Consistently consistent is the phrase that springs to mind TR.
I may well be at Watford PMJ for the next one in a few weeks...it would involve me actually joining a running club for the first time ever though!
Keir - sounds like a sensible break to focus on something else. I think you have done three on the bounce now haven't you? I did that a couple of years ago and felt mentally burnt out. I still haven't quite got used to not eating the 4,000 calories that my training used to allow though so in answer to SBDs question, I may consider something in 2012. In fact I need to in order to stop myself from becoming a porker.
A very belated post to say well done to RJ on the sterling effort at the weekend
I particularly wanted to say how gutted I am for KR on your run - your training deserves more and I am sure you will get the time you want in the end. Hard luck to Scoobs too.
First time I have seen your very impressive marathon record Birch.
MM's point (hello MM!) is spot on - shorter races have nothing to do with full marathon performance. For my money you are better off running three fast finish long runs or substantial MP runs as part of long runs as a predictor of form and the mental toughness it takes to deliver the time you are targetting for a mara over a quick half marathon time in training.
For my sub 3.15 I spent the last two miles turning over TR's phrase "be a can not a can't" to get me over the line in time - mental toughness is key.
Still mulling over how to re-arrange the sessions around a fortnight's camping in Cornwall. Travelling down on a Saturday, so the LSR will have to be on a different day. Probably the day before, Friday, and might drop a couple of miles off the LSR the previous Saturday. I'll try and sneak in an LSR the following weekend. We travel back on a Saturday too, so could do an LSR the day after, although of course that will have a knock on effect on the following week... Holidays are such hassle!
Hey c'mon Gul you can always do circuits of the campsite like the good old days Training in Cornwall is pretty tough if you are near the coast (and even away) as it is pretty hilly. I have found it is a question of time on feet rather than miles when away from the home patch and measured routes. Try running some of the coastal path - it is ace!
This is the first time I have looked in on the thread for a long time. I have been away for a while being naughty - mainly drinking and eating to much among other things. Good for running fitness it may not be, but it is good for the soul.
Will be running every day in July (even on hols) as penance. I may even do a race at some point this year...<gasp>
Better go because after reading back and looking at the training and results going down , I don't feel I should be posting among you proper athletes