RayL, your training seems to be coming along nicely now. I loved jigsaws as a child. I think the hardest one was of a Liner, with sea below and sky above. It was very difficult to match up the pieces. My strategy was always to try and fit together the straight edged pieces, and then work inwards.
BIW, sounds very promising, swimming faster without using your legs!
Red, hope the weather will be kinder to you this afternoon.
I've decided against this evenings track session on the grass track, in favour of an alternative club forest run. I'm thinking that a longish forest run, as the 33k trail race rapidly approaches, will be more beneficial. We'll be in a different part of the forest, so hopefully conditions will be better.
Red/BIW/Columba, yes it really was a horrible run. Looking on the plus side, it will stand us in good stead for the 33k Trail Run and New Forest Marathon. Conditions are unlikely to be so severe for them.
Columba, hope you enjoyed your swim.
I have made the most of my rest day by catching up with paper work etc.
Very sorry to hear of your injury BIW, these have a nasty habit of occurring just before an important race. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Red, hope the hangover has cleared up now. A gentle run the following morning does sometimes help! Having said that, you were wise not to have run yesterday, as conditions were vile.
WtnMel, good that you have put on your running trainers again, and hoping you soon sign up with a running club.
Columba, well done for running yesterday in adverse conditions.
JJ, good to have you back again, as your training tips etc. are very helpful to us!
My forest run yesterday was horrendous, and that is putting it lightly! Conditions were the worst that I can remember for many years. The rain was torrential, combined with a strong, icy wind, which made our kit cling to us, making us feel very cold. We were running in an area of the forest which was unfamiliar, and at one stage were walking for about a mile through waist high vegetation along overgrown footpaths. This slow pace made us feel even colder. We spent a lot of the time wading across streams and through thick mud, so progress was very slow. We also had to climb over locked gates and through barbed wire fences. There were four of us, so we were able to keep each other going. I made the unforgiveable mistake of not applying Vaseline to the areas that rub in wet conditions, especially the inner thighs. I'm now rather sore where the wet shorts were rubbing. I ran 17 miles, feeling like I had run an Ultra.
The rain has already started, so in for a good soaking! It's only 2 weeks now until the 33k Trail Race, so today will probably be around 18 miles in the forest. I think I prefer the rain, to last weeks heat, and am hoping the 9th August won't be too hot.
Best race ever! Presume tomorrows stage is just a formality.
Very pleased with second run in new trainers this morning. I ran 6 miles at tempo pace and was 6 minutes quicker than last week. They still feel fairly hard under foot, and definitely have less cushioning than the previous model. I think this is becoming the trend now, with less emphasis on stability.
The forecast for tomorrow in the south is heavy rain all day. Just the job for a long forest run