Nonstick - sorry to hear that, nightmare when you've put the effort in but like you say sensible is the best course rather than training and getting injured or indeed running the race underprepared and either not enjoying it or again getting injured or struggling in the race itself.
Pete - I was sat in a meeting this morning thinking the same but now it's glorious sunshine if a little nippy
Need to revisit the carb loading.I've not been particularly scientific about it during the past 2 races, just eaten more bagels, pasta etc in the few days before the race than I normally would and made sure I had a good breakfast on the day. Perhaps (as a larger gentleman) I need to put a little bit more thought into it
Good running over the weekend everyone, I know a few first timers who hit their first 20 miler this weekend so all plans seem to be coming to fruition
Got 18 miles as my longest this week and am aiming to do it tonite although daughter was up all night with a bug so may switch things around depending on how tired I feel later
JB - I always drop the LSR mileage the week after a 20 miler, so this week it's down to 18 for the longest run and I think the roll-back week fell after my last one and then I have another 20 next week, followed by a drop in mileage for Wilmslow so it does give a little break and a psychologically easier run in terms of mileage
I think the first time, the plan just incremented slightly every week with no rollback and ended with the only 20 miler the week before the taper but that's not an approach I'd use again
A 50+ mile last week and hoping for somewhere around the same this week and the prospect of lighter mornings/nights are perhaps some better weather
I've struggled to pace my 20 milers so far, going too fast in the first 10-12 miles and then paying for it in the later 6-8 so that I've done them all in around 03:05 which equates to around marathon pace for a sub-4 but covering over the fact that the run has been at very uneven pace
How the final 6 would pan out would not be pretty based on these runs although I have recovered quickly
Aim in the race is to follow the pacer and to use up less energy in the early stages so that I can maintain the race pace for longer and past the point where I've struggled in previous years (or at least that's the theory!)
JJ- Wait until you're in the taper and you're knocking out supposedly lower mileage runs that you wouldn't have dreamed of taking on before you started training for a marathon
Good 9 miler for me last night and much milder weather. Looking to pop out for a quick 5K tonite with junior just to loosen up a bit before going out again on Friday for another quicker run
Cheers JB - I'll steer clear of the David Brent dancing though
JJ - What sort of taper are you looking at for Oulton, I wouldn't go mad in terms of dropping the miles as you'll have been doing some pretty decent mileage in the build up so personally I'd be looking at having a couple of days off pre-race as my taper having done some decent runs at the start of the week so as to keep the marathon mileage going
That's my plan for the week of Wilmslow HM which has worked for the last couple of years, with the HM as the longest run of the week but probably having done 2 or 3 runs of between 8-10 miles earlier in the week so doing around 40 rather than the weekly 50.
The Wilmslow date this year leaves a further week of full training after the race before entering the taper so falls quite nicely
Thanks chaps, I may invest in between Wilmslow and Race Day
I had some physio last year which did some good at the time but I certainly suffer from tightened muscles in and around the hip as I have a job where I spend most of the day sat typing on a PC
Have had limited success in the DIY treatment area with the foam roller
Pete - I do agree regarding the number of 20 mile plus runs to an extent but I guess it depends on what Ceejay wants from the race, to "get round" or run a set time. The plan I did 2 years ago was provided on the official race website and I think that had only 1 20 miler for people hoping to get round in about 4 hours but it spent the 16 weeks building up to this and I remember it being a shock thinking I've still got another 6 on top.
Hindsight has meant I'm with you and I'll be doing 5 this year and will probably have done a couple of 18 and 17 too, purely so I know I've done "distance" during the parts of the race where my head is saying "what are you doing" and my legs are saying "we're going to stop in a minute"