Tommy - Of course your other option for a 5 miler is to sign up as an HPRC member and gain free entry into our leg of the Summer League on May 7th as well as £2 off most of the other races that you do.
Congrats on the new 5 mile PB - good sign that you could do that off less than optimal training and at less than full effort.
Great news on the MRI, Skinny. Understand your frustration with the lack of meaningful guidance though. Grrr.
Welcome aboard, DT.
Enjoyed the report, Lit - very...comprehensive - heaven help you all if I ever run a marathon!
Achilles still not really playing ball here - it didn't enjoy jogging for the bus to get down to Leicester for a gig last night. Frustrating but quite enjoying the temporary return to being a curry eating, beer swilling lazy arse all the same. Hoping I won't enjoy it TOO much or for much longer either, but probably need to start some proper thoughts for cross training other than having a bit of a stroll. I am forcing myself to do heel drops when I can however.
Apologies if I missed 'owt startling - will have a proper catch up over the weekend.
Muddy - You crazy fool, well done on the comfortable PB though. Gives an idea of what you'd be capable of rollicking out at full effort and fitness.
Chris - That's a big 10k PB - congrats. Should set you up nicely with some training paces to work off. Following on from previous posts, some threshold training looks like it could be a useful aspect to focus on, give you a better chance of holding that early pace throughout your next 10k, and would also feed nicely into your HM targets. Your mate Speedy sounds like a right nutter!
Lou - Sounds like the recovery is coming on ok, and the plan with stride length and cadence potentially a good one. From my own experience, you will feel it in your calves for a while, so I'd say you're probably doing it right!
Richard - Congrats on the massive marathon PB! That's a big chunk you've taken off there, and sounds very enjoyable to boot. The question has to be asked though - having officially retired from them yesterday, have you since booked your next one yet?
DT - As per MG thread, excellent effort first time out.
Solid pacing duties, Mr Pub.
And of course massive congrats again to thread heroine, Lit.
Was great tracking you all on Sunday AM, as well as those from the MG / SG threads plus some clubmates, and particularly exciting seeing Lit pushing on past Phil in the second half of the race. Got a bit more awkward walking up the Royal Mile with my nose in a smartphone in the closing stages, but at least I'd got my cousin on board and interested by then which reduced my feelings of guilt at what could otherwise have been interpreted as pretty ignorant! Although at least 2:58 looked on the cards all the way from the splits, and knew you'd got both the training, nouse and enough experience not to misjudge things horrendously, there was still the sunshine and rising temperatures to consider, so it was terrific to see that 2:56:33 confirmed once you'd crossed the line. 38th amongst the non-elites, and 41st on the YTD Mara PO10 rankings too. That must feel amazing.
Great picture, Johnas. Lit looks suitably impressed at your antics too.
Pete - Very good 10k off reduced training - good stuff. Make Brian pay next time. Jealous of your Cornwall trip. When the sun's shining (and even when it isn't actually) there's few better places that I'd rather be in the world - where exactly were you?
As for me, have only run once (at the Edinburgh parkrun since last Wednesday now), and was brutalised by Lit's sports masseur when I got back from Chilly Jockland yesterday. Has helped loosen things off substantially, 'glutes like rocks' was one comment, and there was some clear immediate relief but still not 100% happy with the achilles, even though it's almost certain the discomfort is being referred from elsewhere. Was amazing feeling the muscles 'go' as the tension was released from them even though it was unbelievably painful - I didn't scream as much as Lit though apparently. Grasped the nettle, and booked a second helping for a fortnight's time. Something to look forward to...
Delighted to hear that Dan's no-show on the tracker was a tech failure and that he did in fact both run and got a great time - well done!
Have been away for the weekend myself, so not been able to post other than the brief call in on Sunday morning. Enjoyed keeping an eye on all of you on the tracker though and some excellent performances all round.
I know it's not quite what you were after DT originally, but that's a really good debut, you should be really pleased, not just satisfied. Great salvage job from Wardi after being floored - you sound very calm about it, I'd have been furious! What can you say about prf? Two sub-3 marathons in a week - madness! Top performance from Hannah too - could be another exciting year.
Good to see the pic of several MG'ers together at the pub - bit jealous I wasn't there though, particularly as it looks like a summer picture and I was shivering my tits off in a damp, windy and cold Edinburgh at the time!
Hard lines to your bro tho, WJH.
Brilliant to hear that CB is getting back to serious training volumes. All sounding positive for TR, good to hear alehouse getting another trip to Bradgate in (any race plans yet?), and look forward to seeing how Mr V goes on Friday off some equally positive training.
Struggling a bit here. Have only run once since last Wednesday, an easy to steady parkrun with my cousin in Edinburgh in crazy winds along The Firth - 'hoooooly fuuuuuck!' as one local turned to me and exclaimed as we battled back into it on the return section of the out and back! Beautiful views though, and thoroughly enjoyed it despite the wind and mild discomfort. Had a sports massage last night which was pretty brutal, and confirmed how tight my glutes and ITB have/had become. That's released much of the pressure on my achilles, but it still doesn't feel quite right. Will do something tonight, but not yet sure whether that will be a gentle jog round the local playing field, a bit of a stroll, or perhaps just a spin on the exercise bike. Will see how it feels when I get home. Saturday's planned full effort parkrun is certainly looking a non-starter, but more frustrating is that this is holding me up from getting started with some new plans ahead of the track season that I'm very much looking forward to. Feel like I'm being made to pay for that sub-40 at Lincoln last week!