Jooligan - I was club captain for a bit so can get where you're coming from but I bet nobody at your club would expect you to risk your main race for the sake of a cross country. If I were in a similar situation I wouldn't have run the Saturday as it wasn't necessary, wouldn't have run the parkrun, and would have incorporated the 'necessary' one on the Sunday into my plans such as Padams suggested for the parkrun (i.e. at Mara effort, but preferably slower).
Padams - a question for you re: Jaffa. Normally (ie before Padams jr arrived), how often/long would she be home alone? And what breed is she? I'd love to get a dog but not convinced I'm home enough on the days I don't have the kids to make it viable........
RS - sorry, I meant recommendations for places to buy them - I'm a big fan of the Hyperspeeds for general training. What I've listed are what I train in (though the Hitogami were my race ones at London).
PP - that will make Bath fun! We should have a good enough v40 team to give ye a decent race at the road relays in the autumn as well (assuming they're back to their usual date a week before Berlin)
Jooligan - that's tough luck with the virus, but, in my (no offence meant, but I don't do sugar-coating) opinion, you threw away your race with the weekend before - 3 races, even if not flat out, is a tough ask of any weekend, never mind the weekend before a target marathon. Doing it with a virus in your system is just daft. You need to have confidence in your training the next time and not chuck it away trying to prove your fitness. Fwiw, I've found, as LMH said, 4 weeks is ok to race, 3 weeks not quite enough, and that's without a virus in your system. As for racing this weekend (once, never mind twice), I think you could probably guess my opinion.
Excellent running piscator; very well done!
Congrats on your first, of hopefully many, sub-3' GBRM.
Padams - nice weekend's work! I think the phrase 'fit as a butcher's dog' might have to be updated to 'fit as Padams' dog'!
Good signs with the relay improvement AlanB.
Not too shabby a turnaround from Berlin LS21, and a nice way to remember your brother!
Looking good for Valencia Dan!
Al_P - nice running! What's next for you?
That's a quality run SL. I'm with Padams - you've got to be a low 2:2x at worst surely?
Got my back fixed by the chiro yesterday which has massively eased the hamstring. Will beat last week's humungous total of 24m by this evening. Spent Sunday watching NFL at Twickenham. Great day out with the only downside being I was too far away for the cheerleaders to realise what a catch I am
Any tips for good, cheap deals for racing flats - something along the lines of Puma Faas, Asics Gel Hyperspeed, Mizuno Hitogami, etc - basically softer soles and reasonably flexible? I've been too busy to remember to buy any for ages and just started looking but am only finding loads of overpriced 'bells and whistles' trainers.......
Wardi/Padams - yeah, the xc was a decent position, but I think, much like last year, I'm just getting better at wringing a bit more out. I've struggled since, which is a better indication of my shape - my hamstring played up, which has pulled on my back, so I've had 0, 0, 4, 16, 0 so far this week. I need to start working to my weakest link, which right now is lack of strength as things go 'out' easier. At least the initial signs are not discouraging I guess!
SL - that is a very cool target!! Good luck! And with the training marathon!
Padams - what SL said. I can't comprehend the level of your natural ability that you can just consistently run so well, even at times when you're not doing a lot!
Looking good AlanB.
That sucks LMH. Hopefully you can get it sorted asap.
PP - I'll see you at Bath (must enter). I'm also doing Brighton HM (just confirmed this evening), and the SEAA xc (I turn 40 on the day so it seemed a bit rude not to) as my build-up races. Also need to decide whether to do Wokingham HM 2 weeks before Brighton or to do the last Hants xc......... Will be good to see you racing a spring mara.
As per my comment to Wardi/Padams above, this week has been a bit of a bust. Some of it was my own bravado (i.e. stupidity) in going out the day after the xc and throwing in a few hills and a bit of quicker running, but I know a lot of it is that I just don't have the strength I need at the moment so I think I need to slow down and just build up the miles at an easy effort, rather than going for a more moderate mileage a bit quicker - my test run on Wednesday was 4m @ ~ current MP + 20s, which is just a bit daft. I think I'm just too excited to be back targeting running races again!
I'm on the same long road CC2. It's kinda fun though.
You is da man LS21.
Good luck for the taper AlanB.
xc for me today too. Felt awful this morning, most likely due to bumping up the mileage (avg 29mpw since London, last week 65, this week will be over 80 by tomorrow). Somehow done alright. Misjudged my effort and finished with far too much in the tank, but achieved my target of beating last year's 59th in this race by coming 52nd, so it's something to work from. Still feel fat and slow, but definitely stronger.