Nice to see SL gracing us with his presence. How's it going fella? Sounds like you've had a well-deserved break after your mountain exploits. In terms of getting into Mara shape - is that for London or are you looking at a late Autumn effort? (Luton is absolutely beautiful, especially in December).
CW - thanks for telling us you did 6x0.5M (@5:43/M),7.7M@6:33/M, and total 13.4M@6:33/M avg, but to be honest that's all completely meaningless cos you didn't tell us how much your rucksack weighed. Or what colour socks you had on. Up your game in terms of reportage if you can - otherwise don't bother. Still, well done anyway I suppose
RB - ah yes Chester. Are you still running it with a lollipop stuck up your arse? Actually I think it's a badminton bat at Chester. If anyone starts dropping off the pace smash them over the head with it and call them a cock.
TT - by the sounds of it we're both going to be shit. Magic. Still, at least I can swim.
Speaking of shit. I did the parkrun this morning as a full-on effort. Quite a quick course (out and back, slightly up going out, down coming back). I ran entirely to feel and actually ran ok. Well-paced, working hard, nothing left at the end etc. I was hopeful of something around 18'00, but sadly I was 40 seconds slower than that. Slower than the one I did about 6 weeks ago actually, and I feel I've been working quite hard during that time. All a bit demoralising really. All the stuff I usually do to get myself back into decentish nick isn't really working. I've lost about 20 secs a mile across all distances, and I can't seem to make inroads into it. Not really sure how to play it with 4 weeks left to Berlin. I honestly don't think I'll break 3 hours at the moment though, compared to 2'43 the last time I raced one. Just go and enjoy the weekend I think, and the time will be whatever it is.
Cracking day up here in Lake District-cestershire - the ice-cream is flying out!
wardi - sorry to hear about the cat, but 19 is indeed a fine age for a feline. Looks like you're clocking up some decent mileage/sessions too, so fingers crossed for you for York.
LMH - good luck in the 10/50k!
RB - well toughed out on the 20 at the weekend, especially after finding it a struggle the day before. I can't actually remember if you've got any target races coming up, or whether you're just ticking along type thing?
Alan B - tremendous mileage again, and cracking mile reps too! Super stuff.
Nice mileage from Charlie too (and glad things seem ok on the domestic front).
Not much to report here. Still plodding along and still running every day (albeit slowly). I managed my first 20 for a long time at the weekend. Blimey it was hard work! I was absolutely on my arse for the last 30 mins or so. I had a real bad spell around 7-9 miles but I was pleased to push through and get it done, especially as I had to run past the car during that phase. The temptation to bin it off was huge! I think I'll get round Berlin ok but I really don't think it will be very quick. I seem to struggle hitting even 7'30 pace at the minute, and my beats per mile thing on Fetch has suddenly gone upwards of 1100 again. It's only ever done that when I've been really unfit before, so God knows! All you can do is keep at it really, and hopefully I'll turn a corner. Still sleeping on the floor too, even though I've had the house to myself for a few days (my missus and the little 'un are in Whitby). Means I've been able to do some training without time pressure though - 60 miles and a couple of gym sessions in the last 4 days, so hoping that will be of benefit in 5 weeks' time!
Bit quiet in here at the mo, but I hope everyone is ok.
Nice to see TT getting back to it and hitting some decent paces in training. Nicely done re the weight loss too. 5 weeks now chap, and then it's sausage time
Dachs - cracking stuff on your respective race wins and PBs. Superb! Not to worry re not calling in when you were up here too. Maybe next time eh? And re giving up pretending to be a fell runner - I've never even tried to start with! Roads and easy-going trails for me!
CW - well done to CW Jnr on getting into York Uni. Good luck with the Mara training, and well done on your races in the US!
I've had a bit of a weird week. The old body is still creaking but it's not too bad. I've been sleeping on the floor and my back seems a lot better. I may be jumping the gun here but this back thing started 10 days after we moved into the new house back in Feb (and I started sleeping in a different bed). I'm wondering if this may at least be part of the issue (and possibly even the root cause?) Something I need to sort really, but it does make sense (even if it turns out not to be that).
So along side sleeping on the floor I've been doing a lot of strength/stability stuff, a few drills and stretching a bit. It seems to be helping. I've ran every day thus far this week (with a long run still to come tomorrow) and I feel ok. Quite slow and hard work at times, but progress at least. I've got 5 weeks now to Berlin. My thoughts are just to try and keep doing what I think is best really. Mostly easyish stuff but with some harder running a couple of times a week. Genuinely no idea what MP is/might be, but I'm not that bothered really - I feel closer to making the start than I did last week, so I'm getting there (slowly!) I still feel it could all go awry at any time, but there we are. I'll just play it by ear I think.
Ha, cheers all. I notice nobody picked up on the 5'53 I did for the first one! Sadly I haven't ran since - my back isn't good at all. I've kipped on the floor for the last 5 nights (much to the delight of my better half) but it hasn't really helped. Berlin is hanging by a thread I think, but not to worry. I think I seriously need to look at my form etc if I want to continue running Marathons, but not sure I do really. Getting a bit fed up of it all of late (probably the working hard to get fit, injury, over-eat and drink too much, get fat and slow, start back again and work hard to get fit, injured etc etc - not overly enjoyable tbh). Will give it some thought though.
Nice to see Al_P popping in - sounds a hectic few weeks!! And good luck with the Abingdon build up