Yay - I scrapped a PB! 2hr04. I was on for a 2hr02 with a mile to go and knew there was a short hill at the end, but it sapped everything i had so am pleased as this is a PB that had stood for over 7 years to my constant frustration but I also know it should have been better. But it was a tough course on humid day - on another day I'll get closer to cracking the mystical 2 hrs.
But um. Might have to reassess my Berlin target time now. The calculator time seems way too ambitious for me and I'll stick with 2 x HM + 30mins and see how I feel at 20 miles.
Resting up today before the Severn Bridge Half tomorrow. Went for a coffee and brunch and found myself stood behind Chrissie Wellington in the queue for the ladies - that has to be a good omen surely!!
I'm just back from a session on the massage couch - felt like a real beating and utter agony but feel fantastic now. Bring it on!
Last night I repeated an interval session I did about 8 weeks ago on the same route - 10 mins warm-up then 20 min hard (turning round at 10mins) and 10 mins cool down
And I ran loads further in the same time and managed to do the second half quicker - I know the rest of you are saying "so what" but for the first time in a long long time I really feel I'm making progress and seeing real returns for my hard work. (I have a complicated relationship with running - I love it but racing is generally disappointment after disappointment so I have often avoided it) Let's hope the marathon is the reward for this.
Hi all - so er what's all this training we are suddenly doing in the rain. I've got very used to dry sunny runs.
Minnie - bad luck, but the fact you feel relieved by your decision shows it's the right one. Running is our hobby so it shouldn't leave you feeling stressed out. It's just a race!! (If only I took my own advice and didn't pile the pressure on me).
PhilP - am also in awe of your mileage. I would fall apart (and am feeling like I'm close to that now). But that's the joy of the human body I guess and we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I would love that mine was running though. Actually I'm not sure what mine is....
TippTop - training in Kenya sounds fantastic. And again I can only dream of being under 60kg.
Intervals planned for later today and a reward of a painful sports massage tomorrow.