I was a runner 1975, and it's difficult now for most women to imagine how different it was then - even more to see a woman out running on the road. Living in a small village, I, like so many more, was acutely aware of how unusual if not controversial my activities were! After the jogging boom it became a bit less daunting, but even in the late 70s it was not like today when we don't pay any regard to female runners.
Still, here I am, almost 40 years on and still hoping to get as far beneath 3.15 as I can at the VLM!
Oh dear - I think a lot of us have issues with hedge-bottom (or in my case dyke-bottom) stops on our long runs; I'm ok until I couple distance with speed! I would like some advice on fuelling without causing these problems. Again, like so many others, I fade during the last 10k of the marathon and I'd love some help with that; my training has been going so well this year.
Hello everybody - you're using a different energy system for a 20 miler; 6k pace will be so much quicker so perhaps you could look at more - and shorter - intervals done at a higher work rate and also include more strides to help with faster leg turnover.
I think Run Wales has summed it up in a nutshell - wait until those niggles have gone completely, maybe do whatever cross-training suits you best and then begin to pick up your running gradually. You need to be flexible in your approach to your mileage, so if you can't do 25 miles in your first weeks then less will do until you feel you can handle more. Then increase your mileage slowly until you can fit in one or two faster sessions, but don't try doing both at once or you'll be back to square one. Remember, running is a lifestyle, eating, resting, stretching and training all go together and help each other along.