What a week of two halves. Boiling for the first half, torrential rain and thunderstorms at the end.
Welcome back Jackygirl - I would definitely target a goal, as Shades says, it really helps concentrate what training you do.
Steve - belated congrats on GNR. I hope that throat clears up quickly.
BigG - are you doing a marathon this weekend? I've lost track. Thank you for posting that link, will have a read. I will ask look up marathontalk as I do like listening to podcasts on long runs.
Mamafox - so sorry you are still suffering. It must be miserable. But I do love your "not really running" 115km!
Shades - the tunnels sound interesting! Glad you've worked out how to turn off the GPS. I use it on mine on the odd occasion when I end up on a treadmill. Is this a new race?
Cal - glad to hear you are feeling better.
SK - how is the leg? I think I'm going to have to miss Moor Park. Middle son's camp is in Marlow and we have to help pack up the camp that afternoon.
Jugula - I'm glad the funeral went ok (as much as they ever can). Re gels - I tend to take 1 every hour but only on a run of more than 14 miles. So usually one at 6/7 miles, then 13/14, 19/20. I've discovered shot blox jelly and it doesn't seem to upset my stomach as much so I've substituted two gels for that.
Ian - good luck for this weekend. I hope the weather stays kind for you.
Eleta - I am now wondering about the Hadd model!
KK - I will be interested to hear how you get on with the head torches. I ended up doing a night run last week and had forgotten how hard it was in certain spots where the streetlights are not great.
So the past two weeks are the killer ones. 50 miles last week (including a 20-miler) and 45 this week. Today I had the 22 miler planned, the weather was foul. Fortunately the thunder and lightning had stopped but it was still torrential rain for the first couple of hours. So much so that I was wading through towpaths in a couple of places where the canal had broken the banks. I had to climb through a tree which had come down and eventually admitted defeat on my usual route when the towpath was too deep to cross. Despite this, it went quite well and I felt strong at the end, the last mile was at MP. My knees aren't too happy though, hopefully they will feel a bit better tomorrow. I need to get my gait checked I think but it will have to wait until after this marathon.
Rest day tomorrow, then hill repeats planned for Sunday.
So my update. Training has been going reasonably well. I think the sports massage I had a few weeks ago has really helped loosen things up (so much so that I've had another one since). I still have a niggly left knee but it has improved. So far in this marathon training I have done 2 x 18 milers, 1 x 20 miler and I've got 20 and 22 miles planned for the next two weeks. I've found I can do intervals on Embankment – it has a lovely new cycle superhighway which is heavily used by runners during lunchtime. It’s a nice straight stretch of road and doesn't get full of tourists (unlike the South Bank). The added bonus (and SK will appreciate this) is that I can catch Pokemon during the recoveries. And yes, I'm well aware this is very sad!
Yesterday I ran the Maidenhead half. (Taking your advice, Shades about trying to do a race a month. ) Really enjoyed it. It was a cooler day (thankfully), slightly too windy at times but otherwise pretty perfect running weather. It’s a 2 lap course, very flat, from Maidenhead town hall, up past the Thames to Cookham and then back again. It was organised by my running club and they do organise good events. Free parking, close to the event village and lots of toilets (inside the town hall as well). I managed to meet a few new people and had lots of shout outs on the course from the marshals which really helped. I was aiming for a PB (previous one was 1.53.10, but the course slightly undermeasured) but I wasn't sure how it was going to go. The first half mile is slightly congested but I managed to pick up the pace reasonably quickly. Got to mile 5 and I was aware that the pace was slipping a bit but I managed to pick it up again at mile 6 (which coincided with a load of support and a slight downhill stretch). I was gradually picking people off, which is always satisfying. Had a gel at mile 7 and then just tried to keep up the pace for the rest of the race. There is an underpass about half a mile before the end which took it out of my legs a bit, and I was feeling quite sick at this point but managed to finish in 1.52:15. Very pleased with that. Splits were 8.51, 8.20, 8.31, 8.39, 8.42, 8.43, 8.15, 8.36, 8.37, 8.21, 8.31, 8.28, 8.25.
