Nell- so you are now feeling you can do Edinburgh again? I remember you had a period of doubt over it.
Will- yeah I'm feeling fit just now... hope I don't jinx it! The waiting around for the marathon is the worst especially as you know you can't really do anything to affect the result now even though it's still a couple of weeks away. Just gotta wait it out!
PS- go for that HM! Would be good to get you focused again. I'd be scared running near bears. Do you know how to deal with one if you come face to face? Do you have bear spray?
5 miles tonight for me then gym. However I had a terrible night's sleep last night as I got a very sore throat and itchy cough. Been quite bad today. Hope it passes quickly. So took it really easy on my run and did 9:30 average pace. Really enjoyed it and just did a hilly route through the city, the sun was out by the time I got out tonight which was an added bonus, more of that please.
Carl- now I am on computer and can reply a bit longer.
Just wanted to say what a great achievement. And running a race like that is an achievement in itself. Your time of just over 3:30 stands alone as a 'great' marathon time- regardless of what the course is like. Your attitude to pacing and taking the race in stages sounded excellent and you dealt with conditions really well.
Also so impressed with how calm and happy you still seem despite the timing muck up- not gonna lie, I'd be livid I think! Running a marathon is such a massive deal and to not get an official time is very upsetting. Well done for your positivity and as Carter says you know you've run a brilliant time, no matter what the online results will say!
Will- you are the last turkey in the shop window and we're buying Get that marathon done!
Carter- I thought you were in quite good shape just now (excusing the niggles) and were still running quite fast? Fast but tired?
Last night I got in 3.4 miles at 8:37 pace and then some gym work. That is quite fast for me for a run that felt quite easy. Good good.
Today a rest day as I had to attend the school's parents evening and couldn't face going out after that. Tomorrow I'll be back out again and at last we're meant to get a non rainy day so I'll make the most of it.
Carl that was an amazing report! Fabulous read. So so happy for you regarding your time. Re: the results I'm really gutted for you about that... But chase it up, there must be something they can do as Will suggests.
I'm on my phone just now so will reply longer once I'm at a computer. But well done and please bask in that glory for weeks- superb achievement.
Carter- well done on your run. Just out of interest thinking for my future ultras, as you are the ultra expert here, when you do a run walk strategy what kind of times are we talking about? Do you stick to a set x minutes run/x minutes walk, or just play it by ear? Be interested to hear what you find works best for you for these distances.
Will- agree with Carter- nothing to worry about, you've just pushed yourself a bit much recently especially with being ill. Don't let the doubts creep in and take it easy.
PS- how are you and how is your running post marathon? Any other races entered?
9 miles for me at 9:30 pace, so yes, still a good 30 seconds quicker per mile than my slow pace was pre marathon. I had planned to do 10 and make it double digits but quite frankly the weather was horrendous, I was soaked to the bone, so I decided to call it a day at 9 which coincided with me reaching a nice coffee shop which I went into and warmed up before going home!
27 miles for me this week which whilst not huge is the most I've done since a couple weeks before Manchester, so about 6 weeks ago... plus a whole host of classes and gym work done this week and another couple of pounds down too, this morning. All in all happy days.
Although I haven't come from the same place as you ie. been overweight and beginning to run, I did have a period where I put on quite a bit of weight, and then found it really hard to lose it... I felt less fit than I have ever felt before and got quite discouraged as you are now!
A few things (and everyone's said loads of great stuff already):
-Diet is really important if you want to maximise health and weight loss as quickly and efficiently as possible. Great that you're making improvements with running but if you put a real focus into your diet too you'll see the results improving on a much quicker level.
-If you're struggling to keep running and need walk breaks, accept that and work with it rather than fighting it. I have gone through times with my running where I've had to take regular walk breaks, even as someone who's run lots of events including long distance stuff. It might help to set goals of time rather than worrying about distance. ie. Set out with a goal to be out there for half an hour. If you achieve this it doesn't matter if it's 20 mins run 10 mins walk or ends up being 5 mins run, 25 mins walk! It will build your stamina and get you used to being on your feet.
-Accept and embrace the challenge... getting out of breath, stiff legs and feeling knackered are things that all runners go through and not a sign that you should give up.
-One more thing that helped me be accountable to myself and I have done now for a while is keeping a daily log of what activities I am doing. It spurs me on especially when I have a bit of weight to lose to look at the diary and think 'if I can squeeze in an extra 5 minutes of running this week I'll have beaten what I did last week.' It's nice to be able to see the progress.