Nerves are kicking in now.. I managed a steady 21 miles on Saturday but have not run since with a grumbling hamstring and back ache that I've not had this bad before plus a few domestic disasters have got in the way of a recovery run too! I'll try another longish run, 12-15 miles or so, on Saturday and then embrace the taper. Like everyone else I am trying to avoid any sort of bug, especially the sick bug that is doing the rounds at school. I am running a tight ship hygiene wise!!
I did my first long run in a month yesterday.. 17 miles of hills and mud and I really felt it. The last couple of miles were reduced to a shuffle. 4 weeks ago I felt invincible, now I am having a crisis of confidence. I suppose I've not run much recently, with 2 of those weeks being the taper for the marathon I missed and the other 2 weeks getting over this bug.
I will attempt a 20-22 road run next weekend... at least Portsmouth is flat... (ignores any prospect of wind/snow/high tides...)
Yes Joanne it was Broadway I did the half last year (the course was slightly different then as it started and finished at the tower) Well done on completing it, it is a tough but beautiful course. I bet the underfoot conditions were challenging.
I'm just desperate to feel up to running again so I can get some longer runs in and get my head back to marathon mode! I'll be sensible and rest up first though. Best of luck with the rest of your training, you never forget your first marathon! Well done again on completing Broadway.
I'm in! I was meant to be running a hilly off road marathon tomorrow but am laid up with a chesty cold. I couldn't waste all my training so I've just entered this one. Should be a lovely way to get in the Christmas spirit!
I've done lots of hilly training and this looks very flat so hopefully it won't be too painful, the brandy will help..