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Good for you Angela, i wondered how you would be feeling.
I've been searched a few times at London in the Mall, it's very reassuring to see those soldiers keeping an eye on everything.
I haven't sorted my kit yet, I need to get it done!
Hi Mr P!!! No Kit yet!!! you've just about got time to get it washed and dry before u need to pack it!!! come on!!!
Sarah, I was going to say you should be a wArrior, and not a wOrrier
Have Destiny's Child 'I'm a Survivor' playing in your head!!
I'm on the blue start on Sunday.
We take my little boy swimming on a weekend every couple of months or so but he has lessons every Friday afternoon and my Mum and Dad normally take him - I only get to go and watch once in a blue moon, if I happen to be off work, so it will be nice to be able to take him this Friday.
I'm sure you're right and my sluggish legs are due to the taper. I did four miles last night and again felt a bit sluggish at first but did a few 200m sprints and they helped loosen me up a bit and I felt better after that.
I'm glad you enjoyed Pink - I wouldn't say I'm a big fan but I do like some of her singles and I'll bet she's great to see live. I used to go to loads of gigs but don't get much of a chance nowadays.
Like others here I'm still feeling a little bit flat but I reckon I'll be fine once I get to the Expo on Friday. I think Sunday may be a little sombre at the start, with the 30 seconds silence and everything, but once we get going and have the crowd cheering us on it will be fine. In fact it could have a positive effect because everyone, both runners and supporters, will be really determined to make it a special day (even more so than usual).
I'm glad to hear that your friends and relatives in Boston are OK.
Angela - very positive, I like your style!
Andy - I'm sure Sunday will be another great occasion. There is always alot of emotion with so many people already running to help others or in memory of friends and family. Boston will clearly be in pepople's minds. That doesn't have to stop it being a celebratory event which I'm sure it will be.
Re. your legs - I agree with Sarah. I've felt sluggish too. I think it's a good sign. It'll all be fine on the day. Not long until Friday now when the carbo loading begins. I have my shopping list already made up
Sarah - the massage comment was on Ady's thread but Sam could well have mentioned it elsewhere too. I don't know about making my legs feel 10 years younger, I'll just be happy if she doesn't break anything
Thanks Andy and Malcs.
Sooo, I'm off to S of France tomorrow for a week - I kinda want to use the time I'll have as a warm weather training camp. Whilst I don't think it would be wise to do too much more running than my schedule has, what do you think I could do to get extra benefit.
Of course I could probably get away with an extra 2-3 mile run per day, but do we think core work blast per day will help as well/instead??
"There is always a lot of emotion with so many people already running to help others or in memory of friends and family."
I think this is a very good point.
I've certainly got a well stocked food cupboard at home, ready for the carbo loading.
I've just been making my list of things to remember before I leave the house on Sunday and that's helped put me back in the right mood.
Angela - lucky you! Have a great time.
Good idea to do some warm weather acclimatisation. I'm no expert so I'm not sure what you should do. I would have thought that just running your normal schedule but in the heat would be benefit enough.
Definitely get one of your long slow runs in. If you have a midweek long run scheduled then you could do that and if you don't then maybe swap a speed session for a midweek long instead (10-13 miles ish or 1hr 30 - 2hrs max, slow).
I'm sure core stuff will help too. I've been doing a bit more of that this week to keep me feeling like I'm exercising. Doesn't help when you're in a chair all day.
Andy - good to hear. Where are you in London? Do you have to go via London Bridge?
The last two years I discovered that I could get one train from Orpington to Lewisham and just walk up to the Blue start. Way, way easier than going through the scrummage at London Bridge. For the Blue start they tend to direct you to Blackheath station but Lewisham is just as close. It's also on the DLR.
( Sarah, I think I told you I was on Red last year but it was Blue - obviously explains why we didn't see each other )
Mr P, I guess you won't have a choice? Where are the rest of you staying? Do you have nice easy travel options?
Got my race pack this morning so my adrenaline has just kicked in
I like to walk from the Hotel over Tower Bridge (everybody's favourite!) turn right and walk to London Bridge station for the journey to Blackheath.
I could get DLR to Greenwich too and walk up to the blue start, but I love the atmosphere as the charities set up their cheering points and the St Johns are setting up.
In 2010 I was walking over the bridge and all the elites were on an old style London bus waitiing to go to the start, I caught Liz Yelling's eye and she gave me a big smile.
I went to the gym at lunchtime and did a couple of very easy miles on the treadmill followed by 10 minutes on the cross trainer, again at a low level, and some stretches. It was just what I needed - I didn't work too hard but it loosened me up nicely.
What a palaver though. Firstly I realised just before I left the office that the pork and bean casserole I brought for my lunch had leaked in my bag. I managed to get the worst of the stains out of my t-shirt and dry it on the hand dryer in the gents toilet and I don't think I smelled too badly when I was working out. Then when I got out of the office trying to actually get anywhere was a nightmare due to the security in place for Mrs T's funeral (I work near Guildhall where the reception took place afterwards) so I had to make big detours there and back.
Malcs - I live in Harold Wood, near Romford, so I have quite an easy journey. I have a six minute walk to the station then I can jump off the train at Stratford and get the DLR.
I used to pick up cardboard tubes from a firm in Harold wood in my trucking days! I remember a big roundabout with footbridges across it?
Mr P - that sounds like a great walk on race morning!
Andy - one of those days eh? Sounds like you have a nice route to the start area. What's the DLR like on race day? Wall to wall with runners and supporters or not so bad that early on?
I have just returned from Sainsburys with: teacakes, bagels, milkshakes, yoghurts, jelly babies, jaffa cakes, bananas, rice, pasta and fruit juice...it will all be gone by Sunday morning
haha - I'm sure you'll get away with it Sarah!
I'm trying not to think about it. Its sore where I fell on it. It doesn't hurt until I run. However 4 days is a long time.
Sarah - ha, maybe we were on the same start after all. Were you in the park or on the common? If you were out in the open near all the hot air balloons then you were on Blue. If you started in the park you were on Red.
Sounds like you had a great run today. So that's it then, unless you sneak in a cheeky one on Saturday?
I'm having a little jog tomorrow in the morning then massage after lunch. Might throw in a quicker middle mile to loosen the legs up.
I have also become paranoid about getting a cold. I'm overdosing on vit C and Berocca at the moment!
Angela - cheers muchly, have a fantastic time in France!
Mr P - how long is your vest? Long enough to save your blushes should the unthinkable happen?
Minni - I'm sure the shin will turn out to be a bruise and ease off by Sunday. Take it easy. Have you done all your runs now?