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Unheard of. Now I'm reinstating ChefRunner31 back to the list!
Not going for a time myself. Haven't really started training properly yet.
Fenland - that's a relief, you're doing Leicester. I thought for a minute you were calling the one and only SNOD marathon boring. Not how I'd ever describe it.
18 SNOD virgins on the list and two for whom 1st marathon! How have your preparations gone Gosia Nowicka and little ladcox?
I shall probably aim to do a 20 in the next few days and then taper a bit.
32 miles on the bike yesterday - the round trip commute to work. Not used to riding yet, so all contact points with the bike sore at the moment.
Safe as houses (unless you live in NE Scotland).
Just noticed BBC want readers' stories of what they were doing during the "hurricane" 25 years ago on Monday. So as you'd imagine I've sent in my story.
Hadn't watched the "infamous" forecast and so in ignorance cycled the 3 miles to work for my 0430 start as a milkman as usual, finding it very hard going, having to carry my bike over fallen trees, etc. Delivering the milk was even harder, in the torrential rain and gusts up to 100 mph but I managed it, taking 4 or 5 hours longer than normal.
Even SNOD has never been that bad!!
Got lots of stories of mishaps during the 4 years or so I did that job but they're not really relevant.
Hey team..I'm not in Leicester!! Got up at 5.30 with all good intentions, felt ok then for some reason, decided to weigh myself to ensure carb loading hadn't been affected by projectile excitment. To my horror, I discovered I had lost 5 pounds since Friday morning .I know that I am sometimes a little reckless, but even I respect the 26.2 mile beast enough to know that the 'The Wall' was calling me at some point. So, went back to bed grateful that this happened now and not in 2 weeks time.
Anyway, great to see folks being reinstated-shows determination.
aaaggghhh, the hurricanes. Was it really 25yrs ago? All the windows in the Halls of Residence I was at shook with such a force, it was on top of a hill. But amazingly, not one shattered however twas a frightening experience. Trust you TRex not to give up the milkround even in 100 mph hurricane.
Oh ffRan, your post has just popped up.Poor you, you are obviously 24hrs behind me then in the puke challenge Hope you feel better in a while.
Now confined to barracks so have decided to do something about the house which has rapidly deteriorated due to recent manic events..just got round to unpacking Chester marathon luggage and found Wolves marathon stuff too OMG. (not dirty stuff I hasten to add)
ffRAN hope you feeling better
cardiff half report well on the way to cardiff had to bin the car 2 miles out has the roads were gridlocked we were all trying to get to the official car parks immpossible as the road closures were in force,1 road open nowhere near the carparks so dumped mine by maindy swimming pool just hoped not to get clamped luckily i didnot
1hr 30 .50 my time not at all happy snowdon is going to be a disater if today is anything to go by
Brer, Ffran hope you both get well soon
Good luck to anyone who did make a race today
I'm really enjoying my first Sunday for ages where i've not had to run a ridiculous amount of miles though may pop out for a few later if stomach settles (not ill just girl stuff). Just done next weeks asda order which was rather heavy on the pasta the one for the week after wil include celebratory cake and wine me thinks.
Can't believe how much i'm looking forward to this
MM61 - well done time sounds ok to me we'll have none of that negativity please
BRER just read back hope you feeling better
CHRISSI you deserve a rest enjoy the day
Sorry to read that brer rabbit.
I was really surprised that the Leicester marathon was actually a good course and bar the rancid subway that reeked of urine was a good one.
Paced my friend to a 15-minute PB and his first sub-4.
Went through halfway im about 1:56 so a four minute cushion and recorded 3:58, so a 2:02 for the second half with an evil finish, all ascent for the last mile!
Job well done and all attention now focussed on the best marathon in the UK
FR nice going was it cold like cardiff
Hope taper is going well for everyone.
Did Coventry Half today as a bit of "race-day" preparation, early night, early start and all that. Was aiming to just ease to a slightly sub-1.45 but to my pleasant surprise felt very fresh throughout and ended up knocking a mighty 2 seconds off PB!
Obviously Snod won't offer the same stunning vistas, nor the sheer adrenalin rush of negotiating a ring road system, but I've paid my entry fee now so I may as well turn up and do it.
As an aside, the Cov Half clearly asked runners not to wear headphones before or during the event, so imagine my bemusement at seeing official race banners on lamp posts at the race start featuring a smiling runner... with headphones on. FFS
BR and ffRAN, gutted to hear that always live in fear that I am going to pick something up before a race, *touch wood*, only been colds thus far.
Great going FR and DH, hope it was a bit warmer up in the Mids (although I suspect not) as it was proper chilly down in cardiff. 1.5 hrs outside before the race started and 30 mins in a pen to try and avoid getting bumped (that didn't pay off) and it took a full 4 miles before I had any feeling back in my hands and feet. However, all the standing around and no toilet block anywhere close, meant I had to stop at 3 miles, there was no way I was going to make it round in comfort without peeing! Decided, then to not push for a PB and to cruise it acting as pace maker for the OH as he wanted sub 1:35. Finished in 1:34:21, pretty pleased as it felt easy even though the legs have been heavy all week, achilles refuses to improve but, *touch wood again* its not getting worse either.
MM61: Sounds like you had a reasonable run 2 weeks out, I thought the organisation was better this year, but think they may need to think about a park and ride as coming from the north into cardiff is not easy with the road closures.
So, onto a couple of easy weeks now and mentally prepare myself for these legendary hills
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