Really glad you enjoyed the Park Run and pulled off a new PB, excellent effort. I'm a keen Park Run runner, my usual course being Milton Keynes and I'm looking to have completed my 50th run by the end of the month. I got to reading your blog late last night, it's of keen interest to me as I'm looking to achieve a sub 4 hour marathon and I've entered the MK marathon as my goal. Pacing was of great interest, I'm finding that I go out and tend to run close to my marathon pace on what's supposed to be easy runs. I've also picked up on the shoe lacing post, I ran the Park Run today with my shoes correctly laced...thanks for the instruction. Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to following your story.
Ironholgs, I feel very privileged to have you place a comment on my forum thread, just got to say that I've enjoyed reading your book. With regards to the 50 mile ride I'm going to give it a miss as I've marathon trained but not really cyclosportive trained.
Can anyone advise, I've been training for the Milton Keynes marathon which is on 29th April 2012 and my training plan taper commences after my final 20 mile run on 8th April 2012. On Sunday as a change to pounding the roads my bike came out of hibernation and I enjoyed a 16 mile easy ride. I have the opportunity to ride in a 50 mile cyclosportive on 15th March 2012 and the idea of taking part is very appealing. Would such an activity bode well with my taper? My primary goal is achieving a sub 4 hour marathon so if a 50 mile cycle ride would not sit well in preparing for the marathon I would certainly give it a miss.....any thoughts on the matter?
Just wanted to share with everyone that establishing the cause of a problem is key to resolution. As a result of visiting a Sports Therapist who outside of giving me a deep tissue massage also investigated my lifestyle activities. As a result she determined that my steel toe cap boots which I constantly use for work could be the root of my problem and advised that I replace or only use hem when necessary onsite.
I've taken the advice and in the space of a week have managed a 3 mile road run, 45 minutes on a treadmill and only yesterday a 5.5 mile road run all of which did not result in any calf tightness....yippee!
I'm not intending on rushing things, gradual mileage increase to be progressed along with adding a stretching programme to my marathon plan, continuing my vibro sessions and also a return deep tissue massage visit.