well done Ali on the 10k time. Its such a great feeling when a race comes together and you almost surprise yourself!
Nick, you may not have lost fitness, PBs will happen on a day when everything clicks, you said your legs were slightly tired. When you are talking about 10seconds or so per mile difference that's all it takes to make the difference. It could even be as simple as having someone in front of you that your determined to beat etc to give you the added motivation during the race to push on.
Im still building up my base training at the moment so ran a slow 7 miles on Sunday (seriously hard work, body just did not want to move and I had to walk for 15 seconds on a couple of occasions.) 5.5miles yesterday morning and 6,5 with 16mins of tempo this morning. Due to having 3 kids now (6, 3.5 and 4 months) I made the decision to start running before work rather than in the evenings. The downside to this is waking up at 5.45 each morning to hit the roads by 6.00. On the plus side, I love being able to come home in the evening and not think 'now ive got to go out and run'. I will have to work out an even mix when I start running longer midweek runs for marathon training though as Im not getting up early enough to have time to run 10-14 miles prior to 7.00am!
RunningBuryBlue, I would just be very careful about going too long at this stage its awesome for your confidence but you don't want your body to burn out either. Are you following a plan for the training?
Im currently still building up my base fitness so running up to 7-8 miles on long runs and between 4-6 on midweek runs.
OK, im making a reappearance on this thread after about 2 yrs absence. (but pleased to see a couple of the old faces are still on here!)
I have finally gotten round to entering my 4th marathon after about 18 months of frustration (initially twisted my ankle and couldn't run for 9 months without pain. After that I have had ongoing niggling injuries every time I started running again. I am now slowly building up my milage again and have gone about a month of running 3-4 times a week without major issues. Still only running 4 miles on week days and 6-7 on Sundays but getting there. Marathon is the Chelmsford marathon on Oct 23rd so ive got another 6-8 weeks to build up my distances before starting an 18 week program.