FRC - Good report from Malta. Your varied training is working very well
Chick - Tried Furman couple of years ago for Abingdon(2012), ditched it after 7 weeks when I ran a PW HM changed to 6 runs a week and PB'd at Abingdon. Good decision ditching the run you are going to more than make up for it over the weekend.
Minni - Could be an option to get coached but I think I've got to stop getting obsessed with 3:15 and vary the training, race more and enjoy it.
2old - Another good long run from you, your training is going very well.
AA - Well done on the 20.
Carrot - Nice Parkrun, I'm looking forward to seeing the blonde ponytail disappear into the distance next Sunday.
Tried a run this afternoon, slow 3 miles and all good with the calf, not a great test but at least nothing negative.
Freemers - I know I'm struggling to be fit but I have n't resorted to giving my Barcelona place to 2old. wink face.
Simon - Good news on your run.
There have been some very impressive improvements in PB's during the time I have been on the thread which you all should be very proud of and consistency of training is a major factor along with the mental toughness for those last few miles. Unfortunately for me I have only improved by 6 mins from my first mara(2009) to my PB (2012) which is pretty poor in 10 maras. Maybe I do train too hard for my body but my PB came off 6 runs a week. My last 3 campaigns, including this one, have been cut short by injury, and the frustration is growing, so I think something has got to give with my training for the next one.
Target for Barcelona, if I make it, has got to be similar to the result in Berlin given the same circumstances so around the 3:20's but no doubt I will set off at a quicker pace. Can't really hope for much better as only 3 runs of 20 or more and the last one was early Feb.
Calf is better and will attempt a short run at the weekend but very wary of doing too much on it and it going again.
AA - Try not to be too down about it, you've come back well from injury and there are some quick miles in those splits.
Freemers - Very strong 20 miler.
Carrot - Yeah keep looking out for a Blackpool Parkrun when we go up but not one yet. I know it can change but weather for Barcelona is looking a bit warm.
Chick/Ant/Minni/Daren - Well done on the long runs.
Simon/2old - Thanks for the advice but no reaction from calf during or after. It's a problem when leg is fully extended at end of stride just on toe off. Don't think I get it in that position during cycling, my bike has normal pedals so not sure if that makes any difference.
Carrot - Strong MP run, well done on the 10k and congrats on the PB. Spent many an afternoon of my youth in Stanley park.
Simon - Good news on your achilles.
Good luck to all racers. My calf still not right so can't risk running on it so tried to ease my frustration with a 2 hour bike ride around the rolling countryside. Managed to cycle through 3 counties(Wiltshire/Oxfordshire/Berkshire) sounds impressive but was n't.