Is that Riga by any chance PRF? My brother and two of his club mates are going out there to do the half although my brother may have to take it easy having been injured since the turn of the year - either that or he will go there supporting.
Not good with the blister issues WP. Yes indeed, Sunday hasn't put me off at all...it's the first time I've ever put my eggs in one basket as to speak in targeting one particular race for one reason or another but at least I can now build upon recent gains moving forward.
Legs feel fairly decent today with quads the worst going down stairs although in saying that can do so without any real discomfort...had to run for the train first thing and didn't feel the knee at all...but do suspect I would feel it after a couple of miles into a run at the moment...one of those where it's hard to tell when it will start from previous experience with it! Will stick to the plan of taking the large part of this week off before attempting a nice leisurely run when in Wales visiting family next weekend.
I made exactly that same point recently on here seren nos....I also ran that too and remember it was caused by someone moving roadworks the night/early morning beforehand so a completely different situation altogether too. Now awaiting for my 4th short race somewhere at some point....or knowing my recent luck, maybe another will also be declared short retrospectively at some point soon!
I still have the Manchester Marathon car sticker on the back window of my car from 2014. I think I'm going to take it down and stick it back on with it edited with a marker to show 25.98 miles and add the word 'shortest' marathon to it's flattest, fastest and friendliest caption!
Thanks all...will definitely look into the possibility of seeing a physio about my knees. I guess a marathon at some point will expose a weakness there. My pace per mile was marginally faster than Manchester last year at a perceived equivalent effort. And WP that's exactly what my family said about finishing...
I've always tended to run and do my own thing but perhaps it's now time to look at a training programme to see if that is of benefit. Certainly hasn't done DT or Dr Dan any harm in the case of FIRST!
Excellent run PRF...without really going full on by the sounds of it. And a very decent run by HO too. In hindsight perhaps a difference of 5 or 10 seconds a mile could have been the difference to finishing strongly but with two decent marathons thought the knee problems were in the distant past. I do have the appetite for committing to a high mileage training schedule for the next one I do so hopefully one day it will all come together for a much improved result! I'll leave it for at least 18 months though unless I do happen to have a change of heart! The good and bad ones in some also make for an interesting story if nothing else.
Heard a lot of positive stuff about Abingdon iower. A real no frills club runners type race. I'm actually thinking that an autumn marathon would be good to do at some stage....would make a difference to the dark winter nights of training for a spring one!
Very sad to hear about the runner passing away in the news. I'm pretty sure I limped past the poor chap who was on the other side of the road being treated to by Southwick (?) Bridge. Thought not much more of it as I saw him lifting his head up and moving....until today. Puts any relative dissapointment of yesterday in big context.
And at least the training has been a huge catalyst for trimming down and feeling back to previous peak fitness again. I'll now aim to shed a few more pounds after this week and aim to get some semi decent times recorded again at 5 and 10k. I was over 13 stone back in February which is embarrassing for my height as a regular runner but am currently around 12 stone 4. Will be looking to get under 12 over the next month or two and see what difference that will make.