Sorry to hear your news. Physically, as others have said, you will have lost nothing from the week off. Emotionally I can relate. My Dad died about three weeks before the Edinburgh Marathon in 2013. Suffice to say I did basically zero training for the four weeks before the marathon save for a few very short head-clearing/chance to sob alone runs. I chose to run the marathon anyway to shoot for the sub-4 goal I wanted as I thought my Dad would've wanted that. I knew within three miles (when running downhill I could still only manage 9.30s) that the time goal was off so decided to pootle, enjoy, reflect, chat to others and support my hubby who was running for Prostate cancer which my Dad had died of. Once I had let go of any expectations, it was quite a life-affirming experience and I am glad I did it. That is only my personal story though which I offer if it helps. Yours may be different. I would advise to take the pressure off yourself, run as and when you feel like it over the next six weeks and run on the day if it feels like the right thing to do and let it go if it doesn't. Hope that helps. Sending best wishes.
I am hopefully nearing the end of a lurgy chest infection. No running for a week and sadly missed Stamford Striders 30k which I was really looking forward to! May try 20mins easy tomorrow or may wait another day until Friday. Given I missed the 30k last weekend how shall I build back up? I imagine a long run is not a good idea for this weekend so thinking maybe a couple of sessions of between 3-10miles over the next ten days before trying a long run next weekend? Was upto 17miles comfortably last weekend. On the positive, I saw the Doc who signed my form with my dramas, bless him. Can I just check the Doctors Stamp bit? All he did was stamp the address stamp of the Med Centre, is that all I need? There isn't an official 'doctor stamp' with his med registration number or anything I should be expecting instead is there? Want to make sure I have got it right! Hope everyone is going ok out there......
Hi Amy, I am down south but the friend I am spa-ing with is from York. We were considering going to the Titanic Spa in Huddersfield which looks great! However, as I am racing this weekend she is coming to me, bless her, so we are off to Y-Spa in Bedfordshire. Can't wait! Thanks for the welcome BR Bunny!
Thank you for the welcome Amy, what a storming 18miler! And thanks to Steve for the advice, I will run this weekend at MP and then do the 20miler as 10 easy, 10@MP. I was conscious of what was said about days recovery as we are right in the middle of the hefty mileage and I don't want to compromise my other sessions. Happily next Monday is both a rest day and a treat day at the spa so lots of opportunities to rest, relax and recuperate!