Hi Christian, delighted to read your injury is settling. I was blighted by shin splints a few years ago. Patience was the key to settling the pain. Unfortunately I wasn't blessed with much of that quality. Spen20 was challenging, but a great confidence booster. 8min/m on that course augers well for a flat marathon.
Chicksta, great to touch base again. I did read about the slow runner, but have been getting conflicting stories. Apparently slower runners were given the option of starting slightly earlier and indeed two others did. In addition other runners, running at the same pace as said slow runner (12m/mile) weren't stopped and weren't aware of a runner being stopped. I don't know all the facts but 'slow runner' was stopped within first two miles. It sounds like the situation was handled badly. Anyone else know more details?
Puffsta: you are a main source of inspiration for my marathon nutritional needs. Chilli Shepherds Pie ranks near the top near Chilli Lasagna with Tortilla wrap layers.
Ok, never post first and then read Angela's race report- serious case of inadequate!
Malcs:You tube? I was aiming for Hollywood blockbuster. Lost a few points for unorthodox landing
Reikirabbit: Many thanks, I was starting to get paranoid and avoiding blackcats and ladders. Hope your niggles are settling ok. Incidentally I found the photo I took at York Marathon last year of Malcs,Sarah, you and I. If anyone fancies a copy, feel free to PM me.
Chicksta, glad to hear the health issues are settling. Cool name to go with the shell suit (Oh my!)
Hello all, long time no post. My only excuse is an inability to keep pace with the thread. Heres hoping for more success keeping pace at Manchester Marathon, chasing the Sub 3-30 Holy Grail.
Training has been colourful. Apparently it is poor form to cartwheel over the top of a baby buggy whilst doing a parkrun. Baby is fine but I dislocated my finger. Warm down, smelling like a horse in the hospital is ill-advised. I did however finish the parkrun.
The consultant advised a few weeks off work and no exercise. I am self-employed and in training.I don't think I am going to get 'Patient of the year Award.' Seriously the NHS was superb.
If you are looking for a confidence boost in your training, Don't run the hilly Liversedge Half Marathon with poor sleep, jet lag and a cold. It would explain the extra 5 minutes from the last time I ran the race.
I did however run the 'Spen 20 Miler' this weekend. It is pretty hilly (and covers big chunks of the aforementioned Liversedge Half course.) Running to feel and with a fellow parkrunner had us covering the distance in 2h40. We finished strong and the last mile was the quickest split. Another 10km in 50min and that sub3-30 is mine! Oh and I equaled my buggy parkrun PB in 21:09 the previous day. (Does that get me half a PB klaxon?)
Quietly confident at this point. (Must be getting superstitious, I am rarely quiet!)
Soups: Keep up the good work, inspiring stuff going on here and so happy to see you bounce back from the injury.