Camaraderie Rules ;o)
Putting you back in the "also running" category, jason. You don't need any pressure on Saturday. You've put yourself under an extremely intensive training plan for, what is it, two years? Have a rest and one very easy run midweek - you won't lose any fitness but could do yourself some mischief. We'd all like you to be there at the weekend.
Fenland Runner - were you at Abingdon as well? That makes 3 of us on here now. What sort of time did you do there? Have you had any ill effects? Might give some sort of indication what you're likely to be able to do at SNOD.
David S - hi. You're camping as well, aren't you? Which site?
I echo T-Rex JD, you have done a MASSIVE amount of running/racing last 2 years and have been a constant inspiration to myself and many others!!! Take it easy mate and God willing, will get to see you running of into the distance on Saturday!!
Rou Well done on 2nd and negative split......would be good to to both of them........well got a chance of doing a negative split anyway!!!!!
Chimney That some assent mate!!
6 mile for me this morning, legs felt the best they have been since Chester
All excited here now!!!
After the weekend took a rest today. Mrs C went out for her run around the block this morning and got a PB, I went out with the dogs for just a couple of miles of walking. Legs were definitely feeling a little stiff, hams were tight. Everything started easing after a mile or so until I was striding out so hopefully no ill effects from the weekend. Plan for the week is:
Tuesday - Warm up, 2m at MP, warm down.
Wednesday, 4m steady with maybe the odd surge thrown in
Thursday, 3m easy
Friday a little leg stretcher around Llanberis.
Saturday - Give a Cheetah a run for their money (It's fine, it's a stuffed one.....)
Well I didn't get much sleep last night, my mind was far too active trying to think of everything I needed to do today before leaving for gwynedd tomorrow. I thought it would help to write a to-do list, the first bit of which was a kit list for saturday. Eventually fell asleep, but woke up suddenly at 4am realising I hadn't put shorts on my list and consequently spent another hour trying to think if I'd forgotten anything else...so if you see an oddly dressed runner on Saturday then I probably did
Also I woke up this morning with legs feeling as if they'd already run the marathon hoping a couple of gentle plods this week sort them out!
Take it easy JD, as the other's have said you've done so much over the last year or two, and were rightly rewarded with your sub-3 at Chester, it's probably not surprising your legs are feeling it, take it gently this week, and hope to see you at Snod on Saturday..
nice to see the wind and rain have returned
Might we miss the rain on Saturday?
Don't get too excited, but current BBC weather forecast says:
Wednesday will be a day of sunshine and showers, with the showers most frequent and heavy towards Wales and the southwest.
Pressure will then build across the country towards the end of the week with showers generally fading away. The winds will fall light so any overnight clear spells will allow a touch of frost in rural areas, along with some mist and fog patches.
Cheers, guys- probably more in my head than anything- disappears when I run anyway- so will probably be there
Eric- better off checking the mountain forecast- but not until Friday!
panad- I remember someone turning up at the Llanelli mara 2 years ago who had forgotten to bring his running shoes!!! He got round in a pair of "normal" trainers, but his feet were in a mess afterwards!
During your week in waunfawr do you think you could 'remove' some of the hill for us Brer? In a kinda of reverse of putting more rocks on top of a hill to make it tall enough to be a mountain scenario...
Don't worry JD packed the trainers two pairs in fact just to make sure!
Well a very wet and windy 6 miles done for me this morning......the wind was so stron at times my garmin wanted to go backwards.....hope its not like that on the day
Frodo huge congratulations to you and mr Frodo...hope you had a lovely day
Brer......loving the forewarnings ....keep them coming
JD...hope the niggles subside ...be real good to see you there
All that needs to be done now is to shake of this cold Ive got
Here is a bit of moral encouragement for all those still training (why aren't you resting),panicking or just plain scared about Saturdays frollick around stunning Eryri.
At just gone midday on Saturday last i pulled into the Shell garage just outside Penmaenmawr and who was parked next to me in his silver Skoda estate none other than 1991 winner Emlyn Roberts.
There are not that many people i would care to spend an hour or two discussing current events but Emlyn is one decent chap who i would certainly go out of my way to help.
I thought he did a 2-33 way back in 1991 to win that gorgeous trophy but he told me it was a 2-31 ( Blimey sub 6minute miling on the old much harder course is almost beyond comprehension) and the reason he felt so strong and confident was due to his extensive training on the mountains.
You could tell by his casual talking that when he was running really well there were very few runners who could stay with him.
Crumbs even the great Jeff Norman that ultradistance runner of huge fame has only run it three minutes quicker.
2-31 for what is regarded as one of the most challenging 26.2 milers in Britain if not Europe.
Blimey i do not think i could go faster than that even if i cheated.
Will Richie get close to the magic 2-30 on Saturday, we will have to wait and see.
DEEP RESPECT and he is an Eryri member aswell.
Looking forward to this (still!)
Sub-4 is the hope for me. If the day goes really well might sneak a sub-3:50
Haven't read the whole of this thread (yet!) but some brilliant comments and advice throughout!
Second outing at Snowdonia for me this Saturday (did 4:13 last year) and the target is sub 4 this time round. Would love to get under the 4hr mark (3:59:59 would be fine!!) and based on last year I know for me the toughest bit was from Beddgelert upto about 20 miles (had a bad patch from about 15-18 miles but luckily got myself together before the really steep bit!!).
Always difficult meeting up with groups of people on the day due to the large crowds but if there's anyonewith a similar time target in mind I'll keep an eye out for them. Looks like I'm #587 and I'll be wearing a Help for Heroes base layer (white) with a red Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund over the top, two charities that I'm supporting for various reasons.
Massive respect to anyone who tackles this race, whether they're at one end of the field or the other, and lets hope the weather is a little bit kinder this year!!
Si, I also find that long undulating stretch from Beddgelert to Waunfawr really tough.
I've previously done 4.16, 4.24 and 4.17. Like you, I'd love to get under 4 hours.
Perhaps if the weather is kind this year we will. That stretch in wind/rain/hail just saps my will to live, never mind run.
BTW, how do you know your race number? I can't see anything on the site - am I missing something obvious?
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