Minni - doesn't sound too great. Fingers crossed for the results. Thanks for the observations on Portsmouth Coastal - I'll probably take it semi-seriously and more about getting the qualifying time for Comrades rather than a full-on PB attempt given the likely conditions. Just don't want to leave everything hinging on London just in case.
Great that you'll be there as well BI - whereabouts in SA will you be living? Also good news that you're back up and running again. When you say you've been sober for 100+ days does this mean that you've been off alcohol for this time, or just not got hammered in the last 3 months?
Great tempo run MsE. In answer to your question, I suspect that the first couple of miles' pace reflects the fact that you were getting into the swing of it and the relatively small variability (6:40-6:55) for the rest could simply have been down to terrain. Personally I'd look at the average pace over the tempo session and wouldn't worry too much about mile-by-mile splits. You've been very quiet in terms of your Comrades plans - any news?
Longest run for 3 months for me this morning - 15 hilly miles up and around Box Hill. Also experimented with not having any fuel beforehand (apart from a beetroot juice shot) or during the run, so felt a bit hungry when I got back but the overall pace was comparable with a normal fuelled run so pretty satisfactory.
Am tempted to enter the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in December - anyone with any experience of it?
Got back to a rather damp Blighty yesterday evening - sounds as though it's been monsoon season here!
Managed to lurk via the phone whilst away so kept up to speed with people doing plenty of long runs, a number of speedy ones, some folks feeding swimmers and others generally being a bit insane (i.e. SJ).
Poacher - the Comrades pass has been officially issued so am now looking at flights / hotels etc. Cheapest flight option looks to be Emirates via Dubai (about £650) but there are a quite few other ones a few quid more. On a previous email you mentioned about a qualifying time - presumably a time from VLM 2014 will count?
Enjoyable hilly 9 and a bit miles for me this morning.
Had never heard of Hokas but sounds like they get a ringing endorsement. Website looks interesting. Any idea which retailers stock them?
Gosport is a very flat half with excellent opportunities for a PB - I took about 90s off my PB there last year. Don't recall it being windy on the day so I'm sure that would have helped. Not too many points for scenery but was well organised.
Looks like I'll be entering the Reigate half next month as it's on the list of events in our club Grand Prix and I've missed the first couple (12 across the course of the year, best 6 scores count). Definitely NOT in PB form at the moment so will treat it as a training run and may even attempt to run it without a watch let alone a Garmin and see what happens.
Hope the weather's conducive for running at the moment - we had our first drops of rain in 2 weeks today!!! Currently staying in the hills just north of Madrid - planning to get out for another early run tomorrow morning.