Hi everyone, quick read back but as ever so much to catch up on!
Firsty, congratulations to Cooks on a seriously fast marathon time
KFC, speedy racing so soon after VLM.
Kev, welcome back and congrats on the new arrival and the new PBs (very kind of you to fall one second short of my 5k PB ).
Spoons, sounds like a sensible plan to me - I was alternating LSRs one week with faster shorter long runs last summer/autumn - worked well for shorter distances, can't say whether it would for a marathon but sounds like it could as long as you had a long build-up to get the required number of 20-milers in.
Red, like CG suggested, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the week off ill that was your downfall. I picked up my injury (playing football rather than running though) after two weeks of no exercise due to illness, having trained hard all year without so much as a niggle. I imagine our bodies get used to the hard training and seize up a bit when we stop!
I'm starting to feel a little bit more like a runner again - managed 5 miles at around 8mm on Friday or maybe even a bit quicker (no Garmin) and although it felt more like a tempo run than an easy one it's all progress. Not sure how much running I'll squeeze in over the next few weeks or how much I'll check in as I'm about to move down to Essex so going to be a busy time!
Minni, I reckon with a bit of focus on the shorter distances you could smash quite a few PBs in the remainder of the year and then come back with an even quicker marathon next year with the extra speed you've gained. It's not like you need to work on your endurance.
2Old/Freemers - Maybe it's not that men have worse conversion rates, rather that women don't have the pace to run the HM as fast as they should Predictor says I could run a 3:14, but that's based on pre-injury me - right now I'd be happy to run a 2-hour HM and don't think I could even complete a full one!
Morning all, hope you're all recovering well and stop feeling sick soon.
Welcome AG and 3:30.
6 miles for me this morning at roughly 8:30mm so already improving - so that's 2 miles on Friday, 4 miles on Sunday and 6 this morning. At this rate, I've worked out that I'll be up to marathon distance on May 13 Good to be back running again although I don't feel anything like a runner again yet!
Brilliant reports coming in - loving reading them all. Barry & O4S, sorry it didn't work out for you this time and I know your pain about how an under-trained marathon feels when it starts to go wrong! Great news about the hand O4S. Spoons - you're well on the road back! Hopefully I'll be posting some sessions like that before long too.