I've gone for forefoot comfort with another pair of Nike Lunaracer+ 3, as I've been prone to a hideous deep blister in just about anything else, but I resent the weight (hence I cut some material out of the sole of the last pair). I would like to sample the world record delights of the Adios Boosts but it looks like nearly all of the magic material is on the heel with not that much on the forefoot where I want it. Does any of the Boost lineup put more under the forefoot? (Edit: I remember asking about forefoot padding on the Adios before, and someone saying it isn't bad but thins out rather where your toes begin?)
Lev -- I failed to commiserate on your stress fracture. Maybe do your remaining pre-marathon training (good idea to cut it down) on grass? I'm blessed with a large smooth expanse in the form of Parkers Piece here in Cambridge when I want to be a bit gentle on my feet.
Banksy -- it wasn't me, but I did chat to him just before the off! (2013 I think.) Considering he must have been planning it for weeks or months, he had a very wobbly/precarious-looking mount for his GoPro on the visor of his cap.
selbs -- nooooo! (And good grief, what stuff were you carrying?) I've done the same thing of having a muscle knot, massaging it into oblivion, and ending up with a loose but sore/bruised calf. But that's OK, much better than having the knot in the first place. Good luck!
DrD -- cor, impressive parkrun. 6 days after a marathon I'd be jogging pathethically round the park with wooden legs (the only time I _thought_ I felt pretty good and ran to work at 7m/M on the Weds or Thurs, I picked up a shin problem which was with me for weeks). Well done.
Wow, nice to hear from all the old lags. Congrats on your overdistance training win, marders!
Jools -- at least you're too light to have to agonise about whether giving blood would diminish your performance -- they'd turn you away anyway.
Lev_ -- hope the foot holds together for NY.
Banksy -- a long run 3 weeks out is absolutely fine. I did a 21M run with a lot of assorted reps two weeks out from VLM this year and last, so yes I'd go for it. The trouble is that 16M may indeed feel easy, but a few more and you can hit the wall pretty abruptly. If you've not done that in training, you may do it for the first time in the race... Matt3's experience is spot on.
DrD -- short is good for heat dissipation. According to this rather good piece about the feasibility of a sub-2hr marathon, the average height of a top marathon runner is now 5'7". My height exactly . I usually weigh about 56 kg but managed to bump that up this morning by the sheer weight of prunes and figs I ate last night... last fruit binge before my weekend race.
Nice reps Toro.
My legs were very ploddish at the start of the week after my 20M fartlek on Sunday, so I had two full days off to get that Shake n' Vac freshness back, and did a spool round the park (including 1M in ~5:20) this morning as a tune-up for the weekend. I'm only doing a 10M race, but with no big races in prospect, I might as well be tuned up for it.
TR -- for sure I'll be doing the 27 milers in my next VLM campaign. I was collared on the train on Sunday by a one-time 2:43 runner (as I was wearing a VLM T-shirt) who told me I should go up to 30M in training. Little did he expect that he was preaching to the converted.
LS21 -- tremendous! Well done on the perfectly-executed performance. The run wasn't bad, either...
No running today, but I did send off my second old-school postal entry in the last week, this time for a very low-key local half.