Great blog Angela, & yes Manchester was my first thought as an alternative. Where did you stay?
I looked up BQ and have the qualifying time by 15 mins from VMLM this year, at the moment! Would have to equal that or hopefully go to 20 mins out, OR do it next year [that's if I'm grasping the qualifying window]...would love to do it when you guys go over. I only need 4:10, whereas VMLM dropped to sub 4 from 4:15 for F55s last year - aging is a wonderful thing in any case.
Mc Hilly that's a stonking half performance - I've never got sub 1h50, but then haven't trained or tapered for a half.
I have this appointment with an AIM [Anatomy in Motion] guy tomorrow, and he asked me to go back to when I started running and write down a list of every injury I've ever had to bring along.
Well! I started back in August 2005, so yesterday for the entire duration of Diamond League I diligently listed, and listed & listed. I've only got up to May 2007! It is so funny, it's astonishing I've got round any race at all with this lot.
And it's not how I was planning to spend today either!
Managed 22.8 miles yesterday before Junior ParkRun [I was timekeeper so had long chat with Kelly Sotherton], average only 10:06, but with quite a progression elment given very slow start, still nowhere near MP yet, never mind HMP.
Hi all I Was up in York lst weekend viisting family [Catcat you must be very near me - there's a hill in Springfied Park up the Lee Navigational by the way], and managed a recce run on parts of the course & offroad nearby - we did 19ish in very windy conditions.
I'm battling a killer trapped nerve type scenario and have missed a bit of training, have been doing a lite version of my usual.
Having only run London before [6 times], I was looking forward to having room to move at my own pace, was hopeful of a PB, but we'll have to see.
At the very least, this year will be a recce for next.
Malcs that's fantastic, come over to Hackney Marshes I tell you and 19 will be a goner for sure.
Angela I'm amazed at your strides in such a short time, and must point out that I was the wreck last Saturday, despite a mere jog to the start.
I odn't know if I told you guys but I was so focussed on CWG and work stuff that I forgot to pay for my VMLM GFA place and so have missed out! Tehre's still the club ballot, but I can't believe I did that!
If I don't run it, will be available on the course for support and lots of shouting.
Mmmm the York course - well it was mega windy and frm Stamford Bridge into town had no pavement or verge but a lot of traffic, so that was hairy, add in my reluctant quads, and it seemed a lot tougher than flat.
We did run cross country at one point to avoid a dual carriageway bit early on, and missed out the town part, so effectively ran from the actual start to Stamford Bridge and back via that major road.
We didn't do either out & back, and were not on the actual course throughout, but I got a glimpse of it, and was particularly struck by the climb near the end, and by the downhill finish.
Indeed I had a black big toenail and base of middle toe on the uninjured side afterwards, so that was some downhill, I never get that happening!
Tomorrow I supposedly have a progression 20 miler, and I think I'll be a lot better this week as am up to 80% of weight on the Alter G, am thiking of doing it from 5:30am though, as I'm timekeeper @ Junir ParkRun tomorrow. We have Kelly Sotherton and a film rew coming and I don't want to miss the athletics from Birmingham on tele in the pm!
Sticky - better might be an exaggeration, but I got to normal gait today on our recce of the York course, it was slow, and I hope I don't seize up too badly overnight, and we did find a few hills, including a major drag in the final mile, what's that all about?
Well done on going over 40, I only did that for the first time when I followed Sam's plan in 2013.