|Very happy creature in snow.|
Last couple of weeks have been a bit of a washout with fairly stressful and demanding domestic situations. Poor old Tilly (in the snow with Frisbee left) had some serious issues post surgery so both Dearly Beloved and I have had to cope with gently nursing her back.
|Unhappy creature in Funnel !|
Dearly Beloved also in need of much nursing at the same time - and she's still recovering from the Haunted Ford Kuga episode that Ford eventually fixed (much to their credit outwith the warranty period - many thanks to Greenock Ford for sticking with us). At the time of writing Tilly's making great progress but is so very very bored. She has a protective funnel thing (above)which actually she's been great about. But she's a smart and active dog - who has decided to make a new career out of running up the stairs. I'm using up loads of leave - which is just how it needs to be - and in honesty work have been great about that.
Had a great trip in early Feb to visit Grandson, Son and his Partner. Did the marathoner's trick of starting early and running down the road to met by dearly beloved. Got the timings almost perfect : and it was the longest distance up to that point : 26k ! Probably a bit pungent though - sorry Tom. It was a great lunch.
Also during Feb took the plunge and attempted the British Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Course and (I'm sooooo proud of this) ... on the 1st Sunday of Coaching I did my 23k long run before the tuition began !!! How's that for hard-core ?
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Well if anyone needs their "inner warrior" strengthened it's yours truly. Ordered supplies from Revital (here) and they arrived next day. Dropped 3 workouts - missed travelling to Blackpool for the Half-marathon test but was able to support Dearly Beloved with Tilly and that was more important. Feeling back in form and have a spare stash of elderberry if needed.
So what about the training ? OK well now we're over half-way in the plan there's a change - hills might be "out" and "marathon pace" runs might be "in" get a load of this ....
...this is from Friday. Note the 11.8k @ 4.16 pace. Nearly killed me ! But it's in the bank and who knows. The trick would be to do that pace from 30k to finish in the marathon - think I could ? I think you're right. No chance. But I have 7 more weeks to work on it so who knows. You can follow the gory details of todays Long Slow 32.5k run by clicking on "View Details" below ... If you are going to "play" the run I dare you to play this audio at the same time click here then click back on this page to play the run.