Interesting Steve Marathon Coach - I have always felt the same way about splitting runs, and although I do add to races in training, these are races I've used as training runs rather than raced so am hoping that's OK.
Hi people : yes Watford was windy and the new course contained an extra and especially demanding hill [the one @ 7.7].
I took it easy, actually had a tubular bandage on top of my tights to keep the hamstring which had joined the adductor in check, and that worked really well however odd it may have looked.
My usual loos in the park were locked, the cafe had decided not to welcome us this year, and the queues were massive otherwise, so I only emerged with 4 mins to go and realized I'd left my gloves in tha bag I'd handed in, so retrieved those and got going.
It was all easy and fun until about 11.5 when a clubmate appeared on my shoulder and made to overtake me. In syrging away I inadvertently caught the only female clubmate ahead of me, overtook her, and we all 3 ended up in a tussle in which I managed to go down to just above 8 min milling - so at least some of this is in the mind.
I only ran 2:03:06 overall and enjoyed it. Had lots of little twinges in the 2 hour body scan, but all seems to have come through.
So this is close to a minute a mile worse than my usual Watford result, but then I'm not supposed to be running for another 2 weeks, so will graciously accept.
GM you did so well, everyone was well down even the winners [yey VPHTHAC!].
Minni - I think you get how it is!
Slowkoala - I pin gels to my waistband and then cut little slits in them at either side [near the top!], so I can just tug them off in one movement. Not too deep or they fall off.
Chickadee & BRB - that's running, fantastic!
I remember getting under 40 for 5 miles towards the end of marathon training once & nearly threw up.
Super - I do feel for you with it being Sunday especially.
Yes my asthma is worse in this cold weather, and I'm just shaking off this cold so try to keep warm. My actual running this week has been one speed session on the Alter G, and 4 x miles jog in forceful hailstones so vicious they hurt my face.
I tweaked an adductor doing Speedflex yesterday, and am planning on getting round Watford half tomorrow in a jog.
Hope your pins & needles calmed down.
BRB I'm wondering how your run extension worked. I've done this a lot, but pretty much immediately after the race, maybe had to quickly put medal away or something, grab a drink, I reckon I'd seize up if I left it for later.
hApPy dAnCe and much spinning around here for you Super!
My BB was down so I was getting frantic to know - what super news, and your AJ report suggests that you can be confident of a training benefit there to tide you over and transition you into full throttle running.
My throat has subsided assisted by chrysanthemum and honeysuckle tea, breathing is still at around half, and I've masively tweaked an adductor doing Speedflex, but am looking forward to Watford, might go for a 2 hour evenly paced effort, we shall see.
Astonishingly, when I totted up my January miles for Run the World challenge the total came to over 198! They generously let you include all XT and allow 10 mins to = 1 mile. Still, 94ish was actual running and I was more or less on the bench.
I had one of those highly spurious Inbody Scans yesterday & my % muscle had plumetted and fat shot up by around 20%, but I'd just drunk 2 x bottles of water which probably threw it out. MRIs are very scary to me and had to go for the standing up one after being incapable of staying in the lying down version.
Chickadee - congratulations!
Gingermagic, Charles H, Bramster - see you tomorrow perhaps.
I had hernia repair on NYE & was totally out for 8 days, followed by 2 low mileage / reduced quality jog weeks, have since resumed where I normally would be at this stage in the build up but have lost fitness and tweaked an adductor etc, it all seems a bit tiring and I'm wondering if I should scale back expectations from here or carry on regardless and hope the pace kicks in nearer the time.
When I resumed running attempts things like hamstrings that never hurt before protested quite savagely, so I did need to wait for things to ease up.
I *lost* around 40 miles over the 3 weeks [4-6 of the 20]