Thanks everyone, sounds complicated! Think I'll try and see my current affiliation secretary some point next week. It's literally just over 30 miles away, but as with many, just need that option to push things that little bit extra with the benefit of being with others doing the same. And there are clubs much closer by. Unfortunately, getting from Southampton to Gosport commute wise can take up to 90 minutes in the rush hour when I'd be going to training...then another 40 minute drive back up to Winchester, it's just too much. As for scoring points, it's never been a big priority for my current club (my recent marathon time was fastest for the club in 4 years to give a bit of context).
I guess where I'm coming from is that club fees are now due at my current club (guess it's the same everywhere?) but obviously want to take the above into account. And wanting to enter some races now for the coming months just wondered whether I should/or could run as unattached and whether this would still show results on power of 10. Does that make sense? And indeed sounds just a little complicated! I am also aware of one or two in my area that have left one club for another down the road which is a bit more competitive.
Hows things going Scott? What are your current targets? Things going well post Eastleigh?
Shame on the selection Duck what with your top end speed! Still a decent Parkrun outing there mind and maybe a sub 17 5k could be a longer term aim?
Great mileage there TR and bodes well for Edinburgh! all those aches and pains will be worth it when you have a recovery/cut back and start feeling fresher and even stronger!
Good news for the Manchester Marathon there Alehouse, I'd like to run it again some day.
Dan, indeed that Steve Wey/Marigold is a huge inspiration, there are quite a few examples of people who are overweight and then end up as amazing runners but his story is just insane! I've been lurking on the sub 3 thread and saw he ran a 50 mile long run in the lead up prior to a much reduced taper.,..what works for one, etc and that's one reason why I like to see how my body is rather than get too consumed by a one fits all training approach!
Shame about your marathon Wardi, in many ways it sounds similar to PRFs last year in something very unlucky happening on the day. And congrats PRF with the two successive sub 3s!
14 miles for me last week, all pretty easy miles. Legs have felt fine with no side effects at all...tested the speed with them Tuesday...6x400 rather than 8 as I wimped out the final two on the basis of my legs having got used to not doing anything that fast recently! Did them on grass and it was a little twisty trying to get the length in, they came out as 83, 81, 80, 82, 83 and 85 all off 1 min recovery. Steady undulating/hilly 5 or so this evening. Going to try and increase the mileage once I've moved but that's the priority this Easter weekend! Looking to join a new club now I'm moving too, just wondered how that affects things in entering races now...will my results still go on Power of 10 etc or does not paying anything to UK Athletics via club registration mean they won't go on? Bit lost with the whole thing to be honest and to make it more complicated, I might pursue my old club as 2nd claim once I've joined another....anyone who would be able to provide some advice on this would be very much appreciated!
Shame about your target time aspirations Dr Dan but still well ran! Can certainly relate to both you and DT being dragged around at a faster than intended pace too early on! As with you, I'll never forget running toward the embankment and seeing people still running toward Canary Wharf with many struggling at that point too! As for the HR readings I've got limited experience but the last two marathons and even with the last few halfs, I've been able to work out with feel how long I can sustain a particular pace on the day! But certainly maybe a little risky! I'm sure if there is a next marathon you will be able to work out what to put right so your training more closely correlates with performance on the day! Still a decent time regardless, and likewise wondered where Mo was! Too many knocking him and dismissing him from one attempt IMO but that's another story....
Very good and solid first attempt DT! My first was in 4:12 at London albeit with 8 miles on a screwed knee (would otherwise have been in 3:50 perhaps?)...very promising for a future attempt, I'd definitely look to build on that for the next one! Know what you mean about the giving up mindset, had that with the Llanelli half this March and miles 22 to 25 in Manchester! Another great report though, where did that 7:22 mile late on come from mind?
Well done everyone! Indeed, a fairly warm day it seemed and I'd personally have struggled today no doubt!
Went up early and was under London Bridge near monument with a fairly good vantage point....brothers race didn't go to plan it seems. He is able to convert no question with a sub 81 half but something didn't go right today. Waited and waited, the two sub 3 pacers past (one PhilPub I believe) and then the sub 3:15 pacer....felt awful for him when he did pass....he pointed at something wrong as he ran past, apparently had stomach issues from mile 9 and managed to finish in 3:19. Left me feeling a bit flat and disappointed for him. Knowing him though, he will want to put that right next time round but does show again that anything can happen on the day and it's a good experience for his next one. Looking forward to reading all the reports.