Well done to all those who have raced already and good luck to those still to go!
I have been following the P&D threads for the last 3 marathon cycles and was looking forward (?!) to following the 18 week upto 55 mile plan for Paris next year. Unfortunately I am recovering from a stress fracture in my foot and this week is my first week back running after 6 weeks off. I am now considering following the 12 week plan which will give me more time to build some kind of base. I have no idea whether this is a sensible plan of action....?!
Dan, I've been on the injury bench for nearly 6 weeks due to a stress fracture in my foot! Hope your niggle is something less serious. I'm hoping to start running again next week but it will be a slow process to get back to where I was before.
Thanks for the advice Tim and PTD. I normally have a 1-2 mile warm up with a few strides thrown in. I'm going to go and have a practice run in the week and see how I go by slowing down the first mile by 10-20 seconds.
Just about managed to keep super speedy son in sight for most of the parkrun but no PB for me! In fact me and the other half have a difference of opinion about how you should run our parkrun as it has a steepish downhill section from the start and then an overall downhill 1st mile, followed by 2 flattish miles. He thinks you should do a very fast first mile and then try to hang on but I think you should even out the effort over the 3 miles. I've tried his way and fail pretty much every time! What do you lot think? To give you an idea my splits today were 6:57, 7:44, 8:03. I think I would do better to aim for say a 7:10 first mile then 2 miles at 7:20 pace.