KK - impressive swimming from your stepdaughter. She must have brilliant endurance. At the secondary school that my older 2 go to, they have a timed 1.5 mile road race every term for all years. In the girls race, the ones who often win seem to be the girls who swim a lot, even though they do little running.
Mamafox, had forgotten that your OH (and MIL) is French. Maybe you could start importing HCBs over from the UK to France and selling them! Good luck with the tapering. I'm mainly following the plan, but not rigidly sticking to it. Thinking of doing a parkrun tomorrow in place of this week's speed session. And will go by feel in the taper I think, like you as just feel lucky to have got this far uninjured.
Keith - get well soon. My 13 yo is still off school with tonsillitis and the doc reckons he may have it for another 2 weeks at least
Freemers - 6.10 pace is seriously speedy to do on your own as a last rep, well done! Did you do it on a track? I find the speed sessions much harder than the long runs and am thinking of doing parkrun tomorrow instead of the reps that I keep putting off.
Superman - hooray for the socks! I'm sure they'll make you faster Good steady run from you, looks like the taper is going well. It's normal to feel lots of niggles I think. My tendon troubles seem to have gone for now but I'm sure they'll be ack to bite me during the taper.
My 13 yo has been off school for 3 days with tonsillitis. He is constantly coughing, poor thing. Is it bad that I want to go and buy some antibacterial hand gel?
RBC - sorry to hear you're suffering with ITB. I had this last year and would echo RE's comments re not running at all if you have pain. I had weeks of going out for runs, only for the pain to come on about 1 or 2 miles into the run. I would then rest for 2 days and then try another run where the same thing would happen. Foam rolling helps some people but did nothing for me. Mine went after I followed around 10 days of strengthening exercises involving one legged squats, leg clams, bridges and various other exercises that I got from the net and my physio. During this time I did no running. My physio talked of taping up knees for other patients to get them through marathons so all is not lost!
Middle son has tonsillitis and is coughing everywhere
I shouldn't look ahead in the schedule. Next week I have the 10 miles with 4x1200m at 5k pace!! Does everyone manage this or is it just me that struggles to run that fast in training? Could I substitute this with a parkrun (with miles before and after?) Thinking of doing this week's speed session on a track I can use on Friday nights to see if it's any easier.
Madbee - glad it's not just me that is obsessing over pace calculators! I took a risk in my HM with a faster pace than my equivalent times for 5k and 10k and it paid off but I'm concerned about taking the same risk for a FM...! But you should definitely go for 3:15 as have managed all the paces in training.