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Jedwards - wow, very well done! well impressed
Rebecca - I did my first on 1 x 18 mile run and complete rest for the last 3 weeks as my knee was hurting, so don't fret!
Mu number still hasn't come
Carter - I really do hope you'll make it to the start
The main thing now is staying healthy and keeping away from germs - which is not easy when I travel to work on a crowded bus!
Molly - not had my number as yet either so not worrying just yet
Rebecca - sounds like rest and stretches are great advice although difficult when you're getting twitchy in the taper period. It's my first marathon too, I've only done 1 20 miler on the back of 4 18 milers before that. As people have stressed many times in this thread, believe in the training plan and believe in yourself
Hoping that all those who have been really supportive for the last few months are fit enough for the race itself and able to perform to justify the training and achieve whatever goals they've set themselves, everyone has worked really hard and backed each other up
Back to the early starts for me with a 16 miler tomorrow morning but given the lighter mornings I'm going to do the last 3 or 4 miles back down the towpath. Just hope I don't get back too late from the match tonite
Jedwards - W O W!!! Not surprised you're grinning like a Cheshire Cat after that performance - well done. You'll have to answer the Professor's question about running two marathons in quick succession...
Rebecca - rest up and resist the temptation to do too much too soon. I learnt that the hard way during my first marathon, hence now tackling my second to prove that I can actually run one instead of hobble it!
Andrew and Panda - I'm getting quite good at picking up fallen runners, so if you don't mind lying on the ground for an hour or so until I scamper by....Auntie Ninja to the rescue!
Last 20 miler banked yesterday - a very slow one as it was mostly uphill, we stopped for a few chats with friends we passed on their own LSRs and my running partner had a blister, but it's done and dusted. Slight ITB twinge but I put it down to a very sharp camber on the pavement on one stretch, and luckily it seems to be OK today. I just want the next three weeks to fly by as soon as possible now - I hate all this waiting around! Oh, and a number would help....
Really gutted for the folk with injuries. It is a "prefessional hazard" but so much effort goes into getting ready for one of these, it's a massive knee to the groin when your body lets you down. I'm hoping to hell that mine behaves intself for the next 3 weeks.
Jedwards - Flipping heck man! That's a mamouth achievement, in a warm up race too! Absolutely epic, well done. I need to ask you, as i've spent a degree of this thread talking about this being a target of mine at some point, i'd be interested in what your 10k and HM times were coming into the sub 3?
Jesus. that's some going on tired legs and shows exactly what hard work can do for you.
No mate, as I've said a lot, it's just not there. I'm improving really quickly but not that quickly. My HM PB is only 1.28 from Feb. I'm sure i'd be quicker now but no way will i be 5 mins quicker and your sort of time is the sort of time I keep seeing people have before they go sub 3. As I said to PM, i'd be made up with 3.15 but suspect it'll be more likely 3.20, Who knows? I may have a total mare and it could be a great deal slower than that.
First marathons eh? A voyage into the great unkown!
Northern Lass - 22 seconds is nearly half a minute!!! Every bit helps surely - don't be despondent, be chuffed you can still run a half marathon. Don't know how old "past it" is but look around at those alot younger than you (I'm guessing) who can't even run for a bus!! Have you done a marathon before? This is my first (and I'm definitely past it at 51!!) and the butterflies have started already - it's going to be a long 3 weeks!!!
Well dome to Jedwards, that is brilliant man. I'm in a similar position to Strangely Brown with a HM PB of 1.28 (at Blackpool in Feb) so I won't be going close to 3 hours. In training I'm doing the same times for the long runs as i did last Autumn when I did a 3.15 marathon.
Thanks to everyone for the advice about knee injuries - I seemed to have opened up a can of worms there.
Rebecca - I echoe what the others say and suggest rest more than anything - its too late to impove your fitness now especially for a first timer. Good luck with the knee injury.
No running number for me yet. But i got the car park ticket - shame that it is spoiled with an unsightly stain bearing a red devil and a ship I think - can barely look at the ugly thing............
I am in.
Going to shoot at my 3.35 PB at the Leicester Marathon last year!
I mainly do ultras but I like to throw in a marathon now and again, just to check that I am getting faster.
I had a bit of a disaster at the Viking Way Ultra a week ago when I crashed out with hypothermia, so I don't know if I am going to be able to get my best form by 28 April. Going to have to take it fairly easy over the next couple of weeks to recover.
Still, I will give it my best shot ans see what happens!
I have finished the following ultras:
Compton Downland Challenge
North Downs Way 100
High Peak 40
Thames Path 100
If I can finish these events then I am sure that you can!
As a starter ultra you would not go far wrong with the Northants Shires and Spires 35, Dukeries Ultra, Compton Downland Challenge, London Ultra, or Stort 30.
Comrades and Lakeland 100 happen to be the only two events where I wept when I finished, for whatever that is worth.