Huge congrats GM that is great news and hopefully will cap off a fantastic year for you.
Good news on the pain front fingers crossed that you can get a steady run in soon and get no reaction. I rested most of 2nd half of last week and seems to have settled reasonably well, did a shorted long run yesterday of about 10.5 as wasn't 100% happy so wanted to take it easy but feels much better.
Thanks for the link again Angela, yes GM it can be a bit intense, and as it involves a fair amount of impact on the calves it can be difficult for me as I've suffered over the years with them. Usually takes me a few sessions for the calves to settle in so will be looking for more strength and recovery...eyes on the prize.
Glad to see you back Chicksta, looks like you had a great trip.
Hi GM really sorry to hear but fingers crossed the sports massage helps, I've never known anything so painful that is such a help at the same time. I've a bit of a niggle at the moment, my own fault for thinking I could do Insanity for my cross training. In theory it wouldn't be an issue if i'd been doing it regularly but it's quite high impact, I think i've discussed this previously with Angela and I should have picked a less impacting session.
Overall still going ok, thanks Malcs it's great being on this thread to build up and catch-up. I am actually following the generic RW plan that was in the magazine a few issues back. I had another but I just like the simplicity and flexibility plus it seems to have all the runs I think I need.
I have been tempted to use P&D in the past but the higher mileage has always put me off as my legs seem to really grumble when I stray above 40 mile weeks. I've had decentish results on 30 mile average and feel I can definitely get 3.30 on it. Not sure how others who had previously struggled have been able to adapt to much bigger mileage or just something that doesn't suit all?
GM sounding more promising from a pain point of view that it is feeling much better, can fully understand the desire to get back on it asap but i'd definitely err on the side of caution as Angela suggests. Taking 1 more day can have major benefits and probably far fewer drawbacks than the alternative.
Hi GM, I am doing the Lakeland Trails Ultra in July, I'm only doing the 55km option, thought the 110 was a bit much as a step-up and I'm expecting it to be a bit hilly anyway. I'm just looking forward to trying it and ticking it off rather than any great expectations, London is very much the priority.
Hi all, been catching up slowly but surely on the thread over the last week or so, great to read how everyone is getting on and what people are up to. I had a pretty rubbish November & December where I struggled with niggles but got a couple of reasonable weeks in before starting the journey to London and hopefully sub 3.30 this time.
I know how good it was for me in terms of being able to read how others were getting on and sharing ideas and getting advice so was delighted to see the thread is going strong. Seems a great idea and am sure it will get you some business and is much appreciated Angela. GM great write up on the C2C, I have my first Ultra in July but just concentrating on London for now, I'm sure we will both crack the 3.30 this time around.
Sadly I am away this year and won't be marshalling to cheer you on but will be following and am sure you can eke that little bit extra out. I do think as Malcs and others have said the mental side is a massive element. I really suffered in 2014 and it knocked me but reading and chatting to Tim last year a lot of the ideas really resonated and I just felt I had it in me, still fell short at 3.32 but gave me massive confidence that it was just a matter of time.
Malcs, good to see you back running strong, I know I find it rubbish when out injured and just never feel lke I have anything to contribute so great kudos to you.
Happy New Year to everyone else it really is great to see so many of you back on the thread and looking forward to the build up to the spring marathons.