WA - ah-ha, that would explain why we didn't spot you!
Dannir - I have found that a strict run-walk strategy didn't work that brilliantly for me at Comrades as a strict regime inevitably ends up with you having to run up steep uphills, walking on really nice runnable sections etc. I found being flexible more useful - walk at the feed stations, steep hill, run where friends will be out supporting etc.
AONEH - great running! Saw a nice photo of you and Dave Ross chatting mid-race - amazing how you make running fast times look easy!
RR - I found the second half of Boston really hard last year - 20+ minute positive split... The first half really trashes your legs... It's great training for the painful second half of the Down run.
Ran a steady-ish 3:52 at the Enigma marathon yesterday - now looking forward to my first marathon free weekend this month!
Lovely day at Compton yesterday. Sorry I missed WindsorAndy and Margie2. It was great to run the first lap with Slotwin and Carmen - (thanks to Slotwin for waiting for us at the first checkpoint having shot off at the front!). Carmen was on a mission on the second lap (not to be late for dinner with her aunt) - a woman possessed! I ended up with a 15 minute PB for the course hanging onto her (for dear life in some bits).
Dannir - Coke varies from water point to water point - most have it ice cold and slightly flat, others serve it lukewarm but they're usually not too fizzy. I take enough gels to last me until the half way mark and then live off the tables. I do take a small bottle at the start so that I can avoid the chaos at the first water stop though. Tables in the second half oranges, bananas and chocolate too. I've not heard of anyone stashing food the day before (will probably get stolen or eaten by wild animals?). Glad to hear you had a good time in London - I thought the crowds were particularly good this year - the nice weather probably helped...
Marty - enjoy Two Oceans! - very jealous that you'll be in Cape Town and running along Chapman's Peak Drive...
Poacher - nice running. Will see you in pen B at the start!
Jacquie - great running. Very sensible to allow a little more recovery for Boston.
Fido - packing already?!?
WA - 3:08 after a total mess?! Wow!
Emily - 6 seconds?! that's really hard luck. Gutted for you. But that's still a big PB.
Warren - that's a stupendous performance (thanks to Alan P for giving some context on how brilliant it was) - at this rate you're not going to get "chicked"...
Looking forward to seeing the Comptonites tomorrow.
PH - don't panic! As Douglas says (as well as a certain Mr Bruce Fordyce) - better to turn up undertrained rather than overtrained - I wouldn't go sticking extra runs into you calendar at this late stage...
I had a lovely run in the sun, completed in 3:29:02. It was clear early on that my legs weren't going to cooperate in my quest to lose those pesky 53 seconds from last week, so decided to stick to 8 minute miles and see if I could get under 3:30. It got quite hard in the last few miles but just about kept it together for a nearly even split. (1:44:00 and 1:45:02).
That's it for me chasing the clock this spring - next few marathons will be proper LSDs.