PP - I just watched the video (here if anybody is interested incidentally), and yes, I know what you mean. It does look like I'm slacking off a bit and just cruising. Nice to see my right arm has become marginally less gimpy too!
TR - cheers, and I agree. There wasn't much there to say that I was in that kind of shape as my training was certainly underwhelming in the main, but I knew my base level had dramatically improved and the menthol aspect of knowing you can is huge.
Dachs - 14st/89kg at my heaviest. I think I posted a picture on here somewhere before.
Lev_/LR1976 - well done in what sounds like tough conditions in New York! Didn't Kipsang run 2:10 or 2:11? I think that says enough.
selbs - cheers for thinking of me.
bains - congrats on the new arrival.
Thanks for all the post-Frankfurt comments. The personal stuff is settling down a little, but loads to do going forward, so we'll see how that goes. The only other things I could add to my Frankfurt 'report' was that I actually got 6 or 7 of my 8 water bottles - I think 6 as I have a vague recollection of grabbing a cup of sports drink at one station and, I think, water at another. I remember the start and end of the course being twisty, but that's about it.
My general feel when finishing is that I left a lot of time out on the course because I dialled in from about half-way when I just switched off and that I hadn't pushed overly hard in the first half anyway. The post-race reactions where some of my clubmates commented that I shouldn't be able to walk so normally after a marathon, whilst they struggled to go from sitting to standing, and the complete lack of any pain, bar a very slight tight right calf, in the days after backs that up.
So, obviously, there are a lot of positives there, not least because my training was flakey beforehand and I had the twisted shin/ankle from trodding in a hole (which played up from about 6km). Normally I would be annoyed as you don't get many attempts to nail a marathon, but given the circumstances around it I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Basically, at the end of the day, I ran within a minute of my pb, whilst a little heavier, less fit and carrying a bit of a problem without pushing, so I'm pretty confident that I can smash that to bits come London.
Incidentally I'm in for Berlin next year too.
I had my first run back on Monday. Just a 6m jog. Stuff got in the way yesterday, but will be out for something hopefully in double figures today. Target for this week is anything above 50, but all easy.
I was pleased with my race, but more from the circumstances than anything else. I had a complete personal emotional sh!tstorm kick off this morning before the off that will have long lasting repercussions, but that I will, understandably, not go into here.
I ran most of the race on complete autopilot. Shin started hurting about 6km. I thought about quitting about a million times (I even contemplated not running tbh). Hit halfway in 73:25 (watch), and when I started to leech time later I didn't have the emotional wherewithal to knuckle down, so, tbh, just dialled it in to a large extent.
End result was 2:28:35 (watch), 35th overall and 9th in age category.
That is, in all honesty, about as much of a report as I am likely to give, and I will possibly not be around much for the next while (reserving the right to change my mind of course), so you know, run well and DBS.
Toro - so is this training just like a pre-marathon phase with regular marathon training to follow then? 13m @ 10k+20s though? The thing that needs to be taken into account with these plans is the relativity of the paces. As an example, Canova's workouts are done on percentages. For me to do the quickest stuff in his workout schedules/structure strictly following his rules I would have to run 10-12km of volume (say 1km reps) @ quicker than my 5km pace, but if you do a bit of digging around you'll see that his guys do those workouts at around 10km pace. Likewise, 13m @ 10k+20s would probably have been around MP for Horwill's guys, so still a very tough workout, but is pretty close to a flat-out HM for you. What is your usual weekly mileage and structure?
TR - I think you'd probably come on leaps and bounds with some 10k work, especially with your aerobic conditioning. Certainly for me it gives the best returns.
Nicely done ThR.
~650g of carbs consumed (close to 11g per kg) so I think it's safe to say I'm well stocked up