LS21 -- nice to see you drop in, hope the back continues to recover. I'll need some wings to keep the sun off... 23 degC and cloudless is the forecast, which I should be out in for 3.5 or even 4 hrs if my legs don't conk out
Fine training there bains!
I'm preparing now as I would for a marathon (even had some marmalade on my malt loaf at PP's suggestion as it's now carbo load time). Did a little taper tune-up this morning (1.5M @ 5:50/M, as it turned out, much faster than race pace) and it felt pretty good. Except I have this recurring problem whereby calloused skin builds up across the 'join' between my sole and 4th toes... then eventually splits open when I try and run fast. (Too much information, sorry.) Did it bilaterally this morning so once more I've got Germolene and plasters on the offending bits.
Padams -- congrats on the podium and prizes, sounds tough in the wind.
TickTock -- my plan for Wings for Life is to go at a steady pace so that the car catches me at the distance I'd expect to be able to run at that pace... problem is, I don't know how my legs will be so soon after VLM, and they may well conk out abruptly. I could aim to do 30M @ 7:00/M for example, or 34M @ 6:45/M. I certainly won't set out any faster than that. Forecast is now for 22 degC in the afternoon so even that might prove rather ambitious!
Did some hill reps yesterday on initially ploddish legs after my "huge" 12M run on Sun, and will run the 6M home this evening... but generally I will be taperish this week. Due to do the masters 5K relays the Sat afterwards in Birmingham which I am sure I will be rubbish at after VLM and the WFL race...
RB -- huge respect. (It's not often one looks at an activity on Connect that covers so much point-to-point distance that half the containing country including opposite coastlines is displayed on the map...)
Jools -- glad it's recovering, but still a complete bu99er that it chose VLM weekend to appear. (Scurries off to do own quad exercises...)
AlanB -- cracking 10,000m!
LV -- at the risk of telling you how to suck eggs, we always found Junior Nurofen *way* more effective than Calpol, and you can use them both of course. Though maybe more especially for fever (despite everyone saying paracetamol is better for that). Just unbelievable sometimes.
I am now at T-7d from the Wings for Life race, so I thought I should do 12-14M like I would before a marathon. Set off, overdressed for deliberate heating, and my legs felt great -- fell into 6:45/M without trying. Until about 8-9M, when I totally hit the wall, in what was only a 12M run! Clearly not as over VLM as I thought even now. I was similarly surprised to find myself dying on my feet towards the end of a low-key marathon 2 weeks after VLM a few years back -- maybe something in the endurance system needs a bit more time to get back after a hammering, even when the legs feel fine over a short run.
Edit: meant to say that Wonder Woman there was jolly impressive, though to be fair his costume was an awful lot more performance-friendly than Marders' full-body (and face) Spiderman suit. I didn't expect his record to fall after only one year, I must say. I feel a bit better about only just catching the guy in the (calf length) dress this year now...
LMH -- yes, first run since VLM yesterday. Obviously recovering slower than Dan with that parkrun! I'll try again tomorrow...
Hey, my VLM result which was on powerof10 a day or two ago has disappeared. Can't seem to get to the overall results to notify them I'm there again, either -- it just times out. Most rum. Has an impostor claimed my result? Anyone else been disappeared from the list? (Edit: I'm still there in VLM's own results, but have bumped down an age category place with a suspiciously uncapitalised name now at the top -- maybe they're tinkering with the MV45s right now... though CD & CL still have the race listed in their profiles.)
Cakesy -- Padams is an example of a low-mileage guy with talent who gets great results (no pressure then, but go well in MK Padams!). Although I've been trying a high-mileage diet this time and it seems to have worked, I once did a 2:43 at Abingdon on an average 40 mpw -- though that did include one or two weeks of more like 60M or something, and one or two full-distance training runs.
Yesterday I was pretty cocky that my legs felt fully recovered; I couldn't have told you I'd run a marathon on them. So this morning I tried jogging 6M to work, and found they were not so recovered after all! Pretty creaky quads and in one calf. Still, cycling home, and I'll have tomorrow off.