Went out last night and did 9 decent miles, the odd snow flurry but nothing too bad
Supposed to be doing a quick 5K with junior after work but am awaiting the jibbing text when he gets home from school
The forecast is for rain so I'd expected most of the snow to have gone by now
I'm out again in the morning and I do like running in the snow but when it freezes I hate running in any form of icy conditions
I was in work for 8 and missed the worst of the traffic, the number of people who live in Sale/Alty/Timperley who haven't made it into the office or are "working from home" is staggering considering the distance and the fact that we're hardly in somewhere like Russia or Canada
Bigeater - The nearest mainline station I guess is Deansgate but I think you could get a train to Piccadilly and then either taxi it or get an Eccles bound tram and get off at the nearest tram stop on that line (Salford Quays or Anchorage)
If you've not got a load of luggage and it's a nice day, you could walk across the city centre and take in some of the sites
JJ - Don't stress, as I tell myself there will always be people faster than myself, doing more miles in training and having run more marathons than me, likewise there will be the other extreme of first-timers and I'll be somewhere in the middle.
There are genuinely people who sign up and turn up at the race thinking they can just run a marathon and not having/barely trained. You will be surprised at the number of people you pass, particularly as you're heading back up Brooklands Road toward the station and they are still limping along toward the roundabout
There are plenty of drop-outs at halfway although that may include those people who are running a "half" but using the course for practice or those who are not hitting the time they want and who want a DNF rather than a poor (in their opinion) time
When I did my first, I'd entered a few halves that other parents from school or friends were doing and it seemed a natural progression although nobody else seemed to think the same and I ended up training for it and running it alone
After all the effort and training you've put in, you've got to try and do your best to "enjoy" the race-day experience, not just with the other athletes, the crowd or in my case running around parts of your old stomping ground and probably past most of the pubs where I misspent my youth!
It would be lovely to run the full race but if I end up having a similar race to previous years I wouldn't be devastated, it's great to turn into the finish and hear the people cheering your name, complete strangers who have egged you on through the streets of Trafford and then once you've crossed the line (and barely glanced at the clock but stopped your wristwatch) one of the stewards hangs the big dinner plate medal round your neck and you're farmed off into the finisher's pen to collect a well deserved drink and a banana, your finisher's t-shirt and the "goodie bag" which consisted of a number of products for ailments I hope I'm far too young to encounter just yet
Carter - There's a rollback/rest week every 4 weeks, so last week was a rest week and the longest run was 13 miles with the others being 9,8,12 (made up of 8 at my pace and a 4m jog with junior). I guess not a major drop but what the plan recommended.
There's another rest in 4 weeks time and then I'll drop the mileage in the week before Wilmslow to try and get a decent run in there which falls a further 3 weeks down the line and I think the week after Wilmslow is the last full week before the taper
We shall see how it goes, not feeling too bad at present but like you say, I've always felt quite fresh initially on race day
RT - I think my 2 marathon times could have been worse, had I not banked some time over the first 13 miles or so and then managed to get through 13-19 in or around the required 9 min/mile but we'll see what the promised approach brings
I think it is a case of digging in and I've not managed it either time yet and have given in to the temptation to walk for a while and of course it's nigh on impossible to get going again once you do
It's also quite hard in those final few miles as some of the relay runners start to filter past and overtake until you remember that they've only done the last 6-7 miles of the course
RT - Sounds very much like my marathon "journey" last year both training and the race, I did 3 X 20 milers and lots of 17-18 over the 18 week build up having started off doing P&D 55 and then having to drop down to 4 runs per week
My HM times have been fairly consistent for the last couple of years all around 1:50 give or take a few seconds
Come race day, great until mile 13 when I realised I'd gone too fast and that I'd be in trouble before long, got through to mile 19 and then the body just stopped and the remainder of the race was jog/walk until I managed to run the last 1.5 to come home and overtake the 4:15 pacer on the way
Frustrating because I'd trained alot more than the previous year's "get you round" plan and yet only finished about 5 minutes faster and suffered the same problems
I've taken a slightly different approach this year but that involves a couple more 20 milers, an extra jog per week with my son which means that I'm getting extra miles/time out running without the demands of a full 5 day schedule. I also dropped the mileage between a Half Marathon at the start of November and starting training in mid-December
Will be doing somewhere between 45-50 miles per week each week until the taper and everything seems to be holding together
The biggie for me will be getting it right on race day itself and seeing whether a slower start and making a real effort to stick with the 4 hour pacer works or whether I just end up at the same 19-20 mile point and feeling the same but with a worse time at that point.
The difference between sub-4 and 4:15 for me is those 5 miles between 20-25 where in both previous years I've walked a bit and jogged a bit doing nearer to 12 minute miles than the 9 required
I'm also intending to run without headphones to see whether the crowd and chatting to other runners gets me through some of the sections where I need to be stronger mentally and where in the past I've been tuned out and listening to some music