TR - massive congratulations. Result was never in doubt really. If anyone could run a controlled race to get sub 3 then it is you. Holds the gfa place for another year which must be nice.
I am now officially into my taper having completed the obligatory 8 miles easy (on a hilly coastal route on the south coast of Cork in Ireland). 63 miles in the piggy bank this week which is the longest I have ever run in a week. Legs feeling much fresher today too which is a bonus.
I think it is important to have some sort of plan to follow even in the downtime between major training periods to keep a rhythm to it all and keep a level of fitness so that you can push on when the next block of race training is required. Typically I would never have done this in the past but having put so much effort in to get myself to a new level I want to build from this after my race no matter the result.
It takes a few goes before you find the kind of plan that works. I have tried a few before teh one I am using for this attempt (Hansons) and have to say that this is the one that suits me better than the others.
Absolutely fantastic running from you both Nell and PS. You seem to have smashed it out of the park. Fair dues. Looking forward to your reports when you have recovered / got back home and all that jazz.
Anyone know how washwood got on ?
So travelled to Ireland early this morning. It was a complete contrast weather wise to London. Blue skies and not a cloud to be seen.
Headed out for an easy run around the hills overlooking the river and the harbour. Ran down to the local beach as well. Beautiful scenery indeed.
8 easy miles later and I have completed 63 miles this week which I am proud of. Legs felt much better today and ready for the taper now. Must book a sports massage for the end of the week.
Nell - best of luck for tomorrow. Like your strategy. Go for it I say and looking forward to reading all about it.
washwood - best of luck for tomorrow. Most important thing to remember is to enjoy it. Listen to your body and believe in your training.
Looks like the weather will be perfect.
PS - really pleased that you have managed to keep calm and get yourself sorted. Will be rooting for you. And listen to Carter's advice. You have nailed all your training runs and run some strong 20 milers. You know you can do it so if the gremlins come along during the race tell them in no uncertain terms to bugger off somewhere else.
Ali - well done for marshalling the park run this morning. It is such a great event and some day I will do likewise. Great that you are ready to get back out there again so quickly after the marathon. Shows that you are in good form.
MY OH travelled to Ireland early this am and I follow tomorrow. Had the joy of ferrying the kids around to all their activities today and am truly shattered.
Managed to squeeze my 11 miler in (just) but was clock watching to get back to the house on time for another taxi run.
It was 6 x 1 miles at faster than MP with 400m jog recoveries.
This was truly hard today. Probably a combination of doing it after the 18 miler with MP and generally being tired after weeks of running.
I had to dig really deep to make this one come good and my splits for the mile intervals were :
7:30 ; 7:27 ; 7:30
7:26 ; 7:26 ; 7:24
8 miles easy when I hit Ireland tomorrow to round off my last week of heavy running. Next week is taper week. Happy days.
BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE RUNNING (RACING) TOMORROW