Good luck to those running at the weekend, doesn't look like heat stroke will be a problem!
Fido, hope the Fizz sorted that knee out. I thought my knee was shot about 18 months ago, and went to Fizz, who gave me some simple exercises to strengthen and stabilise muscles around the knee and it's largely worked. Right knee is still a bit dodgy on and off, but I think falling off my pushbike on ice has caused a bit of permanent damage, but I can put up with that if it doesn't get worse?.
Howard, glad to hear you are recovering. I did a 6.5 mile club run last night and went better than I thought it would. A bit creaky to start with but back to nearly normal pace by 5 miles. I think the Cancer research massage straight after the marathon and then cycling to work and back Mon and Tues kept everything working, so recovery has been fast. A nice ride in today as well, cold but sunny. Will probably rest over weekend to give my body a proper chance to recover after a hard marathon.
I know just what you mean. The death of Mary our club member put things very much in to perspective and made all my marathon training seem a bit something and nothing, and clearly several of us on this thread have sadly been recently reminded of what's really important.
I agree about London this year, the atmosphere was amazing, weather great for running, I did lots of high fives with the kids and had a good time till about mile 19-20, then just bloody hard and counting down the miles.
I was pleased with my time as I feel had I trained a bit better and chosen a marathon with not so many good fun distractions, I could have improved on time a bit. I started in blue 5 as well, which was slightly to far back for a 3.45 pace, so I ended up trying to run round people and up and down kirbs, round bollards etc to try and keep a pace I was comfortable at without running in to the back of runners who were about 2 pens to far forward! Grrrrrrr.
Susan, really so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you and the family and friends of course.
Howard, huge 'Well done'' to you on cracking 4 hours. Great stuff, especially after that fall.
How about the others running? Any more stories yet?
Sorry I didn't get my number in, (6569) couldn't remember log in details at home....doh!
An amazing day with fantastic support from from my wife and fellow club members and the great london crowds. (Even had my daughter come up from Southend Uni to support me) Conditions on the day were near perfect.
Anyway I went with habit of not wearing a watch, so just ran comfortable as possible without checking time/pace but last 6 miles were bloody hard as always. I'm really pleased though as I broke my 2008 PB by 7 mins to finish in 3.38 mins.
What an incredible day again all round. The cancer research people were great, and I got a good massage and free food/drinks/cakes etc. Feeling a bit beaten up today but managed my hilly 5 mile commute in to work in the sunshine on my push bike. Feeling great now (apart from legs!)
Howard, I know how you feel, It's 3 years since I did one.
FRC It's amazing how many niggles and pains rear up in the last few days before London. I thought I'd developed a blister on my right foot yesterday, only to find out it was a bobble in a hem line on my sock digging in when I walked!