Jack - Gutted for you with the injury but i'm sure your pace will return in no time, just a case of getting your body back used to it. The core work will certainly help with injury avoidance which is one of the reasons i'm doing it. I've not had an injury that's put me fully out of action before but I figure that your odds of avoiding one diminish the more time that passes so I want to do all I can to ensure than I make the start line in April.
Birks - My little guy (Bailey) loves the snow. He's a Tibetan breed so you'd expect him to I guess
11 miles last night in snow and slush. Saw a car parked upside down in a bush about to be recovered. Hope they're ok but it was a sobering reminder of how dangerous it can be road running in this weather. I don't like to imagine what could have occurred had I been running there at that point. Feet were soaked through and very cold when I got back.
SB - Further to all the messages of "don't panic", I'd actually go further and say that if I could get that close to MP at this stage on a solo training run I'd be pretty pleased.
Oh, this might surprise some of you. I'm cooking with couscous this evening for the first time ever. (I've eaten plenty of it, just never prepared it myself.) Also I'm back into soup mode and getting right into my lentils.
I'll take that then, reasons to be optimistic. I seem to have shifted from purely wanting a sub 3 to wanting a clear sub 3 so do find myself wavering between the two aims. the way I see it is, if i'm going to put myself through 4.5 months of grueling winter marathon training, I may as well properly go for it on the day.
I'll see your cous cous and raise you the Bulgar wheat I had for tea last night. Baked salmon, roasted veg bulgur salad and a yogurt dill dip. Was grand but didn't seem right in winter somehow.
10 miler last night in mega winds and driving hail. 5 at LT pace. Went well and two hard sessions done this week and the legs actually feel fine today. Bonus!
JT and Swits - Kind words, thanks. JT, i've seen your training pace and believe you'd surprise yourself in one of them race things other people do. If you can train at them paces, you'd kill it in race conditions. Nearly 25 miles in 3hrs17 is a ridiculous run in a ridiculous time. You're right, 6.40 pace is very daunting though and I was testing it out to see how it felt. It felt beyond me at this stage but I should find out more on the next effort.
Swits - Yep, I learn plenty from everyone on the thread. Ness, in particular, inspired me to start tackling the hills. I really must 'thank' her one day
Jack - That's tough timing to say the least. Hope you make it the start in ok shape...or just at all. I'm still fearful that an injury will scupper my much anticipated London trip.
Dank -Too much talent, it's just not fair.
10 miles tonight with 5 at LT pace. Crazy weather, the fiercest of arctic winds ripping through me whilst it pelted heavy hail showers into me sorry face. It hurt. I had to resort to running whilst staring at my own legs, which was...frankly...weird.
Ness - Cheers and yep, i'm not too far off where I want to be and I always struggle with keeping a high pace first thing. Reasons to be optimistic I think. How are you finding the training so far?
Jack - I think so mate, it feels that way. I've started doing some core strength stuff in a more organised way too and i'm finding that's helping me feel stronger and more compact on the runs. It must all help, right? What's holding you back at the moment?
5 mile recovery session this morning, some drizzle but mild.