Steve - loved that report . When I first started running I read that provided you do the proper training you can expect to improve for 14 years . Although MG (friend of Shades) told me last year that if you run lots of marathons it's just 7 years . And I also expect you have to factor age in - if you don't start till you're 80, I don't suppose you will be running your pb when you're 94 . So, given that you're not a geriatric you will get that sub 3:15.
Cal - yes I'd recommend Ely Marathon - easy to navigate, good surfaces and flat, so could be fast. They also do a half alongside the marathon and the ultra.
Iain - I've heard lots of good things about 'tailwind' from ultra runners. But what is it made from exactly? And how do you take it?
Shades - well done on Inverness marathon . Did you fly up again? I still remember Flossie's report about wobbly legs from when we were all there in 2010.
I only have a small garden, but the fence does go round three sides. I've had to put on 4 coats to hide the previous orange colour and I never seem to manage more than 2 or 3 panels at a time (either because I get tired, the dog needs walking, I have to go to work or somewhere, I'm running etc and for quite a bit of the time we've had rain). Still, just 3 panels left now for their final coat - but then there is still the other side of the back fence and 6 half panels out the front .
Today our Tuesday run/walk took us through a country estate which had a solid brick wall round most of the grounds - no painting needed there I thought. We had to climb over it via one of those ladder stiles - known to local running clubs as an effing ladder
Have pencilled in Bucharest but won't commit yet. I've even let my passport run out .
Ian 5 - have a great holiday . Where are you off to?
Monster Ultra 42mls at Ely for me on Sunday. Because of the lack of recent training I somehow thought that if I could manage 42mls this week it might make next week's marathon a bit easier . Lovely start/finish area right in front of the cathedral. A short run down to and along the riverfront, cross the main road and then we were on to cycle path 11 which we stayed on for much of the race. Good going underfoot - gravely cycle paths, hard packed earth, minor roads and just one section of grass path - and alongside the river for most of the time. It was an out and back route all the way into Cambridge, sharing the first part with the marathoners (although as they started an hour later we didn't see them at all). Flat fen countryside with big, wide skies and a very strong headwind on the 'out' which had strangely disappeared on the 'back'. The weather was kind - mainly overcast with a very short light shower as we started. The sun came out at one stage and it got a bit hot, but thankfully it went behind the clouds again. Some parts were a bit lonely, but others had quite a few people out for the day either just walking along the river, fishing, rowing, cycling, walking dogs or visiting Wicken Fen, and the cows thankfully stayed on the grass and didn't venture onto the path. Lots of long, straight bits as well, where you just had to concentrate on the next few metres as the end never seemed to get nearer. I knew from previously running the marathon the last couple of miles back along the river path, across the main road (which was very busy and had us hopping up and down for quite a few minutes), back along the riverfront and uphill through a small park seemed to last for ever, so here I just stuck my head down and ran continually until we could see the finish flags. Ran with a friend and another lady we picked up early on and I was very glad of their company. We crossed the line together in 8:31. Good signage (cycle path signs and yellow arrows on the part into Cambridge), adequate water stops (5), but they could have done with a bit more food and especially some coke at the last couple (the fast runners had drank it all!), friendly marshals, good organisation, free parking in a local car park, lovely setting, great company = a really nice day out As this was a race rather than an event, it meant we had to push on throughout. There was a 5 hour cut-off at the halfway point (we left there in 4 hrs) and a final cut-off of 11 hrs - I had pessimistically taken a head torch, which just meant extra weight to carry! I felt I was struggling for much of the race - my breathing was quite ragged and my legs ached (particularly the outside of my knees and the outside of the part that joins my legs to my body - the joints rather than the muscles I think). However, a very hot shower, dinner and a 12 hour sleep made me forget the aches and just remember the elation of finishing .
slowkoala - so sorry to hear about your dad's friend. I always worry when I see those race cars and motorbikes so close to the cyclists, and also to runners in big city marathons. Apart from the danger why should the athletes have to run in a fug of fumes and have their views ahead blocked.
Great that you took first lady prize
Cal - well done on yet another pb
Iain - great running from you . Are you going to take up the organisers challenge?
Steve - still not a time to turn your nose up at . Be pleased with all the positives from the race and examine and learn from those that didn't go quite right. You'll achieve your goal soon.
Big G - so glad you enjoyed the Barnstaple marathon and that is still a decent time . The more I do (or perhaps just as I get older ) the less I'm worried about time - especially in events where there are walkers, no cut-offs, navigation and lots of cake. I really enjoy the walk breaks and the chance to chat or enjoy the views.
Having only run once since last Sunday - (on Tuesday I did 7 miles slow run with a friend which also included spending at least 30 mins in a remote country church which happened to be open, and we got talking to a couple who were clearing up after a service and it turned out that they sing in the same group of choirs that my friend and her husband are in) - I decided I would go out this evening once it was a bit cooler. Lovely run along the river, then up a short hill in the town and then back through the woods. Just a couple of minutes from home, I was going through the gap in the hedges out to the road and I tripped over a piece of metal sticking up in the middle of the track. My own fault as I knew it was there but I just lost concentration for a moment. Down I went, but I managed to land in the undergrowth rather than on the path so ended up with a grazed knee and a couple of tiny scratches on my arm. Luckily no one was about, so I didn't have to do my pathetic laying on the ground looking injured until someone picked me up. I feel a bit stiff now though - although that could also be due to my contortions earlier when trying to paint the fence bit behind the trellis holding up some growing things.
Looks like there are lots of Shadies running races this weekend. Good Luck everyone and remember : ENJOY
Last Sunday was Ponton Plod - a multi terrain marathon in Lincs, starting at the village of Great Ponton which is a beautiful quiet village just literally 30 secs off the A1. Another of my favourites, I'd done this one twice before. We had written instructions, but the route was also very well marked with yellow arrows. I ran/walked with the same guy I'd completed it with last year and we were pleased that we recognised all the bits of the route. That is ... until we got lost . Walking along an overgrown path yelling 'ouch, ouch' because of the stinging nettles and 'watch that hole' because of the uneven ground, we didn't pay too much attention to where we were going and suddenly we were in a place we didn't recognise and also realised we hadn't seen any arrows for a while. We weren't alone - there were a few runners in front of us who had also ground to a stop and one behind who bumped into us. As we tried to make sense of where we were, we tried one path to our left, then changed our minds and went back along the original track until we came to some woods. My friend (and his mate) went to the left of the woods, so I went with them. The others ploughed into the woods and in fact managed to find a shorter route back on track. We stopped for a while, peering at a GPS and a photo of the OS map on a phone (neither were mine) but still couldn't make out if we were even going in the right direction. Deciding to march straight on we shortly saw some walkers a couple of fields to our right and were relieved to find, when we caught up with them, that they were on the same event. We turned onto a very rough, rutted track and immediately knew where we were again - I still can't work out where we went wrong . Not much extra, distance wise, but cost us about another 30 minutes with all the faffing. No further mishaps and we finally got back in 7:34. Another great day out in a beautiful place with lots of cake (and soup, roll, apple pie and cream at the finish). Highly recommended