I think it's a Serpies thing, but anyone free to join in. Torry and Greenleaf at the front last night! There's A and B groups, and apart from last night's Kent AC/HHH (Sean F) splinter group, I think my aim will be to hang off the back of the A group if there are people to drag me round.
I didn't want to embarrass Marders so I only let him see me when I was on my warm-down jog. Looked like he was ticking along nicely. As it is, I was let off the hook from doing a harder session as a couple of guys I know were planning to do 6m/m for four laps = just under 7 miles, so I decided to join them and made it up to 10.35 miles (6 laps) @ 5:57/m. 12.5 miles total. That'll do to ease me in, especially with the 16.5 miles round trip on the bike to get there and back.
I can see this being a pretty tough Thursday "brick" session once I start homing in on target pace, but for now I'm happy to report sub-6 pace for double figures feeling pretty comfortable. Training's looking a bit more marathon shaped now.
RB - Ick! Sounds tough, tummy troubles are bad enough in training runs but add an extra bit of hell to harder efforts. All good training, eh.
SC - There must be some new fast old buggers around. I can't wait to turn 45! I keep half an eye on RunBritain rankings and for the same handicap I'd be going up from ~top 80 to top 25 in age category after my birthday in June. And a fast marathon is usually worth a healthy bump on the handicap so should be higher than that hopefully.