Bad news for me. I`ve had a few issues over the last few months and have been prodded and poked around by numerous doctors. More tests to come. Told yesterday that running a marathon would not be a good idea for various reasons. Bit of a bugger really.
So ... I`m deferring though since everything is booked I might was well go out and enjoy the sights.
Bit p**d off but there it is.
Have a fantastic race everyone and I look forward to reading your tales of glory on the forum from Sunday night !
Beetle, in all my other sub 3's I have run the first half in about 1:27 - 1:28 and the second half in 1:30 so I do bank a little bit of time.
I'm aiming to go no faster than 6:30's in Berlin. Taper madness is kicking in though and as the days go by I am getting less and less confident. I am also eating for England. It's like my body knows what is coming
If you`re running 6`30 is won`t you reach the half way in just over 1`25 ?
Hang onto the confidence, One thing I`m convinced of is that there rarely any relationship whatsoever between how you feel before marathon and how you perform in the marathon.
Pipes - you may have invented a new tapering method. Easy last few days ?
MsE - what a time to get a cold. On the other hand with a bit of luck you can shake it before Sunday and the enforced rest might do so some good.
Weather looking ok ish. Winds have dropped. A few degrees cooler would be perfect.
Well done Stephen. Glad to hear the knee is behaving itself. We may have passed each other on the road this morning, I did 11: out to Redbourne - Nicky Line - Rothampstead - back along the Harpenden Rd.
Recovery runs from hereon in - although will do 7 mi with 2 @ m.p. on Tuesday.
MsE - you seem to be coming to the boil nicely. Have you and your dog ever tried your hand (and paw) at canicross ?
Pcleasby are you aiming to run steady at 6`40/mi from start to finish ? Or will you get some time in the bank over the first half - or negative spilt ?
I`m hoping the weather next week will be like today`s - but without the breezes. Lovely and cool. The forecast is a reasonable 18C but the wind looks nasty (22 kmh westerly with gusts up to 52 kmh). Still, plenty of time for that to change.
A week today and we`ll be going to bed the night before the marathon. Sobering thought.
Good luck to everyone with their last longish runs tomorrow.
Nicole sounds like it`s a typical pre-marathon niggle i.e. its manageable with common sense and care. Why not try a short easy jog ? I think if your body`s used to regular exercise and you suddenly stop - all sorts of things crawl out of the woodwork (real and imagined). I suspect when the gun goes off next week you`ll forget all about your IT band.
Stephen sounds like you have the knee under control. How many marathons are you doing in the next month ?
Pcleasby I like the idea of the breakfast run but I think sitting on my sofa (or in a bar with a coffee) would do me more good.
Hope you avoid that cold Jason. That would be very bad timing.
Did 4 x 1200 this a.m. Things seem to be moving ok. 12-13 mi on Sunday and then just a few jogs.
Weather looking ok - presently forecast at 19C with some drizzle. A 5 degree drop would be better but compared to this week even 19C is looking pretty good.