought I had no hope as he was moving strongly. It was only at 200m that I thought if I could muster a sprint finish I might just about catch him.
LMH - I remember you from the daily training thread a few years back. That is immense improvement!
Ros - quality run!
Great write-up Muss. Sounds like you need to find a HM and rewrite that pb too!
CW - nice on the WAVA. Mine wasn't my highest ever (5 marathons ahead of it), but it does give me a nice set of my top 6 marathons being my top 6 WAVA scores!
Marathon/all medals. They're shoved somewhere in a box. The kids play with them occasionally. I could sell my VMLM one I guess, but I've probably missed the best prices now. The t-shirts I use for training. The only things I've got on display are the 2 pieces of glass for my 2 mara wins and the piece of glass for my HM win. I did consider getting a picture collage of my 3 x sub-2:30s done up, but if I manage a multi-sport sub-2:30 later in the year that would 'ruin' that........
Oh, and apparently Sunday, age-graded, beats my HM pb and is dead-even with my 10k pb, which means that my top 7 age-graded performances are 5 marathons and a dead-heat for 6th between Sunday and my 10k. At least I know what my best event is I guess!!!
Sorry to miss you @ The Red Lion Wardi. Not two bottles, no. I didn't do the hair just for London, but figured it was a good time to do it anyway. Besides it's blonde underneath so until that grows out I'll just keep putting something else in there. We've got a club group shot in our marathon t-shirts this Wednesday though, so it'll definitely still be red until then at least
TR - that's some progress for LMH! I'm generally in agreement with you for the easy mileage method, but it doesn't work for everybody. I couldn't do the mileage (easy or not) that some of the guys on here are doing but I've found less mileage with a good proportion of 10k/LT type efforts works much better for me.
Good news Jools, though rotten luck on the timing!
RS - sounds like a good plan, and yeah, does sound like a bit of over-training when you put it like that. For me the hardest part when I tried to do big mileage wasn't the physical aspect, but the mental aspect, so a break and then going at it again should yield a good return for you at Frankfurt; the training style obviously suits you.
TJB - so close to a pb whilst not focusing on training bodes well!
My legs felt great yesterday - some foot pain and mild DOMS in my quads, but ran 4m on grass and got a reasonable weights session in too!
The foot pain was slightly worrying as for the last few months I've had occasional burning pains in the balls of both feet, but the left one in particular, and about halfway around on Sunday it felt like somebody had dropped a brick on my left foot around the middle toe/2nd metatarsal (I initially thought when it happened that I'd just broken the metatarsal, but I've had that pain on and off too for the last few months). Looking it up it fits with Mortons Neuroma, and would be explained by the fact that for the last few months I had found the last iteration of the Brooks t7' very narrow and uncomfortable (used them for training and racing). As I finally ditched them (raced in Mizuno Hitogami on Sunday) I hope/expect it will settle down now over the coming weeks/months, so fingers crossed.
Haha Dachs! Not sure that's one for the collection! The fact that your problems are coming on later and later shows that the training is paying off. I did wonder this morning if it's possibly down to the gels you're using; they might not agree with you - have you always used the same ones?