Thanks Also-ran and E-Toe. It's too easy to get downhearted at times when a Marathon is coming up isn't it?
I have to remember that my previous long runs all went really well, I guess this one was more about time on my feet and practicing some mental toughness!
Will make the most of the taper now. I've got a sports massage booked in for this Thursday then another the Monday before the race.
My training has been pretty good for Nottingham, lots of long runs over the last few months (14, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20 & 22 miles) and I've been disciplined and done speedwork or Hill repeats at least twice a week too.
I had a 89.55 in the Reading Half (previous PB was 1:41), got a 10k PB of 39:30 and 5k down to 19:04 (was 20:34 this time last year) so my running has been really coming on. Hoping for a sub 3:15, maybe even sub 3:10 (current PB from my first Marathon at Liverpool last year is 3:41) but that might be pushing my luck!
Having a self enforced rest day today. Ideally wanted to run 6 miles, but both calves are sore so I'm sticking close to a foam roller, will squeeze in 2 hot baths and ready myself for tomorrow's 22miles instead.
I did Liverpool last Autumn and wasn't going to do another Marathon this year (hoping for a London place in 2014), but after gettign a good PB in the Reading Half in March and my target time in a 10k in May I decided I really quite fancies training for another Marathon after all.
Yeah, I keep telling myself that I can afford to slow my long runs down, especially for the first half of each, but I seem to get into target pace quite naturally (early on that's fine, but its hard later on, obviously!)
Lesson learnt today and advise taken, at last! Thanks again, appreciated.