I naturally queried what training he had done in the last 4 days then. Nothing!
Restraining the strong desire to launch into a rant about people who treat the 26.2 mile event with such apparent "contempt" I just went about selling the young man a pair of £90 shoes. At least he was treating his feet with respect. As a fairly fit, regular football playing young man he'll no doubt finish. But it certainly won't be a "fun run" as he probably hopes it will be. When he reaches the Tower at 22 miles he is unlikely to be running and sadly is unlikely to be having any fun.
I fully anticipate the energy will come flooding back now for her with 10 days of easy running, punctuated by just 6 x 1 minute next Tuesday to remind the legs a tad about pace.
He ran 28 miles in 2:55; 6:15 per mile.
He ran a 5 mile race 7 days before the marathon. 24.09......4: 48 pace
He ran the Olympic marathon at 4.58 pace.
So no intent it seems to run his long run anywhere near "marathon pace" (MP) because after 2 days steady running he had to come back on the third day after running 28 miles with a track session of 10 x 400 , followed two days later with an 18 miler including intervals!
But there is no doubt that to have suffered bronchitis this year and only just come off antibiotics will have detracted from her performance and she will be hoping to run better in the LONDON OLYMPIC marathon.
Cynics would say she had to run to top up the bank balance, of course. But whatever, if it were me I would be looking for another half marathon to restore confidence that she can run well under 70 minutes .....and so under 2:30......whether there was a cheque at the end of it or not!
I would have her reducing the quantity of weekly miles and running several quality races to restore confidence. To me she just isn't "in the sport" as she should and could be. The pressure of running less than a dozen high profile races per year must be immense.
As always we'll be settling down to watch tomorrow's race. We'll be trying to spot some of the FASTRAX vests we've been sending out out for the last month. But I think spotting my young novice customer might prove difficult amongst the masses. Hopefully the experience which is bound to be traumatic will not put him off running altogether!
If you are reading this before running London ...why?....you should be eating doughnuts! Have a good one!