Cheers Bainspj, Cheerful Dave and CharlieW, will take all the advice on board. Would you guys consider 23miles too much three weeks out? Bring it down to 21/22 perhaps? If I could hit the pace it'd be a great psychological boost but would the physical benefits be worth the risk?
After reading back through RJRD's post and the interesting replies, I'm now wondering if the session I have in mind for next weekend is the right one to do.
As mentioned before I'm doing Milan (which is the same day as RJRDs Manchester), was planning on doing my last big Long Run next Saturday (so three weeks prior), 23 miles, averaging about 7.11/m. Also aiming Sub 3, so 6.52 RP).
Quick recap - running 80- miles a week, good mix of recovery, distance and tempo. Recent Half PB of 81.50.
Thoughts on that last big long run? Too long? Too fast? Want to show up in Italy in the best nick possible to give myself the best chance...
Dan - that is an absolute bastard! I'm terrified of the same thing happening to me in the coming weeks (taper starts in twelve days). Really hope it eases off and you find something/one to get it fixed. Can imagine the frustration!
Likewise to you TR, hope you're back in action sooner rather than later.
Managed a 4.45am 12m MLR at about 25 secs/mile behind RP yesterday morning, then another 4 mile 'loosener' well under RP in the afternoon. Happy enough with them both.
Was at physio last night, have been seeing this new bloke for a few months now after my old physio put his prices up to £60/45 mins (!). Really pleased with his treatments, they're £30/hour and he seems to get rid of any niggles without absolutely battering me (as my previous bloke used to do).
Have had a few twinges with my groin of late, comes on after I've been in the car/sat down for a while but seems to ease off within the first five minutes of a run. He says it sounds like a mild inflammation, hoping it can be cleared up with some heat/ice treatment.
Thanks for the encouragement guys, holds greater significance that it comes from folk who've done the business themselves. Much appreciated and it's good to hear I'm doing the right things at the right time!
TheJimbob - Just had a look at the piece for your charity, good work buddy. It's always interesting to hear the motivation behind people's running...
Another glorious morning, Saturdays are my long run days (at least during Marathon training) so must say I'm a tad jealous of the Parkrunners on days like today; lovely crisp morning, sunshine and no wind. Left the house at 6.40am for my LR, but with the exception of the first chilly 20 mins, I wish I'd gone out in my vest - I love this weather!
Really happy with my session this morning; 37K (22.3m) (apologies I do everything in KMs) in 2:44, averaged 3:00 race-pace for the last 9K (stopped for a piss, but did the last 2K a good chunk faster than RP).
It's come at the end of an 131K (80 mile) week, and I had the half decent tempo 10K (36:58) on Thursday but I must admit that it's taken it out of me a fair bit this morning! Rest for the remainder of today and tomorrow, then back to it on Monday morning.
I REALLY REALLY want that sodding Sub-3!
Hope everyone's weekend LRs go well, make sure you share them on here as I do enjoy seeing how everyone gets on with theirs...