What an amazing journey. I can't fathom the strength of will you must have to keep running on numb feet and mutinous legs, anyone who does MdS and has such a brilliant finish has my utter respect and admiration! Well done to you!
Philippa francis - Oooh Llanelli...I signed up to that about a month ago Doing it with a few friends of mine...one's a chiro so very reassuring if I break myself! You could always race your half marathon if you're supposed to be doing longer runs? I have another half (yes, went a bit crazy one evening and paid half my salary away) the week after which I plan to properly race if knee permits me. I've never done it (Llanelli, that is) before, have you? You should be able to have a look at the race route on the website where they detail where any water stations will be set up and you can plan your hydration from that....otherwise I just take my camelbak! Depends what works for you, personally I can't stand running whilst holding a bottle. For VLM I'm going to grab fluids from the stations on the way round. A race that size will have water stations approx. every 2 miles, interspersed with lucozade/gatorade/some-type-of-ade stations throughout.
Len- sounds like you have given your calf every encouragement to improve and heal, but keep a beady eye on it! If it gets worse, RICE/physio could be the next option? Hope it doesn't give you any more trouble though.
RunningRaRa- Apparently it's more a case of 'when' rather than at what distance you need to start refueling. I believe (though don't take my word for it) it's around the 50min-1 hour mark for any run that is going to be longer that you need to start taking on glucose. And unfortunately us women do tend to have the more generous fat reserves compared to men....which is great in ultramarathon distances as we have the advantage there! Hope the knees are happier with your 3-4miler today
Hello and welcome Bridget Francis 2! So lovely to hear you've steadily built up your distances. I run in London which is not always so fabulous amongst the car fumes! Brilliant on losing three stone! I could do with losing a couple myself so am trying to be strict throughout training. I'm not a speedster either- far prefer scenery and having a chat most days whilst the legs are in motion! Are you doing any halves this year before London to practice racing?
Welcome Spivvers! Everyone has something different that works for them, unfortunately it's a process of trial and error mainly! I have a lot of trouble with gels, so tend to rely on lucozade bodyfuel energy tablets and water to get me through my long runs. Try whatever takes your fancy in training, you can generally Google what people think of products, otherwise I am sure there are some threads/reviews on here. Are you using anything at the moment to get you through your 12+ mile runs?
Kaffeeg- SO pleased you've caught that early! A week's rest will no doubt be welcomed by your body. Fab that you will be at the mara start line! Hmm, barefoot is a completely different way of running, perhaps something to experiment with after April? I read Born to Run and was then fired up to research into barefoot running, have a few friends that have started it but it has taken them a while to build up their distances, most I know don't do more than 8miles. Still keen to try it though! Let me know if you decide to take the plunge!