Managed to get out for a really gentle 10 miles tonight despite the absolutely atrocious conditions. There were puddles that were more like lakes out there tonight but I'm glad I got out there. Tomorrow they're forecasting 60mph winds so I suppose I had to as I'm going nowhere tomorrow!
Paris must seem so close now for all you guys with probably only one week of serious training left before you all start to taper. I must admit that while I've enjoyed my training I'm feeling a little jaded in the mornings and so I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks not clocking serious miles when my taper starts in two weeks.
I've found jelly babies to be great on my LSR, I tend to eat two every two miles from about mile 12, wash them down with a little water and then get my head down again. Problem is not finishing the bag when you get home...
My time yesterday was a massive surprise - I set off hoping for sub 1:40 and as the race progressed I realised that I was settling into a pace that made 1:35 possible. I was asking Steve last week about marathon pace as I have paid no attention to my pace in training up until a week or two ago and my only target until now was to beat my marathon PB of 3:59. A decent 20 miles timed last week and now the HM time has made me think that training has gone very well without me even realising it and that sub 3:45 is a realistic possibility. I have 20 miles to do on Saturday and might see how I react to 08:15 m/m while paying attention to my hamstring and hip that have been manageable since day one.
Great effort BRB, it really was horrid out there today and I always thing that running in those conditions almost counts double as it takes extra effort to get out there in the first place. You can always go back to that day in your head when running the marathon and know that if you got through those 22 miles with half uphill in the wind and the rain you can complete any run!
Managed a 1:35:06 in very difficult conditions in my half marathon today. The rain was horrific and it was very cold but thankfully the wind stayed away.
I feel really good tonight and have penciled in a 10 mile gentle run tomorrow as part of my most intensive week before London. I'm aiming to clock 50 miles next week culminating in 20 miles on Saturday.
I'm looking forward to the week ahead though as my time today combined with a strong finish (my best mile was my last at 06:50m/m) has really built on the confidence I gained last week on my 20 mile LSR. The niggles I've felt in the last 12 weeks of training stayed away and all but a slightly tight hamstring tonight I feel great.
Two weeks of tough running and then into my taper!
Thanks again everyone for your advice, I think I'll probably take bits from everyone (mainly Steve though) into the last few weeks of training.
Earphones, you're right they're not popular are they? It's a real marmite situation though, people on both sides of the argument generally feel quite passionately about whether they should be allowed but I'm not too fussed. I always train with them but I've done one marathon with, one without and numerous other runs without them, I prefer to have them but it's not the be all and end all.
I think I'm going to go out at 08:35-40 m/m and see how I feel at the 18-20 mile mark. If I'm fine I'll kick on and maintain that pace otherwise I'll just take it easy. My main aim this time is to enjoy the experience and take in the atmosphere any time is a bonus.