Impressive schedule there, Badbark . . . . . . Fine racing MsE, Gerard . . . Leslie - fingers x'd for your appontment . . . OO - every run is a hill session here . . . . .let me know next time you're around, if you desire a slow outing Gul - good idea to take a rest - or at least, I would have said so, having decided after Tuesday's 7 mile fartlek to have a mini-rest of 3 days ((knee & foot sore, plus felt very tired) - but today's 20, although accomplished, was a disjointed affair of heavy legged plodding, feeling ok and a bit more nimble, but then stopping to stretch out a couple of times as legs so stiff-feeling. Odd.
Although I don't weigh myself, OO, I can feel I've gained maybe 2/3 lbs - I certainly know I was lighter when running well back in Feb/March - so I tend to agree with you re the effect of body weight. Another theory - VLM was 3rd mara in just over 12 months,and if viewed as the culmination of an 18 month block (esp as over 15 mins faster than previous one in Oct '14), and that after a weeks rest I returned to long weekend runs and usual mileage, plus the age factor, then maybe my body just needs some recovery ?