Well done Howard, wow it was tough in that wind yesterday.
I had a change of plan as I managed to get a place in Bedford Harriers Oakley 20 race. I've done it 3 times before, but never in such hard conditions. It's an undulating course but in a full on head wind it felt downright hilly. My PB for a 20 mile race was set at the same race in 2008 (2hr.45mins) which I honestly thought I would never beat, but yesterday I managed a 2hr 41, so I'm dead chuffed with that, and I feel a marathon PB of 3.45 could be beatable at London.....probably?
I feel the recent increase in pace is mainly down to losing a stone in weight, and that's down mainly to giving up bread. I've also starting eating a Tuna fish and cucumber wrap and a boiled egg every day for lunch, so seems to work for me.
That's good news indeed, good luck with training runs this week.
London coming up fast now. I'm hoping to do my longest slow run to my parents house on Sunday (22 miles) with my wife carrying water and gels on her push bike, so hoping for reasonable weather, though forecast not looking great at the moment.
Howard, be really careful with that one. Fingers crossed it's just a slight over use/ muscle soreness that will improve with a few days rest or walking/cycling/gentle jogging, and not 'Gilmore's Groin' that I developed a few years back after trying to run through what I thought was a mild groin strain.
FRC, that sounds like a really fast time for Charnwood. That's a tough one isn't it?
Fido/Howard Well done, some tough but good running.
I had a horrible 20.8 miles yesterday, despite a good early 7.00am start. Can't quite shake of this damned slight cough/wheeze thing. Last 6 miles were just will power, I just felt knackered and slow. (3h 20mins) Only consolation is fast recovery, I cycled my hilly 5 miles to work this morning and feel quite good now, cough no worse/no better. 2 more long runs, then tapering, and chance to fully recover hopefully!
Martin, FRC, well done great going. Howard, 9.07 pace is just a bit over 4 hours isn't it, so great target. Ikle, well done on your marathon, and helping an injured runner,that sounded tough. Susan, good luck with the park runs. Such a good idea, that's helping loads of people for all sorts of reasons.
I had a good but hard (flat out for me) club run Wednesday 9.5 miles at 7.40mm pace. Left me feeling drained for last night's 5.8 mile club run, so took it steady as still got a bit of a cough/chest thing going on. Doing a 20.8 miler on my own tomorrow at long slow run pace, so probably about 9.5mm pace. Only two long slow runs left after tomorrow, so got to make the best of them, but staying uninjured is by far my No1 priority now, ......honest Susan