Big G - and I'm sure you're absolutely right about the drink station!
Steve - club training runs can be quite competitive, but will be good for your speed training. I too prefer to train in the morning which is why I lapsed my membership with Big G's club as I hadn't trained with them for 10 years!
But it's great to be in a club and race in club colours.
mamafox - I will post a photo of that medal when I can get my Gmail to work again on my phone, it's so annoying, but will probably be OK in a day or so.
I think the wall was probably knocked down by a lorry and they would have been reversing very slowly so I think it nudged it over into the garden. As you can probably tell I'm not that bothered about it as I won't have to pay for it as the repair will come out of our service charge. I think they will reopen the road today or tomorrow as they're filling in the trench now.
That's great that you're still going to do your race, if only for all the race logistics you have put in place and you deserve that Jacuzzi bath.
Cal - oh a year is quite a time to be travelling, you'll just have to do hilly runs instead. You will soon get used to the hills again, but you were right to avoid them as they often aggravate an injury.
Lily - great news on the Garmin, hope you like it and you can run a nice shiny PB on Sunday with it!
Pilates was brilliant today, hips, spine and hamstrings all stretched. It's really warm here today, can't believe the change in the temperature
SK - there was a picture of that Tinkerbelle in our local paper last night, she was dressed all in green.
Great pacey run at your club, but that can happen so easily, it's the natural competitive spirit
Cal - is your spin instructor coming back? If so maybe do something else whilst he's away.
Lily good luck with the Garmin shopping. I have a 310XT and it's very good, I need and use the heart rate monitor every day. I think it's designed for triathletes as it does swimming and biking (never do either) but it is waterproof. Picks up signals very quickly and very reliable.
If you're desperate you could order from Amazon today and have a new Garmin delivered before the weekend.
Iain - yes, that's a good idea. Get used to running 4/5 days a week, you won't have that pre marathon panic about training if you do that!
Big G - well that's good news about the blood tests. If you have an infection that affects your breathing surely that would make you feel tired. You're also not able to run and I find that if I can't exercise I feel more tired.
I'm with you on resisting the meds, they seem to offer them so quickly these days.
You asked about the running, because you are a runner
Saw your write up and a great photo of Fizz in the HE, her daughter did a great PB at Plym Trail. So pleased to see that ET got the V55 club record at NDM, I was talking to her before and she said she hadn't done any long runs and didn't know how she'd get on.
Chilly again this morning, but sunny and no wind, good run. Our road is still closed to traffic for the road works, so lots of vehicles using our cul de sac to turn around. This morning I see that a vehicle has knocked down our garden wall right outside my flat, don't know when it happened, I never heard a thing! No driver came and knocked on my door so I guess a hit and run.
Big G - if you don't care for off road then summer is the time to run one and hopefully the course will be dry. There are quite a few multi terrain events now where the running surface isn't too rough, a lot of tow path events can have a good running surface. mowzer is probably the best person to advise as it's years since I ran an off road marathon. Have you looked at the events on the 100 club website?
The girl at Lidl's did well, maybe Slowkoala saw her?
I think you have a prime spot at DD, maybe not if the weather is bad as it's quite exposed there. Getting to that point is a bit like getting to 20 miles in a marathon, you think 10k to go, I can do that. But at DD the stretch from the Rugglestone to marathon point is quite a tough part of the course, climbing up and usually into a headwind and I find that hard
Last year as I was slightly outside the cut off I had my thumb ready on my Garmin to switch it off and I was thinking I can have a nice chat to Big G now, then the timekeeper said I could carry on, which was a nice surprise. But I must make the cut off this year if I want to carry on.
Jacky - you have recovered well.
Right - training. Use the parkrun as your tempo run each week, you can run a slow easy mile warm up before the parkrun, you will me more likely to PB if you do so. A slow warm down mile after is good too, but I understand if you have coffee and cake planned
One long run a week, between 10 miles and 15 miles. Although 15 miles takes you over your target race distance it will give you added endurance on race day.
One run of either hills or intervals. Hills, find a route with a couple of good hills and run at a steady even effort.
Intervals - one mile easy, one mile at between 5k and 10k pace, one mile easy, one mile at between 5k and 10k pace, one mile easy.
(you could do a hilly run one week and the intervals the following week)
One easy run a week.
If you could find a 10k race before Swansea that would be good as I think you'd do a good PB.
Buddha Girl - there are shoes now that are suitable for both road and trail. My favourite road shoes are Brooks GTS Adrenaline, they do a trail version Brooks ASR. I bought a couple of pairs of the ASR and have run road marathons in them as the cushioning is exactly the same as a road shoe, it's a more rugged sole and a more protective upper that seems to be the only difference.
I'm sure other shoe manufacturers must have done the same as Brooks so maybe start by seeing if there's a trail model of your preferred road shoe.
Steve - good luck with the ballot, maybe next year you'll be submitting a GFA time. It is tough raising the charity money required, much easier if it's your first marathon, but we're all past that now
Keith - have smaller meals but more of them!! I did used to work with someone who had gall bladder problems and he had to eat more often, I think to avoid build up of acid? So cut that mega family pizza in half from now on.
Are you able to run at all now?
Iain - good to hear you're keeping up with the training. Race entries aren't cheap these days
mamafox - I prefer the Welsh medal too, I do have some other lovely medals too I'll try and find my favourite one and post a photo some time.
Well at least an MRI scan should show exactly what the problem is, be it a stress fracture or other damage. Up until the end of last year you sailed though quite a few marathons and all the subsequent training with no injuries. Now you really are going through the wars, but you will be back running again. Worst part of our sport is the injuries.
Chilly morning, but lovely in the sun which was quite warm. Hilly run today for me, wasn't looking forward to it as thought I might still have a little post race tiredness in my legs but I didn't and had a great run. One month today to DD and I have to make that cut off where Big G will be waiting at marathon point with his clipboard!