Just catching up here. First off, massive congrats to all those who finished spring marathons over the last couple of weeks.
I'm glad the ladies enjoyed Manchester but tales of shambolic organisation hardly come as a surprise. Sadly, given that it's on my doorstep, I won't run this race again. Having now found out that I didn't actually complete a marathon in 2013 and 2014, i'll never be able to forgive them for making such a ridiculous and fundamental error. I feel desperately sorry for anyone who had trained for and run that as their only marathon, only to have it taken away from them. Scandalous really.
Ness - big PB! Brilliant stuff. Not quite like London though eh? Those long, bleak stretches through Carrington in the latter stages are a real test of your metal aren't they? The sub 4 must surely be within grasp now? Glad you enjoyed it though and glad that they got the bloody distance right for this one
Cal - Brilliant effort and huge congrats on finishing your first marathon. Maybe not your last? It sounds like you had a properly tiring day though!
Dan - 14 marathon in 14 months? You're an absolute nutter, in the nicest possible sense. This habit must cost you a fortune! Well done on the PB, great effort.
As for me, my London experience nearly didn't happen. After being injury free all winter, I pulled a muscle in my back on Wednesday and that stopped me doing any more taper runs. Even on the morning of the race, I didn't think I would be able to complete it. I somehow did though and with very little bother by my back (it was my left calf that seized up at mile 18 instead!!). I was hoping to do a sub 2.55 to get in to New York but did 2.55.30, a 7 second PB, ha ha. A great weekend in London all the same (although bloody freezing this year) and I think I managed to talk myself into doing it all over again next year. I love marathon weekend in the capital
Cal - Apologies, it wasn't meant to seem like a boast. There are and always will be, many folk quicker than I. As you say, it is all relative. It's just that I did 36.58 over a year ago, brought my half down this year and the course was flat and the weather perfect. Felt in good fettle for a PB, so to struggle and end up nearly a minute away was an unexpected let down. If it's any consolation, the winner won it is 28.50 something or other.....holy crap!!!
Ness - Well done and kudos to you for again making it to taper unscathed. God I wish I was there now! I have a week and 6 days left, i'm exhausted (partially work's fault tbh). I almost never fall asleep on the sofa but did so twice this weekend. The Mrs is actually a little concerned, bless her.
JT - hello! Still churning out those big ones then?
Swits - You just can't help yourself Good to hear from you.
My Monday started with a 6am 17 miler. I fly out to Spain for Easter on Wednesday so trying to pack the longer runs in before I go. "Warm weather training" as they call it, will be a welcome thing.
Great racing ladies. Pleasing to see a village life theme taking place with charming chatter about country lanes, dogs and cottages. Ahhhhh
Hope everyone is holding up, especially the marathoners. An ITB tweak is the most concerning thing to have happened to me so far, but it passed without too much fuss. I did a 37.49 10k recently, nearly a minute over my PB so not massively impressed about that. Hopefully just an off day. Two and a half weeks until taper, it's come around swiftly.
Too much w*rk! Not been getting on here much at all but looks like the usual array of strong training. Hope everyone is fighting fit.
Had a small scare last week. My left outer thigh muscle really tightened up in the last mile of a hilly 15 and then was quite sore the next day. I canned a planned 23 on Saturday and did a gentle 7 on Sunday. Managed another 6 yesterday and it feels much improved today. I've had to sacrifice a little of the plan in order than i don't make something small into something big. I'll continue to monitor it until the weekend and then hopefully do the 23 on Saturday if it's subsided.
The marathon, I can now say, is next month. That makes me a happy as the general fatigue and tiredness begins to tighten it's grip. I'm thoroughly enjoying the light mornings now and all we need is for the temperature to rise by a few degrees and it'll be just right
Belated thanks to the comments about my half a while back, been so busy i've been slacking on my last run updating shenanigans.
Looks like a mixed bag of good running and frustration going around. Cal - it can go like that sometimes. I had been experiencing that for a while and then seemed to start to gain real consistency over the last week or so. Only I go and get up today after just a nice recovery run yesterday and find my pace utterly deserted me again. It's quite, quite strange and i've never experienced these peculiar fluctuations before. Anyway, we'll get through this!
15 on Sat, 5 yesterday and then 11 with 5 at HM (pah!!) pace today. The fast bits had me working very hard for awful splits, deflating experience. Mild and blustery out.
Ness - Good miles, are you feeling the training's going well this winter?
JT - Your last but one run was a head scratcher.Lack of hydration maybe? Only had something similar once but I think I had a bug.