Just hope they mark the eventual course thoroughly...
Re. wet feet: I've always thoroughly coated my feet with Vaseline before putting on my double-skinned socks for any long run in which I thought I'd get wet feet. So far, no blisters... (that includes Greater Manchester Marathon and Croydon 30 during 2012, both run in pouring rain, and in the case of M'cr, involving splashing through some deep puddles).
Hey all, some good training going on.
I managed a couple of 20 milers last week, which doesn't sound much, but after the car incident, I'm pretty happy with that. I'm going to try a 30 in the next week or so, and if that isn't hell, then I'll feel okay about the event.
Tiago: "A couple of 20 milers last week" sounds like loads to me (one run 10 miles in the last four weeks)...
Matt: welcome, good luck and enjoy.
Happy New Year everyone - let's hope it's full of good running!
Ran a total of 21 miles today, including four miles at 8 mins/mile (club self-handicap) before going on to do the rest of the run, which was probably a mistake, but at least I've done my first 20+ in... too long, and my ankle was only very slightly tender. Upset a tendon behind my left knee (on the outside) - done this before but can't remember much about it as an injury - hope it settles by tomorrow as I'd like to do c.10 miles in the evening. After a month of much-reduced running I've got a LOT of leg-fitness to regain in the next month (cardiovascular fitness appears to be fine).
Can't believe TT is only a month away. Hoping we have some drier weather and the course can be along the Thames as planned.
Morning all and a happy new year.
Looking forward to this and hope the weather stays a little drier for the next few weeks so we can stick to following the Thames path.
My longest run for this will be the Winter Tanners in a few weeks time, and I will definately be 'clinging on' in the last 20 miles of the TT50.
Happy and safe training everone.
Hi Charlotte, looks like there will be a gathering at Winter Tanners... I'll be the small woman wearing a teal Salomon vest 10+3 litre backpack (no idea what colours of other clothing I'll be wearing yet, but I'm pretty certain about the backpack).
I run with a light blue/grey Salomon back pack. I have just downloaded the route description for Winter Tanners and I am hoping its easier to follow once we are out there!
Hi Charlotte, okay, I'll look out for you/your backpack. Height and hair colour? (I'm five ft 2 with short dark hair)
I did the Dunstable Downs Challenge (20 mile option - in 27-28C heat) which is self-guided and that was mostly okay. They do tend to make more sense once you're "on the ground". I'm going to have the OS map with me just in case it's helpful. The "final instructions" points out the directions are intended to get you round safely, not get you lost.
Training/ankle news: Ankle much better! Not quite 100%, but I think just residual adhesions/stiffness now.
I've run a smidgen (0.1 miles!) under 60 miles from 1st Jan to yesterday inclusive - which is two to three times per week what I managed in December. I've decided that yesterday's 22 miles on legs tired after an 8K very muddy cross-country race on Saturday counts as my back-to-back (also that ramping up to 70 mpw by running today would be a step too far) so I've declared today a rest day, putting me back onto my "normal" Tue-Wed-Thur/Sat-Sun running schedule. I have another XC/long run combo planned for next weekend, then Winter Tanners on 20th, which should give me a good indication how my legs will hold out for TT50.
Very, very glad I decided to keep on with the B2Bs after NDW50 (if only every third week) and keep my general fitness level up. Hopefully that means the loss of mileage during December will translate into a slower time at TT50 rather than a DNS or DNF (hopefully!),
Had a bit of a wobble, after four weeks' good training. So I decided to take it easy but still managed 60km in four runs.
You can, at least, see the towpath at Iffley again, although it was still under a couple of inches of water in places on Saturday.
Water levels around Oxford are definitely now receding, though the ground is so saturated that any heavy rainfall will just lead to flooding again. Even if it doesn't rain for the next month the ground along the whole course will be extremely wet and muddy so I reckon off-road shoes are a must.
Good to hear that the water levels are going down, and lets hope that it doesn't rain too much over the next few weeks.
Debra - will look out for you at Winter Tanners, I am 5'8 and have long brown/auburn hair.
the whole course will be extremely wet and muddy so I reckon off-road shoes are a must
Unless its frozen solid, presumably
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