Posted: 29/09/2016 at 08:46
Shades, yes my next marathon is Palma, on 16th Oct. Not sure what I'm going to do on that one yet. I may do the same as what I did in Barnstaple (i.e., just enjoy it) or I may go out at 9min/miles and see if I can get closer to 4hrs. Not sure at the moment, and I think part of my decision will be based on if it's too hot for me there. Also, if it is too hot for me, I may well drop down to the Half when I register. That has always been an option for me, so I'll see when I get there. I've checked and it's 26 to 28 deg out there this week, which is hot for me for running.
I am also thinking about our local race, Dartmoor Vale, at the end of Oct but I haven't entered that one yet. However, I know I don't particularly like that course, so I'll see what I feel like after Palma and decide then. It seems a shame not to do it, as it's so close to me. I was toying with Cornish marathon towards the end of November, but I haven't done enough hill training so I have discounted that one.
For next Spring, I need to target one and train better for it and aim for a PB at that point. If I get into London, I may target that race, and if not I have Davey's race booked on 29th April which would be an okay one to target. I'm even turning down weekends away with friends with the hope that I'll be able to train a bit better and get some consistency, although I do have plans the weekend before London. Well see.
Yesterday, I entered the First Chance 10K, which is on 8th Jan. It's a really popular and well organised local race and a good tester to see how much fitness I've lost over the festive period I had to transfer my number this year, as I had one of my chest infections that set me back a bit.
Eleta, good luck with the diet and the PT. Stick at it and I'm sure you'll get there. Just a quick one about MFP - if you use it on a phone, they've got a "scan" feature, where you can scan the barcodes of items and the system knows what those items are. So it saves typing things in, if you use that.
Jugula, well done on getting the last long run done. You've come a long way since your injury woes, and I hope you have a better experience in Bilbao.