Emma hi, I'm interested in why you think you can now do a 3.30 marathon time as apposed to 4.00hrs!, you have to be really sure you can do this otherwise you'll wind up doing 4.30 instead. You don't say how many previous marathons you've run, if it's your first be very careful, I'm assuming you've done 2 or 3 training runs of close to marathon distance, say 20 miles in 2hrs 35mins otherwise it's not going to happen. Don't forget it's a race of two half's, the first 20 and the last 6, if you miss- time it the last six will test you to your limits. Having said all that and you still feel you can hack it then this is what to do. Wait until 3 minutes before the start then simply climb over the barrier into the pen you want to be in, there may be some muttering but no one will stop you, however chances are that when you are staggering along the embankment with 2 miles to go you'll wish to God you'd started more slowly. Please lets have your surname or running number as I'm sure we'd all like to know how you get on
A couple of years after my first (failed) attempt at an ultra, I am ready to try again. But this time I am toying with the idea of making it a really solitary, personal journey and planning on running the approx. 85 km alone. The plan is that family and friends will serve as stations on the way and the finish line is just across the border at a lovely old Inn.
I have run 11 marathons (with no. 12 coming up in April). I run about 68 km a week building up to about 80km at marathon time. I plan to keep the long runs going after my marathon and run the ultra a few months later. I run 6 days out of 7 (I run to/from work everyday), resting on Saturdays.
I also had an NHS arthroscopy 5 weeks ago. I was able to walk out of the hospital and was driving and walking the following day, the knee was a bit sore and slightly swollen for a couple of days but now I can do slow jogs for about an hour at a time. Lucky me. I say this because I know that each arthroscopy is different: a friend also had the same op on the same day as me and she is still getting some pain and is not nable to run yet. Having said this the post-operation booklet I was given at the hospital said that if the swelling had not gone down in the first week that I should get myself to my doctor a.s.a.p. and thats what you should do, if your knee is still swollen after 5 weeks something is not right.
Stutyr, hi Just an update after my Op, thought I'd let you know how it went. I spent five hours waiting for the op in which time I was shown how to climb/descend stairs on crutches etc. Great pre-op drugs, not quite MDMA but very smoooth. Lights out for about 20mins then into recovery, wiggled my toes, bent my knee, walked to the loo, no pain at all. Then I was discharged ( left the crutches behind),I was supposed to take a taxi home but there was a traffic jam so I walked ( carefully) to the nearest tube station I live in London). Next day I took it easy but was able to drive my car with no problem. that evening I put some ice on the knee but really there was very little swelling, just abit of tightness around the tendons at the back of the knee. So all ok with me so far, I'll update you if I suddenly get any problems