Posted: 11/02/2016 at 08:38
My first post since January - shocking!
Strava has me completely hooked which doesn't help
GM - first off huge congrats to you both on your big announcement! That is amazing news. It's going to be an epic, I'm guessing 6 or so months, and the big day will be like nothing you have ever experienced before so brace yourself!
We know you're from Cambridgeshire (Posh), run ultras (Scary), are very active (Sporty) all we need now is some tenuous link to ginger and babies and we can shout 'house' on girl band bingo!
Back to the running though. Haven't seen anything on Strava lately so does that mean you're still resting up? I hope things are improving.
To answer your question, yes sub 3:30 is definitely achievable. What do you think is causing the doubt? You still have loads of training time left. Your endurance base is excellent and that doesn't disappear overnight.
I was looking back to last year when I had proper full on flu - 3 weeks out doing nothing (literally nothing, not even moving around). I did 10 weeks training and just had a go on the day. Ended up with a 10 min PB. If I can do that then a sprightly, young, soon to be dad like yourself can definitely do it!
But you don't need to rely on faith alone. When you're back into it, look at how your fast stuff is going. If you can run around a 1:32 half say (1:34 would be fine) or a sub 21 5K then that's 7mm and 6:45 respectively. Running 1min and 1:15 slower on race day is going to feel soooo much easier!
Do not underestimate the power of the dark side of....oh hang on, wrong line....Do not underestimate the power of the mind in these matters, if you believe it then that's half the battle!
So don't go losing hope now, none of us have lost hope in you!
Bugger, I don't have much time left now
chicksta - great to see you back! Glad to hear you had a brilliant time. I love that you said you didn't get much running done...just 50 miles on average
sense/Christian - calves are the bane of my life: tops, bottoms, inside, outside, peroneals, pos tib, I've had aggro everywhere.
Stretching, rolling and massage really helps as does rotating shoes. Not shoes that physically rotate (I'm not a clown) I swap between neutrals and shoes with a little support when pressure starts to build in a particular area.
Hope everyone else is well!
Week 6 of training for me. Seems like I've been going alot longer though!