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Lovely to hear from you! Yes … I’m hoping this cold will be short-lived! Headed out for a short run this evening and although it was ridiculously slow it wasn’t as horrendous as when I ran with the cold last time so hopefully it’ll be well gone by the time Paris comes around!
Thanks for your words for support. I get ‘Missed-Run-Guilt’ every time I miss a run and have to tell myself that one or two don’t matter … especially if running them with a cold will make things worse!!
The pink socks haven’t been out recently … although I still seem to be wearing a crazy amount of mis-matched neon.
Evening Steve Marathon Coach,
I don’t normally watch tv and seeing some of the rubbish that is on in the daytime has only confirmed my suspicions that I’m missing absolutely nothing! Sorry to hear you’re not getting the runs in with work and the cold. Poland is gorgeous though – hope you’re getting a chance to see a bit of it outside of work!
Went out for a very slow 4 miles earlier. It wasn't as bad as running with the last cold but it confirmed that I was right not to go out for the long run yesterday. I'll look to jump back into the schedule tomorrow though. Can't believe it's week 15 out of 16 already.
Fab to hear from you! Yes … I reckon a radiation suit is DEFINITELY the way forward. Just leave me a small hole so I can drink coffee through a straw and I’ll be fine!
Well done on your Wilmslow time – that’s amazing especially considering the weather has been absolutely horrendous!! I know you said you don’t trust the calculators, but I do quite like this one: http://www.runningforfitness.org/calc/racepaces/rp as it looks at 4 different formulae to suggest a race pace and time.
You’re not much different to my half-marathon time last year (1:39) and I did 3:45 so reckon that could be on the cards. What would you like to aim for? I gave myself 3 goals to aim for, for Liverpool marathon and I’ve done the same for Paris:
Feeling any better today RRR?
hopefully being unwell now will mean you will be 100% healthy for Paris, If you do session don't try and run at the speeds you would attempt if you were healthy - just ease through it if you do but doesn't matter too much if you miss.
Hi there! thanks for brill calaculator which I have already bookmarked as I am addicted to data. How frustrating that you are ill again - but at least you'll be fully recovered for the race and all the work has gone in. I take echinacea for colds.
Not sure what is realistic for me - I suppose 3.45 as I got 3.50 last year (missed a GFA by 8 seconds!) would love a 3.40 ish - but I'm not going for a 3.34 like the calculators say as I think that would end in misery.
What about you? I expect you are capable of a really impressive time since you've trained so well...
PS I could not give coffee up - not even for a marathon - so I am very impressed with your iron will.
Evening Marathon Coach Steve,
Yes that’s my thinking! Get all of the bugs out of the way now so I can rock Paris!
I had my sports massage earlier and decided against running. I’m not 100% and don’t want to drag this cold out. I’m going to get a couple of early nights in and just keep wrapped up and medicated!! The training is going so well that I don’t want to jeopardise it by running when I shouldn’t … I’d be gutted to miss my marathon target because I did something stupid now!
Glad you like the calculator … it’s fab isn’t it! I hate details and spreadsheets … except when they’re full of my running data – then I can’t get enough of them! I’ve found the calculator fairly good although it reckoned last year that I shouldn’t have been able to get my half marathon time from my 5k time … just goes to show there’s a bit of wiggle room!
Oh how irritating about missing the GFA by 8 seconds – argh!! Well you’ll have to nail it this year and then I’ll see you at London next year as we’ll both have a GFA!! (Fingers most firmly crossed!!)
I’m just going to stick to the 7:55 – 8 min/mile pace this marathon and try to nail this Boston Qualifier. I don’t want to try to go any faster and have the wheels fall off and end up dragging in on the sweeper lorry …! If I feel strong in the last few miles (does that HAPPEN in a marathon ever?!) then I might up the pace then but I’m going to stay as consistent as possible for this one.
Hope it eases off. Keep us updated...
RRR - just looking in to check no bizzare calamities have hit you this week. Not locked in car park...check. Not chased by wildfowl...check. No run ins with cyclists...check. So nothing bizarre but damn, something completely mundane - those pesky cold germs have got you! Can't believe you've been struck twice in one training campaign.
I hate colds - I mean I really hate them. Just hope it's a short one for you. It should be, you are as fit as anything so your body should be up to the fight. At least you are in taper so no need to worry about missing those easy runs. As Steve says, better to have it now and get it over with.
If there's one thing I do like about a cold it's that after it's out the system, bizarrely I always feel quite energised. So rest up well and look forward to that final build up towards the big one - which, by the way, you are going to completely destroy!
Its a calf injury to be precise steve.
Derrick - that's really bad luck, do you think you have torn it? Personally I'd put ice on it as opposed to heat. If there's a tear, no matter how big, then ice will help reduce any swelling and aid the healing process.
Derrick - I'm not a physio so I'm just going off experience and what I've been told or read. An acute injury like that, where you feel something go, is most likely to be a muscle or tendon strain. They can be accompanied by a muscle spasm which sounds like what you're describing. The fact that it was slight (as opposed to severe) pain would suggest that it was a minor strain.
R.I.C.E. is the first thing to go for. Maybe see how it is over the next day or so. If the pain eases then you can avoid the cost of a physio visit. But ideally see a physio so you get a correct diagnosis.
Derrick, maybe that spot you felt was a bit of tightness that hasn't eased up and instead has torn under stress?
Sarah O is the one with the medical credentials, what do you reckon Sarah?
If Ruth lets you have 1 Creme Egg over Easter than have this one.
Hope tapering is going well.
Yes Tough Mudder is the one with the fire, ice and the electric shocks. It was a good giggle and I chatted the whole way around although I kept my mouth shut during the very muddy parts! J It was good fun but I think every single person was bleeding by the end. I did it in May, although I think ‘proper’ cross country races are during the winter. Seems a bit sadistic though mixing ice and mud!
How’s the calf feeling now? Nope … no running for the last week. Have been feeling exhausted and just absolutely worn out … have antibiotics now so hopefully that’ll start making me feel a bit better.
No duck maulings, attempts on life by cyclists or weather disasters so far this week … but unfortunately also no running! Stupid sinusitis … have been prescribed antibiotics … again!! Grrr at winter weather and colds! I’m definitely hoping that I get the energised feeling afterwards that you described … at least I’ll get a nice easy taper I guess! J
How’s the TR24 training coming along?
Evening Sarah O!
Thanks Sarah. Have been to the walk-in centre today (not sure why it’s called that as I walked in … and got given an appointment time … and had to walk out and wait for an appointment later in the day!)
Nope – no long run at the weekend. I havem’t run for a week. Have been really drained and exhausted. Hopefully I’ll start feeling better now and at least I’m in the taper rather than missing crucial long runs.
Great to hear that your new trainers have finally bedded in and started becoming comfortable – fab news! How was France? And what was your weekend race?
Eeek! I hope I’m not jinxing the weather … although I heard today that this Bank Holiday is supposed to be the coldest one on record.