Birch - Not too bad today although it wasn't ideal getting on a flight the same day. Still, back home and able to keep moving around now which is perfect.
I was doing some reading reminding myself how long you are meant to be leave before resuming training and had forgotten how much micro-damage occurs at the cellular level. I think I will take most of the week off and just go for long walks with the dog. I don't think I am teflon coated like OO.
Abbers - no training benefit to be had less than two weeks before the race date. Plenty to be gained by practising race pace however and dialling into that rhythm so it is ingrained in your body for the big day.
Sorry to hear you couldn't make it to Berlin after all, Pipes. Hope you have all had a good weekend and am looking forward to your updates!
Quick update from me: I wasn't sure how to approach the race having not raced a step since April 2015. As I was in a pen of runners with 2:50-3:00 qualifying times, I thought it would be a shame not to give it a MRP effort. So I decided to put the effort in and assess at halfway, knowing training hadn't been perfect and I was coming from a year of running interrupted by niggles. On seeing I was a shade under 91 minutes halfway, I decided it wasn't worth chasing a time off my PB and there was value in treating the race as training run. So I pulled it back and soaked in the detail, the crowds and the runners, reminding myself what a race environment feels like. Came home in 3:07:47. My enduring image has to be the poor chap running with poo splattered down the backs of his legs. I had to nip around him as he smelled terrible.
Congratulations GD! Hope you're enjoying celebrating your hard work now. I've just arrived back in London. Waiting for a cab home. Quick report: I wasn't sure what shape I was in having not raced since London 2015. I decided to give it a good MRP effort to halfway and then reassess. At halfway I was just under 91 mins so decided it wasn't worth chasing a time nowhere near my PB and pulled the effort level back to soak in the experience and remind myself what racing in big crowds with noisy supporters is like. Came home in 3:07:47. Pleased not to have sprained an ankle this time and look forward to training for the spring marathon.
Good luck all. Safe journeys to Berlin and have a good race. I am feeling no better but as long as I am not feverish I am going to run. I wasn't going for a PB so pace is not so important. Have been mainlining vitamin C and zinc and will continue to do so until Sunday.
Pipes - am also on Potsdamer Platz but I suspect it is looooooong and my assumption that our hotels are near one another is misguided . Have a good one!
Good luck on Sunday, GD. You are in fine shape. Just keep your head screwed on and take it easy and your training will do the rest. It's forecast to be quite warm so no crazy fast early miles and you should be pleased with your result.