Well done kiwi - its a new comeback PB, ready to be smashed next time you race!
Barry - sounds like you are gonna be more sensible that me for your pacing - good call.
Nell - yes it was a great night, and after getting to my bed at 4am, I also made it to the HM .
I guess you can imagine what the race felt like... Its a lovely race, pretty much all offroad on trails round Royston - a mix of grassy paths, field margins, ploughed fields, chalk paths and rooty woodland. It undulates the whole way making the most of what hills they've got there. I set off at about 7.30 pace, but realised after a few miles I didnt have the energy for that! Plodded away for the rest, suffering from the lack of sleep, lack of carb in the meal I had at uni last night, and legs complaining from having to do this after the last weeks fell running. Should have been in the mix for placing, but saw the leading women gradually pulling away from me and couldnt do owt about it. Ended up running 1.50, and now I'm really tired! Sorry oompa - no bling this time!
BH had a good run, and added a few more to make it 16, and good to catch up with our other friend running Beachy Head with us who did 7 before to make it a 20. No chance of me doing that today!
pink - sounds like a good plan. You've gotta be strategic on those swimming races against Barry, I think its only fair to compete over the longer distances! Think you'll do that tri next year?
Barry - sounds like you'll be heading into abo with a similar build up to me for my last ones. Dont take my advice on how to pace cos it didnt work! I'd say build up your long runs to a 20 at 2 weeks before (as long as the body says yes to that).
Sweet training going on there Nell, no wonder you are tired. Thats a cracking MP session on tired legs - sure that will see you well in york.
2old - golf definitely doesnt count! Nice fast parkrun - so close!
Good news the achilles feels better Chick - like nell said - I'm sure you can still get faster!
Took 3 days to recover from the fell racing, then did just over 6M at about 7.30's with the club on Thursday - which felt really hard. Wasn't expecting too much from parkrun today, but managed a relatively even paced 20.54 which at 40s faster than my effort a week after reykjavik shows despite last weekend I'm starting to recover, so happy with that. Wasn't even annoyed at not getting the win, cos the first lady broke the course record by 20s in a time that puts her around the UK top 50...
Potentially doing a trail HM tomorrow, but totally dependant on how boozed I get tonight at a uni reunion...
I think we've all been there for runs like yours yesterday - you cant expect to be able to bash out what you could do pre op right now. If its any consolation, BH has the worse chafing I've ever seen from his run yesterday - he borrowed a pair of shorts from his dad and the results are frankly terrifying.
2old - its races and weekends like that which is why I run - theres nothing better than sharing a tough event with friends - thats what I find fun!