Red, what are the four marathons that you are running? There's a brand new Southampton Half Marathon in April 2015 which I'm thinking of entering. They are hoping for 5,000 entrants. I don't normally like such big fields, but it looks like an interesting course. Back in the eighties, there were Southampton Marathons and I ran three of them.
I'm quite excited, as I've been selected to run in the 65+ category in a cross country race in Oxford in December. I haven't got any details yet, but I believe it might be an International Event. If so, I will be a little fish in a big pond. Depending on the date, I will be 69, so one of the oldest
You asked me whether we laughed at the runner who tried to jump across the stream. The answer is yes, and it was funnier as she was probably the shortest of us all. She really ran at it full pelt and almost made it. Our tallest runner could probably have made it, but he didn't want to risk it.
Matsmum, I've got 3 races coming up in the next few weeks. They are Overton 5 mile, Victory 5 miles and Solent Half.
JJ, we've paid for 10 track sessions in advance, so it's unlikely that we'll get a refund, especially as we sneaked in through the hedges.
Last night was a 7 mile social run in the forest. The ground was still very soggy and the highlight was crossing a stream that was inches deeper than usual. It was too wide to jump right over, but one runner did take a running jump at it, and landed just short. The rest of us waded through.
Today is a rest day, so will be catching up on housework.
Last night's track session started with a big hiccup, as the gates into the field were locked and we couldn't find the caretaker. Very annoying as we pay to use the track and the gates are supposed to be unlocked for 7.00. We got round this by going round to the other side of the field and entering through the hedges. The grass was surprisingly firm, considering it had been raining almost non stop for two days. We did 6 x 800 metres with 60 secs recovery between each. We ran the 800's by doing the first 400 at 10k pace and the second at 5k.
It's sunny and dry this morning and I'm off for a run soon.