Chicksta, it was a tough cut off this year- you needed to be 2 min 28 seconds quicker than your qualifying time to be accepted - I feel for those who didn't!
I can understand that you must be anxious about running a marathon with your heart condition, but presumably you are accustomed enough to listening to your body to stay safe? I know we forget it on here (and I am forgetting it the most right this moment), but it is just a marathon, so if you don't feel right, remember that and do the right thing.
Malcs, I see your point about the glutes, but if he's like my sports masseure, it'll feel nothing like a bloke rubbing your arse, and a lot like torture of a very pointy thing (elbow) grating a knot against pelvis.... but deeply relaxing once released!
Incidentally, I had the worst run ever today! Was meant to go out for 8 miles steady, but kept putting it off so only had time for 6... which i didn't even manage as I had to keep stopping to walk... Clearly I've not replenished my glycogen stores since Maldon half on Sunday, and running in the midday sun wasn't great either. I have a feeling all my runs in the next week or so are going to be superb though!!
Malcs, what about a sports massage? Sooner rather than later? Might be enough to set whatever it is straight?
Sorry about your cold Mr P, have you been put in an isolation room?
RR and Malcs, I'm hoping you can be sympathetic about a different kind of maranoia. I've not experienced it for a little while since gaining GFA for London, but I am going absolutely MAD waiting to hear from Boston! They seem to keep moving the goal posts- Sarah A heard just a couple of days after she submitted her entry, but she's super speedy.
Because they have had more qualified entries than places, its the fastest qualifiers first. With 4 minutes and 13 seconds of leeway, I'd be quite surprised if the result was negative, but I am still going crazy, and checking the website constantly. They first said that I would hear by the middle of this week, then they changed it to say they will START telling people on Wednesday this week, and now its becaome 'emails will be sent out from Wednesday afternoon'.... so in boston time, that means I'm waiting until this evening!!! I will probably get my London magazine before then!
So, in conclusion, I would say that maranoia is a waxing and waning condition, kind of like the fever associated with malaria . . .
Yes, alcohol fuelled running is my think Malcs... but I'm having a non alcohol fuelled end of Sept, first half of October to give me maximum chance for Oxford Half marathon on 11th Oct. I have Maldon Half this weekend with Sarah A, but we're both using it as a training race.
Chicksta, enjoy taper time... next on my calendar is 3 half marathons. Maldon this weekend as a training run, then going for it at Oxford 2 weeks later, then going for it again at Norwich in November. Then nothing in the calendar until next April, when hopfully I will be jetting my way across the pond to Boston!!! I'm currently in that horrid limbo of waiting to find out if I got a place, and apparently applications are very high this year!
Stan, MdM tends to be on the same weekend as Bacchus... unfortunately, now I've found Bacchus, I doubt I would ever go through the faff of going to France, but I guess either FRance or Surrey are both quite a long journey for you!
Tigger, There were a few boring folk on the half marathon who came rushing through when we were toward the end of our first lap, who must have been finishing the half in around 90 mins, although one of the speedy guys in his club vest did stop and have some wine at the 11 mile point when we saw him! But yup, mainly fancy dress
Well done in Coniston! What a beautiful place to swim!
That's a pretty awesome parkrun Sense!! Not sure I'd manage that time at the moment. There's a very vulnerable muscle that starts just below inside knee, runs up the thigh on the inside and crosses the groin to join in the abdominals... Called Gracilis... So a hip adductor- seems your problem has been going on far too long for stretching to solve it- but it is a constant source of tightness for me caused by running. In fact, back when I was a rower (not tower as I initially typed), my coach asled me if I was a runner as tightness in the same place shortened my rowing stroke length by well over a foot... I had lots of 'ministry of silly walks' type exercises to solve it...
cycling.... The potential for really really bad injuries scares me a bit too much. I'd probably be ok on a closed road TT but ultimately that would be pretty boring too. I'm not a super chatty runnwe, but did enjoy the company at events like TR24...