reikirabbit - many thanks! I think you have nailed it once again - the shoes do feel like they may have assisted. Definitely felt better again today.
I reckon in the past I've pushed shoes way beyond the point where they should have been replaced and suffered as a result. That's what you get for being a Scot who was brought up in Yorkshire
Rachel - ha Well you never know - if she just happens to slip on that dropped banana skin in her warm up then she may have to slow to dawdle pace
Exciting to have a celeb there though!
I did my 7 with 5 at MP today and it felt very good. Not easy though, it felt like I was having to work a bit to keep MP. Lungs were fine but legs were asking questions about whether this will be possible over marathon distance.
I think that's fairly normal to feel that way at this stage. Several more experienced people have told me so. As long as you're not killing yourself then apparently it's ok for MP to feel harder than you'd want it to be in a race. I was happy anyway.
Aside from that, at 4 weeks out it's just great to feel relatively strong instead of like everything is falling apart for a change
In other news everyone at home has had colds this week. I have been taking desperate measures to avoid catching it. I could handle having it next week but as this will be my peak mileage week I really want to get through all the sessions, in particular the 22 at the weekend.
Hans C - aha. So are you aiming for around 4hrs at York or will it all depend on how things go on the day?
Rachel - always enjoy a race whether competing or not. Gotta love 'em Good luck for the weekend!
Angela - that's a brilliant achievement. Five marathons this year is amazing. I don't know how you do it. I agree with Reiki, your enthusiasm is infectious and it's great seeing you progressing so quickly.
Can't believe your contemplating a move to the dark side though
Brilliant pictures from the weekend btw.
reikirabbit - many thanks, I think your diagnosis may be spot on. The pos tib does feel tight and a bit tender in places. I've been stretching it (well, trying to!) and massaging and that seems to help.
Pretty sure I can keep it under control.
I looked back to my Paris training and at this stage I was suffering from that calf problem, nervously hoping that I could still do 22 at Spitfire at the weekend. I ended up missing 1 session that week and 3 the week after.
This time round I have some mild arch pain which was absolutely fine on yesterday's mile repeats. I did those 30 secs per mile faster than the same session back in March too so very encouraging.
We'll see how things go on my easy 9 miler today.
Ooh and I have new shoes! The latest Asics Nimbus 16's. Have to say they are brilliant.
Stan - wow, that's brilliant! A big jump forward. Clearly you're well on your way back to your best now.
Can't believe Chester is only a few weeks away!
Sarah - well done on holding things together during taper. It's not easily done!
Not long now. Keep the mind games under control and all will be fine. You certainly seem to be in good shape for it. I'm sure you'll do brilliantly.
I think that was an error putting 8mm pace for the 20 btw. should have been nearer 8:20.
That said I ended up doing 16 in the end as I've had a bit of arch pain this week and didn't want to risk a longer one. I got a bit of help from Steve too who suggested I do 15 brisk. However, to fit in with pacing Malcs Jr. at park run I went for 3 easy, 3 fast, 3 easy, 4 fast, 3 steady.
Rachel - I'll refer you back to that post when you're knocking out 8 minute miles with ease!
reikirabbit - very well done on the 22 miler. That's just what you needed!
Love the Nike Town story lol
I didn't see any carp fishermen at York last year so you should be safe come race day
Hans C - sorry to hear you've aggravated an old injury. I hope it doesn't flare up too much and you can get it under control.
What do you need to run to qualify for Comrades?
My York pack arrived too! Zone 1 again - you can see the start line from there
Angela - ha Although isn't Sunday more of a long distance pub crawl?
I assume you'll be taking it easy....on the running at least
PC - lol, yes 262 finished a looong time ago now. I think we all just kind of felt settled here so the thread kept going. Thinking about it, the whole thing will be starting again soon so we may have to vacate to avoid confusion!
We haven't been served an eviction notice yet but maybe we should start sourcing some good quality restraints so we're ready to chain ourselves to the railings?
TR24 was amazing yet again. If you can make it next year you have to come! I believe it's going to be the last weekend in July again.
Emmy and Weedy are complete nutters (but very nice ones). Anyway don't go talking of things like that round here, Angela may be listening!
Good to hear you're back into your running. When you say 'next year' do you mean 2015 or 2016. I quite fancy another bash at Paris. I have unfinished business there, not just on the course - I still need to visit that little Irish place in St Michel