I hope things go as smoothly as they can with the funeral arrangements etc, Stephen. Sounds like very testing times. I hope the MP run goes well. What is MP for you?
I sort of know what I'm doing, as Berlin will hopefully be my 10th marathon, but the hip is a bit unpredictable. I was out for nearly 3 years of the last 5 and have nightmares about having to go through the same surgery again (if they'd even give it to me on the NHS, but that's a different story).
My other marathon is Abingdon. The aim is to run it in a playing card costume - I've bought the outfit, had it accepted by Guinness World Records and done a training run in it. I've actually sent in a bit of a late application to do Berlin in a fast food costume (hot-dog!), but it probably won't happen. You need loads of evidence and witness statements (including one from the race director) to get a WR, so I think it'd be too much hassle and too late notice.
Berlin and York will be very contrasting marathons! A friend of mine did York last year and loved it. Hopefully, you'll have recovered enough/ remained uninjured, so that you can enjoy a pressure-free marathon. I did Boston UK marathon in April 'for fun' and it was a strangely fantastic experience.
Hello . I am hoping to run this marathon. I've had dodgy hips in the past and they're starting to cause problems again. But I'm pushing through it by slowing down my runs and just focusing on the long ones. I'm behind most of you in the long runs, with a maximum of 19miles yesterday, but I will aim to squeeze in a couple of 20s in the next few weeks. I have another marathon in late October, in which I'm aiming to run a costume world record, so worst comes to the worst, Berlin will be a training run for that. The aim will be 3 hours and something, but haven't a clue what (PB is sub 3 so no chance of anywhere near that!). Not planning any races before then - just weekly parkruns.
Looking forward to reading about people's training up until the big day! Some impressive miles going on at the minute!
Glad you thought it was a good event for your daughter and that she had a positive experience, JaneyH. I really enjoyed it - even more so after discovering how close it was to being cancelled because the winds had created even more potential obstacles on the course that they had planned! I was worried people would have a gripe about the extra little bit of distance due to the re-routing. Perhaps I would have done too if I had been close to a PB, but thankfully I was several minutes slower than that so I can have some perspective.
I can't believe what a good price it is for a half marathon, with all the bits and pieces you get afterwards!
Hi Matt - I've had 2 hip arthroscopies for FAI with labrum tears. One was in late 2011 and the other was autumn 2012. I am back running strongly now over all my old distances, which is a positive story (as you'll find many negative ones online!), but it did take time and patience. I couldn't run much at all pain-free for about 9 months. That may have been because I'd had the issue on both sides, so the other side didn't like taking all the extra pressure. Plus, everyone's case is individual, so it's about playing it by ear as you go along.
I got on the bike straight after getting home and built it up gradually. Don't do too much, too soon. Stick to the exercises they give you initially. I got increasingly frustrated after about 3 months as I got good care and advice to get me back walking like a 'normal' person, but couldn't advise about specific return to proper running - that went beyond their duty, so I was left to work it out myself.
I ran it last year and enjoyed it. Bit of a 'round the houses' course in places - had to keep an eye out for cars coming out of driveways and shoppers crossing the footpath in front of me! But it was a reasonably fast course, very friendly and great for parking (in the university). Surprisingly low key, but I assumed that was because it was the first year for the event (for a while).