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Nice work FBT. What a feeling to finish so controlled. But surely you want the fan behind you for a tailwind?
Holiday adventure photos look great Jooligan. What is your favourite parkrun of all time? Not sure about that predictor. I put in my PB, my recent training and it increased my time by 9 minutes! Still, hope it works out for your PB and perhaps even he sneaky sub 3. Will you be going with pacers?
How big is the lawn, Macca?!
Westy I also don’t carb load. And if the weather is really hot, leaving the watch off is a brilliant idea. I am almost certainly too much of an idiot to actually do so.
Solid 40M day there Joe! So good you are both into the endurance together.
Hazel that course description sounds lovely.
What a legend Yuki is! Gutted I didn’t watch it live now. Although probably flogging himself for not breaking 2:15.
5M trail recovery with the wife this afternoon. Love running in these warm sunny afternoons. Just praying Sunday morning isn’t so! Have been cracking on with the saunas - 5 done now and managed 30mims more easily than the previous go. No idea if it’ll help but some literature suggests so. Nice opportunity for a sneaky nap as well.
90s MP efforts begin tomorrow.
Anyone else get the email saying Wokingham Half is no longer, at least by current organisers? A shame. I thought it was great this year.
I was in a similar situation for my second marathon and had chronic ITB (This is not runners knee...Patellofemoral pain syndrome is runners knee where the knee cap tracks out of line - ITB is where the fibres of the ITB rub over the knee and inflame the knee).
I could not run for 2-3 months and had to run Berlin as i was doing it for sponsorship. You can do it, but your time wont be great. What i did was plaster my knee in volterol and strap it then ran till half way in a reasonable time and kept going as long as i could (about 18-20 miles) then adopted a run walk approach and finished in a half reasonable time.
Thanks SQ and Rammers.
On another note - I feel drained today , like a zombie. VLM not looking clever now!
How do people run 2 marathons in a weekend? Was it Macca that did that last year?
Better than pissing down with rain I guess!
This is looking like my last VLM with changes to GFA, unless i start becoming a proper runner!
A very busy long weekend working on a project down in London means I’m a bit out of the loop. I’ve had a read back, lots of great running going on as usual.
Great race report Macca, can’t believe you went up the Eiffel Tower after a marathon!
Congrats on the PB NE.
Well done at Brighton FBT.
HA the coach was suggesting much less mileage, and more sessions (mostly LT work, often 3 per week). It was a complete turnaround to what has been working for me so far. Assuming all the speed hadn’t injured me (he was suggesting things like a big LT session on the Tuesday after a 10K race), I feel it would have left me fast but with no endurance. I tried to adjust a bit to his suggestions, but ultimately lost all confidence in what he was prescribing so ignored it entirely.
Glad people enjoyed the race report. I didn’t intend it to be that long, but once I started writing I found I had a lot to say!
Gutted I missed both the Commonwealth and Boston marathons, both sounded great. Didn’t think Yuki Kawauchi could be any more of a legend, but he’s managed it.
Can’t say I’m that surprised they are tightening GFA standards but it’s a bit poor they announce it after a lot of key spring marathons. Interesting to see they're switching to a Boston style system - I wonder if, and by how much, under the time the cut off will be? Hope they're not also planning on revising the champs time!
My legs felt really good after my sports massage, and I would have probably ran at the weekend if it wasn’t for the aforementioned work swallowing all my time. I finally made it out this morning for a gentle 5 miles. Went fine although as usual I feel like all my fitness has evaporated, and I’ve no idea how I ran 2:45 just 8 days ago. However I’m definitely looking forward to running London without any time pressures, and just enjoying the whole experience.
Spoons - #32655 (red FGFA). Yellow vest with navy piping, stupid sunglasses, and possibly a red visor if it’s sunny.Millsy - #32802 red FGFA start. Blue Salisbury vest with Millsy on the front.Jooligan - #26012 Blue/White MIND vest, Green StartJoe - #1491AWC - #42333
Congrats on the PB NE.
Well done at Brighton FBT
I just copied and pasted that from Spoons
No idea who this Yuki person is, I better get on Youtube to find out.
Did my withdrawal for London so I will be drinking in the sunshine in Paris instead. Good luck to all those running.
Just two runs last week and 15 miles as I went cycling in the Brecons for three days. Felt pretty strong on the bike though often having to wait for others so the lack of cycling over the winter doesn't seem to have done any harm.
Back to running this week.
Spoons - #32655 (red FGFA). Yellow vest with navy piping, stupid sunglasses, and possibly a red visor if it’s sunny.Millsy - #32802 red FGFA start. Blue Salisbury vest with Millsy on the front.Jooligan - #26012 Blue/White MIND vest, Green StartJoe - #1491AWC - #42333 Green Macmillan Cancer vest, Red Start
Charlotte, as the expert on running marathons with no training due to being ill / injured, i would not advise taking painkillers (everyone recommends against as it does your liver and kidneys in when dehydrated if you take a lot, however i have sneaked a couple of ibruprofen in at around mile 20 - very naughty i know).
Im not a great believer in streatching for ITB, but foam rollering def worked for me, and in fact i used a cricket ball and rolling pin.
I would do as little as possible this week as you will gain no fitness, but you may feel the need mentally to turn the legs over.
You will be fine, have the self belief and determination.
Hazel - Im sure others will disagree but i think London is worth doing but probably over rated. Its not in my top 3 marathons, so its no great loss to me.
Reg - Running in jackets? seriously?