Stuart - if you are feeling crap no point in running. One skipped session is not going to do too much overall damage,
Nell - enjoy the LSR over the weekend. I have never done a training run with company. I find that I quite enjoy my own company when running and think that I would find the need to socialise whilst running a tad distracting.
So training for Chicago needs to start the first week of June. That gives me about 5 weeks of running for fun before I am back following a plan. I am going to tweak my plan and also see what I would need to do to chamge my running during the week to early morning or lunchtimes. This will need some discipline but might be worth it.
I am also going to train around the same level of intensity and also look to introduce some strength and conditioning stuff. Not sure why I am doing this but seems like it could be a good idea.
So I am still a bit sore from the fall on Sunday. At least I do not seem to have torn any muscles. The leg is loosening up so looks like rest is doing its thing. Hip and lower back get 'tired' as teh day progresses so looks like these ares of the old body will need a little more recovery time.
I think I have put Sunday behind me now. Yes I was doing well but it was not to be on that occassion.
I will enter the ballot for London next week when it opens and if I get in great. If not no drama.
I am off to Ireland for a few days early next week and will not think about putting on the running shoes until I come back. Hopefully by then I will be good to get going again.
I am entered in the Bupa 10k on the bank holiday towards the end of May. So I will focus my training on that. I will not set a target time just yet. Need to see how I feel when I get going.
I have just taken up my ballot place in the Chicago marathon. I must be a lunatic but it ticks a box somewhere. I can carry the place over to 2015 (available up to September sometime) by paying the entry fee again in a years time. A bit like London I think.
I will find some races to run through the summer for sure depending on how the holiday plans pan out.
Ali - sounds to me like you need a couple of more days off. Best to get rid of it properly. Still plenty of time to Edinburgh so you should be alright. At least if the wind keeps up you won't have the heat issue that we suffered in London on Sunday.
Carter - Stephen Kiprotich told me at the Expo that he would not do any training for 4 weeks after Sunday. So I think taking it easy for a few weeks is essential if you do not want to have your ITB issues back. Sounds like a great plan is emerging for you for the rest of this year.
Canter - did you put the trainers on at lunchtime today ? How was it and did you trot down to teh Embankment ?
Like the rant. Graet event but all a bit mad really.
PS - thanks for your kind words. Great to have you on board here. If I was you I would wait until Chester to go for it again. The trouble with running 2 marathons so soon is that usually the second one has got be be slower. And sounds like going slower is not part of your reason for wanting to go again. This marathon thing is weird. What happens on race day and what you do in training ofton never correlate. Alot of the pacers have commented on other threads that they did not finish with the group they started.
So can you remember back to when you say the wheels came off. Why do you think you had to slow down. If you were going steady at 8:35 min miles you were on for a 3:45 plus something as the heat would have taken something off you over the last 6 miles. That does not look like you were pushing it compared to what you did in training. What do you do for carbs during the race ? Did you change anything from your training to race day ?
Sorry for all the questions. Just trying to understand a little more to see if we can offer some pearls of wisdom (Not that I am any expert).
Stuart - great to see you back on here. Thought you had got lost at sea !!! How is teh training going ?
Nell - great running from you again today. You seem to be knocking the miles out nicely.
Just a quick note. Have not decided on Chicago yet.
Looks like I did not do too much damage on Sunday. While leg is a bit stiff On occasion I am walking normally and can straighten it out. Stairs are not a problem either. I am guessing that I strained everything in the leg compensating for a very sore hip which can be tender every now and then.
So reading other posts it looks like many experienced jostling on Sunday at higher levels than normal. A number of the pacers talk about nearly taking tumbles.
Discarded water bottles were a massive issue too as normally people fling them to either side. This time they were strewn everywhere and it was a case of being constantly vigilant as people were just dropping them.
It is a great event and I will do it again sometime.
Morning all. Yesterday was a tough day. I had always planned to go into work so I did but of course you have to deal with how did you get on. And while it was nice that everyone asked after a while it just made me realise how dissapointed I was. Now there was nothing I could do about what happened but it takes so much shine off what is one of the greatest marathon events in the world.
As Sean says it was superbly orgnised, the crowds were amazing.
So how do I pick myseld back up. 4 marathons and I have not really performed in any of them. 550 miles training and nothing to show.
Now my OH is hoping that this means I will call it a day with the marathon running as it does take a lot of time.
But it is like I have unfinished business.
Interestingly I woke this morning to an email from the Chigago Marathon telling me that I got a place in the ballot. October 12th. I have to confirm my registration by Friday night.
The leg / knee / hip is feeling a little less strained this morning so I am taking this as a good sign.