Great report AWC, must feel like you can now completely forget and draw a line under Manchester. But go and get your blood tested!
My plans for the rest of the year are to enjoy my running a bit more - I'm in a team for a 24-hour track relay next month plus I'm doing a 'marathon week' which consists of 6 races over 6 consecutive days on different terrains - hills, road, wood, sand, track... I'd like to get back to track work too, and race lots of 10k and parkruns. A race pack arrived this morning for the London 10k at the end of the month - feels too soon!
Had a club session last night which is usually a nice easy 8-9 miles. But for some reason after a couple of miles in turned into a tempo session. At the end everyone blamed everyone else and I'm knackered now!
It is amazing how many non runners enter the ballot thinking they'll start running if they get a place. I can't contemplate going from 0 to 20 miles in training in the 6 months or so from getting a place to finishing training. But saying that, a friend who marshalled at the 12 miles point said that they had never seen so many runners walking already from that point. But that should in theory mean more places for those who want to run it if people are honest re predicted times.
Lit, I reckon you could flog those brownies at the expo for a fiver a slice.
Ramjet, gutted for you on the DNF, so frustrating. It does sound like a virus to be suffering so early, so right decision to pull out. The training won't go to waste though - hope you can find another marathon soon.