Posted: 31/08/2015 at 12:26
Hi Shades, yes I've been over that bridge and along that path. It's very good! It's great to see some wildlife too. I'm doing Bridgwater Half Marathon - it's a good race, but the website talking of "uni-sex" showers at the end, and reminding people to take their swimming costumes if they intend to have a shower is a bit off-putting!
MF, I have the same sort of thing with my non-running friends. When they ask me how long it takes Mo Farah to do a 10K and then they ask me my 10K time, they always have a look that implies "why are you bothering?"
I have been looking around for a 20-mile race to run at target MP, but I haven't found one in the run up to Brussels. So, I prepared yesterday as if I was running one today (i.e., I ate relatively well and kept well hydrated) and I went out for a 20-miler and did it a bit under my target MP. I have to say, it's given me a bit of a confidence boost. I know it's not really in any training plan but I just fancied giving it a go, and I felt I could have carried on as well. The terrain was a bit flat really to be a totally fair test, but I'm still pleased I've done it after the 20-miles on Saturday and the race on Friday night. Also, I used to to practice my race fuelling as I don't take anything with me on other races/training runs so that was good too, as I had no ill effects.
It's 5 weeks until the marathon, and I have the Half next weekend which I strongly suspect I will race. The weekend after I'll try and do another long run (at my LSR pace), and that's it for the long runs. I "just" have to stay injury free and illness free! Fingers crossed.