Right - so we sold our house on Tuesday last week and over the weekend we had an offer accepted on our dream house in our dream location so we are all systems go! Both ends of our chain need to complete by Christmas so it's going to be a mental few weeks (as it's also our daughter's 8th birthday and my little sister's wedding in those weeks too...) Good thing with that timescale though is that we should be in our house by Christmas, in time to start marathon training!
I'm so in love with this new house - it's in a really gorgeous area of Poole which is quite expensive so I never thought we'd ever be able to afford to live there but the original buyers for the house had their mortgage rejected and so they stuck it back on the market at a reduced cost to get it re-sold and maintain the chain so we got a bargain! I am just so worried that it's all a bit 'too good to be true' and something is going to be wrong . I don't think I'll sleep or relax again until I have the keys in my hands!
As a result of all that jazz, I haven't managed to do much running at all. Original plan was to be running long weekend runs of 10-14 miles between now and December to build up endurance but I'm barely making it out over 5 milers at the moment due to time pressures and mortgage/solicitor appointments etc. Better than nothing but I think this stressful build up to the official training might affect my sub-4 goal. I am considering changing my objective for Manchester to just having fun and getting as close to 4hrs as I can and then do Seville the following February and target sub 4 there.
Bigeater - I'm the same. I put my name in the ballot after watching it on tv while at Butlins recovering from this year's Manchester Marathon (I live in Poole - had to cheer on our man Steve Way!) and got caught up in the atmosphere. Then a few weeks later when I was reading various race reports, I had second thoughts - it sounds like the most colossal amount of people and noise, and I can't imagine running in all that. So sod's law, this is the year I'll get an acceptance magazine through my door for London . I feel though that if I've been lucky enough to get a spot on the ballot then I'd be a fool not to take it up and just do it for the atmosphere and the day and chase the sub-4 at a different race. We'll see soon enough - I agree though - 13th Oct is later than normal - I'm sure I found out at the end of September last year too.
Hey Just Coop Going - nice to see a fellow Coops on the thread! Snap - also will be my third marathon and hoping to get sub-4. Also RRR so we have our own sub-4 gang to rival the 3.30 gang (I fear it may be some years before I'm ready to join that team!
Life has most definitely got in the way recently and I haven't managed to get out for a run since last Wednesday. Put our house on the market last Monday and also found out we've finally reached the top of the (very very) long waiting list and been allocated an annual lease for a Beach Hut down by Sandbanks so the last fortnight has been mentally buys with prepping the house for sale (it's amazing what you realise you've been living with when you look at your property through strangers' eyes) and fitting out the beach hut etc. I will make it out tonight for a six miler even if it means I'm plodding the streets of Poole at midnight .
Have decided to take the previous advice of adding extra 20 milers to my schedule this time round. At this year's Manchester Marathon I kept perfect 9.09 minute miles to bring me home on 4 hours right through to mile 18 when my legs started fading and ended coming home at 4hr 10 so I think for me, pacing isn't the issue so much as endurance. I definitely walked less and had more in the tank for the last few miles this time round compared to my first marathon the previous year and I put that down entirely to a much tougher training schedule. I did 3 x 20 milers plus 1 x 19 miler and 1 x 17 miler as my five peak long runs for this year, so I'm thinking for the new schedule, build up the miles earlier and switch the 19 & 17 milers to 20s if possible. Need to find a spare ten mins to sit down with my calender and last year's training schedule and plan it all out. I can't do the whole 'make up the schedule as you go along with just key long runs scheduled' as I need to have a spreadsheet stuck to my fridge with a red pen ready to tick them all off! What can I say, I'm a planner
Still running in my shorts at the mo - holding on in there!