McHilly - Welcome from me too! I agree with Nose Nowt that the program is suitable for a target of 4H or perhaps a bit over. I wouldn't suggest if for a first marathon, as for that the target should be just to get round and feel good about it.
All - I've decided not to enter the Kent Coastal Marathon on 7 September, so I'm a bit of an imposter now, but I'll drop in every so often. The Kent Grand Prix organisers have tried to fit the last 5 of the year's 10 races into just less than 7 weeks. Having missed three already due to illness, absence or not having entered in time I wanted to do 4 of the last 5, and the obvious one to drop is the marathon.
If someone could remove me from the list that would be great.
Menn - I'm a complete wimp, as you'll have gathered from recent posts. I wouldn't try a Lactate Threshold run unless my legs felt fine from the toes upwards. I follow the advice of 15 and Fergster and swap it for something easier.
Shaz - Good to hear from and glad your hamstrings are recovering. I got my London good for age "clearance" this morning too. I'll enter, but it's only a backup for me, as I plan to race Brighton marathon a couple of weeks earlier.
Steve the tortoise - That's a great weight loss, well done!
Fergster - Thanks, I'm happy with the change you've made to the list.
Generally, Thanks for the interest. The medical condition I had called urine retention. I was fine on holiday, in Italy for the last week of May, but within a couple of hours of getting back on Sunday (June 1) could not pass urine. This got very painful, as you can imagine, and after a couple of calls to the 111 NHS line, I was referred to an emergency doctor who, in the early hours of the Monday morning, put in a catheter connected to a 2 litre(!) bag. That relieved the pain, thank goodness. The bag meant it was not practical to come to work that week, though I could work from home. The emergency doctor told me to arrange an appointment with my GP but that he would probably refer me to a urologist and that the problem was probably an enlarged prostate gland, hardly unusual for a 60+ male, especially since I’ve had similar, but not so bad, experiences before.
My local surgery saw me on that Monday afternoon and confirmed all that, but: (i) said I needn’t have the bag attached except at night, thank goodness, though it meant I didn’t get much sleep; (ii) they’d take the catheter out on Friday and see what happened. That required two doctor’s appointments, one to remove the catheter at the start of the day, the other late in the day to check all was OK. They also prescribed a drug which may reduce the size of the prostate, assuming that is the problem. The catheter was not nice, but a lot better than the pain!
The catheter was duly removed on the Friday (6 June) and has stayed out since. I felt really tired the day after and spent most of it in bed. After that I got better pretty quickly and have been back at work as normal, though for the first week I did sleep more than usual. I'm still on the drugs, which do seem to be successful at treating the condition, but mean I'm still a bit cautious about pushing myself too hard. The cause is unknown but it's probably benign prostate enlargement, sometimes called benign prostatic hyperplasia. I'm supposed to have an appointment with a urologist, but apparently I'm not high-risk for prostate cancer, so it's probably benign and my appointment is not for several weeks. It will probably be months before I get a full diagnosis, since a biopsy is often needed, and I think that will take some time to sort out.
Partly due to caution and but mainly due to having too much work I didn't restart running until Thursday 12 June, by which time I'd had 11 days off. I quickly built up distance and ran the North Downs 30K, which is hilly, and was hot too, on 22 June . I was pleased with my time, but it was probably 5-10 minutes more than what I might have hoped for three months ago. Yesterday I ran Bewl 15, and was only 15 seconds off my time last year, though the weather was much cooler so I went from being just in the top 100 to being 200+!
I had been aware for at least 20 years of the symptoms (slower urine flow (sometimes getting quite close to what I now know was urine retention), urinating more often in smaller quantities, needing to urinate in the middle of the night), and had mentioned them to a doctor a couple of times. They'd basically said it's normal and come back only if your urine has blood in it. I now think that's a rather superficial view and that I should have checked further earlier. If I had I might have avoided a very unpleasant incident. I found wearing a catheter very uncomfortable.
I guess I'm the oldest male on the thread so this probably isn't directly relevant to many threa