Interesting to note that halfway through the year, I've run 1,505 miles compared to 1,032 at the same point last year. I'm not any quicker for it but I'm hoping that I've got a more hardy base for cracking on with serious mileage over the coming 10 weeks or so in the build-up to Berlin.
Steve - Yeah, Chris was just a couple of minutes outside the course record I think. Not bad going considering his uber-sandbagging before the race.
Dan - I look forward to the full report (is he still asleep since yesterday?...) but in the mean time if it truly was the hardest race you've done I can only imagine!
SL - Magnificent. Given the understated tone of your usual race and training reports, I think I can safely say you went through it during that race. Truly epic stuff. I wanna go now!
...So my relative molehill of a race battered my legs more than I thought it would. I settled for a single spin class yesterday, then canned the evening run in favour of walking home from work (4 miles). Due to be doing a track session this evening but seriously contemplating doing a few easy miles instead. In fact, looking back to last year's log I only did one easy run before a 5k race on the Thursday, where I somehow managed to set my current PB, and it's the same pattern this year, except I've also then got another 5,000m on Saturday. So yeah, think I'll take it easy and call it a cut-back week. The North Downs Run will be the hardest run I do before an early September HM, so a cut-back before cracking on next week might be an idea.
You can normally tell from online reviews whether a shoe changes much from one version to the other, and I've certainly made up my mind whether or not to buy online, on this basis. (Nike Zoom Elite, 5 to 6: yes. Nike Zoom Elite 6 to 7: no.)
I'd be hesitant to buy a shoe which has been through a few different changes, which are meant for a different purpose, especially if I had identifiable biomechanical issues.
I might have to get on an air-conditioned treadmill this week. Looks like it's getting silly.
I had fun yesterday running through sunny poppy fields on the North Downs Run (30k)... till I twisted my ankle on a flat piece of tarmac. D'oh! Thankfully it was about 6k to go, no permanent damage done and managed to hold my 7th spot, five minutes slower than last year but 2nd V40 (I won the V40 prize because club mate Chris G went out and won the race) and first team. Quads a little tender today. MsP won the women's race, not too far behind me!