LD -- "a pulled hamstring. Inexplicably came from nowhere on a long hard run" -- very interesting, that's just what happened to me really. I haven't had it before either.
RB -- sorry you had a blown hammy too. Have any of your eBay customers ever said why on earth they want these medals so badly?
TR/HR -- I've been continuing Mg supplements to maybe help avoid tight muscles (didn't work here though, and for sure my marathon pace prep was a bit patchy).
RS -- good pic, glad to see the weather was kind at that point at least. Interesting what you say about quads; when running on the flat, it is only during marathon races that they seem (eventually) to take a beating, and were very stiff afterwards. I do one-legged squats to try and keep them strongish, not many though. I also do some bridges lying on my back, and stretch them quite often (like TT perhaps, partly to avoid back problems I've been told are associated with tight hams).
Padams -- nice 5000m. Hope the marathon pacing goes OK.
Nothing much to report other than my weight has ballooned to a "massive" 9'1.5" this morning (that's the highest since Jan 2012) so I'm going back to a bit of high-protein (for repairs)/lowish carb diet until I start burning some more calories again. Did a basic bike to work OK, but put most of the power through my good leg to avoid upsetting the hamstring.
Thanks Jools -- that does get me some working video and commentary, though with some annoying invitations to upgrade plug-ins on top (but I'm getting what I pay for!). Anyway, get back to work, you shouldn't be reading this
TR -- you could be right, though Dr Google mainly advises RICE to start with, then gentle stretching and re-introduction of exercise. Funny, I can prod my hamstring and not really tell where the problem is -- despite the bruising, it doesn't feel bad at all -- but walking with the family it started to feel stiff again and I had to walk slowly home to avoid aggravating it. Good work on the bike BTW.
RS -- great stuff on the fell races. I've never done one MrB, but the Borrowdale fell race covers some of the same ground as the Bob Graham, and that has bits where I'd be down to more like 25 min/M I would guess. (V. steep and/or very technical, boulder fields etc.)
I'm doing a bit of cooking and would like to have the Boston marathon burbling in the background, but haven't tracked down a working live stream -- if anyone has, do say...
I concur on negative/even splitting. By the way Ryan, I just looked back and saw you got sub-2:45 by 6 sec. Absolutely brilliant -- I still have very fond memories of 2010 and similarly sneaking under by a few sec... champs start for you next year.
I was limping a bit yesterday, but made my leg feel better by sitting with my leg propped up and out straight for 2 hours while drinking beer and wine, eating chocolate, prunes, ibuprofen and pumpkin seeds, and watching an action flick. It's all about muscle relaxation don't you know. Feeling now like I ate and drank too much, but the leg is still pretty quiet. It does have interesting bruising behind the knee though, where the blood from the damage much higher up has apparently emerged... so I think I must officially have a "grade 2" hamstring pull. If only I'd jogged 2 miles instead of 4 yesterday, I wouldn't have got to the 'twang' stage, and might still be on a recovery curve instead of having moved back to square 1. Live and learn.