Many, many a runner has passed through these pages and dropped off the face of the planet.
If you're one of them....I hope you're doing well...and feel free to say hello and update us how you're doing
I de-lurked and popped my head in on this thread a couple of years ago and very quickly disappeared again when I didn't really have anything constructive to add.
I've been coached by the big man for 2-3 years but have taken a little break (my choice) due to my very poor recent form. I felt I wasn't doing justice to the training and the work he was putting in, I also felt a bit of a fraud with my ever worsening race times. A HM time which was my poorest in 2 years leading up to VLM and a shocking last 8/9 miles at VLM just about finished off my fragile confidence.
I hadn't been enjoying running as much leading up to VLM and was struggling with my long runs, aerobically I felt ok but my legs just wouldn't co-operate.
3 weeks after VLM I completed a hilly 50 mile ultra which perversely I sort of enjoyed, I'm now thinking of looking at a few ultras to get the juices flowing again, I have even googled 100 mile races but haven't got the cojones at the moment to take the plunge.
I'm a bit lost with my running at the moment, I've not really got any purpose or target to work towards, it's just easy miles 3 or 4 times a week to keep my fitness levels at a reasonable level.
So that's my tale of recent woe, I can now disappear for another couple of years