Glad you survived the house move, sense . That must be a huge relief. The legs may be sore from bending and picking up all those crates . I managed to injure my hip when we moved house. Apparentely an overuse injury
Chicksta - good one on the self defence are you dangerous?
I am now . TBH, to be really dangerous I'd have to take up regular classes. But it's a contact sport and as such would leave me prone to injuries which would then mess with my running. But I learned a few things that might just give me a good chance to stun a potential perpetrator and escape unscathed. As a woman running on my own in the dark most days this is not the worst skillset to have.
Carter - I havnt really chased marathon times as id need to run more miles more often and im not prepared to do that. I have still been able to set a few shirter distance pbs in recent times despite low running miles. Its all about being happy with your ROI really. I wouldnt race progressively like that those are big gear changes.15sec a mile is a massive speed up. Pick a targt pace eg 7:40 and monitor how you feel evry few miles. The first half should be comfy, if not then throttle back by a few secs a mile. Its tougb to speed up in marathons and it gave me cramp when I tried to speed up at 23m before. Holding an effort level is best in mh view.
I'd second that. Cramp can be a bad enemy in the final stages. When I first tried to break 3:30 I desperately tried to speed up over the final 3 miles. It was a horrible windy day and there were no more markers (all were blown away) so I had no idea how close or far I was from my target! I simply couldn't speed up - the slightest change in pace and my calves would seize up. I made it in 3:29:15
Carter: you running is coming together nicely. I'm sure you are on track for a fab marathon. Just be sensible with the starting pace.