After running this for the last 2 years (it's still my favourite race) I will be having an enforced rest this year as since October 2007 I've gone from injury to injury!!!
Obviously trying to slash 30 minutes from last years 3:48 was too much training for my body, well to much for my achilles tendon anyway! Damaging ligaments in both ankles is probably my fault for not looking where I'm putting my feet!!
Anyway, good luck to everyone who makes the start - this is a tough but very rewarding race.
Just one quick question to check my understanding - or the lack of it. When we meet at the start does any kit I leave there get transported to the QEII park? Or would I have to come back on the bus to collect it?
Only as my wife is dropping me off at the start and then visting my parents who are in Portsmouth. If kit is not transported to QEII I can get her to take it after we start.
How to keep our hard earned fitness is a challenge I think we all struggle with - you are not alone.
I'm running the south downs marathon on 16th June, then a short triathlon the Sunday afternoon...after which I will be having at solid 2 weeks downtime. No running, no swimming, no cycling.....just two weeks to let my body recover.
I want to run two or three more marathons this year but in the October - December window, as the summer is to hot for me.
After my two weeks off am going to try and take a triathlon approach to my training, something like 2 runs, 2 rides and 2 swim sessions peer week, the slowly building that into combing sessions on the same day (or back to back).
My target here is twofold, one that I recognise my 16-20 week marathon training plan is quite intense (and destructive!), and secondly I'm wondering whether multi-sport training will raise my overall level of fitness. Aim being when I want to run a marathon only have to consider something like an 8 week specific program.
Multi-sport training should also that if I pick up an injury one of my training disiplines should still be possible, whereas with just running an injury can halt training.
Regarding toilet stops on the course, I try hard to hydrate really well on race morning, but then stop drinking 90 -120 minutes before the gun allowing it all to filter through. Works for me!
On recovery I've been trailing some of the "Skins" long tights. I ran in a pair on Sunday and have been wearing another pair all week. This morning virtually all of my aches had gone, although bounding up the stairs isn't easy yet! The Skins have definately worked for me, and even at £60 I've found them a good investment.
My wife thought your BBQ was a damn good idea, and that I should stop winging about being wrecked after running the race, as I chose to do it!
In a rare show of support, my wife mentioned that as I've raved about the race twice in two years that she maybe should come and support in 2008. Probably only so she and the boys can watch my relative state of destruction each time I pass Levits corner!
She even metioned helping out on a water station if the boys don't come along.
See you must organise a great race to generate this much enthusiasm from my better half - given her running experience is one race for life in 2006 - after which the "never again" was used and to be fair meant!
I'm starting to wonder whether I should have my VO2 max and pace tested to definitively work out what my maximum HR actually is.
If I take the 'maths' approach, given I'm 40 this year, that works out to a maximum of 183 - which is obviously wrong as I've recorded 187 last year.
But then, in 2007 my resting heart rate (like when I'm lying in bed being idle) whwn my body isn't recovering seems to have settled on 46, down from the 50 of 2006. So, probably I should do the maths again taking off 46 not 50 when working out HR zones.
I always try to run marathons about 80%, but the average of 26 miles always seems to be about 87%.
Has anyone else been through the unpleasant VO2 max tests? Did you think it worth the cost and effort?