Hi guys, how strange...just thought I'd have a lurk and see if the thread was still going strong and I'm being talked about! Nice to know I haven't been forgotten
Nell, Barry - a couple of fantastic times! You should be very proud of those...
I'm absolutely fine, but as AA said, I'm not running anymore. Had a funny turn several months ago - palpitations followed by nearly fainting (I've never even come close to fainting before) at work, and coming only a few days after a fit and healthy guy my age died in the Southend HM I ran, it kind of freaked me out quite a bit.
Had an ECG, which was fine, but decided to ease off the running, as I guessed it was sign of my body telling me I was overdoing it, and with the focus of marathon training gone, I ended up easing off a lot! I occasionally run for a couple of miles in the woods, but I think the days of pounding the streets are gone. To be honest, with all the stitch problems I'd been having in races, I was thinking of easing off after the marathon anyway as it was becoming very frustrating. My only regret is that I never got to run the marathon time I was capable of - my training at the time suggests sub-3:10 should have been doable (although there's every chance I would have been tempted by sub-3, gone off too fast, got a stitch and ended up crashing and burning and bitterly disappointed, so maybe it was a lucky escape!)
Nell, I controlled the stitch by slowing down to well below normal race pace - not really a tactic I want to have to use in every race!
It is very frustrating and the fact it came on after only 3.5 miles @ 6:30 pace on Sunday (when I regularly run 5-6 miles at this pace in training with no bother) suggests it is totally race specific (ie. to do with anxiety affecting breathing or something), rather than just pushing it that bit harder in races than training.
Yep way too hot Kiwi! Ran first 4 miles at PB pace, already had stitch coming on and was struggling in the heat - there was no shade anywhere on the course - so decided to ease off a bit and treat it as a hard training run. Came in at about 1:30:50, so more than 4 mins short of PB, but I never run well in the heat. Did you hear a guy collapsed and died at the finish? Only in his 30s apparently. Very sad.
Glad your comeback is going well.
Well done on the 10ks Col & Ant.
Awesome stuff KFC & FRC!