Selbs - VLM is the only spring marathon I've got in the calendar so is the de facto A target. Nearly entered Marrakech which is this weekend, but change holiday plans only two weeks ago. Mind you VLM has been the main target about ten times in the past and never worked out well. Just hoping not to embarrass myself off the champs start, but would be disappointed if I wasn't in 2.40-2.45 shape at least come end of April.
Out in La Santa all this week; what a great place - can well believe what they say here that 80% of guests are repeat customers.
Not done too much mega running, though have got out for two runs a day (usually shortish group runs at easy paces), but have taken advantage of loads of the free fitness classes, core workouts, weights and strength training etc. Even done some swim classes and my first ever aquathlon. There was a low key half marathon at 7.30am on Tuesday. Ran 2/3's of it pretty easy with a 2h40 Serpentine guy I know who happened to be here, before he pushed on for the win. Finished a couple of mins back in 1.22 dead which was pretty satisfying after being left in some discomfort by the previous day's gym stuff.
Haven't had any inclination to get a bike out yet though. Played golf today instead. Much more fun.
SC2 - You're in Div 1, but we're Div 2 (promoted up last year) so were down at Reigate. We're only a tiny club with about 60 (?) active members. West 4 Harriers based in Chiswick. Team were third on Sat though which is good for us. At full strength I'm probably only 6th or 7th quickest.
Dachs - core strength sounds right. I was also surprised at how few were prepared to hammer the downhill sections
Padams - interesting as to whether a particular size/weight is best suited to XC. I thought that the American (Heath) who beat Mo Farah last week was much better suited as he was like a tank compared to the lightweights around him. Same reason Andy Vernon is so strong on XC. Maybe you need to put on some extra weight
Rare XC outing for me at the Surrey League; first time I've ever worn spikes. Ran pretty well I think (top 30). Standard must have been quite good; our club's second scorer ran sub 2h30 in NY and was only 14th.
Then missed my Sunday run to watch my sister's first ever race. Under an hour for 10k which was handy enough for a beginner.