PS - I agree with all the others who have given you advice about running a race 2 weeks out. Too close. Don't do it. Don't even go there thinking of using it as a training run. Save yourself for race day. You have trained well so don't worry. Stick to your plan. You will be fine. Sub 4 on its way.
Canter - I hear you. Instructions need to be logical.
Nell - you will be fine in York. Your training has gone very well. Am sure Sean will be along soon with his memories of York.
Carter - good to see that you are getting the miles back in and everything is working normally. Great advice for PS.
Ali - nice week from you too.
And me. Well I did go out on the road in Toronto again on Friday morning and did circa 8 miles in under an hour.
Nothing this weekend as the trip and overnight flight back on Friday night meant I have been whacked all weekend. Most important to get it out of my system and I will get a few runs in this week.
Hello to everyone from a very wet Toronto tonight. Even had the joys of being chucked out of teh hotel for 45mins for fire alarm as some idiot was smoking in their room.
Big G - great to 'see' you back on here. Baby just round the corner. I remember back to my first (11 years ago now). Very exciting time ahead and you should enjoy. Getting back into running if the limbs are up to it is not a bad thing either. As long as yu don't go too mad. Sad news at your club indeed.
PS - I was wondering how you ahd been getting on. Seems that you are on track for Chester. Stick to teh sub 4 pln and bank that as a minimum. Do not put too much pressure o you to make 3:50 but if on teh day you feel you can go for it them do but if it gets too much scale back early enough so that you do not bonk and miss the sub 4.
Carter - probably the right decision for you. No point putting yourself under too muh strain. 50 miles is a hell of a long way.
Sean - I would take that for a HM time so maybe not what you were after but still very respectable.
Nell - good running from you as usual.
Canter - 2 weeks to a HM and a new pair of trainers. It is only 13.1 miles so you will be fine.
Arrived over here on Monday night. DEcided not to get up early to get a run in on Tuesday as I was still in tired mode. Chatting to people over dinner last night we got into teh subject of running and gym versus the open air. I was talking about not knowing where to run. So they advised to exit the hotel, turn right and it was fairly flat for a few miles.
So 6.15 this morning off out I went. Pleasant enough morning compared to tonight. No running watch so took my work blackberry to keep an eye on the time. I decided I would run out from the hotel for 25 to 30 mins and then back. Flat it was not. Up and down. I ended up at the on/off ramps to the 401 freeway in 30 minutes and came back in 27 mins.
Tired but pleased.
Checked on google maps tonight and I reckon I ran 8 - 8.5 miles. Crazy or what. No wonder I was tired.
I might do the same route again tomorrow morning if it is not raining. Beats the treddie which I hate with a passion.
So Windy City.
Work is not going to get any easier the next few weeks and as I have pushed my body to the limits with working long hours and then pushing the running I do not think I can do that for another 2 -3 weeks and be in good shape to run 26.2 miles. It would be madness and also very selfish of me as I am spending too much time away from the family in any case before I even think about running.
If I am travelling that distance I need to be on top form and be going for a PB. If it was Boston it would be just taking part. But the Windy City is a flat course and a PB is possible.
So I opted to defer my place to next year.
I am at one with this decision as I feel it is the right one for me at the moment. The good thing is I can run the Royal Parks Half taht day instead and that is well within my grasp with the training I have done.
Life sometimes gets in the way and there will be another race. it is not the end of the world.
Ali - fantastic job getting your friend round to target yesterday. You have done this a few times now and seem to have a great knack for it. And as Nell says you got some great miles into the legs yesterday at an easyish pace so that will help with the recovery nicely.
Nell - what can I say but a fantastic well done for getting under the 90min mark in a HM. I think you are setting yourself up really well for the York marathon in a few weeks time. Your training plan seems to be working.
I have had a crap week of running really. Tuesday was the only day running during the week. Got out for 10 miles at MP yesterday but could not do anything today as I had family stuff to tend to.
I have not really got the miles in the legs that I was hoping to have by now and work is catching up with me making it difficult. The last few weeks have been quite pressurised for one reason and another and this is going to continue for the next few weeks too. Added to this I am off to Toronto tomorrow afternoon and not back until the early hours of Saturday morning for what will be quite an intense week of meetings and negotiations.
All of this is leaving me more than a tad tired generally.
As work pays the bills this has to take priority but playing catch up with training is not easy and in fairness is only contributing to the general fatigue.
I have been contemplating deferring my Chicago marathon place until next year as it is a long way to go and not perform as I should do. I have to do this my Tuesday night.
My accommodation is fully refundable and as my flight was booked with air miles I am able to alter this for a small fee too so no worries there.
This is a major dilemma. My body is pretty well knackered at the moment and it is telling me that it needs a break. Something has to give. I need to cut something back or risk burning myself out which is stupid.
However if I could get a few decent weeks training in before the end of the month I know I would have a good crack at this.
Am going to sleep on it tonight but am leaning to playing it safe.