I had a good first half, 1.31 and feeling fresh, though my hip had started niggling at 8 miles in (I have arthritis) I was hoping it would be ok, though I did a half at the beginning of August where the last 3 miles were agony. Anyway by mile 18 on Saturday hip was killing me and by this time I lost 4th place and by 23 miles I'd gone down to 7th though managed to drag a place back finishing 6th. So quite happy with placing but gutted that my hip flared up. Still really enjoyed it though, T-shirt is ace also like the paper weight type shoey thing.
Royboy, I've generally always stuck to puma as I have a very narrow foot and heel and they always seem to be the best fit. It also seems that recently my off road/trail shoes have become a lot more minimal. I've been wearing the nb minimus and the nb 110 for trail races. both seem to have worked really well for me. If anything I've gone for a bit more cushioning than I used to with the roads as the puma h street used to have next to no cushioning and the puma roadracer has that bit more.
I've got the Great Langdale road Marathon this sat and am hoping for somewhere near 3hrs (although I believe there is something like 3000ft of total ascent and it's my first marathon )
mattl, I think we're in the same running club. remember having the same conversation with a Matt (I'm Bret) about running hard at the end of a tuesday session up in Worsthorne?
Iwan, I find my weight tends to be good around 10st 2 I'm 5ft 8. though my weight can fluctate between 9st 13 and unfortunately at the moment 10st 6, would've preferred to be a bit lighter for the Marathon, especially as I'll gain weight carb loading at the end of the week.
2 years ago I had an achilles injury which stopped me running for a few months in which time I spent 4 days a week doing a 10k session on a concept 2 rowing machine (around 40 mins) when I got back to running my times had come down quite a lot. after the marathon this weekend I'm going to start the rower again ready for xcountry. I've also been running every day so far this year which also seems to have helped with times, probably because of conditioning with the legs.
Fingers crossed Ryan, it's amazing what anti infllammatories can do in a few days. diclofenac and naproxen seem to be my weapon of choice nowadays. I very rarely take them though they seem to work better because of this when needed.