Top running guys - you made the most of the break in the weather!
1:19:xx should be a comfortable sub 3 from here on in........if the endurance is there, as I am sure it will be by mid April.
I was at a very much slower pace today on a hilly 20 miler over Wayfarer's Walk which runs south of Newbury. A good 75-80% of the total was off road. There is a route from there all the way (65m) to Emsworth on the coast.
Anyway, 387 meters of climbing for our 3 hour run in cold, frosty conditions from 8:30 am - it is now blowing a gale and pouring with rain.
Tom - I've been sick/injured much closer to marathons than you are now and by following "doctor's orders" to the letter, recovered well enough to post PB's each time.
Sometimes the rest is more beneficial than we imagine even if you obviously didn't plan it....with your basic speed and fitness, you could lose a week of running and hardly notice the difference when you get back.
re High5 gels, you don't need to take those with water. When I am on those I take gels and water about 10-15 mins apart, and then only a sip of the water........
I also"front-load" the gels i.e more in the first half of any long run - when running hard the digestive system tends to shut down in the latter stages, which is why you hear the familiar wail - " I took my 1st gel at mile 18 and felt sick ....." etc