Hi Emmy lovely to hear from you and congratulations once again. I am in awe of anyone that can carry on running (or in fact exercising) whilst pregnant. I feel sick as a dog the whole time! Listening to your body is very sensible, sounds like a good plan to not overdo it.
Good pic BigG - looks like you were all having a good time!
Shades - horrible weather here too today, although I managed to miss the rain. It is still very warm, makes it hard to know what to wear.
Tess - loads of luck for your marathon - Shades has given you some good advice
So today's 6 miler did not exactly go to plan. Running over Westminster Bridge, trying to avoid a tourist who was jumping in front of Big Ben whilst having their picture taken. I missed the kerb and went flying in the road. Ended up covered in muddy water, took the skin off my elbow and knee and had a lot of American tourists offering me wipes. Being somewhat embarrassed (and determined to finish the run) I declined and carried on. I don't appear to have done any lasting damage but my elbow is really bruised. Bloody tourists! I think that's the last run I do on that route until after the marathon. Fingers crossed there are no more mishaps.
BigG – sounds like it was the right decision not to run in the end. I know exactly what you mean about spectating being exhausting though – I remember being shattered after watching some friends run the London Marathon many years ago! Much easier to run it. Lovely that you managed to meet up with Emmy and that she has such great news too. Hope Bruges was nice today.
Shades – LOL at *only* 14 or 15 marathons this year…. Well done for finishing the probate forms, must be a big weight off your mind
SK – very well done! Can't believe that last mile, I'm not sure I could sprint that fast, let alone for a mile. It’s a good little race isn't it - I would like to do it again one year.
Mamafox – eek to the air rifles. I would be feeling a bit nervous too. Well done for surviving the school trip. You are a braver lady than me.
KK – loads of luck for this weekend – is it a hilly marathon?
Lilly – I've suffered with Achilles tendonitis – is that what you have? I had a big lump when it was first diagnosed. It is still there but a lot smaller. Heel dips of a step definitely helped mine but it niggled for ages. I seemed to get rid of the niggle by doing a standing hamstring stretch after runs, with my heel on the ground and my toes in the air. Don't ask me why, and perhaps its coincidence that it worked, although the physio said that I have tight hamstrings and glutes and that probably caused the Achilles problem in the first place.
Counting down the runs now – race is on 17th. My race bib and chip have arrived. I do however have this weekend to get through. I am in Rome for a work "retreat". Alcohol is usually in plentiful supply. I am not popular with my husband at all as you can imagine.
However, my biggest problem is that my youngest child has not been sleeping and therefore I am not getting nearly enough sleep. So in desperation, at the weekend we ordered a new "big boy bed" and new bedding. We won't get the new bed until early November but he's been sleeping on the floor on a ready bed since Saturday and he has slept through the night. There is hope. I really need him to sleep next week otherwise my time is going to be severely affected.
Any tips for carb loading?? Not sure I did it right last time.
Keith – great news! I'm still waiting for my (inevitable rejection) mag. Apparently we haven't had any post today. Can't believe you got that time after so little training. You are clearly a natural marathon runner!
SK – I looked you up to see how you did on Sunday and saw you were so close to being first lady. Brilliant time though. We were away for the weekend at my parents-in-law otherwise I would definitely have done it, was a bit gutted to miss it really. However, I did 22 miles the Friday before and I was still pretty sore on Sunday so it probably would have been a bad idea to race, not least with that bloody hill! Are you doing South Bucks? I've done that once, it's my PB course.
BigG – thank you for posting so movingly about Claire, Jay and the anniversary. I would like to think the shooting stars are more than just coincidence. Really hope you feel better soon but perhaps you can make a decision nearer to race day about what distance you do? Hope you manage to get the recording off the sky box as I can see that would be a precious memory for you.
Mamafox – I am also horribly uncoordinated when it comes to things like step! I've actually had a pilates session today, first time in a month as its been neglected whilst marathon training. It definitely helps stretch you out. Love your prize!
