JS - sorry to hear that. I think you'll find that most of us on here are a good few years older than you and our road race competitive days may well be nearing their end!
If you think about what we were like on here when this thread started (2007!!), it was all about track sessions, 10k, half marathon and our first marathons. We've changed and all of us are learning to adapt and listen to our bodies more. And that has meant that the Sunday social off road runs, to me at least, have become more important and enjoyable!
It doesn't mean that marathons are a thing of the past. My philosophy (LVG has made me hate that word......) going forward is now to train mainly off road and longer, for similar races, rather than road and flat for marathons. I will then be more geared up for my preferred races and a possible BG attempt. If I do decide to do a marathon again then I will just put in a couple of months of training before, specifically for that, rather than the other way round.
I think that all makes sense, it does to me anyway! See you soon no doubt.
Navigation was actually good and we didn't need the maps once. Our plan worked well - go out quick and then we'd always have others to follow (as we would gradually get overtaken by other teams). We knew the route well in any case.
Yes, Gino owes me! He's a decent runner and ran 9.45 at the Lakeland 50, so no slouch! We'll do it together again next year. He's having his knee scanned next week (I said ankle in my earlier post but it's actually his knee). Thinks it might be something to do with a piece of the metal moving about inside! (he had a few bolts and pins inserted when he had a cartilage operation many year's ago). It was making a right clicking noise and a big lump kept appearing on the outside of it!
Another disappointing effort yesterday at OCT and that's 2 years on the run I've DNF'd. This time me and my partner (Gino Sassanelli) were way up the field along with GBM & BT but we had to drop out at halfway (Angle Tarn) as Gino suffered an ankle injury. So be it, these things are to be expected in a pairs event.
Massive congratulations to GBM & BT who came home in 10.20. The weather conditions were horrendous - I don't think I've ever ran in worse conditions.
Bring on the 3 peaks in 3 weeks. A team of 4 this time - hopefully we'll all run well and safely!
That was a good run again yesterday, thanks J8! PPP/JS - where were you both? I thought you were now regulars on Jonah's Sunday sessions.
Minnie - may have to give Glenridding a miss. Accommodation is extremely limited and where there is availability it's really expensive. I don't really want to go up on my own (if I did, I'd camp!) as I will have been away for a couple of nights at the Lakeland 50 two weeks earlier.
Have a good holiday J8. Due to OCT, your holiday and then my holiday, I probably won't see you now until Three Peaks.