I should have run on Tuesday morning, but after going out for a friend's birthday the night before (only one wine, but a late one) I just couldn't bring myself to get out of bed and hitting snooze once to many meant I didn't have time. I went on Tuesday evening instead and felt awful. 3 miles in bad pace, knee felt sore, just felt a bit rubbish all round. Inevitable self doubt started to creep in - 'if you struggle with 3 miles, how will you do 26?' etc.
Today I felt quite sluggish, quite tired and not really up for it. Forced myself out for my 5 miler that I should really have done yesterday. Much to my surprise, I felt fantastic! Maybe having a few days off helped, perhaps the caffeine from having a rare trip to Starbucks this afternoon, but whatever it was I just felt like I was flying. My pace, while nothing to a lot of people, was the best I've done in a long time. I'm going out for a few beers tonight, but no amount of alcohol will match the high of finishing my run today feeling great.
Hope you all have great runs this weekend
PS - Welcome on board Chris, sounds like you're well on track to marathon success
PPS - Harmander, thanks for the kind offer of running partof the course, but like others I'm a long way from London (just over 1000 miles - or 39 marathons!).
Midlands Lass - Please be careful not to jump in too quickly. I read somewhere a rule of thumb of going back two weeks in your plan for every week missed. That may well be overly conservative, but as you say, better to be somewhat underprepared than not make the start line. Again, no expert, but going straight back into 9-10 then 13-14 sounds like a lot to me. I'm only on 8 now and haven't missed any long runs (admittedly following a different plan).
I managed 8 miles today with only two brief stops to strech and another two to take advantage of a water fountain. Quite pleased with that. Had a fun 5 miler this week along a river path in the pitch black, since I'd been too lazy to go before work.
I'm following the same plan as I did three years ago (when I got to a 16 mile long run, did some damage and didn't run again until marathon day!), and comparing my 8 mile run then to today, it was 1h11 then and 1h30 today! Massive difference, but I suspect that pushing myself too much was what led to injury last time, so happy to relax the pace.
NickW - I'm no expert here, but I'm not sure squash is the best cross training to be doing. Lots of sudden movements could be relatively high risk of twisting something? Might be worth getting advice on whether its wise to take a break, especially as you get closer to marathon day.
Blithe - really pleased you seem to be on the road to recovery, and hopefully just a minor setback
Blithespirit - Sorry to hear that. Sounds like you've got the right attitude though, chin up and make the most of the situation. Hopefully you can do some sort of run/walk, even if walking is the majority of the time. Doing lots of cardio training will do wonders for your fitness too
I managed 7 miles this evening, felt like a long way. Doing that almost 4 times in only 13 weeks seems a bit scary right now.
Midlands Lass - Completely with you on 'injury vs niggle'. At the moment, I seem to have some knee pain for the first 0.5km or so, but it seems to settle down. I also find it much more comfortable to run when consciously making my right foot land on the inside (does that make sense?). Got a 7 mile run on Sunday, first I've done over 10k for over a year.
Blithespirit, hope your physio appointment went well!
Harmander Singh 2 - I'm incredibly excited about the course. Tower Bridge must be a big highlight, as well as the others you mentioned. Last year I spectated around Rotherhithe (south of the river before Tower Bridge - I guess about mile 6 or 7?) and there were a good number of people out supporting even early on.