Swits - Good to see you mending yourself, you're right in what you say about the long run and I was content that I made the right call when I got back. No regrets.
Ness - Bloody well done to you, that sounds like a lovely run that was a real test to boot. You seem in grand shape. London is less than 4 weeks away now. Butterflies yet?
JT - It's a little tough out there at the minute eh? Solid miles all the same and I share your sense of malaise at the minute.
Cal - Same!
Dank - You banana! Gutted for you on missing the race though, you must have been peed orf.
Me - 14 miles this morning, the last 14 mile week day outing of the plan and the start of the last full week of plan. Wind was up and at em again but an early hail shower was swept off and the sky gradually became blue. By the end, the sun was out but no discernible warmth from it, it is still cold out. It's April on Wednesday, things must improve soon, right? Pace was slow, legs still heavy and unresponsive. Bleaugh.
It was supposed to be 20 with 14 at marathon pace. I'd never felt truly recovered after Wilmslow all week and when I set out early doors, I knew things were not going to go well. It just felt hard going. 1.5 miles into the MP section, a strong wind pushing me back, my pace was already dropping. My legs felt tired and heavy and I was breathing like I would in a 5k race. FAR too hard. Then my MP3 player laughed in my sweaty face and died. I canned it there and then, after an elaborate concerto of swearing. It was never going to happen so there was no sense in prolonging the agony and risking injury. I needed a rest day really and I don't think the MP run is crucial to running a good time in the grand scheme of things. I ploughed through the 20 at normal pace, in ever increasing volumes of torrential rain. It got so heavy and the wind so strong that I was laughing at the absurdity of it all...like out loud laughing. Some of the worst of mother nature's arsenal i've experienced in some time.
I shall now relax and eat...lots. Good weekend all.
Charliew - Christ on a Segway, that's severe. Is this something you've done before? Are you doing much during the week or is it all about the long weekend efforts for you? I'm not sure my body could take the weekday load + a 20+ miler each weekend.
bainspj - Yep, I won't take too much from the 10k but if I knock, say, another 30 seconds off my PB, it would translate into something like a 2.48-2.51 marathon so i'd probably be a bit daft to only go out at 2.54 pace. I don't see that happening though. But yeah, I feel fairly well prepped for the sub 3 shot and all being well, this will be my one and only marathon with that sole aim in mind
ES - Nice going, that's enough eh? I am pushing things a little to fit an extra 20 miler in than last year, primarily so it just feels as if I am better prepared when in reality, it's only making an 18 up to 20. Is that 2 miles going to make any difference physically? Probably not but it's a psychological trick i'm playing on myself to hook into during the last 6.
Swits - Glad you're mending but keep things sensible. I'm sure you don't need that advice though.
Stephen - Must feel fantastic to be getting right back on form. Keep it up.
Marsh - Quick!
birks - Snow can GFAM. It's nearly April, it's time to chip the BBQ down not dig out the snow shovel.
15 for me last night, 6 with the club. The wind was boisterous, the gusts were frankly unreasonable. Not sure where it came from but I felt i'd really worked hard after that session. Got up for a 5m recovery job this morning and a feather would have landed right below the hand that dropped it. Weird.