I think it's far harder as a supporter on these big city races. My lot have been up to London each time I've done it and I think they expended more energy than I did on every occasion!
Nice going on the 13 miler. Always nice to have some company on a run too.
reikirabbit - I'm sure those nerves are more excitement than worry. I'm really looking forward to it now. I think the normal anticipation has been amplified by not being able to give it my best shot last year.
Wow, you did 25 and a quarter miles! Crikey, that's a monster of a training run.
You seem pretty good at judging things and I'd concur with your assessment yet again - pos tib irritation caused but the twisting and turning.
I ran a fair bit off road today and my right leg was complaining in a similar place. However, once I hit the tarmac again it eased off.
I remember reading about one of the elites (may have been Rachel's mate Jo Pavey) saying that they try and do alot of mileage off road but they are very careful to pick a surface that isn't too uneven so it doesn't stress the tendons of the foot and lower leg too much.
I reckon being on your feet for so long with those extra twists and turns you've irritated something but not caused a major injury. Some frequent massage and stretching over the next few days will sort you out I'm sure.
Hans C - yeah, me too! Part of me is secretly hoping that you'll have the XZ2000 Hyperbuggy with you (or whatever it's called). I know this is unlikely though so I am trying not to get too excited
Great 22 miler for me today. I really wanted to be at our park run as it was our 2nd anniversary. So I ran there (3 miles) continued to run another 3 miles waiting for the start, then joined the run itself.
It makes such a difference doing part of a long run in a race like environment. I was flagging a bit at 6 miles in but as soon as the park run started I had a spring in my step. Worth logging that thought for taper time when the mind will be saying that marathon pace is impossible - need to remember that it's alot easier in race conditions.
After finishing I had a quick loo stop, a few sips of water and then headed off to do the final 14 miles. I was averaging about 8:30 pace and it felt very comfortable. Finished the run with 3 miles at just over marathon pace which was a nice confidence boost.
Aside from the few sips of water at park run I only had a small 250ml bottle of squash on the whole run. I find it quite amazing that it's possible to run for that long taking in so little fluid. It wasn't a cool day either - no sun but very humid and I was soaked by halfway.
The pos tib / arch issue was there at the start, and as I mentioned earlier the other leg decided to have a similar grumble too but by halfway all was fine on both legs. No issues at the end either so I'm incredibly happy with that.
For once I'm going into taper with no significant injury worries...hmm, not sure if I should say that out loud
Sarah a did her 50K ultra today so hopefully without revealing too much I just wanted to say very well done!
Hans C - lol, you haven't met Angela in person yet have you?
I think sub 4 should be easily achievable for you.
Last summer I missed loads of training with a calf problem. When I eventually braved running again it was getting close to York and I only managed to get one run of 16 miles. Everything else was 10 or under (and there weren't many over 6).
On the day it went fine even though I still had some calf trouble. I stuck to 4hr pace and reached 20 miles feeling comfortable. Last 3 miles were hard on the legs but you'd expect that in most marathons, well those that don't involve drinking wine at least.
With your solid endurance base you should be fine. You're speed is very good too so you could afford to do the first half at 4hr pace and then speed up.
How is the aggravated injury? Subsiding I hope?
Mr P - ha ha, could be, could be
Sorry to hear that Chester is off. Sounds like you had an excellent run on Wednesday, sounds lovely.
Did we ever hear how Mrs P got on at GNR? Hope it went well. Looked amazing on the TV.
I'm very relieved today. I was firmly for staying in the UK. I didn't get a vote but my mum did and alot of my family still live in Scotland. All of them were very nervous about it all week. Just glad it's all over now.
reikirabbit - many thanks! I think you have nailed it once again - the shoes do feel like they may have assisted. Definitely felt better again today.
I reckon in the past I've pushed shoes way beyond the point where they should have been replaced and suffered as a result. That's what you get for being a Scot who was brought up in Yorkshire
Rachel - ha Well you never know - if she just happens to slip on that dropped banana skin in her warm up then she may have to slow to dawdle pace
Exciting to have a celeb there though!
I did my 7 with 5 at MP today and it felt very good. Not easy though, it felt like I was having to work a bit to keep MP. Lungs were fine but legs were asking questions about whether this will be possible over marathon distance.
I think that's fairly normal to feel that way at this stage. Several more experienced people have told me so. As long as you're not killing yourself then apparently it's ok for MP to feel harder than you'd want it to be in a race. I was happy anyway.
Aside from that, at 4 weeks out it's just great to feel relatively strong instead of like everything is falling apart for a change
In other news everyone at home has had colds this week. I have been taking desperate measures to avoid catching it. I could handle having it next week but as this will be my peak mileage week I really want to get through all the sessions, in particular the 22 at the weekend.
Hans C - aha. So are you aiming for around 4hrs at York or will it all depend on how things go on the day?
Rachel - always enjoy a race whether competing or not. Gotta love 'em Good luck for the weekend!
Angela - that's a brilliant achievement. Five marathons this year is amazing. I don't know how you do it. I agree with Reiki, your enthusiasm is infectious and it's great seeing you progressing so quickly.
Can't believe your contemplating a move to the dark side though
Brilliant pictures from the weekend btw.
reikirabbit - many thanks, I think your diagnosis may be spot on. The pos tib does feel tight and a bit tender in places. I've been stretching it (well, trying to!) and massaging and that seems to help.
Pretty sure I can keep it under control.
I looked back to my Paris training and at this stage I was suffering from that calf problem, nervously hoping that I could still do 22 at Spitfire at the weekend. I ended up missing 1 session that week and 3 the week after.
This time round I have some mild arch pain which was absolutely fine on yesterday's mile repeats. I did those 30 secs per mile faster than the same session back in March too so very encouraging.
We'll see how things go on my easy 9 miler today.
Ooh and I have new shoes! The latest Asics Nimbus 16's. Have to say they are brilliant.