Shades – I don't need encouraging to race, its more that my husband needs convincing. How many marathons have you done now (or have you stopped counting??) and well done on your vets prize!
Mowzer – great race report! How is the no-cake diet going? I have to say that one of the main reasons I run is to eat cake
I'm so glad you all think that Abingdon is a good one to do. Its flat, which for me is a big selling point!! KK – I'm not local to Abingdon but it's about an hour away (I actually live pretty close to SK in West London). So I can drive there on the morning of the race and save money on accommodation.
I think I am suffering a bit from over-training and lack of sleep (thanks to my youngest son). I've had a niggly knee for a while but it was really sore after 22 miles. I am hoping that now I'm into the taper it will calm down a bit (perhaps not this week but next maybe). It's not stopping me run but it is pretty stiff afterwards on the longer distances. Pacing is going ok – most of my long runs have been on mainly trails so they are pretty uneven, mixed terrain which slows me down. As soon as I get onto pavements, I automatically speed up so I'm hoping that will help when I do the marathon. 14 miles planned for tomorrow.
A long overdue update from me. Still around, still running. Holidays and back to school have meant that there has been little spare time. I have a place in the Abingdon marathon in October having missed the entry deadline for Bournemouth. Went on their website to enter, thinking it shut at midnight and it had shut at 5pm! Organisers wouldn't let me in despite emailing them that night. Their loss. So I looked around for another marathon around the same time and found a place in Abingdon due to someone else's misfortune.
Training has been going pretty well, I've done 1x18, 3x20 and have the 22 miler to come next week. I've been running 5 times a week, apart from on holiday when I had to very carefully negotiate with my husband (or was facing divorce) and dropped down to 3 runs a week. I still struggle to understand how I'm going to be able to run a whole marathon at MP when my long runs are approx a minute per mile slower. The only thing I haven't managed to do is a race. Still, as long as I beat my previous time I will be happy. If I get near my goal time I will be very happy. And I've got Brighton next year to improve on it.
Oh and I appear to have joined a virtual running club, being unable to go to a real one. So I will shortly have a club shirt to hopefully wear for Abingdon. (It's purple – which happens to be my favourite colour).
Shades – so sorry to hear about your mum – I hope you are doing ok in the circumstances. Probate can be very stressful. I lost both my Nans within a year and saw the strain it put on my parents trying to organise probate for them. The volume of paperwork and waiting for all the banks etc to reply, it took a long time to sort out. Hope it goes as smoothly as possible.
SK – well done on the GNR – it's on my bucket list, I entered the ballot this year but needless to say didn't get a place. Will try again next year but I don't have high hopes. Why only the half for Brighton? I've just had an email from them to say they are re-opening limited places for the full marathon if you are interested.
Mamafox – love the sound of your goody bag. I've never had anything vaguely exciting in mine (admittedly I've not done that many races). I've got a friend who is currently aiming for the 100 club and has been doing lots of marathons I've never heard of (mostly in Kent) and they seem to have fabulous goody bags at the end.
BigG – fantastic time for the half. Surely you can crack a sub-4 hr with that half time? Tough week coming up, another milestone to pass. Hope you are ok.
Mowzer – Brilliant time on that kind of route. I have to say I wouldn't fancy an edge of the cliff run, partly because there are clearly going to be some big hills involved but also because I just don't feel very safe! Glad this one had fencing at least.
KK – you must be almost tapering as well? How has the marathon training been going? Harrogate is lovely. Haven't been to York but I gather that its really nice as well.
Thank you so much to all the PP members who have posted - I was beginning to think there weren't any! (Although I know that's not true as I've seen some PP members at races). It does sound like it would be a good fit for me. And purple is my favourite colour (shallow, I know).
Literatin – I think that some running clubs are scary, even for people like me who are not complete beginners. The one down the road from me for example is a little intimidating (at least it appears that way from their website). If you were not confident, or a total beginner, I'm sure you would be put off joining a lot of running clubs.