Take it easy with the foot Andrew. Hopefully no mishaps with the cricket tomorrow.
Excellent WP sounds like you are over the injuries now! Nice to see those sort of numbers on the watch if not seen in a while.
Good luck with the sub 19 attempt Myox, alot of improvement to come being relatively new to things so its encouraging to be at that level already.
Likewise Dr Dan good luck for Sunday, hopefully it's not too warm as it looks quite sticky on Sunday..,.who would have thought that after the previous week or two!
No dramas here with very steady running this week. Have entered some races now and renewed club membership following some queries and unsurprisingly, the fact I entered London and put the club down on the entry last October means I had to renew for the current year as not doing so could have invalidated my result and those of the club (?). However, I highly doubt Run Britain would be knocking on my door querying a lack of registration with my non stand out result some way down the results list of my club let alone overall. At least it's sorted now but certainly not cheap!
Thanks all. Doubt I'll ever do one that long again.
Will certainly look into doing that Alehouse....how often would you recommend I do that?
Certainly take your point DT. I also didn't mention that I did no attempted mp at the end of my long runs this time and that in hindsight perhaps I should have as it's worked before? Always willing to listen to any constructive cmoments if anyone does have any.
Also did a steady 8 yesterday after a rest Sunday and likewise aiming to run mostly easy this week.
However the feeling now developed into a pain which meant I wasn't able to lift up my right leg. I knew plenty would be tracking online and would be wondering what had happened...oh he's hit the wall, ran out of steam whilst in fact it couldn't be further from the truth. There was simply nothing I could do other than man up over the last 4 and a half to 5 miles with a run limp sort of style. It was uncomfortable but manageable and knew I'd be able to finish without running myself literally to hell and back such as when both knees went at Brighton in 2012.
Miles 22 to 26 came out as 9:35, 9:49, 9:21 and 9:47 reflecting my significantly reduced pace and limp. I decided to milk the crowd more and only managed a short glimpse at my family not long after Blackfriars Bridge. Luckily they gave good video coverage of this limp! Plenty were passing by now as I hobbled to the finish. I recall the sub 3:15 pacers passing at roughly 23 miles (?) and it didn't look a particularly fast pace, but there was no way I was going along with that now. I sort of went through the motions passing Big Ben, through Birdcage Walk and into the Mall as apart from the knee, felt relatively fine for the final stages and had decided not to take any gels or water once the knee went.
At this final point I'm able to muster a bit of form from nowhere and unspectacularly passed through the finish in under 3 hours 25 minutes (last 0.69 mile on the GPS recorded at 6 minutes and 2 seconds). For a few hours I was extremely disappointed and kicking myself but in all honesty, the Great Manchester 25.98 mile rip off from the previous two years with faster times (including if 26.2 which would probably have resulted in 3:16 and 3:17) got to me more. A week is a long time in politics but in my case a week is a long time in marathons....so here I am with a shiny new PB of 3:24:50!
Has this disappointment put me off marathons? No
Do I feel the training for for it has been a waste? No
Do I regret targeting just this as the only A race in the end? No after being ill a week before the Cardiff half in any case.
Do I think that I run a decent marathon in line with my other times again? Yes and possibly faster with more miles and lower weight Could I have done anything differently on the day? No based on two successful now ill fated attempts in 2014 and 2015...if truth be told my time I'm told at checkpoints was predicting 3:12 and 3:13 but realistically think 3:14 would have been the outcome without the knee problem.
Should I have tried a newer pair of trainers in the last few weeks in some of my final training runs? (same make and type as my current ones) - possibly not?! But it's nothing different again to any pre race issues and decisions in the past.
Should I have reigned it in a bit from going under 7:10 mile pace at any point? Probably yes but again I didn't feel like I was accelerating or pushing the effort up.
However, the whole thing has made me paranoid about any future marathons and as WP has suggested, it might be best to see a physio before embarking on another. Two runs including a Parkrun yesterday seems to show the knee issue (probably with the other too as felt it last Sunday evening) is a weakness rather than an injury...and with my dad having arthritis in both is perhaps something I need to carefully watch? I might do some squats for now on to see if that can strengthen any weakness.
And being week after the race, I appreciate that you win some and lose some and just need to put it into perspective. It was still a great day out regardless! It's now time to focus on some shorter stuff for a while and am looking forward to it.