Posted: Yesterday at 10:22
Nell - hopefully the foot is just a result of pushing hard last week and that in a few days it will have all healed nicely. I would recommend high quantities of alcohol to aid recovery at this stage ! Thanks for the advice about my knees. The pain was coming more from the front than the side than previously but I suspect it is probably ITB related. I will go out for a little trot again tomorrow but, as you say, I won't be pushing it too hard.
Will - sounds like the curry might have pushed you on in your run !
Ricky - how is your niggle coming along, getting massaged plenty ??
Carl - I want to tell you to go off at a decent pace and try and bank some time to take into account you will slow down going up the climbs. But, as you quite rightly say, you need to respect the course as it could come back and bite you on your bum in the latter stages. My advice to you would be not to try and push to hard when going up the climbs. If you accept that you are going to slow down a bit you can make your way up nice and steadily and when you get to the top you should feel ok to carry back on at marathon pace. If you try and push too hard going up the hills your legs will become quickly battered and you will end up walking towards the end. You are still going to smash your PB though mate !
PS - you can go quicker than 3:45, definitely. The weather round these parts can be quite strange. I've stood in my back garden in the middle of July in shorts and tee shirt and it's being roasting. I then took the mutts up in the peaks for a walk and was bombarded with hail stones. You always need to be prepared for the worst of the weather when you go running in the peaks. I entered the VLM ballot this morning; once again, I'm really not that bothered if I get in or not when you hear all of the bad stories about congestion, bottles spread across the road, travel arrangements etc. Sounds like my idea of hell ! But it would still be nice to run it so I can say I have run it.