CW - I'm only 2 numbers behind you! (#1161 to your #1159). So you're in great company. I'll be delighted to be only 2 places behind you on the day - granted you'll be suicidal if that happens, but it's a price worth paying for me to have my day out in the sun. You could even record the moment on your miniscule mobile phone
Speaking of VLM - I cobbled together a bit of a training plan today. The first time I've done that since 2012. So a break from my usual 'completely winging it' plan. I managed to do 4 weeks' worth which takes me to the Brass Monkey. That's more than enough for now I think. Let's not get carried away.
Oh and having seen a semi-naked TT on Facebook, I can confirm I won't be ordering a Reading Road Runners calendar.
PP - not sure I dare. They're.....erm.....*very* short aren't they?!?! Still, if we line up you, me then Al_P in a red, gold and green stylee outside the Red Lion they can play Karma Chameleon as they cart us of for indecent exposure
They go well with the vest though, so all will be ok. Would prefer a drawstring in an ideal world, so I could wear them nice and snug against my chiselled torso, but not to worry.
TR - great to see you posting again, although less great re the foot/groin combo. It seems you're getting there with the PF, but if it helps I've always found ice to be really effective for that. I mean properly ramming your foot into it though (I've got one of those hot/cold packs so it's not a solid block, although a bag of peas would work just as well). I'd usually stand in the kitchen, leaning against the worktop with my head in my hands trying to tolerate the pain for 15 minutes at a time. Repeat as often as possible. The pain was bad for the first minute or so, but then it wasn't too bad. I did all the golf ball rolling, heel inserts, iced-bottle rolling etc and found that to be by far the best thing for me. We're all different obviously, but maybe give it a whirl. Sadly nothing to offer on the groin thing. Although I love the sound of Tourettes sneezing! If I was Mrs. TR I'd have been tempted to lace everything with pepper, just for comedy effect!! Chins up though mate, hope you get it sorted soon.
jooligan - well raced! Not much to add really, other than to reiterate that you can't do everything. So maybe finish the XC series and then come the new year focus on the Mara. Nothing to stop you still doing races if you want, but use them as part of the bigger picture. There's a 10 mile race I'll be doing in early March, but I'll have ran 10-12 miles beforehand so I'll try and 'race' it at MP. A few sacrifices and you should be all smiles come VLM day. Then pick up the parkruns and stuff again from there.
padams - reasonable.
SL - reasonable also.
Alan B - that's a tremendous run under the circumstances, but I'm gutted for you really. Your prep deserved a better return than that, but as TR says, you can only do your best on the day. You'll smash that to pieces in the next one though.
CC2 - well done at Worksop. I've never actually raced there but I know the route quite well. Always seems to yield quite quick times, so it's a funny course.
Dan - fingers crossed all goes ok for the next 2 and a bit weeks. Keep washing those hands!
RB - sounds like a quiet month in April!! Do you think you'll do all 3? Might you give VLM a miss given the Fling too? Hopefully not as it would be good to see you.
PP - tremendous mileage planned there. Frightening in fact! Will be really interesting to see how London goes for you - but it's got to be your year for a gold Xempo top!
All going ok here. I'm feeling incredibly good actually, considering the 2 Marathons in a month. Having to curb my enthusiasm to do too much quick stuff too soon really, so just trying to enjoy my running. Had a glorious 10 miler just as the sun was rising this morning. Was about -3C too, but just perfect for running.
I'm off on holiday on Sat too - going to Malta for 2 weeks. Our first holiday for 4 years, so really looking forward to it. I'll do a bit of running over there but nothing structured or OTT. Mostly eating cake I imagine. And no doubt I'll see how I tolerate the odd beer here and there. If I don't go daft I should be ok!