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Posted: Yesterday at 17:01
Hi Christopher. Welcome to the thread. The weather is cooling down significantly as I write. Just seen the Spanish Met Agency forecast up to Saturday and the top temperature is predicted to be 17 degrees but with a 75% chance of rain, although there's plenty of time for that to change.

Bob, a final, easy run in the Retiro sounds nice. I'll PM you and Nothe my mobile in the week. We can organise as the week progresses. your hotel isn't too far from me.

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Posted: Yesterday at 15:11
Some of the stories are set in Mallorca Bob but not all. Yes, the "transistion" was a really interesting era. Did you see that one of the key players from this time, Adolfo Suarez died recently? They've just renamed the airport after him. I think that now would be a very good time to buy. I like the some parts of the south of the country but really love the north, especially the landscape and the food and drink. Ok, you always take a chance with the weather up there but that keeps the hordes away and places like Asturias are truly spectacular.

Did 1hr 15mins on the exercise bike earlier and then did ice / hot water treatment afterwards. Was it a 10 miler for you today?

What day are you both getting in this week? I guess you'll both have your own plans but if you want to meet up one day it'd be very nice to see you, although I understand you might have other things on. Assuming everything goes ok on the injury front, I'll be going to the Expo on Saturday morning. I'm going to try and time it to coincide with the presentation / interviews of the elite runners, something I did and enjoyed last year.

Have a good week guys and really look after yourselves.

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Posted: Yesterday at 10:10
Glad that helps guys.

Bob, certainly not mountainous that last part but mostly incline to various degrees. I know what you mean about the preparation, really enjoyed it too until this injury came along. Yes, Atlet?? away to Barca on the last day. Some Real Madrid supporters have been saying for a while now that Barca will throw it if they've nothing to play for by then. Will be academic anyway if Athletico win their next three matches but how I'd laugh! You seem to have a bit of a history with Spain? Speaking of Mallorca, have you ever read Robert Graves' book of short stories written when he was living there?

Nothe, these are wise words. I'm going to follow your advice and cross-train rather than run today. The first Sunday run I've missed all plan. The leg again feels better this morning but still not quite right and I really don't want to make the same mistake as last Sunday. As you say, I've got everything to lose and
nothing to gain at this stage. However, I do feel that I will have to try it midweek. Hope you are feeling better today. Take care.

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:54
Sorry, ignore the last paragraph of my above post. Not quite sure what went wrong there!

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:52
Thanks Nothe, appreciate that and really sorry to here you've not been well again. Obviously I hope you get well very soon. It's very interesting to read that a marathon veteran like yourself is fairly relaxed about the possibility of missing a couple of runs this week. Something for me to think about.

I managed to get out and look at the couple of sections of the course I mentioned in one of my posts yesterday. In fact, practically covered km 31 to finish through a combination of walking and bus. Quite a lot of adverts advertising the race seem to have sprung up almost overnight.

Km 31 to 33.5 has some narrow stretches although I guess you'd expect the field to be strung out enough by then. As you cross the bridge, there's a really good view of, hopefully this year's La Liga champions, Athletico Madrid's stadium. Just over the bridge you very briefly go down the wonderfully named Paseo de los Melancolicos.

There's a bit of an incline where the course goes right before reaching km34, but it's fine. I thought there was a short, steep climb here but it's not the case.

Km34 to 35.5 goes down a bit before a longish straight incline which then flattens out again. From about 35.5 to 37, the incline becomes more pronounced but not as much as I remembered, although it might feel like running up Everest come next Sunday. Km37 goes past the Prado museum and is more or less flat. Km 38 to 40k and a bit is another incline, getting a bit steeper as it goes. We're Well into one of the wealthier areas of Madrid now and the remainder is either flat or downhill. So I practically followed the last quarter of the course this evening and glad I did so as I've got a much better idea of this part of the route and at the moment it doesn't seem as hilly as I thought, certainly less daunting than the previous course. Hope it allows you to visualise things a little.

The injury seems to be getting better, certainly more normal to touch, although still not quite the same as the other leg. When I raise the foot from a standing position, sometimes there's no pain, sometimes there is but that's a sort of progress too. Won't know for sure until I try to run again, or even possibly afterwards.

Happy Easter to you both.


Km31 to 32 is a bit of a narrow street and could be a bottleneck although I think the field will be fairly strung out by then. Then it's a left turn over a bridge with a good view of Athletico Madrid's stadium on the right. On the other side we briefly turn into the fantastically named Paseo de los Melancolicos. Km 33 is another narrowish street before turning right just before km 34.

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Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:19
Thanks Nothe, appreciate that and really sorry to here you've not been well again. Obviously I hope you get well very soon. It's very interesting to read that a marathon veteran like yourself is fairly relaxed about the possibility of missing a couple of runs this week. Something for me to think about.

