Just catching up after a hectic work related week. Sorry to here of calf/back issues Tom and Steve. Hope these sort themselves out pronto.
Not had the best week myself as well. Ive somehow managed to break a finger rather badly on a safety awareness course (irony!) and now have to wear a splint for two months. Not a major issue with the marathon and training i guess (except ensuring it remains splinted, clean and dry'ish) but a complication for pretty much everything else as its on my writing hand. Annoying!
Hope the back clears up Steve. Ive had my fair share of lower back issues in the last two years but fortunately, while painful, they have been short in duration. We're all different but pilates is currently working wonders for me. This said i suspect you have an awesome core which i certainly didnt.
I also did Reading and got a new PB (85:37) after two years of relatively average halfs. I thought i was on course for sub 85 until i figured out that despite repeated assurances he was dead one the official pacer was way off time by mile 9. To be fair he probably did me a favour as my final quarter was my fastest. A really good race improved under a new sponsor. With perfect weather conditions this was abit of a reality check for me. With a current pb of 3.04 i suspect sub 3 might be just beyond me this year. Ill see how the next few weeks go but id still be happy to reduce the gap abit more and nail it in 2016. After a number of minor injuries im less obsessed with hitting big goals (sort of) and just enjoying the training process.
Thanks all for advice re cramping up at the end of the mara. A tight lower back has been a common theme in recent years when upping mileage which as Mike suggests has lead to knock on problems. This year ive been doing some pilates, swimming and general lower back mobilisation stretches and despite increasing mileage as well have not had any issues. A more balanced approach with greater emphasis on core strength and general flexibility seems to be paying dividends for me at the mo.
Hi all, been training and forum lurking for a while.
Tom: going great guns. Having physio mots lined up seems wise. Only you will know deep down whether to run or rest the calf but can't help but feel a day or two out might knock it on the head with no loss in Paris performance. Gentle swimming with no running seems to help minor niggles for me.
Mike: interesting thought re surges. Ive been toying with trying this as well but perhaps for a different reason. Ive done 5 maras to date and pb'd each time (3.04 at Brighton last year) but have dramatically slowed in last couple of miles in last four due to cramping hamstrings. In the last two ive felt reasonably ok at mile 24 with the cramping/tightening only happening when i try to extend and pick up the pace. Feel like im running with the handbrake on at the end is perhaps the best way to describe it. Im wondering whether short surges during the mara might prevent this. With Reading Half coming up realistically ive only got one more quality 20 miler before london. My initial plan was to do 10m at 8mm and then finish with 10 at mara Pace (6.50mm). A tough workout for me but perhaps i should mix up the final 10 with surges instead. Any thoughts peeps/Steve?
As an aside ive recorded my highest ever weekly mileage this week (52.75m). Tiny for most of you on here (and perhaps a major reason for my mile 24 issue) but an achievement all the same.
ps: really good "perspective" post on mara running on 06/03 Steve MC!