Selbs, RJ, TT, Lev_ great reports and results. I know the last two had battling runs that you consider less-than-optimal but they look pretty damned awesome from this vantage point, and Selbs that's superb you are back. Really all of you: top results. Did I write 'results?' Edinburgh organisers are plonkers and have been for some years by most accounts. This merely adds to the litany. I would boycott it on principle. There are plenty of well-organised, quick, marathons that don't fleece runners and that are for runners by runners.
PP superb race from you. Blimey you are shifting some at the moment, which is fantastic to see.
I think I caught up with CC2 back earlier in the week and some other great racing last weekend, and midweek training.
I've had a busy week: up to Norfolk, then down to Devon, then to Oxford for my daughter's leavers' garden party, and finally moving house from Guildford to London today. Well, I say 'house' but in reality I travel light these days, which is good news as I'm off to live in Qatar this August.
Running? Somehow I've kept it going, as I have the eating. So all is good. Dubai marathon looks a real possibility in January.
Cold baths? If you held in front of me a certificate that said '2:44:59' with a price tag of 30 cold baths I would decline. I loathe all forms of cold except skiing. Gels work though, I'm sure of it. I don't think there's any issue with taking sports drinks and gels at the start of a race. If there's any science behind sugar spikes (on which I've read conflicting reports) it would only matter a while before you begin running. Sometimes surely you just need to step back and use some common sense? For most people running for 2h45+ putting some easily digested carbs into the system isn't going to do any harm at all and, all things being equal, is likely to be beneficial.
I've one big post-Riga reflection and it's R n' R. Looking back I was absolutely exhausted at the race start. For two or three weeks I'd been surviving on 3 or 4 hours sleep a night and post-London was shattered to my core. I don't underestimate the benefit of properly resting up in the fortnight before a marathon.
Oh, and Tmoth, I'm going to borrow your 'yesto' abbreviation Useful for twitter and SnapChat where normal English is impossible.
Tom welcome. The marathon is a different beast to the shorter distances. It doesn't matter how often this is stated, until you attempt it you won't realise the truth. I'm more than ever convinced that shorter performances don't correlate, perhaps the more so the older you get. Why? Because the marathon uniquely combines endurance with performance. You can get away with living in the red zone up to half marathon, you simply cannot with a marathon.
I think a marathon begins at 16 miles. Up to that point you are simply ticking along, hopefully with minimal discomfort. The last 10 miles are where all the endurance training comes into play to produce that unique combination of speed + staying power. There is nothing comparable at shorter distances, and unless you have marathon specific training in your legs miles 16 to 26.2 are where it will come apart.
If I sound a tad OTT about that it's based on going through this the hard way. Quite simply, you have to build in the endurance mileage to your training.
Bainspj that is a fabulous pb. Many congratulations: superb!
Have read back and come on mainly to wish all very best to the racers out there this weekend. I make it? Lev_, Jools, CD, Jimbob, PP, CC2. Have I missed anyone else?
Tmoth blimey! Superb.
DanA haha I'd heard something similar about the Dubai marathon. I think they're targeting the world record in January. The new running club send a batch of folk over for it so could be a lot of fun.
Wardi I know the feeling. My legs have been lead this week. 5 x 5 milers but something's not tickety-boo. Ah well, at least I'm eating happily again. The plan is to stay on tick over now for two or three months and then build again in September probably with Dubai in mind.