I got a bit lost this morning as I have to use a subway to cross a large roundabout, they are currently building a flyover and have half the flyover in place, and the subway route has been diverted with fences and a path in between these huge cranes. Was really interesting running around the construction stuff but I got lost and came up the subway on the wrong road and had to go back down and find the right route out.
mamafox - a chocolate milk drink is a great post run/race, fluids, carbs and some protein. Follow it up with say a cheese or tuna sandwich all within that 20 to 30 mins window and then you'll be OK until lunch/dinner
Mowser I absolutely love your advice! Thank you! For someone who increasingly stresses during races about my time this really made me think about how and why I run. I run to feel better about myself mentally and physically. I race for a goal for training and to have camaraderie with other runners. My best ever time for a marathon was my first. I didn't own a garmin then, chatted lots to other runners, never felt like I couldn't go on and had the aim just to finish. Which I did and felt strong. After York I asked people I knew did you have a good race not what was your time! I think partly before a race I pick 5 hours as a time I hope for but don't actually analyse my training. So it is rather random! I will plan things differently for Windermere. If it's ok I will ask for your help here please Shades. One thing I will do differently this time is race a half in training which will hopefully assist me in making a more realistic marathon goal
Lily - xpost this morning. That's a lovely posting. I hope we all run to feel better about ourselves. The advantage of analysing your marathon training is that it can be your guide in how to run your marathon so that you don't suffer from an over ambitious start. A couple of half marathons in your build up for Windermere will really help especially if you can do those over an undulating course. Windermere is (IMHO) a lovely course but not without it's challenges, like the Dartmooresque type hill at 7 miles. As there's quite a few doing Windermere now we can all prepare together.
Jugula - I can understand that you'd want to go back to Bilbao some time and finish that marathon. I've put Bilbao on my 'to do' list too but it won't be 2015, maybe the following year.
mamafox - hope the children are recovering and not passing on their germs to you.
Big G - You shouldn't feel guilty about making some plans. I see that as a positive thing that you are not shying away from what would have been shared experiences and of course that can be upsetting.
There's no need to rush to sort out Claire and Jay's things, you'll do that in your own time and when you're ready to deal with it.
I think it's good that you are keeping yourself fairly busy, that's far better than locking yourself away.