Ryan -- take it easy -- it's better to be 98% fit than 102% fit, you've plenty of hay in the barn, etc etc. I've had some problems with my tibialias anterior (front of shin), which might have been helped a bit by furious massaging and a bit of stretching -- also seemed to be associated with a tight spot high on my outer calf, oddly. Inside-shin tenderness was a problem for a while, which seemed to go away when I started taking a magnesium citrate supplement (possible bone stress thing), though it might have been a coincidence.
After my 77M week finishing on Friday, I had Saturday off, so was a bit disappointed to find my legs still rather sluggish on Sunday when I intended some speed work in my long run. Anyway, I did 8x0.9M on grass in XTalons, with a stiff wind, averaging about 6:30/M for the efforts, then did 20 hill reps (not quickly) and a bit extra to make it a full marathon in 3:20 or so. A bit of slog this time TBH. Don't worry, I'm not doing that every week: in fact I wanted to do the distance yesterday as I know it will be 4 weeks until I do it again, as I want to be sharp for the Cambridge half in 3 weeks, but the week after it is the low key, partly off-road, approx marathon that is the Cambridge Boundary Run, which I'm treating as VLM training.
TT -- interesting on the 12 hour race ambitions. Their website 'info' page currently says the solo record is only 65M not 75M -- maybe out of date, maybe the record is softer than you thought! And really glad to hear you're on good form after having your back sorted.
Interesting long run there Wardi -- what kind of pace is he doing his marathons at? I'd guess you'd want to be pretty slow, but maybe not so slow that you just spend too much time each day on your feet.
Like selbs I'll have a pretty big mileage week by my standards, but not too much quality. I did do a reps/tempo combo MLR yesterday, but my 6x0.5M off 0.25M efforts only averaged 6 m/M pace, and the 6.6M tempo only 6:47/M (with a light pack on my back). Better than the plods of last week though. This past week is a kind of record perhaps in that I've totalled 20M on 3 different days: on Sat with the Southerns and additional running to get there and back; on Tues with a 8+12M commute double; and then yesterday with a 12.3M MLR am and 7.7M return trip. By the time I've run home today, it will be 77M for the week at least. Then a day off tomorrow (including some beers with old school friends down in Surrey), ready for some kind of useful TBD long run on Sunday (but it will be windy).
I saw at least two shoes with no runner in them on the course, too... some of my clubmates had duc tape wrapped round their shoes to try and keep them securely affixed.
So after resting on Sun and Mon, my legs were pretty much fine yesterday, and I ended up clocking a rare 20M weekday with an 8+12M double (generally just steady but pushed a bit for the last 2M). Today my head said don't run, do extra bike miles, and then be ready for a quality MLR tomorrow morning; but my heart fancied a jog round town instead, so I actually did that (just 5M), and then the normal cycle commute to work. So that may blunt my quality tomorrow, but then I've already had a bit of intense stuff this week with the XC race, and a quiet work week is good for clocking a bigger mileage. Cambridge HM in 25 days, says my watch...
In other news, I've got a thing like a dog collar round my wrist now with emergency contact info and explaining I'm an organ donor. I always write that stuff religiously on the back of race numbers as a nervous tic, but felt guilty that if I was scraped off the road after a training mishap my organs might well go to waste, and it might take someone a while to figure out who I was. Now I'll be saved trying to write on the back of race numbers with insufficient table space and pens that don't work, too. Very nice job they made of it actually: http://www.iceid.co.uk/ice-id-pro-everyday-cycling-running-watersport-id/
Cripes, that's quite a list of marathons to be getting on with JB. Good luck with Tokyo (hell of a way to go for a marathon -- doing anything else out there?).
Just been thinking... I was complaining that I'm not good in boggy XC, but maybe it would be a good environment to perform some more whacky style experiments in. Maybe taking unnaturally long strides would be good (fewer mud insertions/extractions -- but also heavier landings and so would go deeper?)... or the opposite. Worthy of a study, I'm sure. Wonder if anyone has done it already?