Good going Dr Dan, not far off at all to the sub 20.
Managed my first sub 20 in over a year with 19:56 this morning...I'll take that but still confused about the knee. A weakness rather than injury per say perhaps? Poorly paced this morning too and with 10 yesterday am sure I'll take that down a bit over the coming weeks.
Great race report DT. Stuck to your guns on what you have been saying even from meeting you in Cardiff and good to see it paying off. As for the GFA times I'm surprised they haven't been reduced if that's the case.
Good to have a target iower. Admittedly not a lot of time to reach it this year though. I guess it depends on what your level is and what you will plateau at before pushing on/mixing it up if needed. I'd love to hit that target but know I have to lose more weight (positive results recently) and run higher mileage more often. I need to work out what my average mileage was in the run up to London but know many others do much more in reaching that.
Dr Dan - with the training you have put in recently I'm sure you will convert to a decent marathon eventually! Nice 1,000 m reps and good luck at Parkrun...sub 20 perhaps?
All OK here WP! Have not long got back from my first run post VLM - 10 enjoyable miles and had no issues with the knee. Strange! Legs overall were pretty much back to normal by Wednesday with just a few aches walking down stairs mostly on the Tuesday. Hope the toe is better soon and you can kick on with your training.
Still not not entered any races and will decide on club membership renewal this weekend. What with childcare fees soon starting and £70 for the club renewal, I'm not really convinced of the benefits at the moment at least as I won't make it back in race fees and potentially moving over the coming months which is the biggest factor. But will hopefully sort that and let the wallet take a further hit with some races entered by the end of the Bank Holiday.
Might post my VLM report tonight but be warned, it's long.
Is that Riga by any chance PRF? My brother and two of his club mates are going out there to do the half although my brother may have to take it easy having been injured since the turn of the year - either that or he will go there supporting.
Not good with the blister issues WP. Yes indeed, Sunday hasn't put me off at all...it's the first time I've ever put my eggs in one basket as to speak in targeting one particular race for one reason or another but at least I can now build upon recent gains moving forward.
Legs feel fairly decent today with quads the worst going down stairs although in saying that can do so without any real discomfort...had to run for the train first thing and didn't feel the knee at all...but do suspect I would feel it after a couple of miles into a run at the moment...one of those where it's hard to tell when it will start from previous experience with it! Will stick to the plan of taking the large part of this week off before attempting a nice leisurely run when in Wales visiting family next weekend.
I made exactly that same point recently on here seren nos....I also ran that too and remember it was caused by someone moving roadworks the night/early morning beforehand so a completely different situation altogether too. Now awaiting for my 4th short race somewhere at some point....or knowing my recent luck, maybe another will also be declared short retrospectively at some point soon!
I still have the Manchester Marathon car sticker on the back window of my car from 2014. I think I'm going to take it down and stick it back on with it edited with a marker to show 25.98 miles and add the word 'shortest' marathon to it's flattest, fastest and friendliest caption!