Thanks all. Having had my wee strop with myself and sleeping on it, I feel fine about things today. Looking at the Garmin, my pace up 'til mile 13 had been bang on target at 10:50/10:55, then it just drops off a cliff! No gradual slowing down, just a lemming leap off the edge! Which makes me think it was more in my head than in my legs. I expected to have mega-stiff legs/hips/back when I got up, but I feel ok. Just been for a gentle 3 miles and my legs are grand. SO - the plan is a 12 mile run and then the 18, which I'm going to do at really easy pace. I'd like to get a 20 in (more mental than physical), but we'll see how it goes. I'm now aiming to do LN sub-5, which is 11:26m/m, and I can do that
It makes such a difference to be able to think 'out loud' on here
Set off for 16 miles today feeling calm and relaxed and really looking forward to the run. Got to almost 13 and my legs just stopped. I stopped, had a wee walk and a talk to myself and tried to get going again. But it just wouldn't happen. I walked the last 3 miles home, trying every so often to start running again, but no joy.
I don't know what to do. If I'm grinding to a halt after 13 miles, I don't see how on earth I'll manage 26.2 with just two weeks until taper time. My initial plan has gone down the toilet and, for reasons already documented here, I haven't done nearly as much milage as I planned. However, I was feeling confident that I could make it round slowly.
I've been trying to work out if today was due to not having enough miles in my legs, or if there was another reason. I've been working the past couple of nights 'til 11.30 so not very well rested. Who knows?
I'm wondering if I should try the planned 18 next week (after a few early nights) and see how it goes. At the moment I feel LN looks very unlikely