Thanks chaps, I'm quite philosophical about being benched now -- I had such a great experience yet again last week, I'm not too fussed about having some downtime now. Hope it doesn't last too long though of course.
Marigold -- you need to get the training guide book out before your adoring fans' memories fade of your glorious romp down the Mall. How about Steve's Way? (Obviously with credits to CW for ridiculous overdistance aspects._
Thanks runningowl, I think most people like the Boosts with the notable exception of coro who is less keen on his.
Mr Sulu... damage report please. "Vel capten, ze hamstring booster malfunction ve deweloped during mighty battle wiv ze Klingons last week, ven you ordered me to continue at Warp... now it has failed totally in only impulse drive cruise. Ve must return to Starfleet for repairs at vonce!"
Yep I'm croc'd again. Will I never convert marathon fitness into glorious spring/summer racing? So my shin has been niggling without running as it has after several previous marathons, but that didn't bother me in the 4M 8min/M test pootle this morning. What got me was a gradual tightening of the hamstring that went twang at 24.6M last week, which suddenly got bad enough to halt me today and walk the last half mile home (can't remember when I last did that). Where a gentle stretch on the stairs to try and keep it from tensing up into a knot was fine to start with, but then it spontaneously went 'twang' again, making me yelp. Bum. No point in checking out races for the next couple of weeks then...
Jools -- terrific! (I can hardly remember what a PB is...)
If Boosts did it for Wilson Kipsang, and more importantly Marigold, maybe I should have tried them after all. (I considered them, but plumped for the Lunaracers for extra-cushiness in the forefoot department where I have that perennial blister problem). The Boosts are a bit heavier than I'd like, but again that doesn't seem to trouble those at the pointy end so maybe I've been over-obsessed by that distal mass (as Njord called it outside the Red Lion), i.e. weight on the foot here.
I had a kind of duel going with the guy who was Spiderman, Dracula, Cap'n Jack Sparrow etc. Finally shook him off last year when I got quicker and he had a more elaborate costume that probably slowed him down a bit...
My legs I swear are more creaky today after that jog to the station and 11M family walk yesterday, so I've not bothered trying to run. I have a bit of niggling and twitching from my left tibialis anterior, which is where I had loads of grief after VLM last year, so no hurry to resume. Maybe if like Bedders I'm on the verge of a compartment syndrome there -- it's always been a bit tetchy -- a bit of DOMS swelling might make it extra susceptible. Hopefully not a real problem though.
Fantastic stuff Lev_, though when I saw how young you were I knew you were basically cheating
Bit miffed not to get volunteered for that blood study, sounds interesting.
Family walk of about 12M today and I did half-jog to the station to get into the ticket queue... legs OK so while I'm being super-cautious this year, I might try a little run tomorrow or Sun. I've got no races booked whatsoever; time to trawl through the ones I've noted and pick some target events.