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Redpanda - Armstrongs chippy is the one I think you mean and it's still just as good. Might have to pay a visit soon (after the 28th obviously!)
I emailed the marathon organisers about road closures and times with regard to getting in and out of the car park but no reply I'm afraid! Hope the organisation is going to be ok - people have asked a few questions on their facebook page which they haven't bothered to answer??
Last long run for me tomorrow - 20 miles, with only the first 5 alone then a friend will join me for final 15 - nice to have company.
That's it! "Armstrongs....Home of the giant cod!"......I always used to run past there and the smell was tortue, it was bloody brilliant, and they did two types of curry sauce as well.
There is another good chippie near Prestwich that make their own sausages...I can't remember the name, but they have a branch in the Printworks too. Not as good as Armstrongs though.
Damn it....Friday is fish day too, and now I am craving fish and chips real bad. Not a great idea before a long run though, so like you I will try and abstain until after the mara!
Good luck to all of us for our final long runs this weekend. 22 for me tomorrow, I feel strangely nervous about it, stupid, I know. I must say I am getting a bit tired now,..I fell asleep on the couch earlier, which isn't like me. In a funny way I will miss my long runs though, as I probably won't be doing anymore until next Winter. I just hope I make it back to the start line next April after baby number 2!
Well done Cybarev....a nice pub lunch sounds ideal to me! At least it's all done and dusted now.
Thanks for making me jealous Julie. I will have you know, there is not a cloud in the sky here either.....though it's not as warm as Spain! Enjoy your break
I will be going out in an hour or so, strangely looking forward to it but dreading it also....I know it's going to be really tough, but then, without these the marathon would be tougher still!
Afternoon Manny mara peeps.
Feeling very positive today. It's a beautiful day, even warm in the sun and i've just done my last 20 miler. It was a great run and I upped the tempo for the last mile to see what I could do on tired legs. Managed a very comfortable 6.40 mile without trying all that hard.
That was easily the best i've felt on an LSR and my pace was even notably improved despite keeping in my usual HR zone. All in all, i've never felt so good on a run and would have quite happily carried on for a bit longer. I even recovered enough to be on the driving range 75 minutes after finishing. Busy morning!
Now officially in taper, not that the P+D taper is all that steep. 46 miles next week so hardly taking it easy.
Well done to Cybarev and others who have soldiered through one of the coldest winters we've seen to reach taper and good luck to those with their last big run left. It's been.................. interesting!
Well done to Strangelybrown! Sounds good.
My last long run done this morning, 20 miles. All was fine but actually can't imagine running another 6 miles on top of that!! How??
Regarding car parking, had a reply from organisers to say that the roads in and out of the car parking will be open all day - guess they had to be but just wanted to check!
Well done folks, sounds like everyone is doing great....except me!
I set off for my 22 miler and got a terrible stitch in the first half mile. I felt funny, and just knew it was going to be hard, and I just felt awful. I don't know why, I had slept well and eaten well and was hydrated, but I was just knackered from the outset and it was awful. My partner insists I take a phone on my long runs at the minute, and it's a good job I did. I had to call him to come get me at the Swan at Bucklow Hill. Hence, I managed 10 miles, but I couldn't face anymore and didn't want to risk it. Gutted. I was also baking hot!
Oh well, I am going to try another 10 tomorrow night and carry on as normal next week but try another 20 next Saturday...I tend to recover quickly so it won't affect the marathon. I will be more worried if I don't do it!
So, not a great day....which was annoying as the weather was so lovely!
Oh well,, shit happens...tomorrows another day and all that!
Oh, keep strong redpanda. Next week will be different I'm sure. I'm guessing being pregnant, although 'not an illness' as your doctor said, is bound to have some effect on how you're feeling. And let's face it, even when not training for a marathon, some days we feel great and some days we feel, well...shit! Just to add another cliche to the mix - keep your chin up!!! xxx
I know you are right...I suppose I just panic a bit and sometimes wonder if it's just a general "bad day" like most of us have, or something pregnancy related. I would never put myself at undue risk though and obviously if I kept on feeling crap I would just have to pull out of the race, I always said I would do it as long as I was feeling good....I feel ok today, just very tired.
We had friends over for tea and I didn't end up getting to bed till 1 am, then up at 7.30,....I can feel an afternoon nap coming on in a bit!
Hope everyone else has had good running.
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Sally - Well done yourself RP - Bugger but you have the right attitude about it. I don't need to tell you to forget about it, you already will have
Dave Lord - Nah, i'm taking it sensibly on my first marathon. I'm sure i'll be back for more so can think about going sub 3 when I have a better idea of what I can and can't do.
SB - Well done on your last 20 miler - its sounds like you are going well. Remember my advice - well I reckon you should be cautiously optimistic about going close to 3 hours. I also remeber something else I read about running a marathon if things are going well and that is "don't be greedy".
