Hi Tim, good questions re the tapering and pacing, both things I've mulled over, didn't enjoy my last two tapers prob because I'd had niggles and didn't feel fully confident. In hindsight I should have just trusted in the positive elements of the training, but then in a similar way I'm now thinking similar regarding setting off slower than 8min mile place and seeing how it is at halfway.
Like you say I think you should check with Sam but given how well your 20 miler went I personally think you'd have every reason to feel uber confident but it's easy saying and another believing, hopefully the mind stuff you've picked up will aid you here.
Great run Tim chuffed for you, especially now all the long runs are done now, was lovely weather for a long run wasnt it. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend, I wouldnt be surprised if you got something today, we look a bit stretched squad wise and like you said possibly an eye on the replay now.
I had a really decent long run wasnt even sure Id run as the manflu had left me suffering back end of the week. As I knew someone else was doing a LSR and given how many runs Ive missed I decided to tag along a felt great. Like Tim I finished with my local Parkrun, was supposed to be a bit steadier but felt top and was being dragged round by one of my friends so prob went a bit quick finishing with 7 min miles. 19 miles in total and felt brill to finish so strong. Just thinking two more now!!
Effilio sorry to hear but hopefully youll find your mojo very soon.
Not been on for a couple of days, touch of manflu and work being mental but all being well I'm going to soldier on and get a long run in the morning, agree with you Tim in that I don't need the added hassle of a race given where I am so will just ron local.
Regarding gels I always stuck with High 5 as they were being given out at my first Marathon in Edinburgh. Although I;ve found them fine, I did find by London last year I was a bit sick of the taste after 3 campaigns on them. I've tried Torq, Gu & SIS this time round, find the Torq the best all round in terms of taste, ease to get down and ease to open, only problem is they are harder to track down.
Crikey, as other have mentioned this thread races along, in a great way though.
Loved the write-up Angela and that is seriously impressive pace in the 2nd half of that 20, very good going.
No worries Malcs I feel like I miss half of the posts anyway but cheers and well done on the 20 and the star spotting.
Sean I wouldn't overly worry about the time, I've very rarely been able to recreate race times even on my mid-long runs but as long as it's there for the race is what counts.
Good work on the Spen20 Hans, quite a few from our club did it and I have heard it's tough so good going, well done everyone else who completed long runs it's getting very close now.
In terms of weather I'm rubbish in heat and a bit of a jinx in that respect, so apologies now anyone runnign London this year. I think it's one of those things where you just have to out up with it and deal with it, no point stressing and making things worse.
Did a decent hill session last night, legs felt a bit stiff still so took it easier but was a long hill so still tough but felt good for it and legs still behaving. Was originally going to do Trimpell 20 this weekend, still in two minds but think i'd be better doing a long run closer to home that I can aim for 18-20 and see how the legs go, will decide in the next two days though.