Nice medal, stayed for the presentations (SK, one of your club won the mens vets (v60, I think) and then drove home to a lovely roast dinner with all the trimmings. Can't ask for more than that!
Shades - loved your write up of Cork marathon, and the pictures - I have to say the Irish marathons do sound appealing in many ways, although perhaps not the hills.
Jugula - I'm really sorry to hear about your Dad and that you are having such a horrible time with your step-mother.
Mowzer - I too love your write ups. Both you and Shades have a knack of making you feel like you are there. My navigational skills are not up to much - I'm sure I would get lost on one of the LDWA routes. The food all sounds wonderful though!
BigG - belated welcome back from Vietnam. It sounded an absolutely wonderful experience. We've all gone off too fast in races, I'm sure you will be back to full running fitness very soon. The kayaking sounds like fun, especially with the pub stops.
Cal - excellent hill-naming. I'm sure it must help, in a perverse way. And what a great ParkRun PB. You must be pleased.
MrsSeychelles - welcome! You are in good company, lots of us joined this thread whilst training for our first marathon. Glad the 16 miler went well. And don't worry about the pace - we all run at difference paces, and several of us started at relatively slow paces and have improved over time. So it can be done! Your first one will definitely be a PB.
SK - I saw your pictures with the hockey ladies - lucky you! Yes, I am hoping to do Moor Park but haven't signed up yet. I had thought the kids might do the fun runs but one of them has cub camp that weekend and I don't know the timings yet. But hopefully I will be there regardless. That was very lucky getting a free place for Royal Parks - it's not cheap!
Ian - how is the taper going? I think I would find it very hard to go out for a long run after 11 hours work, must be tough!
Eleta - welcome back and here's to a healthy injury free period!
Steve - fantastic run today! That's a massive PB. Have you done GNR before?
Will do a me-update in a little while. Need food...
Well done Shades - that sounds like a really battling performance after not feeling well. Sometimes we need an unfriendly American (or similar) to spur us on. Trophy hunting is not a bad thing either. I hope it was a good trophy!
Cal - well done! 5th in category is fantastic. Glad it wasn't muddy as I'm sure that must be tough to run through.
Jugula - super time! Well done on 4th in category. Who cares how many people are in it.
Kenny/Ian - hopefully the lacklustre parkrun was just a blip.
Ian - I'm sure you will be fine for the half, and a bit of competition will spice things a bit.
Steve - I had aspirations of not doing an autumn marathon to concentrate on the half. It still hasn't happened! (I am doing at least one half in the autumn though). I'm sure your half in three weeks will seem like a walk in the part compared with the ultra.
Lily - hope your mum is ok and have a lovely holiday.
BigG - Vietnam sounds absolutely wonderful. It's just the sort of holiday I would have loved pre-kids. I'm sure the cycling is keeping your fitness levels up.
18 miles along the Grand Union Canal on Friday, I wasn't feeling it for some reason (maybe there's something in the air). The wheels came off at 15 miles, fighting cramp and then stitch and had to stop a couple of times. I actually walked the last 3/4 mile back (after the Garmin hit 18 miles) but found lots of pokemon by the canal so at least there was a silver lining. Not sure whether it was a salt problem but I think I need to investigate electrolytes - can anyone recommend a particular brand? I will probably need to buy online. Also, if you use shotblox or similar (the jelly ones) how many segments equal a gel?? I am not sure how many I should be eating to have a similar effect.
I had intended to do another run at the weekend but the olympics is playing havoc with my schedule. Stayed up til 3.30am to watch the end of the heptathlon and that finished me off on Sunday.
6 miles around the Thames at lunchtime with a few intervals thrown in, although I was somewhat restricted by the number of tourists. I had a sports massage afterwards at work (£20 for 30 mins which I thought was good value) and apparently my glutes are weak and I need to work on my hip flexors.