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    • Thanks Louise – it was a tough day, but I think that just serves to give me some mental ammunition to help push through on Saturday!!

  1. Great post. Well done on your time. Can’t believe you’ve got the Strongman in only a few days. I did VLM last week and struggled through a 2.5mile run yesterday (8 days later!), and completely rendered myself incapable of my usual Tues eve spin class today! My legs still don’t feel like my own! Good for you for taking on another challenge, but do be careful. You’ll be injury prone so soon after a marathon so listen to your body! Good luck for the race! Cat

    • Thank you Catherine – I don’t plan on any running at all this week. I have been focusing on foam-rolling and I will probably try and go for a swim tonight for some non-impact exercise and a little stretch in the pool! At first I had thought that perhaps I couldn’t do it, then someone at work pointed out that if Eddie Izard can do 50+ marathons in a row off no training base then I could do 1 1/2 in 6 days πŸ™‚

      • Sounds like a very sensible plan! I still haven’t figured out how Eddie managed that?! I could barely walk the day after VLM and still couldn’t run far 8 days later. And I’d trained (albeit not as much as I’d like due to injury). He must’ve had some sort of magic physio/masseur lined up each evening! Looking forward to reading about Strongman and how you get on with the obstacles!!

  2. Brilliant report and really excellent photos. Sorry to hear about your mum and amazed at such an awesome PB in horrible conditions.

    I thought about the lack of foils when I was getting changed in the Asda car park and then on the website I saw pictures of people with them!! Truly shocking that they didn’t have enough to go around.

    Can’t wait to hear about Strongman and thanks for the shout out on the way round. It cheered me up no end.

  3. Well done. It sounds like you ran smart in crummy conditions. Have a great time at Strongman, can’t wait to read about that one.

    • Thanks, it was a good day in the rain when all is said and done πŸ™‚ I can’t believe that in 48 hours I’ll be in Germany – I can’t wait πŸ™‚

  4. Found myself reading your blog after following a link on Louise’s when she mentioned we had both run the mk marathon, imagine my surprise to see a photo of myself on your blog (pink hat and puffing! Must be during first 6 miles as took fleece off around then). Loved reading about your experience fantastic pb well done. Good luck this weekend.

    • Haha, that’s brilliant – I wonder how we managed to pull that off πŸ™‚ It must be fairly early on as I am still smiling and giving the thumbs up – that feeling didn’t last long!!

      Thanks for popping by, & well done for running in that awful weather!!

  5. It was such rough weather you did so well to finish well done! And Shazruns is in one of your photos in the purple fleece! Am absolutely bowled over with your one hour 20 PB – gives me hope for my next marathon, which if Alma has anything to do with it will be a lot sooner than I had intended! Great race and report, thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Carla for being there to cheer us along in such horrible weather. You’ll be fine for a November marathon, plenty of time to build up on the fitness you’ll have gained for MK so I’m sure you can set yourself a new PB!! I am tempted by the Luton marathon too!

  6. brilliant photos!! amazing achievement in those conditions.. it does indeed sound like the organisers did not do too well, as you say, everyone knew the weather was going to be very wet on the day! I agree that on a sunny day, it would be a very scenic marathon .. was great to see you at mile 3 πŸ™‚

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