Thanks for the further feedback Steve. I'll bear the 1.25 HM in mind but first target is 1.27.30! Will be doing a couple of HM's prior to VLM. Hoping I might get close to my target at Reading but that will only be two weeks after the Clapham chasers 20, so may not be up to it. Tom - I do a weekly track session; that's been helpful but not transformational to date. Well done on the progressive run you did yesterday - sounds good to me!
Hi All - I've been reading the thread and thought it time to pop up above the parapet...
Congratulations Tom on the selection and well done with all the running. You're in a different league to me but our marathon targets aren't poles apart. Hence I've been looking in here!
I'm in for London. Have done twice before, both in 3.06.xx. Would be nice to have a pb this year but I'm not contemplating sub 3. If all goes well at VLM then I might contemplate for Berlin in Sept but probably not!
I'm a serial parkrunner (300+ mainly at Wimbledon) but only have a pb of 19.11 (ironically 1 week after VLM last year). 10k pb is about 39.40 and HM is 1.28.xx. So I can't really relate to your running but reassuring to see One Gear, Ian Love's and Cheerful Dave's comments above which give me encouragement!
Bumped into Steve on Wimbledon Common on Saturday as we were both supporting a women's xc event. He doesn't know me from Adam so was probably a bit surprised when I said 'Are you Steve?' !! Anyway thanks for the chat Steve. I don't think I'm capable of getting my shorter distance times down to the levels we discussed but I am doing more faster runs this year and cutting out the junk mileage (too fast 'recovery' runs). I got injured prior to VLM in 2013 and have learnt I need to rest at least two days a week. I also now do some yoga!
All the best Tom. It's a great opportunity, so stay fit and healthy and enjoy the journey. I'll continue to follow and periodically bore you with some of my run details as well!
Congratulations Alex. That's a brilliant achievement.
I've just looked in here after some considerable time away. I guessed you'd smash the target and am delighted for you. I'm slowly recovering from injury, hardly done any running for 2 months now but will probably pitch up at VLM in two weeks anyway and see if I can jog round the first half. Might see if I can get upto half your pace
Great session today AW. Don't know why I'm reading this thread as your running and mine are chalk and cheese! Well done Andy today. Sounds a good confidence booster today.
I was in a lot of pain last night and this morning and starting to wonder if i ever wanted to run again but fortunately today has been quite positive and the pain in my hip/ glute has eased considerably. Think I've worked out the problem is the piriformis muscle that is aggrevating the sciatic nerve. Walked down the stairs this morning and something clicked in my glute and I immediately felt a bit better! Have subsequently done some piriformis stretches and realised this is tight and painful. Seeing the physio on Monday but now thinking I may be able to run again... perhaps in the not too distant future!
Excellent 800's AW. Don't think I could do one at that pace! Very good reps last night from you as well KR!
Looks as if I've picked up an injury and made it worse. Started with lower back pain but has now spread to hip/ glute, hamstring and bottom of shin! I felt fine after the half on Sunday (perhaps slight discomfort in lower back) but runs on Tuesday and Wednesday have spread problem into the leg and I think I'm going to need a few days rest (hopefully not more). Very annoying... Hard session last night was definitely an error...