Becca, that's reassuring, but I'm worried how I'm supposed to work back up in terms of both distance and speed if every time I try to do so I get a stress fracture... Maintaining fitness isn't a problem, seriously - it's not fitness holding me back each time, it's trying not to increase mileage and speed too rapidly. I honestly thought I was being sensible. I worked up to a 21.5 mile run, then I decreased the mileage while doing some shorter fast runs - thought that would be okay, but obviously it didn't work.
Terry: Hope you have a good run at Chelmsford, whatever your finish time.
Sadly, I won't be running Beachy Head marathon on 29th, nor a marathon this side of the New Year, and I may have to put my Comrades plans on hold again: I ran a fast parkrun on Saturday (0nly 12 seconds outside my PB), went for a little job on Sunday and felt a sudden pain in my right foot after about 1.5 miles. Nothing on x-ray but classic clinical signs of a metatarsal stress fracture: pain on pressure over the third metatarsal and I totally fail the hop test (as in, I'm not even prepared to TRY to hop). Very, VERY frustrated. Bone density scan next week after which I'll have more idea whether I have a real problem with low bone density or have just been very unlucky. I know I did more speedwork in the last few weeks but I'd also dropped my mileage quite a bit...
Hi Marty: yes, I've run Beachy Head before, although that was in 2012 when I was at my fittest so I expect to be slower. Sausage rolls are useless to me: I'm vegetarian!
I ran Manchester in the inaugural race, memorable for all the wrong reasons: 4 degrees Centigrade before windchill, gale-force winds, rain and hail. And a total mess with the luggage (I was lucky - my stepmother took me there, stayed and had my kit). Playing with hypothermia on that one did however mean that I took the warnings seriously for SDW50 the following year and had enough layers (and proper waterproofs) with me - I looked like a drowned rat on the photos but I was okay temperature-wise.
Entered Beachy Head Marathon and I hope to finish in under 5 hours! If all holds up for that, I'll go ahead and enter Comrades, and then look for a 'proper', i.e. flatter, marathon to get me under 4 hours for pen D.