Rich, thats a great run in those conditions. Well done again. Wokingham is a good, a well oiled machine of a race but the weather does always seem to be horrendous!
Sense, you'll love Salzburg if you've never been before. Beautiful city. I dont know much about the marathon but Mrs GM reckons its a good one from what she's heard. Make sure you get yourself to the 'stieglkeller' its at the foot of the castle. You can have a lovely cold, crisp beer overlooking the city. I love it there. Hope the achilles is feeling alright!?
Sean, its funny you say about the shoes. I was thinking the same thing as well. I've just bought myself a new pair of my favourites Brooks Adrenaline 15's and to be honest i prefer the womens colours. They were also a bit cheaper.
Malcs, looking forward to the Essex 20 as well! Hopefully we get a good day for it. The foot seems fine now. Amazing what a bit of discipline and great coaching advice can do. I get a bit of stiffness in the arch after longer sessions but I've been rolling the area regularly and that seems to solve the problem. Your runs on Strava are looking great!
I did a tough 17 miles on Sunday mostly off road. A lot of fun but I found it hard going towards the end. The weather closed in a bit in the last few miles and I had to dig in a bit. I hoping my next long run the Essex 20 will feel a lot more comfortable. I've got 6 easy miles to do tonight and 7 steady tomorrow. I'm feeling like I'm back in business now and just hoping for a clear run through to Manchester now.
Had a really good confidence building 6 mile run on Wednesday. Again I put in a couple of faster than planned miles and didn't feel too shabby. I was worried about feeling really unfit during the first few sessions back but I've been feeling ok. Was supposed to do 4 easy yesterday but I've swapped that to today and looking forward to that.
I've got 40 minutes running or XT depending on how the foot feels for tomorrow then 16 on Sunday with miles 9-12 at MP. I'm driving down to Cornwall tonight for the weekend to visit family so I'm looking forward to a bit of exploring round there. Although the weather looks like its going to be horrendous!
Hope you all have a great weekend training or racing! Here's my 6 steady from Wednesday.
RichN, have you run Wokingham before? I used to live about 5 minutes walk from the start and did it once in 2013. I enjoyed it, its pretty flat throughout apart from a couple of bridges. I remember the weather that year was awful as well it rained all day. Well done on your 800's, love that session!
My 4 miles went fine last night but my pace was all over the place. I kind of just ran freely. I was just happy to be running my regular streets again and took my eye of the pace a bit. I've rolled the offending foot heavily last night after and there's nothing to report this morning. I'm looking forward to tonights session which is 6 miles steady with a guide to pace it around 8:20 m/m. So I guess I'll find out more how much fitness I've lost tonight.
Good to see you on Strava Chrsitian! Yes, Malcs is spot on with what he's saying. This was probably my longest break from running though for a very long time and being a bit of worrier doesn't help. Sean, well done on the HM time thats brilliant!
I agree with everyone else 3.30 is definitely achieveable with those times you're running. Stick with the thread, there is some fantastic advice on here as I'm sure you've already noticed.
Just a quick update from me. I'll be on later with more on my first run back (on concrete at least!) The treadmill run on Sunday went ok although I despise treadmills. There's been no reaction from it so I'm feeling a lot more positive this week. An easy 4 miles is on the cards tonight, I can't wait. Feeling my strength work more than usual today so it'll be good to run the DOMS off.