Well done to everyone at London who got their targets (or even better) and tough luck to those who didn't. I know how that feels at London so just remember there's always the next marathon or London next year! I definitely wasn't envious of those running but it's been great following what people have achieved.
There's been so much on here that's happened that's it's hard to recall everything but I have kept tabs on things and had the odd read back. I'll do this off memory, so apologise for missing loads of people out:
HR - wow, FairPlay, to run that after being told you wouldn't be able to run again not so long ago.
PP - well done on the pacing front, how many finished with you at the end? Were you mobbed to a big group to say thanks? Ha
Marigold - I saw your finish on BBC. That's a cracking effort, weren't you 3rd British athlete? If you didn't better that that's an immense achievement to take away if you stopped running tomorrow. Good luck with Commonwealth games selection.
Old No 7 - terrific progression, blimey
CC2 - quality sub 3
LS21 - sounds like a very comfortable 2.51, great race
TR - file under solid
Ryan - great race and sub 2.44
CW - another great performance, the picture was a good one too!
Wardi - sorry to hear about that incident, enjoy the lakes!
AW - tough luck, just sounds like knee of those things on the day
Again sorry for those who it didn't go well, there's always next time to right some wrongs!
Great week away in the lakes for me, immense weather except for one day, the day of the 1st of my fell races. First one, Coledale horseshoe, 8.5m, 3000ft of ascent: cloud down, gales on summits so very tough conditions. Caught my Clubmate on the descent who'd bonked having gone too hard up the first massive climb. Finished 20th out of 274 and first from the club and this was a strong field so I was very pleased with that one as it's a big race, quality and numbers wise and tradition.
Second race was Saturday just gone, Anniversary Waltz, 3600ft of ascent and 11.5 miles. Terrible accident in A66 meant about 100 runners didn't make it but there were still 160. It's more of a grind than Coledale And goes up over some big peaks. Probably went off too strong in normal "road race" mode along a bridle way and road along valley to first big climb. Was in about 6th position but it was v hot in the valley and legs felt grim on the first massive climb,,lol Had to hold on and grind it out losing a few places but managed to find my climbing legs for the second two summits and descents. Got back into a groove in the final 3rd but was fading badly on the final descent and was overtaken by 1, but still managed to finish in 11th in 1.50 and first NFR runner. Clubmate last year ran 1.51 for 12th with a full field so I'll take that as a very satisfying performance but in all honesty I was never in a groove and was kind of hanging on a bit. Two big Lakeland races and two solid finishes. Think a top ten finish is the aim next yr for this second race especially as I know the route now and where not to go too hard The views on sat on the ridges were outrageous, inspiring stuff really!
Resting up this week, legs are pretty mashed, two more Lakeland races next month and some road 10ks planned.
You can't knock Farah for his double gold achievements and the fact he did one of them in London with that pressure was even more impressive IMO. I don't get the comparison between 5k/10k Olympic and world doubles against the marsthon, they're different events and challenges completely. He deserves credit for what he's done so far and as HR he hasn't done the marathon yet.
Sure he's not the greatest distance runner of all time but he's damn good, comes across well and so what about the endorsements, they all do it ffs. I can't see him winning on Sunday and he may well blow up badly but he's great for British athletics and we as British often have a knack of feeling uncomfortable celebrating an athlete/personality whereas it's the norm in other countries.
Apparently Haile is pacing at aged 41 or whatever, im sure I read that. Will be an interesting race to watch.
Agreed, I just can't see him beating Kipsang et al. Looking forward to watching this battle resting my legs after running over this on sat. Club championship race, should be loads of us there From the fell club. Hoping the weather holds
Jimbob - that's also a real shame to read, I guess that's the issue with the marathon. You train for months for 1 day and anything can happen in the build up. Hope you recover, Heathside!
Healing vibes to anyone else suffering injury wise or with illness at the moment.
Dan/Jools - that's interesting reading about downhill running. I'm certainly getting better going downhill but still need more practice and like Dan says practice is the key. I'm actually not bad on rocky, technical paths where there's lots of balance involved and sure footing needed looking ahead but I'm not that quick when it's a full out downhill "let yourself go" focussing more on speed. I can stay with some good standard fell runners going up on the steep climbs which suit me best but get done on most descents. I'm getting there though! Dan - that comment about the personal trainer made me laugh, I met some absurd characters when I was a trainer. As you say constantly looking at themselves in the mirror, right tops, ridiculously inappropriate training methods and sometimes clearly lacking in safety! Some good trainers out there though, usually the ones who focus more on the health benefits.
LONDON MARATHON - Looking forward to watching the marathon on tv next weekend to see how Mo gets on. There's some cracking training on here going on, should be a whole host of pbs! Fingers crossed it's not hot!
I'm on a bit resting period, been knackered from placement on cardiothoracic intensive care (it's pretty intense!) and my right foot has been a bit iffy. I've also raced a lot recently so easing back has worked well. Just a few easy runs and some swimming. Might run a 10k Sunday if I'm good to go but then two fell races consecutive weekends coming up and a week in the lakes so going to do some training in the Hellvellyn area where the cottage is.