Howard, thanks for your positive words about Oakley and a possible London PB. It was the first time I've ever read our club race report saying I was first runner home! I feel like framing that, and it seems the multiple long runs since Xmas have paid off. Still slow compared to the young quick guys of course but ok for an old fart of 56!
I have also been advised to do a similar knee exercise, but it entails standing on the weak leg and then while keeping back straight bend the knee so doing a sort of one legged squat of about 5 or 6 inches then hold for 30 secs and straighten leg again. I'ts hard on the knee to start with but gets easier as muscle gets stronger.
Have you considered cycling for a while and build to say a 60-100 mile sportive? I think it's a great way of getting very fit without hammering your body, and once that fitness level achieved start running again?
I'll second that about clubs, so very good if you have a nice group. Our club is more about taking part and being social than outright speed, though our top runner won the Colchester half at the weekend in 1h 12 mins, so a few fast guys amongst us 'also rans'.
Well done Howard, wow it was tough in that wind yesterday.
I had a change of plan as I managed to get a place in Bedford Harriers Oakley 20 race. I've done it 3 times before, but never in such hard conditions. It's an undulating course but in a full on head wind it felt downright hilly. My PB for a 20 mile race was set at the same race in 2008 (2hr.45mins) which I honestly thought I would never beat, but yesterday I managed a 2hr 41, so I'm dead chuffed with that, and I feel a marathon PB of 3.45 could be beatable at London.....probably?
I feel the recent increase in pace is mainly down to losing a stone in weight, and that's down mainly to giving up bread. I've also starting eating a Tuna fish and cucumber wrap and a boiled egg every day for lunch, so seems to work for me.
That's good news indeed, good luck with training runs this week.
London coming up fast now. I'm hoping to do my longest slow run to my parents house on Sunday (22 miles) with my wife carrying water and gels on her push bike, so hoping for reasonable weather, though forecast not looking great at the moment.
Howard, be really careful with that one. Fingers crossed it's just a slight over use/ muscle soreness that will improve with a few days rest or walking/cycling/gentle jogging, and not 'Gilmore's Groin' that I developed a few years back after trying to run through what I thought was a mild groin strain.
FRC, that sounds like a really fast time for Charnwood. That's a tough one isn't it?
Fido/Howard Well done, some tough but good running.
I had a horrible 20.8 miles yesterday, despite a good early 7.00am start. Can't quite shake of this damned slight cough/wheeze thing. Last 6 miles were just will power, I just felt knackered and slow. (3h 20mins) Only consolation is fast recovery, I cycled my hilly 5 miles to work this morning and feel quite good now, cough no worse/no better. 2 more long runs, then tapering, and chance to fully recover hopefully!