Strava has me completely hooked which doesn't help
GM - first off huge congrats to you both on your big announcement! That is amazing news. It's going to be an epic, I'm guessing 6 or so months, and the big day will be like nothing you have ever experienced before so brace yourself!
We know you're from Cambridgeshire (Posh), run ultras (Scary), are very active (Sporty) all we need now is some tenuous link to ginger and babies and we can shout 'house' on girl band bingo!
Back to the running though. Haven't seen anything on Strava lately so does that mean you're still resting up? I hope things are improving.
To answer your question, yes sub 3:30 is definitely achievable. What do you think is causing the doubt? You still have loads of training time left. Your endurance base is excellent and that doesn't disappear overnight.
I was looking back to last year when I had proper full on flu - 3 weeks out doing nothing (literally nothing, not even moving around). I did 10 weeks training and just had a go on the day. Ended up with a 10 min PB. If I can do that then a sprightly, young, soon to be dad like yourself can definitely do it!
But you don't need to rely on faith alone. When you're back into it, look at how your fast stuff is going. If you can run around a 1:32 half say (1:34 would be fine) or a sub 21 5K then that's 7mm and 6:45 respectively. Running 1min and 1:15 slower on race day is going to feel soooo much easier!
Do not underestimate the power of the dark side of....oh hang on, wrong line....Do not underestimate the power of the mind in these matters, if you believe it then that's half the battle!
So don't go losing hope now, none of us have lost hope in you!
Bugger, I don't have much time left now
chicksta - great to see you back! Glad to hear you had a brilliant time. I love that you said you didn't get much running done...just 50 miles on average
sense/Christian - calves are the bane of my life: tops, bottoms, inside, outside, peroneals, pos tib, I've had aggro everywhere.
Stretching, rolling and massage really helps as does rotating shoes. Not shoes that physically rotate (I'm not a clown) I swap between neutrals and shoes with a little support when pressure starts to build in a particular area.
Hope everyone else is well!
Week 6 of training for me. Seems like I've been going alot longer though!
Christian1975 - great to see you back here! You're doing London too - awesome!
Sorry to hear about the niggles. Sounds like you are over them now though. How is the training going? What programme are you following?
One Gear - wow, just wanted to echo what others have said, that's a phenomenal weight change! I would love to lose half a stone or so. I just seem to stay around the same weight whether I'm training or not - it's really weird!
Stan - many thanks! It really depends who turns up to our parkrun as to whether there's a chance of glory. This week was Mrs Malcs 50th and last week she was 1st lady. My son is pretty quick too so we had dreams of doing a family clean sweep....complete failure! I came 3rd, the other two were 2nd so I clearly let the side down. Ah well
Hope you had a better week this week after the cold. Still can't believe you're not doing London this year
Sense - My weight has stayed around 11-11.5 st. Even upping the mileage year on year hasn't made much of a difference. As I said earlier, I'm a bit confused as I'd have expected it to slowly decrease. As far as I'm aware I'm not eating any more.
How did the MP go?
Sean - I think the others have answered your question. Just wanted to add that the programme is a general one - it wasn't specifically tailored to me. I think you can be flexible with it and swap sessions around to suit you.
For last year's April campaign I just slotted in a half mara when I could find one that suited. Very much like One Gear, I raced it flat out but expanded it with some slower miles either side. It worked well.
Charles - have you got a half booked for this campaign?
GM - Really glad to hear that the niggle is clearing up. That's a huge relief. I know you've now run on it and it was fine - phewph!
First bit of MP for me in a long run this weekend. Was a bit of a killer but I survived
Been on Strava a lot so following most of you there.
Sorry to hear bout the niggle GM. I'm calling it a niggle because that's all we want it to be - power of positive thinking right! You have some excellent advice from Angela there so all Im going to say is don't rush back. A few runs missed now is better than a load of runs missed later. I dish I'd taken more time back in October!
Great to see some more familiar faces here. I too will catch up tomorrow!
Really got a great appreciation for what it's like to run one of these mental races
Take it easy this week (I'm sure you will) and enjoy the refuelling!
Sean - sounds like an excellent run there. I wouldn't read anything into any minor struggles on a run like that at this stage. That was great for this early stage. I'd be more worried if you struggled to make all the MP the fact that you hit it means you are definitely on target. Well done!
Great weekend for me - first ever Parkrun victory on Saturday followed by my longest run since Sept on Sunday. Roll on week 3!
Parkrun was over 2 mins faster than last week thanks in the main to the firmer ground but also my new Fellraisers - absolutely awesome trail shoes!