Agreed T Rex - I've been incredibly lucky, and I suppose my disappointment is more based on having just sorted out (and therefore paid for) my marathon road map for the rest of the year and my assumption that I will be able to just turn up and run them all, which of course I now can't. I just need to refocus and be grateful that I will be able to complete 40 marathons this year - YIPPEE . I like the idea of a long taper, but not sure my body will take kindly to 6 weeks of eating too much pasta . Just to add insult (or illness) to injury, I've come down with a stinky cold (stinky due to the large quantity of garlic I have just consumed), so Sunday's run would have been out anyway...
I'll quite happily take any finish time for SNOD now, so I will retract my 3h45 estimate from T Rex's impending list
e physio yesterday and he said I should be running marathons again in 4-6 weeks, so bang goes the chance to complete my 100 before the end of the year; fortunately SNOD is 6 weeks away, so that's my next goal - get to SNOD and be able to run it. Has anyone had the misfortune to have done something similar, or know whether that timescale is realistic?
On a brighter note at least I only need to complete one more marathon to achieve my 40 for 40...
Great story T Rex - you manage more adventures in one event than I manage in a year, or probably longer
Great running Brer - going strong as usual
Good to hear your mojo's coming back SD - good running too
Sadly, that's torn it - literally. I've managed to tear my VM quad in my left thigh running #38 last Friday. Woke up on Saturday morning hoping to be able to run off my left thigh niggle from the previous day; not too bad, until I tried going upstairs before leaving the house, and discovered it wasn't any better than the night before. Drove back to the event and registered, stretched, felt the discomfort again and thought that I'd just jog round with the 10 in 10 people. Started off by jogging and found myself going slower and slower, whilst the discomfort in my thigh was steadily getting more and more painful. After a mile and half I had to stop jogging as each time my I pounded my left leg it was as if I was driving a dagger into my left thigh. I decided to walk as fast as I could, whilst all the remaining runners slowly overtook me. I reached the 1st checkpoint and he organiser asked me if I was going to pull out. Stubbornly I said I'd carry on, and just then two other joggers arrived behind, so off I walked after them. The next two miles were absolutely awful - I couldn't maintain a rhythm, and tried shifting the knee support I had luckily thrown on just before the start, but had to keep stopping. Luckily it was only another mile and a half to CP2, and I was seriously thinking about pulling out and recording my 1st DNF, but the marshal said I was still doing well and that it would just be a long day - how right he was. Fortunately at about mile 9 I managed to get my makeshift thigh support in about the right place and found a style of power limping that was moving me along at what I thought was a fast enough pace not to be pulled from the course at the next checkpoint. I got 13 miles in just over 3 hours, and the marshal was obviously waiting for me, but wasn't going to stop me at that point, so on I carried; another 2.5 miles, another checkpoint, and still more encouragement from a marshal and a paramedic. I kept that pace up for the next 5 lonely miles, until I saw a couple of people walking who I thought might be doing the event, and in another mile I managed to catch them up just before the final CP with 5 miles to go. The paramedic was there and said I'd finish, so had no option to but to get my head down and ignore the slowly increasing pain in both legs and feet now, whilst chasing the two joggers who had overtaken me at CP1. I nearly tripped up on a tree root and wrenched my left leg, causing me to yelp like a pathetic wimp. Finally I had the finish in sight, and rather embarrassingly there was a camera there to record the grimace etched on my face, a large group of general supporters cheering, followed one of the 10 in 10ers giving me a bear hug and telling me I was a legend for completing it despite being injured and unable to run - incredibly humbling, especially since I'd only done 7 of the 10 marathons she had done, and I felt a bit of a fraud . Marathon #39 this year and a PW of 6h15, with some very unhappy legs and feet: I can honestly say running takes less time and effort!
Massive - one hill is enough if you can incorporate it a few times into your training to give you a sense of ascent and descent. I sometimes just run up and down the road outside my house as it's almost exactly 1k and has a short hill, a pedestrian bridge over the railway with some gentle steps, and a short flattish section, and gives me some interesting hill reps whilst living in a flattish town. If you've been training long at 8:20ish pace for 16 - 20 miles or so, that will probably be your default marathon pace the first time around.