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Sarah - no not off work so you can stop going green now. I work from home though so effectively it's like bringing the monsters into my office for a week. Not ideal!
That said my eldest is 10 and he helped me put together a robot arm yesterday so they have their uses. I didn't even have to pay him!
Clive - foot was pretty much ok on Monday thanks. Pain has been mainly in the arch and that was all but gone but the top of the foot was moaning a bit instead. We shall see how it is tonight. At this point in training I have always had something alot more painful which has had me worrying like mad for the final weeks. I'm confident this one will ease off (it already is) and hopefully I can have a final week free from injury worries for the first time in years.
Good to hear you're managing to get some running in. Wait and see, after these spring marathons are over TR24 will be on us in no time. Who knows, the sun may even come out
Can't believe you've made it to the taper already! Hope the excitement is building up nicely and the next week or two allows you to relax and enjoy the feeling that you are so close now...
You've done amazingly well and it's been a pleasure to follow your progress on here.
Can't wait to meet up for a race or two later in the year (going to recover fully first - don't want to make it even easier for you to beat me!!).
I typed up a post earlier and it hasn't appeared.
Anyway, sorted out Sarah's pacing question from earlier via text (whilst sipping a glass of wine and preparing roast pork, yum) and now for the TR. I'd love to do it and we tried to get a team together from my running club. However, I am a bit reluctant to put my name down because there's a chance we might be away on a family holiday then. The family are so good with fitting things around my running leading up to the marathon that I try and not let it interfere over the summer. Plus I'm away up the west of Scotland with group 60 kids (but not my own) to an outdoor centre just a couple of weeks before that. So not great timing. Soz!
Sarah- Good luck for the house. Re Stamp Duty, there are schemes (legitimate) that can allow you to offset some of the fees. We did that when we moved last May, and if you're interested I can let you know a bit more. Saved us a few grand
I would love to go back to Oz, but it isn't going to happen for us. Whilst I have undergone all the assessment at the College (including spending a 5 figure sum of money in Australian dollars) and would only need 6 months of supervision, my wife would need to go and do 2 more years as a registrar and then sit the exam. Also the job situation is preety poor in the main cities, especially for international graduates. I did fly back in 2011 for an interview for a Senior Lecturer job 3 days before I ran the AMsterdam Marathon which was crazy(I was in Sydney for 34 hours only) but didn't get it for political reasons I found out later.
Angela- Hows the knee? Rubbish that no one stopped to ask if you were ok, but the public sometimes don't suprise me. Great that you are joining us for the TR.
Minni- sorry you cant make TR. Where in Scotland are you going?
Mr Puffy- sounds like a good run you had!
I have a question that has probably been asked a thousand times before, so i apologise.
Many months ago when i registered i would imagine i will have estimated my time for the marathon to be 4:30 hours ish as i'd never done such a thing before, so finishing would have been great in itself (and to an extent, it still will be).
But now I am aiming for sub 3:30 and certainly no slower than 3:45. Meaning I'm sure i'll be one of these idiots at the back of the pack just watching my Virtual Partner on my Garmin running further and further away from me in the opening miles.
So I was looking for advice on what the best course of action would be to make the pace I want?
Generally I begin a run for the first 6-8 miles at 7:30 pace and then settle into 8 min mile pace the rest of the way, obviously this is going to be the opposite of my race day by the sound sof things.
Please HELP :-/
Clive - Ardentinny, Argyll for a week of outdoor activities. Much fun! Reading through your posts I really don't know how someone with your job trains for a marathon. You must have to be quite laid back about your training and go into it with the knowledge you will be constantly be changing things around? I guess you can't really refuse to operate because you have a lactic threshold session to do?!! It must make your actual marathon even more rewarding though.
Sean - welcome. Unfortunately you will be starting a bit further back than you'd like and there's nothing you can do to change this, unless you have loads of really fast race times - I've heard of people appealing at the expo and getting pens changed with evidence. However, its really nothing to worry about. Doing the first few miles slow will do you no harm at all. Remember you have another 23 miles to make it up!
I'm curious about your training paces. When you say you start off with 8 miles at 7:30 pace then drop to 8 m/m for the rest of the run, what distance of run are you talking about? What pace are you running for long runs at, and what distance are these? What race times have you run in the last few months? From reading your post I'm concerned that you have the speed but not the endurance to back up 3:30 and worry you may go off too fast.
Oh and I'd turn off Virtual Partner in the marathon.
Minni - hi, thanks for your help. When I go for a long run i run at near threshold pace i guess. I'd admit am not good at pacing a run consistently for mile after mile. I also realise this isnt ideal, in training monday I ran a hilly 17.5 miles in 2:17:22 (7:51 pace), i ran a flatter 19 miler in 7:51 pace. I didnt actually realise the average paces were identical until i just looked. I completed the Silverstone Half 4 weeks ago in 1:30:49. Does that help at all? Thanks again
Minni -1 at 20 miles 1 at 19 miles. Timer stopped on the 20 miler so dont know my pace for that one sorry.
Everything 'Long' i have done up until now has been at this pace, whether the long run was 5 miles months and months ago or the 19 miles more recently. I just run at the pace I feel comfortable (ish).