Did 22 miles yesterday. Not quite as easy as yours SB - and had to negotiate a couple of large snow drifts on the off road sections !. It took me exactly 3 hours and I tried to up the pace for the last couple of miles - but it was barely 7.30 pace. I also have a painful right knee - it was really hurting down the last dig descent - I think it could be tedonitis. Does any one have any advice about this please ?
RP - Tough going - but it sounds like you know what you are doing and hopefully you will soon get back on track
Ran my final 20 mile run today before starting taper. Felt strong throughout, ran a little faster than planned race pace, and the weather was perfect to boot.
4 weeks after the Manchester marathon I'm running another in Calgary Canada (my home town - I'm an expat). I've never ran two so close together before.
Any advice on training strategy for those 4 in-between weeks?
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SB - Well done on your last 20 miler - its sounds like you are going well. Remember my advice - well I reckon you should be cautiously optimistic about going close to 3 hours. I also remeber something else I read about running a marathon if things are going well and that is "don't be greedy". Did 22 miles yesterday. Not quite as easy as yours SB - and had to negotiate a couple of large snow drifts on the off road sections !. It took me exactly 3 hours and I tried to up the pace for the last couple of miles - but it was barely 7.30 pace. I also have a painful right knee - it was really hurting down the last dig descent - I think it could be tedonitis. Does any one have any advice about this please ?
Hey PM, sorry to hear about your niggle mate, how's it feeling today? I know that Carterusm from here is also struggling right now (different injury) and it's such a bugger after so much hard training. Fingers crossed that you're both ok come race day.
Re 3 hours, i'll honestly be delighted with anything between 3.10 and 3.20. I spent some time on the sub 3 hour thread in the spring marathon section and it made me really appreciate how hard this aim is. People with roughly my HM and 10k times were gunning for it in their 3rd/4th/5th marathons etc and still falling short, often way short. I've accepted that I need to be looking at another 2-3 minutes off my 10k time and maybe 4-6 minutes off my half time before I should really be seriously entertaining the idea. So with all that in mind, 3.10-3.20 would be a time i'll be very happy with indeed. Bring on a 3.21 finish then
Andrew and Shazmo, you sound like you have it in the bag! It's a lovely feeling when you finish a long run tired, but still feeling good and at the pace you want. LOL Andrew, I have fallen over before too.....Only once, and I don't know how it happened, but it was on a lovely night in July, and I just went forward and took the skin off all my hands (gravel in them and all sorts!) and cut my running tights to shreds! It was horrible, I had to go to hospital! And no...nobody bothered me to ask if I was hurt either!
Well, I didn't make it out yesterday either, was feeling very very tired so just decided to wipe last week out. Not great timing, but nothing I could do. Felt very down on Saturday and Sunday, but I did go out and do 8 miles this morning and it felt great again...yay!
I am having to re jig things a bit, so I am going to do 10 tomorrow and 20 on Friday....then next week I will do the same, which will mean a final 20 miler 9 days before the marathon, but after that I will probably only do one more short run, so I should be ok. I do recover quickly so I should be fine....am just paranoid now incase I feel crap again, but I will do my best.
A nice sunny but chilly day here. The partners parents are over later so we are going to take a walk round Dunham Park....makes a change to be walking in it rather than running as I take in part of it on my long runs.
Keep going peeps......off to check for the postman now, see if my number is here!
Cheers SB. The knee is still a bit sore so i'm taking today off as well. I have had slight problems with it in the past especially after hilly 20 milers but in this marathon training cycle no problems at all - until now all of a sudden - with more severe pain than in the past ! Bugger ! I have read up about it and I hopefully have the milder tendonisitis above / to the side of the knee. I do plenty of cycling and did some weight training in the winter so weak or muscle imbalance should not be the cause.
I'm looking to beat 3.15 to qualify for London in the "good for age" cat. I missed it by 48 seconds last October. You will probably be around the same time which would be brilliant for a first marathon.
Anyway fingers crossed and take each day as it comes. Good luck to everyone else in "Taper Madness" time..........
Hi Rebecca - Ideally you should be tapering for Manchester now. Doing another 20 miler before the race might take too much out of you. I would advise you not to run that far until the race itself.
PM - pain to the side of the knee might also be the ITB ? Maybe a couple of physion/sports massage sessions before the race would help you ? And plenty of stretching and foam rollering too.
Some good running by other people by the sound of it and obviously the excitement is starting too build now.
I'm having ITB issues myself and following a couple of physio sessions I can still only run about 2 miles before the pain kicks in again. I've been doing plenty of stretching and strengthening exercises and have got another physio session tomorrow. My next LSR (I know I just dvised Rebecca not to be doing a long run at this stage but I may have to have a 2 week taper instead of 3 weeks due to lost weeks because of my injury) is going to be on Saturday and if I still have problems I think I will really have to consider pulling out of Manchester. It is to be my fist marathon and after the months of hard training in the rubbish weather I will be gutted if I cant race it. Such is life, there will be other races in the future