I'm also going to get my excuses in early here. Although the trainin had been going very well in the run up to the event, with the speed sessions showing good promise at paces quicker than the race plan, it all went to pot before Christmas.
I had a very busy run up to Christmas, ending up in Norway the week before, which in iteself was OK, but I could have doen with some time at home to catch up on things. Anyway, toward the back of that week I went down with what turned ouot to be a vicious head cold, affecting both my sinuses and blood sugar control in a bad way. Luckily the sick day rules from the DAFNE course worked, adn increasing my basal doses made a difference, but I was still running at 9-10 rather than 5-7mmol/l, which makes for additional lethargy and generally feeling crap in addition to the cold.
I also learned that sudafed is contra-indictaed for diabetics, it's an adrenaline mimic so puts blood sugars up even further - Doh!
And then came the plan; I had a nice progressive plan laid out which would have seen me accelerating nicely into the finish, bit it was clear that was never going to work in the circumstances. I threw the plan out the window and decided to just make up as much time as possible with a favourable wind at the start.
Since then I've taken my usual hiatus from running, but where it lasted a month last year, this year it was only about ten days. Between now and March the plan is to go back to steady base building miles with most sessions capped at HR of 148. March starts the long runs again building up to the Yomp in June and April will see the speed endurance sessions start to come back. Even for endurance runs, you can't ignore the speed work, it makes a big difference to still be able to work hard on tired legs.