I may be tempting fate, but another month on and both legs still work.
Since last posting I did an 18 mile slog that was no fun at all and almost gave up there and then, but a week later I ran a 20 miler and probably for the first time in my life felt at the end that not only was the marathon "do-able" but that I could actually get round in a time that wasn't likely to trouble the calender.
For the record my 20 mile run was 20 seconds a mile faster than the 18 mile - even though it was the same course - just an extra 2.2 mile loop thrown in for the longer run.
I fear though that I may be regarded as a drug cjeat as I took a voltarol tablet before the run - and it worked.
The clock is now ticking down to Edinburgh. The wife and I have a week in the Lake District in a cottage in Grasmere next week - child free for the first time in 21 years!! I will do my last long run from Grasmere round Thirlmere and back - 18 miles and am actually looking forward to it.
So far this year I have clocked over 400 miles - April was another 100+ mile month and though May will ease back on mileage, the prize at the end is a marathon.
I didn't enter the ballot for next years VLM - I have enough rejection jackets already and frankly I think that the toll on my spare time is just not worth it, but I will be targetting some more half marathons.
I am running for OXfam and the local Citizens Advice Bureau
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