chickadeee - fantastic! Hopefully you'e not working too late tonight. Good luck with the packing and have a brilliant trip over!
Sean - I knew it was a mistake letting Angela near this thread. Everyone's going ultra on me!
Wow, 52 miles!
I will need a post marathon plan or I'll just end up doing nothing. Steve has kindly offered to help with this but I need to decide what my goals are first. Not sure I'm ready to make a decision yet.
I could focus solely on my short speed all summer and then do a spring marathon (that would mean forsaking York). Alternatively I could do some speed up to July and then go for it in York. However, that only leaves 10 weeks to work on speed.
And then in the middle of that I have TR24 (end of July) where I had hoped to go for 8 laps. Not ideal if I'm 4 weeks into marathon training.
So that's what I'm wrestling with. I think whatever happens I'll do some 10K training though. Only question is when to start
Angela - getting married sounds cool but I won't be joining you. Apparently I'm not eligible any more
SupermanRuns - granted, it's not ideal carrying an injury into a race but we have no doubt you will give it your all.
How incredibly exciting! Are you taking the family or is it only the ones with supersuits that get to go?
Rachelcgen - ooh, Paris! Yay!
Freemers - have a great holiday. Going anywhere exotic? Please don't tell me you're going on a running holiday in the Canaries
chickadeee - sooo excited for you now! Only 5 days to go but it'll seem like far less with you having to travel out there. Do you have the day off tomorrow to get ready?
Fingers crossed that weather stays as it is now. Hope you can stay calm over the next couple of days
SupermanRuns - don't think we haven't forgotten that you're doing Boston too! Hope you've managed to get that calf to a good place. When do you fly out?
KS - many thanks! Steve was a star but I've been singing his praises so much now I think I've scared him away
Well done on your excellent PB too! Sub 4 next for sure. Do you have an autumn marathon planned?
I have TR24 and York booked in but I'm still deciding how I want to approach those. I was thinking focus on speed and get my 10K down in the meantime but right now I'm just happy having a little rest.
Rachelcgen - fantastic report Rachel. You did really well to battle through. Not the easiest of conditions for your first marathon but you did it!
Great work by Angela too, what a great thing to do!
Angela - are you sober yet?
Tigger - you did brilliantly. I think you're overblowing my contribution. It took alot of spirit to battle on after struggling early doors - that was all down to you!
Jen was a total superstar. Jen, I'm awarding you and Angela jointly the Steve Smythe Award for efforts above and beyond the call of duty!
Jen - there are no speed limits here, you are and have always been very welcome. As DS2 said, you have been an inspiration to us all. You could certainly teach us a few things about staying injury free and yet still knocking out the miles - how the heck do you do that?
Freemers - good to hear you sounding positive. Great attitude - only look forward now. Take the time you need to sort that foot out. You have an outstanding training base to build on. The next campaign will be epic!
Runbikecat - wow, you had a stormer didn't you? I'm really glad to hear that the cargo loading worked for you. To get round in such a great time with no nutrition at all really shows how much that works.
I have to say that was one of the game changers for me last year and since I've done it I've no longer felt low on energy in the latter parts of a race.
Sarah - great to see you here. I know you're out there watching and running too, carefully preparing to launch yourself back onto the scene. When will we see the pocket rocket back in marathon training?
Mr P - I watched all the speed work RRR did last year with Steve and never thought I could cope. When it came to it somehow I managed to do it. Maybe part of it is in the head? Then again we're all different. I couldn't imagine doing the kind of mileage that chickadeee does or the number of MP long runs that Freemers gets through.
DS2 - I'm lost now as to which post of yours to reply to
Run went well yesterday thanks. I did 3 miles at about 8:20 pace. Legs felt fine including the dodgy calf although this was a little tight afterwards and needed some stretching out. I reckon I'll have to ease back in gently and make sure I stretch and strengthen it.
Definitely up for the 10Ks once I'm back in the game!
Do you have a 'return from Marathon' plan that you follow to get yourself back into things?
Bloody hell DS2, I was going to go for a little jog today but after reading that I'm knackered!
Absolutely fanstatsic report - I don't think I've felt so immersed in a race since Minni's VLM report last year (I needed to lie down after that one)
I love race reports but particularly marathon reports. You can learn a heck of alot reading about how faster runners deal with the distance and battle through those bad patches. Inspiring stuff for sure!
I was a bit gutted to miss getting to the 20 mile mark. I went to 15 but by the time I'd seen Tigger and Jen go past I don't think I'd have made it to 20 in time to see you or any of the faster guys.
Next time I'll just do 10 and 20 I think.
ArrowsLou - sorry to hear that. It's such a shame for him as he was in brilliant form. I know he was looking for something much faster but that's still a great time.
lol - I look forward to seeing the two of you go head to head
Thanks for stepping out from the shadows. It's great to know that thread has been useful. We're fortunate to have some very experienced people on here and of course the legend that is Steve.
I hope that the legs ease up soon. Lots of walking seemed to work for me.
Please do stick around on these forums. I lurked for a couple of years before getting involved and since doing so my running has completely transformed. What's more I've met some amazing and inspirational people as a result.