Another in a long string of disastrous marathons for me with a 3h35 finish. Gambled and went for the sub-3 rather than just the 3h05, and hit bad cramps from 18 miles, in almost a carbon copy of my previous Abingdon two years ago.
Sorry to see that - I remember 2013 well and hoped you'd get the sub 3:05 this time. In my experience the difference between 3:04 at Abingdon 2013 and 2:59 this spring felt a lot more than the 5mins looks on paper, and maybe the gamble wasn't a wise one - easy to say that now though! Any plans yet for your next attempt?
Just popping in to say hi! - been skim reading when I can but been too busy with work+family to post often, just about get enough time to update Strava
scedgy - good luck for Brighton and for the next step on your seemingly never ending medical journey.
Pulley - great sessions and CC6 so soon after returning.
As for me since my last post ages ago, I ran a succession of hard/tempo parkruns in July/August to remind my body what the shorter stuff should feel like, then went for it at the final Lakeside 5K and smashed my PB with 17:46, and followed it up with 29:33 at Overton 5 which was a decent 5mi PB on a hilly course.
Then 3rd place at the Purbeck 16.5mi trail race - which seems even better now I've seen that the 2nd place guy went on to run 78min at Bournemouth Half (well above my current level).
Then my son brought a vomiting bug home from nursery which I then caught and was wiped out for a week and missed loads of training. So in the last few weeks I've only done a handful of short easy runs plus a sluggish tempo parkrun and am just working out what to target next to get back on the case. Got the Great South 5K in ten days which I booked a long time ago but am unlikely to be back in decent shape so soon. Will have to miss Lordshill 10 and Gosport Half due to family events, there are races I'd like to do every Sunday from Nov 22nd to Dec 20th but I can't decide between them!
How many days do you have to spare after finishing the course of antibiotics and before GSR?
Last winter I had tonsillitis with an infection similar to scarlet fever, and finished my course of antibiotics about 5 days before Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon, having had ten days off of training, whilst struggling to eat for 7 days of that. I managed to do a few short easy runs in the week before the marathon to loosen up my legs again, with only 1.5 miles at marathon pace in that time, then rested and hoped for the last couple of days.
It went 'ok' - a personal worst of 3:12 which was perhaps 5-7 mins slower than I might have expected on that course before getting ill - felt good to start with but was noticeably fatigued by halfway and instead of being able to raise heart rate to maintain pace I could only manage to maintain heart rate whilst slowing down drastically for my worst ever positive split. For me though I was never targeting that race as a PB so was content to adjust expectations and just get round. If it had been any other time of year I wouldn't have raced it, but in this case I had already planned (promised the wife) I would take time off training over Christmas so knew I would have plenty of time to recover after.
If you're hoping to PB at GSR then you should be realistic about it. Eg if your current 10mi PB is quite soft relative to your pre-illness fitness then you might still be in with a chance of a PB, but it's not going to be as good as what you might have achieved otherwise, and you might take longer to recover afterwards than normal. If you're still on antibiotics or feeling tired by race day then I would suggest either bin it, or just jog round GSR to get your money's worth in massages, jelly babies, goody bag etc and soak up the atmosphere. Plenty of other races around so not worth flogging yourself if you're not recovered. If you're local and looking for a 10mi PB in particular then the Lordshill 10 (or Hayling 10 weather dependent) gives a better PB opportunity without the crowds.
As for prep in the last few days - I would suggest mainly sleep, rest, fuel, hydration, no alcohol, an easy run or two to get the legs ticking over again - maybe a very short burst at race pace to remind your body what it feels like, but avoid any real speed work as it's too late and would do more harm than good.