Cal - you're definitely getting back your running fitness, what date is your next race?
Steve - well done on your 15 miler in all that rain. It's good that you can settle into your long run pace without checking your watch every 5 minutes. You'll be needing those new shoes soon too.
Big G - your foot injury is much better as your can run more often now.
French toast, bacon and maple syrup sounds divine, what happened to that paleo diet?
Iain - maybe you should just hold off running until you're better, if you can do that you should lose no more than a few days training.
Big G/Iain - ha ha at the pull up stories. I haven't seen any of the guys in my gym trying to outdo each other with pull ups but last week there was a girl there, blonde and I think what the guys would say 'fit'. She was doing some serious weights just minding her own business ( I would guess she is an athlete of some sort). Then she took off her t-shirt, down to crop top and shorts and did some text book pull ups, I thought the old guys on the treadmills and cross trainers were going to fall off their respective machines.
System J - when you feel low during a run/race it's often caused by low blood sugar and taking on some fuel your body responds by quickly sending some of that sugar to your brain and suddenly it doesn't feel so tough and your mood lifts. This will happen to you in your marathon too. The brain is a very powerful part of distance running.
Heavy rain and chilly wind this morning for my run, rain eased off thankfully. We have more flooding here, I noticed a swan having a nice swim where there should have been cattle grazing
Iain - the weeks seem to go so fast especially when marathon training.
mamafox - I'd love to be able to do push ups, I make a pathetic attempt when we have to do them in Body Pump. But at the moment I am focussing on mastering the lunge which I'm rubbish at, not helped that my weak foot isn't that flexible. I am getting better but a couple of the instructors in the gym laugh at (with) me when I'm doing them. They do agree that for runners the two best exercises for leg and glute strength are lunges and squats. I'm fine with squats. In my leg programme I have to do a set on the leg press, jump off and do a set of lunges, then repeat 3 further times.
I couldn't even do one pull up. I'm so impressed by your determination.
Big G - I always remember that course being covered in sand blown in from the beach, quite annoying to run on.
Congrats on your first running prize, I hope it's a little plaque so you have a memento, rather than a bottle of wine
Wise decision on next week's half marathon, that might be a touch too much at this stage.
Louey - and I think you're capable of getting that sub 4 too.
Tempo pace on a treadmill would be really hard, especially if you're doing a few miles.
SK - I'm not surprised you don't have time to work or look after your children with that schedule, this is definitely more demanding than last year's training plan.
I'm so glad they didn't have proms when I was at school.
Yesterday was very windy down here with storm Imogen, I went out for a run at midday and had to change my route as there's a lot of minor flooding and the wind was so strong I thought the trees were going to come down. I run later on Monday as I have Yogalates at 9 a.m., I love this class, I think it's brilliant especially for runners as it stretches and seems to realign the body ready for the next weeks training. We did a great stretch for achilles that I've never come across before.
Back to early morning running today, quite chilly but almost no wind at all thankfully.
mamafox - so sorry to hear you're not back running yet. I do think you should go back to the docs/physio as you aren't healing as they advised you should.
Well done on all the cross training, especially the push ups, something I need to master.
Cal - good news you were able to do a 13 mile run with no problems.
Big G - that's a cracking time as I know there's a bit of a hill in that race although it is a pretty fast course, nice race.
Iain - you must be really pleased with your 10k result especially as you have a bit of a cold.
Louey - another huge PB from you, well done. Yes, will redo your training paces. Bad news about Abingdon but there are a few good autumn marathons around to choose from.
Ian5 - you did the right thing not to try and do a long run when you're under the weather. Hope you recover soon.
System J - you are doing well following the plan and completing your first 20 miler feeling strong bodes well for your marathon. The plan focusses on the long runs as these are the sessions that will serve you best for your race.
SK - those sewage works are whiffy and even worse after a lot of rain.
Congrats on your Parkrun win despite a man and his dog and a precocious child!
Gym and Yogalates this morning, run later. Today is the only day of the week that I'm not running first thing in the morning.