Welcome back, MadBark! That's impressive (a) mileage for holidaying, (b) racing while on holiday and (c) weight gain in such a short time!
Birch - are your shoes ok or nearing the end of their useful life? I hope the niggle goes soon.
I've had such interrupted weeks recently with school commitments and family stuff my running has really dropped back to just 6 hours a week. Combined with my new focus on protein and shakes and I've put on ballast too. Eek!
Terms ends this week so I squeezed in 14 today which I ran gently but progressively faster to play around with my inner metronome. It averaged out at 7:24/mi ranging from 7:58 to 6:49/mi. before I reached the hill on the return leg which signalled time to warm down. I need to start doing some speedwork again but not before I've billy my volume back up. I've averaged 40-45 since VLM and would like to get up to 70 this time without falling apart.
Well done, Speedy. Your racing head is always a joy to get into when you post these reports.
Birch - I daresay the time will fly by and then I'll suddenly be contemplating Msettes and MsEsq away at university with new routes to run. Did it seem like yesterday she was still at school? You sound relieved to have seen Birch Jr in her new set up and happy with it all.
After a few missed days for taking the final element of an assessment to qualify to teach exercise to music, I was glad to be out for 18@9:12/mi along the NDW where I spotted four pillboxes from WWII. So humbling seeing these on my runs.
I am now a qualified fitness instructor, folks. Aerobics anyone? ::tumbleweed::
How is the niggle today, Birch? Hope you are OK, Poacher. I am also treading a fine line between injury and minor niggle with BOTH Achilles talking to me. Inevitable really as the other takes the strain when one is moaning while I continue to work on form. I'm going to get weekly massages to see if I can sort this out because it is so tedious the way it holds me back. Pleased to see you have gone all technical now, Gul. Because you will be able to see what we can all see about your ability to run fast and then take that confidence into your next marathon. Looking good, GD.
Ploddy 9 miles this morning along the towpaths @8:08/mi. Now planning a workout to teach in front of assessors up in London to complete the teaching exercise to music qualification I started in December. Except I have now decided I don't really want to do it....