Hatter88 - you don't need to provide evidence to change times, although this doesn't apply for Preferential at the front. Well done on your PB, nice that!
Got my hotel sorted for Paris despite my booking the wrong week, and all I had to pay was the difference in prices. Which on the day of booking would have saved me 5% but today, astonishingly, is costing me 50% more. Robbery by any other name. Or the price of wisdom. Whichever way you look at it.
Nice longs runs you are getting in there Jimbob. You are going to tear Boston up aren't you? Are you going over on your own or with entourage?
Hello Dom - I hadn't realised you were running in Paris again this year (or I am being old and stupid). Sorry, I don't know of a larger map. I am assuming that the course is unchanged (as it has been for the last 5 years or so), so you might find an older map that suits your purposes. I guess you are wanting to put up a 1:50 scale poster up in the school assembly room right?
Bettza - presenting in front of a hundred odd people could be fun. Where do they keep the normal ones? Do you present often? Do you love it/ like it/ hate it? I am definitely in the love it category.
Jokeybhoy - yes I might look slim, but inside my head is a worm of an idea that I am certainly not fit and flab would like to attach itself to me and that does not go well with how my brain tells myself normal should be. So as a lifelong skinny person, the slightest prospect of not being that is over-inflated in my head. Don't get me wrong, I'm not of the nervous/ marginal eating disorder type. I just don't like not being fit and my standard of being fit is my very own that others would laugh about. I mean, we all have to be a little bit weird in someway or another to run marathons and enjoy it, right?
Back to fueling strategy -- I do have trouble choking them down. Ugh! I tried switching to the "block" type things, which are preferable in general, though I find chewing and running to be totally incompatible.
I am wondering how much you swig when you dilute them? Anyway, if anyone has more details on that approach, I am curious, though also seriously disinclined to wear a belt with bottles during a race.
Berkeley Runner - I have found trying to eat chewy bars or stuff like Shot Bloks whilst running, is to risk death. I am running around 89% of MHR - I have trouble swallowing water whilst breathing that hard. Same goes for messing about with packets of gels. I hate getting that stuff on my hands or face; it's just a horrible sticky mess.
That's why I recommended a really good bottle belt - the Fuel Belt. I've tried and discarded several over the years as they just weren't secure enough. Two 200ml (8oz) bottles in the middle of my back and it is unnoticeable. No bouncing or bobbing about!
Each gel is about 25ml, so 4 in each bottle = 100ml, with another 100ml of water. On one side I use normal gels, on the other side I'll use caffeinated gels. 400ml in total, so with the belts and bottles, probably around 500grams or 1lb of weight. This doesn't inhibit fast running - I've done 3x sub3 maras like this. Hope the extra info is useful.
Having worked hard all week, I've managed to keep it up all weekend too, so no exercise at all. And with travelling this week, my only chance is perhaps a treadmill in a hotel gym. I'm back home on Friday so will want to be with TinkerBEL and then long haul flying on Saturday morning. I think my near-term goal is not fitness, it's avoiding fatness
Hope bright spells are coming back in to your outlook Nodster. I completely understand that running hasn't seemed important. But it might provide good points of reflection as you get back in to it - a chance to think and literally move on through the stages of bereavement. As for having a week of running, no problems at all. Just get back to your plan. You'll be fine.
Wondering if the more experienced marathoners on here can tell me how nackered is normal for this point in a marathon training programme?
Heidi - honestly, it sounds to me like you are doing it right. The whole point of training is to expose ourselves to measured stress, to overwhelm the body sufficiently that we get stronger, but don't quite break. Only you can judge how close to that line you are.
You can always take an extra rest day or reduce the intensity of a particular session if you feel like you are absolutely dreading it. I find that motivation is a pretty good indicator of how well the body is coping with training stress.
The other practical thing you can do is to ensure that post-exercise recovery is done effectively. This means eating a little bit of (high quality) protein and carbs within the first 20-30 minutes after stopping exercising. It's well-established that the body is ready to super-compensate in this small time window, by rapidly absorbing those nutrients. If you wait until you are outside that window, your body simply won't take on as much fuel/ muscle-rebuilding protein as it would if you had done it sooner. This is a very important part of intense training.
It might be worth practically preparing such foodstuffs before you leave, so it is ready to tuck in to as soon as you stop. Say for example you drive to a particular place to run and it takes 30 mins before you get back home. Put the food in the car so you can eat right away. Hope this practical advice is helpful.