Last mega run pre-London banked this morning. Ended up being 21 miles instead of 20 as the bridge was up to let a boat through and it was an age away so the option was to wait at mile 15 or take a detour and keep warm, I opted for the detour. In all it was a great run, I started off nice and steady and in the last 5-6 miles upped the pace to see how I was getting on with my aim of running 8:15m/m overall at London. I reckon I averaged about 8:20m/m this morning which I'm really pleased with.
Excellent start at Park Run today BRB, it's a fabulous event and I have nothing but respect for the volunteers and organisers who are out there wind, rain or shine. I find that sickness is generally an unavoidable side effect to putting your body through so much. I tend to just make sure my diet is good - fish, broccoli, lots of oranges and generally get at least 5-6 a day if not more.
I can't wait now till London, next week my mileage drops by 20% and I 'only' have 14 miles to do next Saturday with no speed work mid week - I won't know what to do with myself. I know the taper is vital but I've never been able to get my head round it despite knowing its worth.
Can't believe Paris is now only a week away. Good luck in the last week those doing it!
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!