Hi all, got to say all you high mileage folks - orapidrun/Tom/NE/bob are really keeping me going - thanks! whenever I'm running and feeling sorry for myself I think there's you lot doing a lot more than me!
Hi Dr H, good to have you around, will look forward to hearing of your progress too!
Cal - glad you're going well, you're still in front of me, I'll get my 1st 17 miler done this weekend, then I will really feel I'm back in the game - I hope!
Cold was hanging around yesterday so gave up on the 1st of my 7 Yassos and ended up doing a Fartlek treadmill session instead!! Although, got better as the session went on and felt much better today, just an easy 6 miles in the freezing cold and a wee tempo tomorrow, so I can enjoy my Friday night session without guilt! LSR on Sunday!
+1 for eating loads now too!!! Although I think I was doing that before I started the training anyway!
I managed to miss all the bad weather and got my 15 miles done in relative calm so well done to all you who had to endure the elements! My beer/wine/jack D etc was felt well deserved on Saturday night! Up to 17 this weekend - CJMCF - I guess we're pretty much at the same level and thought process except I would like to get a half done but doubtful I can get one in before Manchester due to other commitments.
JJ, I have a cold too, blaming the kids so scrapped my planned Yassos this morning in favour of a lie in - hopefully back fighting fit tomorrow! Get well soon, don't push yourself too hard if you're not well as it can quickly go South, listen to your body!
Hey Tom, I only wanted to do it last year to get a Marathon under my belt in 2015 (and I really want one of the spinning medals!) but ankle op put paid to that. So really the only reason I am doing it this year is because I deferred, otherwise I would have looked for flatter courses. PB potential - doubtful and there are mixed reviews on the course and they're announcing a new route again for this year so who knows - I'll be going for it anyway, whatever the hills or terrain! I've never been to Nottingham and it looks a really nice place, if I don't get my time, I'll be back at Manchester again for 2017!!!
haha - yes Bob, it would only be the one race! There is a Glasgow to Edinburgh 55 mile run along the Forth / Union canal path that I have had my eye on. It's just one of these crazy ideas that I would love to run it as I do a bit of training along the canal when it's a bit warmer - and of course be able to gloat to my mates in the pub about it! Time will tell if I ever go for it though!!
Well done on the 14 miles, great to see everyone making good progress now!
I agree with Bob, Washwood, don't be put off by "advanced", Manchester will be my 5th Marathon but I still consider myself a novice. I ditched P & D as I wasn't ready after an ankle op to take it on so am now not following any specific plan, asides from trying to get in at least 1 x interval, 1 x tempo, 1 x easy, 1 x long run as a minimum, 1 x Xtrain and making them a wee bit harder / longer each week! I'm still reading the P & D book though - that part's easy!
The good thing I suppose in my favour is that I have the experience of previous training to know when I am ready to push and I am now slowly getting there. I would love to ultimately get a sub 330 (current PB 3.51). My plan as it stands (as of today!) is sub 3.50 at Manchester, sub 3.40 at Edinburgh in May and if all is going well, I will be jumping into P & D and going for sub 330 in Nottingham in September as I had to defer last year.
If I can get that magical sub 330 I will be dipping my toe into the world of ultra running next year , otherwise I will be running Marathons until I get it!!