I managed to get out and look at the couple of sections of the course I mentioned in one of my posts yesterday. In fact, practically covered km 32 to finish through a combination of walking and bus.

Km31 to 32 is a bit of a narrow street and could be a bottleneck although I think the field will be fairly strung out by then. Then it's a left turn over a bridge with a good view of Athletico Madrid's stadium on the right. On the other side we briefly turn into the fantastically named Paseo de los Melancolicos. Km 33 is another narrowish street before turning right just before km 34.

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Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:52

Thanks Bob, that's an absolute top post and very much appreciated. We'll just have to see how things go in the next week or so.

You're dead right about my GP and I have to say that the level of care and attention I've had on the Spanish NHS over the years has been really excellent, despite all the cuts and additional pressures staff have been under during this never-ending economic crisis. 

I'll report back later after my little reconnaissance trip.

Cheers!

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Posted: 18/04/2014 at 14:49

Good to hear that things seem to be going well boys and you both seem quite confident which is great. The start was fine last year and they've made a good call by bringing forward the start of the 10k race by half an hour. Yes, it's been warm this week Bob but as you say temperatures are set to drop in the next few days, and hopefully it'll be about 7 or 8 degrees at around race start time.

One thing, if you're planning to use the bag drop in the Retiro Park give yourself plenty of time to get back to the start area as it's a bit of a trek from the finish line. The best metro station to get to the bag drop is Retiro (line 2 - red). I'd be wanting to drop off my bag no later than 8 o'clock but, that's just me, I don't like leaving things to the last minute, especially on the morning of the race as it really stresses me up!

Unfortunately, things aren't going so well here. The few days I thought I'd need to get over the injury I picked up in the half marathon turned into a week's layoff. I over-optimistically felt it had recovered enough to go out and run last Sunday evening and did 21k (as per plan) and, although, there were a few odd sensations it seemed to go ok. However, the lower left leg was hurting when I got up on Monday morning.

Managed to get an appointment with the physio same day and she got rid of a lot of waste / liquid in the affected area and took away quite a bit of the pain. She felt it was probably a tendon problem but wanted me to see my GP and get an xray to rule out any damage to the left tibia.

Turns out my GP was a runner of quite a high standard in her younger day and fast tracked me for an xray and was pretty supportive. The results showed that there was no damage to the bone, which was really good news, but the tendon isn't great. Got some anti-inflammatories and cream on prescription which I've been taking / applying religiously since then as well as regular ice / hot water treatment. Seems to be getting better but no running (again) since last Sunday, just a couple of bits of cross-training. The affected area is definitely getting better but it seems to be slow progress. If I raise the left foot from a standing position, there's still a bit of pain in the bottom part of the shin, but not so bad now. The tendon next to the tibia is still a bit lumpy but doesn't hurt at all now if I probe it. So, a couple of days more rest and then I'll try it again on Sunday, see what it's like afterwards and we'll take it from there. The physio has given some flourescent tape which she wants me to put on the affected area before I run.

It's so bloody frustrating after all this time. Perhaps I shouldn't have run the half three weeks out but weirdlly enough I had some strange twinges in the injured area even before I started warming up for the race so I guess the thing could've even happened if I'd just done the normal Sunday long run. I'll never know.

To be honest, I'm feeling pretty frustrated and exasperated right now. Like you guys I've trained hard for this and really been good with the diet, 8 or 9 kilos off since Christmas. I was feeling quietly confident up to about 10 days ago but that's all evaporated now. I really want to run this but am also a little worried that it might seriously aggravate the condition. Part of me is tempted to just cross-train now before the big day but I also really want to get a couple of runs in beforehand and not feel any after effects. I know it's the taper and the hard work's been done but I'm beginning to worry about losing fitness now.

I'm going to do an hour's cross-training on the exercise bike in a bit and then go out and have a look at some of the later stages of the route, notably kms 32 to 35 and then 39 to Finish. Hope I have

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Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:56
Thanks Nothe. Unfortuately the two days off has turned into five as recovery is going slower than expected. I was hoping to run last night and there was a bit of an inner battle going on. However, really glad I didn't run as walking to the metro station this morning has told me that it's still not quite right. Hopefully it just needs a few more days. At least I've been getting some good rest and I've been sleeping really well this week.

Hope your run went well last night and that you are now fully recovered.

My number is 2038, by the way.

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Posted: 09/04/2014 at 06:34
Morning guys.

Just got an email through with details of my race number etc, so I guess you must have received the same. Exciting!

Not been able to run since Sunday because of a problem in the left tibia area but seems to be slowly responding so just need to be patient. It felt very strange not running yesterday evening but maybe a blessing in disguise. Nothe, hope you're feeling better.
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