Posted: 20/09/2014 at 23:39
Mr P - very well done Mrs P!
I think it's far harder as a supporter on these big city races. My lot have been up to London each time I've done it and I think they expended more energy than I did on every occasion!
Nice going on the 13 miler. Always nice to have some company on a run too.
reikirabbit - I'm sure those nerves are more excitement than worry. I'm really looking forward to it now. I think the normal anticipation has been amplified by not being able to give it my best shot last year.
Wow, you did 25 and a quarter miles! Crikey, that's a monster of a training run.
You seem pretty good at judging things and I'd concur with your assessment yet again - pos tib irritation caused but the twisting and turning.
I ran a fair bit off road today and my right leg was complaining in a similar place. However, once I hit the tarmac again it eased off.
I remember reading about one of the elites (may have been Rachel's mate Jo Pavey) saying that they try and do alot of mileage off road but they are very careful to pick a surface that isn't too uneven so it doesn't stress the tendons of the foot and lower leg too much.
I reckon being on your feet for so long with those extra twists and turns you've irritated something but not caused a major injury. Some frequent massage and stretching over the next few days will sort you out I'm sure.
Hans C - yeah, me too! Part of me is secretly hoping that you'll have the XZ2000 Hyperbuggy with you (or whatever it's called). I know this is unlikely though so I am trying not to get too excited
Great 22 miler for me today. I really wanted to be at our park run as it was our 2nd anniversary. So I ran there (3 miles) continued to run another 3 miles waiting for the start, then joined the run itself.
It makes such a difference doing part of a long run in a race like environment. I was flagging a bit at 6 miles in but as soon as the park run started I had a spring in my step. Worth logging that thought for taper time when the mind will be saying that marathon pace is impossible - need to remember that it's alot easier in race conditions.
After finishing I had a quick loo stop, a few sips of water and then headed off to do the final 14 miles. I was averaging about 8:30 pace and it felt very comfortable. Finished the run with 3 miles at just over marathon pace which was a nice confidence boost.
Aside from the few sips of water at park run I only had a small 250ml bottle of squash on the whole run. I find it quite amazing that it's possible to run for that long taking in so little fluid. It wasn't a cool day either - no sun but very humid and I was soaked by halfway.
The pos tib / arch issue was there at the start, and as I mentioned earlier the other leg decided to have a similar grumble too but by halfway all was fine on both legs. No issues at the end either so I'm incredibly happy with that.
For once I'm going into taper with no significant injury worries...hmm, not sure if I should say that out loud
Sarah a did her 50K ultra today so hopefully without revealing too much I just wanted to say very well done!