Have a good weekend everyone. All the best to those racing. We are going to Chester for the weekend. Booked the zoo for tomorrow and are visiting Quarry bank mill on Sunday. My husband says the hotel has a gym.....so may pack my running stuff.
((Big G)) you are doing so well with all you are having to cope with. It seems a really good idea to make a few plans and you don't need to feel guilty. It must have been a shock to see that photo without warning. Good you are meeting up with your cousin later. I cannot see you are too busy. You seem to be steadily working through what has to be done, seeing people and of course coping with your own grief. So glad you are able to get out for runs. There is no rush to sort Claire and Jays things. Absolutely in your own time. I wonder if one of your family or friends could help you with this.
My words seem inadequate but I just wanted to let you know we are all here for you x
Jugula - 10 min/miles sounds way too fast. I often tell first time marathoners to double their half time and add one hour. Unless they're super fast club runners that's the time they often finish in, they're pleased with that, they've enjoyed the race and they look forward to doing another (which invariably is much quicker - but then they know they can do the distance). Portsmouth is not a fast marathon - you've got grass, paths, mud, shingle, sea water if you're toooo slow and lots of people/dogs wandering around on the seafront. Why not leave the watch at home, start near the back, chat to a few runners and then fall in with someone who is going at a comfortable pace?
Mowser I absolutely love your advice! Thank you! For someone who increasingly stresses during races about my time this really made me think about how and why I run. I run to feel better about myself mentally and physically. I race for a goal for training and to have camaraderie with other runners. My best ever time for a marathon was my first. I didn't own a garmin then, chatted lots to other runners, never felt like I couldn't go on and had the aim just to finish. Which I did and felt strong. After York I asked people I knew did you have a good race not what was your time! I think partly before a race I pick 5 hours as a time I hope for but don't actually analyse my training. So it is rather random! I will plan things differently for Windermere. If it's ok I will ask for your help here please Shades. One thing I will do differently this time is race a half in training which will hopefully assist me in making a more realistic marathon goal
Jugula hope you feel better soon. I have pasta meals the 2 evenings before a race. I drink water throughout the day before. On the morning I have a small coffee and toast and honey. I perhaps have a banana an hour or so before the race. I sip water from bottles picked up at the water stations. During the race I have a gel every 6 miles. I do find them sickly so at London I moved on to mini mars bars etc handed out. I also carry dextrose tablets. I used to feel ill at the end of races but now have a Pepsi and cheese sandwich straight away. Then simple cooked meal when I get home. I have only run 4 marathons and have a lot to learn....
(Jugula) so sorry to hear about your experience. Really hope you recover well. Sure others on here can advise.
Iain congratulations on your 10k.
Shades sorry you missed your marathon. Sounded like a sensible decision.