Thank you everyone for the recovery fuel advice. I'd never thought about eating a sandwich afterwards but tried it today after a 23k and it went down a treat. SK, my mum is coming over in a couple of weeks and I have put in an order for those M+S caramel waffle biscuits you eat. Every time you mention them it makes my mouth water!
Shades - That's really good news about your injuries. It sounds like you are going to be on form to make the most of your Irish weekend
Big G - That's great that you got a 6 miler in without any complaints from the Achilles too.
Mowzer and KK - I would really love to do Snowdon one day. Only you Mowzer would enter a mountain marathon when you don't actually like hills!!! That made me laugh I have noted both of your numbers and will be stalking you on Saturday. I enjoyed following the Chesterites so am up for the next best thing to being there!
Big G - I am a great believer in listening to yourself and doing what you feel is right. Personally I think it would be too soon to start forcing yourself to sort out Claire and Jay's things. You will do it when you are ready to do so. Making long term plans and arrangements to do things during the week sound like a good idea to me too - don't stress yourself by over analysing what you're doing either. I know this is probably easier said than done though. If you do feel you are doing too much then you can always cancel a couple of things until you feel up to doing them.
Shades - Children all on the mend thank you.
On a nutrition point - what is the best recovery food after a long run - proteins or milk or both? I usually have a chocolate milk carton but should I be eating some protein too? I have heard there is a "window" of time when it is best to eat and I think it's up to an hour after stopping exercise but I'm not sure. Any advice welcome!
SK - MiL not very enthusiastic about looking after children and I have already "booked" her for my marathons in November so off loading all of them on her for the next few weeks not an option unfortunately!
Shades - Yep - I love the prizes here as well (Forgot to mention I got the obligatory pot of pate too!)
Jugula - All advice already given sounds spot on - especially about enjoying it next time. I think a local marathon would be a lot less stressful in terms of expectations with all the planning, organisation, travel etc that a marathon abroad entails - especially a first marathon and a night one at that!! Regarding fuelling I would say just to keep it as simple as you can and eat what you are used to. I have learnt not to go overboard on the carbs beforehand - I hate starting a race feeling like I have just eaten a pillow! I find it difficult to eat on race mornings but try a bit of cereal and then those cereal bars are easy to nibble on too. I also cannot stand the texture or the idea of gels so just a few jelly sweets taken from about 10k in work for me.
Anyway - It's great to see you are so positive after Bilbao, I'm sure you'll have a fab time at Portsmouth
Not been on here for a couple of days - 3 out of 4 children struck down with the lurgy. I am fine. Little darlings obviously saving their hard core germs to strike me down on marathon week .
Big G - I am glad your ceremony to put Claire at rest went well. The cow incident made me smile. Have you thought of maybe putting a bench under that tree you are planting if that's possible?
SK - You are so FAST.. I dream of times like that
Iain - A big well done for you too - I know it wasn't the time you wanted but that would have been just TOO easy!!! A fab start to your 10k career.
Shades - Definitely right decision to miss DMV. You said you didn't like that race much anyway. Now you can really look forward to Dublin!
Mowzer - Well done for pushing on through what sounds to have been a tough, disorganised race!
Moore - Hope you get your mojo back soon.
Jugula - Onwards and upwards for Portsmouth
I had a great 10k race. It came on the back of my highest ever mileage week so wasn't sure if I'd have much left in my legs. Just went for it at the start and figured that when it started hurting (About 3 km in!) then it wasn't going to hurt for long compared to a marathon. Course was beautiful - a mixture of wooded trails and gravelly paths through vines but boy was it hilly. I think someone mentioned 600m of elevation. It just kept on and on climbing with the odd short vertical plunge before climbing again. The last km was a steep descent to the finish. I threw caution to the winds and flew down, taking big BFG strides with my arms out wide to balance me. I NEARLY made aeroplane noises (Having 3 boys I am quite good at these) but managed to contain myself. Finished in 48.50 and 4th woman overall so v pleased with that (We are not talking Cabbage patch race contenders mind you!). Prizes incuded a pot of pear jam, orange Puma t shirt (Sadly too big), a nice bottle of Merlot and some sugar coated walnuts which we polished off in the car on the way home.
Shades/SK - Not sure if Jocelyne will be showing her face. I only usually see her at the official races making up the regional sporting challenge though so we will see; Will definitely make it a tempo run if she is there - the thought of her snapping at my heels spurred me on to get my last course PB!
Lily - That is an impressive shoe size - I seem to remember you are very tall though so can carry off that sort of size. Glad to hear you are feeling better.
SK - Looking forward to a photo of you with a cabbage then
I have absolutely no idea of 10k times but Iain is flying at the moment so I'm going to go for it and say 35:00.... No pressure Iain! (Just pretend you're on tracker!)