louise - I'm not qualified to comment on your situation, but with your background I expect the fitness will come back pretty quickly if you can get a solid block of training in, and breaking 1:30 shouldn't be too much of a problem. Build it up slowly though, as others have said (and I'm sure you already know).
Cakesy - sounds like you have a bit of a sporting background then, and I expect quite a bit of talent. If you can build to say 60M per week (gradually) with consistency I expect you'll be down in the 2:3x range (or better) fairly quickly. I'm doing the Milton Keynes marathon on Monday - it was originally training for some ultras, but a change of plan means I'm going to run it reasonably hard and see what happens.
Scores on the doors from my 2M MP test were 6:03 and 5:58 - I didn't look at the watch during the 2M and it felt reasonably comfortable, so I will aim for the same effort level on Monday and hope it converts to about 6s.
Welcome to all the new people - some amazing runs on Sunday, particularly by LMH and Ros!
Cakesy - 2:52 off 15-20mpw is ridiculous. Do you do any other sport or have a background in something fairly competitive? I don't know South London but there must be some clubs nearby. I suggest going along to a local one - most will allow you to join in a couple of times without actually joining, then you can join if you like it. Once you start going regularly you'll meet other local people and can arrange other runs with them.
I've kept about 20 medals I would estimate, just the ones of importance for whatever reason (e.g. PB, first race). The rest get thrown away.
Just some easy running this week for me as a taper for MK. As it's on Monday (I wish it was on Sunday!) I'll be doing the classic 7M with 2M at MP this evening rather than the usual Wednesday. My plan is not to look at my watch, run at what feels like MP and see what it comes out as.
Jools - gutted for you, but I have no doubt you'll be back in top form for Chicago.
Ryan - shame it didn't quite pan out, but you've put in a huge amount of work that will put you in good stead for future campaigns. And it was still a PB!
CD/Dachs - very solid runs from you both again, as expected!
TT - that's a great run given your build-up and sounds like you paced it very well (or possibly could even have gone a little bit faster in the first half?). You comfrotably beat my best ever final 2.195km!
Muss - pleased that all your hard work paid off, you earned that.
CC2 - not a bad result considering, you'll be back in shape quickly.
EliudK - reasonable.
My weekend was a bit different from all of yours. Up early on Friday for an easy run then drove to Liverpool for the stag do, golf in the afternoon and then a big night out. Got back to the hotel around 5am (don't really remember getting back...) then woke up at about 8:20, just in time to do the local park run. Annoyingly I forgot my barcode, but would have crossed the line in 2nd in about 17:30, although that felt harder than it should have, although it be fair I was probably still quite drunk.
Afternoon of clay pigeon shooting, quad biking etc, then another night out and back to the hotel a bit earlier (around 4:30am), amusingly I was one of the first back! Drove home, watched the marathon a few hours after it had actually happened (awesome race), then managed about 10M at 6:40s.
ES - good to see you back. Shame about the injuries but good news that you know what the problem was and you are getting back into it. Better than if you'd ignored the pain and made it worse.
Chicago is expensive, but nearly my favourite marathon (close to Barca) - I did it twice, but that's partly because Mrs Padams was working in Wisconsin at the time. And Chicago is one of my favourite cities to visit as well.
Some nice taper runs - I see most of you are sticking to the classic 7M with 2M at MP. I expect CW is doing something different!
10M for me last night as 4M at 6:45, 4M at 5:50, 2M at 6:30. The 5:50s felt a bit harder than MP, but it was undulating and a bit breezy, and I didn't have my fast shoes on, so who knows. I think the plan at MK will be to start at 6s and see how it goes.
4.5M very easy with the dog this morning over the fields, good fun.
Good memory RB! The one I was struggling with was Orinocho - I could remember his actual name but not forum name. I was thinking about a 10 year reunion, but I think we'd struggle to get hold of some of those. We could probably get 7-8 of us together without too many problems though. There must be some easy WR we could have!
PP - nice intervals and baking!
Marders - good luck, will be checking your result with interest. Presumably you'd be looking to qualify for GB rather than NZ, now that you have your citizenship?