Ryan -- I was thinking "Christof" while reading your description of the sodium levels etc, he's from my club. He had a great marathon recently but I wouldn't like to try the no-drinking thing in a warm one.
Welcome back SL & ON7 -- sorry to hear about your injury woes though ON7.
bainspj -- refreshing to hear about training going wrong for a change
Lev_ -- not Morton's neuroma? Worth a Google.
I've had a very light week. I've entered a low-key local 10M race on Sunday, and with nothing else on the horizon, I thought I might as well be fresh for it, and in general feel I should be taking it easy before starting my VLM campaign at Christmas. For some reason I've developed an annoying niggle on the outside of my right foot/ankle though, so I skipped a planned tune-up run today and will retire gracefully if it plagues me in the race.
The Cambridge HM is mass participation, and lacks generous prizes, yet it's easy to start at the front. So there is a big field, but not many quick ones at all. And lo!, a runner in his declining years like me can be flattered this year with a 10th place out of 3600 as a result...
Came home on 'emergency' bike I leave stashed at work, to give the poor cranky legs a rest. Nice tailwind.
Well done Jools! I don't think I've ever done an official 8K...
PP Good point on the hills -- I've not done any since Snowdonia.
Padams -- nice "accelerator" formula there.
I did 5.5M with a heavy rucksack to work yesterday (laptop transport), then 8M steady on the way home. Nothing excessive, but my legs felt incredibly cranky and ploddish this morning (5.5M at nearly 9m/M) -- not sure what I've done to myself but I'll take a day or two off now. Maybe there was some fallout from my half on Sunday and plyometrics on Tues, maybe I should have followed TR's advice and had more downtime after Snowdonia, or maybe I'm just getting old. Seems a bit odd though. I hardly feel I've done enough to be overtrained.
But those who can't perform... concentrate on toys instead. I've got a new running phone to replace the minuscule but unreliable "ar$ephone", in the form of a credit-card sized, 4.5mm thick, 28g AIEK Mini M5 "CardPhone". This was a huge investment at £13 inc P&P on eBay. It is much more usable as a phone (or was once I figured out how to get it in English instead of Arabic) -- a loud ring (and vibrate) so I might actually hear the Mrs call me, the battery is going strong overnight, and it can even work with a taxi driver style Bluetooth headset (which I use sometimes when commuting) for hands-free when-I'll-be-home negotiations on the hoof.
I really didn't have any DOMS from my half, so yesterday morning I did 10 sets of plyometric hops, bounds, jumps and sprints en route to work, which I'd neglected for weeks. And a run home via the pub (unusually for a school night) to catch up with some old muckers. Now today... I *am* a bit DOMSd, from the "hopscotch" yesterday morning. 19M done on the Brompton though -- took car in for service, cycled to work, power out due to the wind, rode around a bit in case it came back, it hadn't, rode home to work instead.
Quality mile reps in the wind PP, especially so soon after your race.
PP -- I can't believe you sullied a brand new England vest with all that nasty mud.
Many happy returns Padams! (And yes, definitely an MV35 category in some masters events, but those half-decade ones aren't so great -- I've not capitalised on being a young V45 too well myself, and that's relatively mainstream as a category...)
Solid stuff bains & Jools.
My legs aren't really DOMSd at all today, which is heartening -- either it's just saving itself for tomorrow, or I really wasn't taking it too seriously. The legs did feel a bit done in at the end though; I passed up the offer of a cool-down with marathon-training teammates, reckoning that as I'm not in marathon training myself, it would do more harm than good to add some junk miles on fried calves.