Good to see OO back & still running. I remember us running a couple of miles together when I first broke sub 3 in Cardiff in '06.
RB - that's a phenomenal run from DC. He finished four hours ahead of me at the Lakes Sky Ultra this summer. I'm no expert mountain runner, but I'm as experienced as anyone, and wasn't holding back too much that day.
Satisfying parkrun win on Sat in 17.41 on the tough Richmond Park course. Quickest time there since January. Will do my 150th parkrun there on Christmas Day. Got one two more proper races planned in before the end of the year too.
Too many races open entries far too early; often the day after the event for the following year. Result being that all the places are sold too far ahead for many to be sure if they'll be able to run (work, fitness, holidays, injury etc).
If races allowed, say, a 50% refund up to a month before then they could resell the place and make 150% of the entry fee. Everyone benefits; runners,organisers and sponsors who would prefer a full event.
Like most been out of pocket when a change of circumstances have meant I've had to miss a race having paid, with no facility to offer or transfer the place, and knowing someone would take it if available. Many events get all threatening about lifetime bans if you dare to just give the number to someone else. A ludicrous situation all round.
CW/LMH - Text book training & taper. Felt great all during race week, bouncing along the last few runs holding well back. Last 24-48 hours all ideal too. No point trying to pick it apart. Wouldn't prepare any differently. I was expecting to hit 20 miles in 2.03-2.04 max, but didn't get there until 2.17 and dead on my feet.
TJK - sounds like you're not far off where you were a few years back. Good to see you back.
Awful marathon experience for me at the weekend in Valencia. Like one of those nightmares you can't wake up from when you're running in treacle incredibly slowly. Perfect autumn training, inc. a 78 min untapered half last month suggested I was in the ballpark for a PB run. Felt great in the final weeks but couldn't get anywhere near MP in the early miles and by 10k I was resigned to it, with a minor hamstring niggle playing up too. Felt like I was limping all the way. Had it been a training run, I'd have binned it and headed home. So tempting to drop out as we passed the hotel at 23k, but only because I'd travelled so far for it, I had to slog it out to the finish in a time slower than the easy training marathon I did at Abo 5 weeks back.
Soles of my shoes were both coming off too, which didn't help, though I didn't notice until after. No positives to take from it. Already looking at another marathon to try again (maybe Seville in Feb?). Missus did get a nine min PB though in 4.04 which is well deserved. Great race though; would recommend for a fast run in normal circumstances.
Met before and after with Marders who casually knocked out another sub 2.19. His 3rd inside two months. Remarkable.