Not sure if this is the right place to post but I have an abingdon place going spare due to injury if anyone is looking for a place please PM me. All the very best to those of you who are running - the hard work is nearly done!
That wind really is quite something today, not sure if it is entirely sprout related? It was gusting about 60 - 80mph up here. I was going a little stir crazy in the house and couldn't get to the gym because the bridge has been closed all day. The police were even advising 'everyone to stay indoors all day' which is the kind of thing you used to hear on Tom & Jerry cartoons when there was a crazy axe-murderer on the loose.
So obviously I decided to go out for a run. Heading into the wind for 3miles felt like I was working really hard without moving much. Managed to dodge a few falling branches, sliding wheely bins and the occassional air-borne pet. At points there was the comical sight of me moving my arms and legs wildly in a swinging motion whilst virtually standing still. Then on the turnaround it was like being repeatedly thrown out of a nightclub by a bouncer and I was striding like a triple-jumper. An interesting experience and as is often the case not actually that bad once you get out the front door.
It made me wonder though, given that you are a pretty hardy bunch, what are worst conditions you have ever run in and are there any situations in which you wouldn't even consider venturing out?
Sorry can't add an awful lot to the obstetric discussion! Looks like a few of us have used P&D over the years with various adaptations to suit our strengths / weaknesses / priorities etc. I think I wil be trying this out for the first time in the next few weeks myself. For my first marathon earlier this year I went for a low mileage / high intensity approach as I was a little cautious about upping my mileage too quickly and over-comitting on time etc. I think my heaviest week was about 40 miles and most were around 30 - 35. The result was consistent training and good speed but perhaps a little under-trained in terms of endurance.
So the plan this time is to move up slightly to 40 - 50 miles with the P&D approach (i.e. a bit more aerobic running and marathon paced efforts). Hopefuly the cumulative effect of building on a second marathon cycle wil itself count for something along with a slight increase in mileage. I wonder if any of you have any comments about which bits of P&D you have adapted yourself over the years? There seems to be a bit of consensus for adding in a few more 20m ish efforts? Anything else worked for you?
btw Matt your training and times look very promising indeed - sure you will have a great race!
apologies for not reading back but frustrating reading how far and fast people are running when limited to hobbling around!
Just had a giving blood reminder - I feel a bit gulity because I haven't given blood since deciding to run VLM on Jan 1st. I'm guessing giving blood during marathon training is not a good idea (from a selfish perspective of course). Does anyone have any thoughts on giving blood at other times?
For example even though my runs are limited at present I am worried that if I give blood at the moment it will hamper the recovery of my injuries.