Bro - running evening, morning and lunch? That's essentially a triple even if split by a night's sleep. How do your legs cope with that, I know mine wouldn't co-operate?
Simon - you never fail to crease me up, very amusing! A grand for a beard? Either we're in the wrong line of work or he must have a beautiful face that everyone wanted uncovered!
Minni - hope you enjoy the track. If it's decent, will you pressure her into going to that uni so you can run each time you visit!?
Barry - very quick 8 there, well done. And SiUK, I can't add anything to Barry's questions.
Happy birthday 'another-year-2Old'!
Definitely listen to your body Pink, it's telling you to rest for a reason. I'm in the same boat unfortunately - after my trail run my calves were battered. I went out and ran anyway and have only made it worse. So pretty much taking this week off as my 16 weeks starts next week.
As for the plan of 2 in 6. Think I'm going to start training for a month and see where I am before entering/announcing it.
O4S - thanks for that, one of the great things about being on here is everyone has different views. I can totally see where you're coming from, and in all honesty my Dad sounds pretty similar to yours in that regard. My mind is made up to do Stroud, but then I've had another thought too...
I want to do some fundraising at some point and as I raised £2.5k twoyears ago for VLM, I probably need to do something a bit different to go back to the same people. So 2 marathons in 6 days could be a way to do it. MK is first so could still push for a PB but maybe not 3.30, then rest up for a few days and attempt to plod up and down the hills of Stroud if the legs can do it. Would be a really slow one, but enjoyable I'm sure. Hmmm, decisions, decisions...
Thanks for all of the advice team - I totally agree with what you've all said and as I was typing it did strike me as definitely the right option. Especially as if I went for MK and flunked it I don't think I would forgive myself.
Interesting thoughts Simon/KFC. Will need to think about it as I haven't started a plan yet, so Manchester might be a bit too close now. I'll have a look the other side...
Carrot – really well done on your HM, sounds like an incredibly tough one!
Blimey Bro, that’s a sadistic weekend you’ve got planned… hope the knee holds out.
Must be nice to have flights and accommodation sorted 2old & Chick, makes it all seem that bit closer I’m sure.
So, I have a question to ask you all…
My marathon pb is shocking. At least 45 mins slower than it should be, and I haven’t yet managed a proper one as the first one I ran injured and the second one I ran ill. So will it be third time lucky? I hope so, as I’m pretty sure I could get close to / beat the 3.30 mark if training goes to plan and I enter MK as it’s mainly flat.
However… as I’ve said, my Dad is seriously ill (terminally) so I’m looking to get home more often than normal. At lunch I was looking at races in Gloucestershire that I can do on some of the weekends I’m back and noticed that they’ve launched a trail marathon in my home town (Stroud). It’s on May 11th and pretty much goes past my parents front door. It sounds ideal and a no-brainer right?
The only problem is that it's proper hardcore. The route takes in all of the hills in the 5 valleys, and by my reckoning there will be at least 3,000ft of climbing, if not more. One climb in particular is a killer that I’ve struggled to do in mile 2, and it’s about mile 20. I imagine I’ll be lucky to do 4.15/4.30. But it’s a cracking route, really picturesque and, of course, the first one.
Do I sacrifice the shot at a time for another year? Which one would you enter?
Thanks for the advice for Dursley O4S. My new trail shoes have grips, although discovered they're a bit tight and narrow but hey-ho, they'll do.
Daren - one word... wow!
KFC - bet writing your 2013 summary was very satisfying, well done on a cracking year!
2old - I'd swap you your 'slow' 18M @ 8.22 if you don't want it...
Pink & Barry - congrats on the anniversary, hope you enjoy it
AA - you'll smash your sub 1-40 goal at Wokingham if you can bang out 15 @ 8.05 in training already
Simon - nice LSR. No idea how you do them on an empty stomach. I can't function without food. Ever! That's half my problem...
Chick - well done on your long run. That type of run will be well worth it when you cruise up the hill in Boston.
I was very S&S today. Calves absolutely killing me from wading through treacle yesterday, so only managed 7 @ 8.45. Felt a real effort and was going to give in a 2, 3.5 & 5 before eventually caving at 7. Can barely get up the stairs at home, so think a rest day or two is in order. Pretty poor really considering I've only done 30M this week.