Did 8 miles Wednesday morning, didn't intend to but it was a lovely morning, sun just coming up, relatively mild and for the first time in about 6 months no races or training schedule on the horizon, just went out and ran with only Vanessa Feltz for company
Have had a bit of stiffness since Sunday but little else other than feet being in a very sorry state. Will put that down to a large amount of walking over the last 5-6 miles in the race, the post race kebab and bitter and perhaps the P&D training plan
Out again Friday morning and then perhaps a gentle jog with junior on Saturday morning before the big table top clash (Altrincham v Ferriby)
Looking to get back into my 4 7-8 mile runs per week which keeps me ticking over until I've pencilled in 1 or 2 races for later in the year (waiting for the footie fixtures to be announced in June)
Pretty much set on doing Manchester next year but will need to select a training plan somewhere in the middle of the 2 I've followed in previous years (more than a get you round but less than P&D) and get myself together with regard to pacing the early stages of a marathon
I think predictions and calculations are always a little subjective and McMillan suggests that I should run a marathon in 3:50. My aims therefore remain to break 1:50 for a HM and to get home in a marathon under 4 hours
Some real grumbles from local residents about road closures from Sunday, I didn't realise that when the Manchester Marathon was resurrected, the idea was that each of the 10 local authorities making up Greater Manchester would take a turn in hosting rather than it always being in Trafford
The crowds have definitely made me rethink wearing my ipod for races rather than just for training as I didn't miss it when I took it off having started to slow, whereas for most of the HM I do, the crowds are quite sparse.
Pretty much decided to do Manchester again next year dependent on date (which will fit around Easter and United games) and will try and train with slower LSRs and get my head around running at a slower pace by time rather than how the body feels. A sub 4 would be a bonus as I still enjoyed the race this year regardless
Off out for a run tomorrow morning, getting back into my "old" routine for 4 easy 6-7 mile runs a week and now that spring/summer is here I have a bit more choice of routes in terms of the canal and parks rather than sticking to the roads (which ironically comprise large parts of the marathon course)
I have to say other than a little stiffness in the thighs I've been OK, not sure whether that's walking a section of the last few miles of the race, hitting the bath as soon as I got home, managing to stay hydrated during the race or indeed managing to rehydrate and refuel with copious beer and a kebab on Sunday night
I found the Finisherpix and mine aren't too bad including one where I look quite spritely as I come down the finishing straight
Personally, I thought the crowds were amazing. Particularly as we were going into Sale (I think it was) at around the 10 mile mark. A gentle climb up to the bend and it was packed with supporters there and they were really shouting and encouraging everyone. I got quite emotional at that stage but certainly appreciated the support.
It threw me as last year Marsland Road was really busy and this year it was quiet but that's where they all were, on the corner of Marsland Road and Brooklands Road and they'd put the crash barriers out there and a couple of other places to funnel the runners right through the cheers
Going back to signage, I think there are problems with signs going missing so they are put out late or missed altogether. I didn't see the halfway point clock this time either. I believe there were car park issues with the signs being stolen and used to set up "rogue" car parks to scam people for more money
Robin, do it again next year - you have the pace to do it you just need to be disciplined both during the race and perhaps the LSRs too. you definitely can do it pal.
Cheers Pete, I think you're probably right I just need to be able to keep going for the final 5-6 as even a bit more of a jog would have got me close to 4 and like you say, I probably ran my LSRs a little too quickly and certainly need more discipline in the early stages of the race itself
Crowds perhaps a little down on last year but concentrated in certain parts and I think actually better in Flixton/Urmston than last time
It is reassuring to read the likes of Sam's comment and see that I'm not the only one who ran out of steam regardless of how different our times, abilities and speeds are
I think I'm with AM with plans for the rest of the year, a couple of months of light running (for pleasure) given I've been training for races pretty much since October last year and then look to run a couple of HM in the autumn
I promised Mrs RRR that this would be my last marathon but she turned to me on the tram on the way back from OT and said "So when do you start training for next year?" with that look that said, you know you're going to