PS- I will track you tomorrow! Can't wait to see how you do! Glad the leg's feeling good- again, I reiterate, this was a temporary little issue not anything catastrophic that's stopped you from training so have faith and smash that marathon out the park.
You have had brilliant training! Your dedication has been insane during a difficult time- I have admired so much. But please remember to enjoy tomorrow too- whatever the outcome. Lap up the atmosphere and the fun as well as running your race. You deserve it.
Carl- you are going to smash 3:30! I have little doubt! Can't wait to see how you get on. You've trained well for this race and have trained appropriately with your hilly runs. Running a hilly marathon, to me, is better than a hilly 10k where you have to go fast and out of puff up those hills!
Sean- I've been a bit indulgent too but have been at the gym even though I've not been running. Back to running too next week!
Nell- thanks for your race bib! Can't wait to see how you get on. Chase that sub 3 pacer... then overtake them
Carter- how's the legs now? You been running?
Canter- Managing to get back into the swing of things post Paris?
This morning I volunteered at parkrun. It was a great time. I was cheering everyone on and encouraging all the runners from fast to slow (I was a marshal). Fun experience and I would recommend volunteering, it is a totally different experience to racing and really makes you appreciate the effort from all of the field.
Then I went to the gym and did spinning, and a HIIT class. It was fun! I'm dying to get back to running though and as my legs feel great I will get back on it next week.
Don't worry, don't be tempted to do any running, and rest, ice, compress etc to give yourself the best chance!!!
Do NOT worry about doing absolutely nothing from now till race day... in fact I am insisting on it!
You have not had anything catastrophic happen during training... so look at the most likely option, that the leg is having a slight and temporary flare up which will soon be gone if you treat it right. PMA!
I am annoyed, I wrote out a big long post last night and thought it had posted, but the gremlins seem to have eaten it! I shall try and remember again...
Carter- I saw that article about the guy with MS and I was nearly crying. Fantastic. And re marathons- please don't make that your last, too much fun and speed going on for you to quit now!
Washwood- have fun at the expo! It is great! Would the VLMers maybe post their race numbers so we can track? I'd love to do that and see how you guys are getting on! If the tracking works better than Manchester... my mum said she thought I had dropped off the course, as the tracking was still not showing that I'd passed 20 miles by 4 hours into the race... then a few minutes later she saw me pop along the finish chute!
Carl- I am always impressed that your speed sessions actually add up to a LOT of mileage! The legs must be knackered but that's all part and parcel of your great marathon training. Normally I end up doing speed sessions of no more than 6 miles total but I should really try your approach with a longer warm up and cool down.
Nell- yes as runners we probably all eat a high carb diet anyway! (apart from Carter.) I know mine is pretty high but in fact recently I'd been trying to get in more protein as I sometimes struggle as a veggie. I had been doing quite good upping it with nutritious things like lentils (OK and a bit of cheese...)
Canter- great session! Your legs will still be recovering so well done for getting out those reps, really impressive.
Yesterday I did 45 minutes spinning and then upper body weights at the gym. I upped all my weights by 1kg and felt great! My recovery feels really quick from Manchester... after being in agony for a day or two, I now feel fine. I am going to run again next week. But this week I am not tempted- my physio did say that given my legs were not really getting a good rest pre marathon, they would need it afterwards for the sake of my shins.
Some of you have been talking about goals and thoughts post marathon. I have definitely been thinking lots too.
Firstly, I am not giving up on the marathon, I see myself doing one or two a year now forever, having done five so far there's no reason to stop, and I love the marathon distance. I still believe I am capable of more sub 4s... having only got one marathon sub 4 hours to date, I am desperate to do another. But as I see with every marathon I do... you can't just say 'Yeah, this is the time I'm going to do' and then do it. Sometimes it doesn't happen.
Secondly, I'm going to try and get in lots of 10ks this summer! The change of shorter races will be refreshing and there are lots of good races in Scotland that I'd like to try. My 10k PB is coming up for 3 years old... come on!!! Needs to be broken.
Off to the gym again today, if I make it in time for an exercise class I'll be doing that, if not just some work on my own.
Canter- Nell is right- your posture is excellent! Shoulders pulled back and no slouching! Nice one.
Nell- I like Hilly socks. And saw Ron Hill on Sunday at the marathon! Your gel flavours sound absolutely amazing... they can't possibly taste that good! Yeah I did well at putting on a big smile whenever I saw a photographer. I think why not- it's part of the experience. When you're running as slow as me you might as well. Was very glad to be moving the legs yesterday, and I will do again today. They feel so much better for it.
I know a couple of friends running London as well as you guys on here. I'm excited to see how they do.