Posted: Today at 08:49
Orbutt - Sad that you won't be with us this year. You and Mrs O will be missed. Hope that pesky calf injury clears up so that you can push on for the rest of the year.
RR - Brixton prison! Sounds like a lovely running route!
Heidi - I've never hit the wall, but have had a few horrendous last six miles or so end to marathons. Those have normally been due to lack of training/pushing the pace to hard, cramping up, or injury. That and I discovered in 2013 I can't run two marathons two weeks apart. If it wasn't for our very own Jimbob shoving jelly babies in my hand and sending me on my way I'd still be stuck under that bridge in London!
The last few miles always hurt and I think it's a mental battle as much as anything. The year I ran my PB in Paris my thought were the opposite to Tinkerbell. More often than not my thoughts would align with her knowing that if you stop running the pain stops and having to fight through that. That year I was so determined I was hitting my target time you could have rolled out a tank in front of me and let it shell me, I was not stopping for anything!
In the last few miles my trick is to break the distance down to runs I'd do at home. Try and alter my thoughts on what needs to be done, so six miles isn't a mountain to climb it's something you wouldn't even give a thought to running from home on a training run.