Kiwi - Sounds scary, hope everything OK for Mr Kiwi.
Good to see most back off the bench and running well.
Congrats to Ant for the trophy and the VLM place (very lucky), was it Col who was in a draw for a place with a clubmate?
Oxford sounded like a good weekend, if they were n't given already I'd like the following awards: Worst PW for VLM and Deluded attempt at running a mara with lack of training/injured for VLM again and to a lesser degree Berlin.
Thanks all for your kind words, Mum was suffering badly towards the end and in some ways a blessing but does n't make it any easier. Good to see lots of family/friends at the funeral, Mum did lots for others and it went well, I managed the eulogy even though I was struggling beforehand.
Welcome Marcus, lots of good advice already, run the LSR's comfortably slow, don't run them too slow so your running form is altered. Your times indicate a quicker than 3:30 mara but lots of factors come in to mara training/racing some we can control others we can't. Depends how well your body copes with the longer distance, some have gone sub 3:15 without going sub 1:30 for the half but others, myself included, have gone sub 1:30 for the half but not managed under 3:15 for the mara. A lot of it when the going gets tough is down to mental toughness and how bad you want it. Anyway you don't want a too quicker time for your first one then it's easier to go quicker for subsequent maras (if you feel like it after the first). Stick around and enjoy.
Running has helped and 2 weeks completed of plan for Barcelona. 13 miles this morning at a comfortably slow 8:11.
Very impressive times, the Back in a Flash is n't the quickest 5K so I'm sure on a flatter course you'll be closer to 19 mins. Your times are similar to mine and to be honest if you're training goes well you should be closer to 3:15 or better than 3:30 but always wise to be conservative for the first one. If you don't succeed and want to do a marathon next year, Abingdon(Oct) is close to Swindon and a very popular event so get in early.
2old - We have to try and be disciplined when it comes to mileage, so maybe limit yourself to 4 runs a week, and cover the rest of the week with swimming etc. but easier said than done when things are going well. Main target has to be to get to the start line in decent shape.
kfc - Yeah got a little bit competitive in the mechanical bull competition, when I came off I ended up being thrown off the bouncy bit , I went first and had the best time for a long while, 2nd place guy should have been disqualified for cheating.
4 miles slow for me yesterday followed by some core and rollering.
Mexico was a good break. Tried a short run on second day out there and calf not 100% but as no pain, I ran up to 5 miles every other day. I have full sympathy for Speed Sheep as heat and especially humidity made running very hard work even early morning. Last few days I did a couple of 4 mile beach runs(barefoot) which seemed easier even though they were just before lunchtime. Family has managed to teach me how to bilateral breath when doing front crawl, will have to make decision whether to carry on with the swimming. Oh I came 3rd in the mechanical bull competition.
Went out for a 6 miler this afternoon, in the wind/rain - bliss. Did n't check garmin but came out at 7:47 but felt slower.