I know how you feel TD, have had a dreadful chesty cough for nearly a week now and no amount of cough medicines are shifting it. Finally went to the doctors today and she has put me on antibiotics for seven days. Normally they give for five days but she said she wanted to give me the best chance of getting to the start line so yay to her!!
She also said my lungs sounded clear so at least it's not pneumonia!
This has to have been the weirdest training period I've had for any marathon I've ever done, every time I seem to overcome one hurdle another appears. Have managed a few marathon paced runs during the taper with the cough but I'm guessing it's not helping so will probably leave any more runs now until it has cleared.
If it hasn't cleared by next Saturday then I'm sure they can find me a table by myself outside at Papa Pastas. I can do mimes through the window to join in the conversations.
@Orbutt I hope they give you a five star upgrade now due to the stress.
@ TinkerBell Thanks, I've sort of hit the wall during a marathon before but never felt the extreme exhaustion that I felt on the 17 miler, it just goes to show the importance of a balanced diet. My diet has changed now to include carbs in all meals and I think it showed yesterday as I only used a gel every half hour and still felt relatively fine at the end. I hope you start to feel better soon.
@TD Did you get my pasta place order?
@ Jokeybhoy Congrats, that’s a couple of weeks of running now with no pain, fingers crossed for you.
@Weedy Can you add me for the Berlin Marathon 28th September.
@ Jokeybhoy Sorry for the delay in responding but glad to see you’re running again. I had a link in two of my previous postings to you which showed you where Pattstrap recommend putting it; hope you managed to look at it? You can actually feel the movement of the band about an inch above your knee so that is where I put it. With regards to tightness I used it many ways from so tight as to nearly cut off circulation through to really loose so it was only touching, it really varied from run to run. Sorry to not be able to be more specific but the point of the strap is to stop the band from ‘snapping’ across so needs to be tight enough to at least hold it in place.
@RR Congrats on your new PB
@TD Please put me down for two and a half for the pasta meal. My four year old daughter loves pasta and would be disappointed if I didn’t bring her.
@ATM I’ve emailed you my details, and found an old picture from New York.
Haven’t posted for a while as had a really bad week about three weeks ago. I was doing my first reasonably long run of 17 miles which consisted of 5.5 miles @ 10k pace to wear the legs out a bit and then 11.5 @ comfortable pace to replicate the end of the marathon. To say I hit the wall is an understatement, just like Orbutt had around this time too, I just found I couldn’t move after 15 miles and it really hit me. It’s the first time I’ve ever gone home after a run and said to my wife that I honestly didn’t think I could get round and should pull out. I only started running again in Mid January after my ankle damage and started to feel my expectations of running a marathon so soon when only two months earlier the surgeon wasn’t sure if I’d EVER run one again was becoming too much. So I stopped running.
After getting over the disappointment of the run a week later I went back and analysed what had gone so wrong and after studying my diet I realised that when I snapped my ankle in September I reduced my calorie intake hugely to coincide with the lack of workouts I was doing and never really upped it again. So effectively I was doing all this training on a daily calorie consumption of around 1700!!
I drastically changed my diet and after a warm up 3 mile run last week, decided to try an 8.5 mile run the following day and finished it in an average 7:55 m/m so was ecstatic, much faster than I’d anticipated. I finally decided to have one more crack at a long run last night and ran 20 miles. I ran from London to my parent’s house at Heathrow (with a couple of laps of Hyde Park) in 3:01 into a headwind the whole way so a real confidence boost and I now feel confident of making it.
Sorry for the rambling message and I’m sure most people are asleep by now but to join in the chorus’s of everyone else “le cône a commencé!”