Tish - hopefully you will find pleasure in shorter races if you decide you cant run a marathon again.
Bev - I've heard nothing but good reports about Chester so it looks like the one for me.
SKD - if you run a fell race and enjoy it you could easily get hooked. Be prepared for plenty of walking ! Which fell race are you running ?
A nice little 4 miles for me at lunch. I ran down by the river and it was lovely, I could easily have carried on. The legs felt a lot better today so hopefully they will have returned to normal fairly soon.
PS - still a very respectable time though, well done. Do you know what caused you not to hit your target time ?
A nice gentle 4 miles down by the river at lunch time, what a lovely day for a run, I could have easily kept going. The old legs aren't creaking as much today so hopefully it wont be too long before things are back to normal
Some great race reports guys, I hope you are all enjoying you resting up after your efforts at the weekend. Have any of you ventured out for a run yet ?
So, it's the Scottish contingent up next, are you all ready for it ? Ali, don't try and do to much to catch up for lost miles, just try and pick up your plan where you left off.
Since Manchester, I have managed to short easy runs. I've felt pretty good and thankfully no aches or pains, even the stairs haven't been a challenge. When I have been running the legs didn't feel tired, they just felt different to before Manchester; I'm sure they will get back to normal soon enough.
I have a question for you experienced marathoners. I'm just wondering how quickly you start building back up your mileage. For the next couple of weeks I'm planning on running about 50% of my normal weekly amount and then start increasing it. I'm thinking about a local 50km in June but this is in only 2 months time, so basically I only have about 5 weeks of decent mileage available to me. Does the 'increase by no more than 10% per week' rule apply for after a marathon as well ? Obviously, I have got plenty of miles in my legs recently so am not averse to putting in some long runs in preparation for the 50km in June. Advice would, as usual, be most appreciated.
Jeremy - hill sessions. Long gradual hills, short hill repeats or a combination if both ?
Booktrunk - thanks
Tricialitt - i struggled to eat any solid foods when training for a marathon, I stuck to liquids and gels. Any tips or is it just a case of having to force food down me ?
Spen - I've spent time around Edale etc over the last few months and it's a stunning place to run. Are you entering this year ?
Debra - thanks, I will compare the two plans (I haven't forgotten that it is you who got me in to this ultra running melarky !!). Are there any specific sessions I could do for training on decents, it's not something I've considered before ? What does your calender look like for this year ?
AM - I've just been looking at my autumn marathon and have decided that Chester is the one. Have you run Chester before ? Looking at the course profile I would say it's about twice as 'hilly' as Manchester so should still be a course where you can go for a PB ?