running eye -- I wouldn't panic about missing a few days. Maybe the fact you've only had 2 days off this year is a hint you've been overdoing it, though my own bias is to have a couple of days a week off but have big double days. (I feel one gets more out of overload but then decent recovery rather than never getting complete rest at all.) If you can get back to it after 2-3 days off and a bit of massage etc, then game still on, definitely.
Padams -- oh no. Hope it clears soon. When I got into a panic about having no quality for ages when chesty last year (just trudging slowly to avoid stressing the lungs), I did a session or two with some super-short sprints that weren't sustained enough for my cardiovascular system to notice, just in case it helped keep my leg muscles tuned in a bit.
KD -- the video guy had a championship start, which is only 6-10 people deep (?? never been at the back of it so not sure?), with just one line of elites in front of that. And it's easy to get in the first row or two if you loiter around in the right direction early on.
selbs -- well done on getting a bit of training in before the taper!
Knee damage after last night's fall is only skin deep thankfully (thanks selbs!) so I ran to work OK today. Except with a big headwind all the way, back initially stiff again but loosened, legs still a bit creaky from Sunday, and 3kg rucksack again, it was only 8:40/M or something! Week off work starting tomorrow, which I'll kick off with a decent MLR I hope.
JCT1 -- I'm schizophrenic. Half the time I'm saying ooh no, no biscuits for me, I need to be light... then (like now) I'm scoffing yoghurt and dried fruit before bed because I "need fuel"! I do weigh myself daily to keep a good picture of what's going on (so I can average away noise), and become totally reckless after VLM. (CD -- )
Banksy -- it wasn't me who led the race, but I did talk to him. Thing that got me was that he'd been planning it for ages, yet had the most wobbly-looking Heath-Robinson camera mount on his cap. Did the trick though, here's his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R7keX2tQ8A
I've had a head-to-head situation with the Guinness Records guy from the west country (Stone?). Last year he had a particularly warm pirate costume and got bogged down with reporters, but I'm sure he'd beat me if we swapped clothes.
My monthly mileage was somewhat curtailed today by falling over an unseen branch of a fallen tree I was dodging round -- two bloodied knees and a deeply wounded pride, but hopefully no structural damage. Caught the guided bus but was still OK to jog the last half mile home at the other end. Anyway, 287M for March at a distinctly unsporty 7:42/M average. Feb was 316M... I'm slipping! (That'll be the half marathon taper and recovery.)
Great session Lev. Likewise things looking good KD.
SL -- you are the only one who hasn't received the magazine. Best hassle them if you don't hear soon.
My back is OK now but I still managed only 9:10/M or something for my "run" to work, with creaky legs still, a 3kg rucksack and a fearsome wind that was sometimes sideways (OK, felt like a mountain ridge instead of the Fens), but sometimes blasted me backwards.
Weight-wise I think the danger of extra holiday days now, Easter being before VLM, is that the normal work-day alcohol free nights tend to go away too and drinking extra wine is bound to lay down some fat... of course I could just show more self-restraint
Now I've seen the results, I was a minute and half down on PP on my relay leg and not even in the top half of the individual results, so maybe not too distinguished. We are entering a team in the nationals but I'd rather be subbed by someone faster if they're available -- as my legs were totally wrecked today!
Three nights in a Travelodge also left me with a really stiff back (lack of sensible chairs for this old man), so I shuffled gruesomely slowly this morning until that loosened up somewhat, but my legs were too trashed to run properly anyway. 6M at no less than 10:14/M average! OK maybe it was a stretch doing a total of 24 with the race in yesterday, but I wouldn't want DOMS like that affecting my key Sunday run 2 weeks out from VLM, hence my lack of desire to do the national relays. (Am I being silly? Is it a prestigious chance one shouldn't pass up?)
SL -- excellent, I'm loving these training marathons.
CL -- I definitely avoid eating anything for a good 3 hrs before running. It's particularly running hard, especially races, which gets me. I haven't had it much recently but in the past had many hours of dull abdominal pain after some races. (Not the same as the unstoppable No 2 urge "stomach issues" SJ, if that's what you're suffering! Those are just normal of course...)
selbs -- ah, The Hub toilet in Regents Park I've appreciated several times when running from friends' place. My emergency shorts kit includes loo paper... Anyway, very encouraging long run!
My relay leg started with a cloudburst about 1 min in which left my new lightweight shoes full of water (but I was encouraged by the Hyperspeeds today, might use them for VLM after all). And the wind was ridiculous. I think I acquitted myself OK, anyway. Jogging from the Travelodge and warming up (including getting within about 2 metres of PP on the final bend, gave you a big shout in defiance of club loyalty but failed to find you later, sorry), and 15M trudge afterwards got me to 24M for the day, so marathon training wasn't really compromised.
Nice LR SJ and love the treadmill marathon, Al! AlanB -- sounds like you're aiming sub-2:40 too? And good long efforts several others too.
CD -- terrible wind for biking, nice one.
CL -- that's a great HM time in the ridiculous wind. I've had nasty abdominal cramps in the past after more intense races, but never did figure out why. Maybe ischaemia (sp?), i.e. guts deprived of blood when running hard.