Morning all (if there's anyone about, been very quiet for a few days!). Significant AWOL period in these parts from me, due to 7 weeks of work travel and hols. Nice to see LS back on again and going pretty well considering your recent run of injury issues. Hope marathon training is going well for the likes of TT, Wardi and Joolska (sorry not had time to fully catch up with all the goings-on). Hoping all is well in the Padams household too.
Think I managed about 4 days at home in total amongst all my travels... Upside was that I got to go running in a nice range of places including Edmonton, Calgary, St John's Newfoundland, Isle of Man, Wick (Caithness) and Cornwall. Downside was that my fitness has plummeted, not entirely sure why, I was reasonably consistent with my running and it was all pretty much easy stuff (apart from the odd bonkers football stadium stairs session in Edmonton - Quads did not enjoy). Culminated in a fun trail half in Edmonton, but not my best race by a very long way, only came 4th overall after two guys in front missed a turn and went 4k out their way!
Back home and back on it properly now, I'm in for Abo on 23rd Oct so had 12 weeks to get into some sort of marathon running shape since returning to normality. Plan is 4wks or so of just easy building mileage with the odd hill effort thrown in running around the New Forest. Then I'll add in a couple of medium long steady runs in a week (a la Hadd's approach) to work on raising my LT. This method seemed to work well in the run up to London this year, but was scuppered by a pair of silly injuries (1x icy root slippage & 1x stubborn insistence on completing a long run). So my aim is to get through to Abo injury-free. Supplementing the training with 2xwk gym strength & conditioning as well as 2x20 single leg squats twice a day to try to fend off niggles (and looking out for malicious tree roots!)
Scott (E) - I've seen some pretty impressive come-backs from what seemed like running career ending problems!
I took a big hit in fitness post-VLM, as I usually do, and just took it easy until I started to see things improving. That started happening around early June, but then went awry possibly in part due to a virus that my kids got. From mid June onwards it gets tricky to follow exact what happens as I'm travelling loads, running is moderately consistent, but with quite a lot more elevation gain than I'm use to. For the sake of not wanting to bugger myself up with injury I chilled out and enjoyed the running (mostly early am, not great for me). Then through July my training got more gappy and in the end I sacked off running for most of a family camping holiday in Cornwall and just accepted that I would start afresh on my return to more normal everyday life!
Scott (P) - You're going exceptional well right now, the gap between us at a 5k would be a gulf!
Hi mate saw your post on Facebook yesterday, so came on here to catch up with what's been happening. Sounds like a pretty bad state of affairs and I feel for you. But maybe this needs a much longer term outlook than just measuring in weeks off? By giving your body time proper to recuperate and strengthening the specific weaknesses, you could well be back in action.
Although no where near as bad a situation as your's, I've not been loving my running recently, all the work travel/poor diet seems to have played havoc with my fitness and there might be other underlaying reasons (since my fitness has plummeted despite running reasonably consistently over the past 6 weeks). But time was put in perspective for me this morning listening to an interview with Aussie Scott Westcott on Marathon. At the age 41 He's finally been selected for the Rio Olympic team as a marathoner after 20 years of trying. Good things come to those who
Dan - I think you are doing very well to sub-3 after 4 days of standing up and little natural light, hope you can bag a good result next year with just the race to focus on. It is a brilliant event regardless of how we actually do on the day. Nice photo and that's some impressive FV40 running from your team mate!
Muss - Great report, knowing what sporting governing bodies are like, you never know the rules make change again and you could be at Tokyo 2020