Shades - think the same folk get to do the 10 in 10 as Brathay know that they can raise extra funds.
Big G - enjoy your trip to Aberdeen.
We did a Shadies trip to Loch Ness a few years back. Great fun.
Dog seems to have gone off the boil as regards running. A couple of weeks back he was dragging me off to do extra miles, but on Tuesday and again today after the first 10 mins he didn't seem that interested. He keeps stopping and sniffing twice as much as usual and today I cut our run short as we were going way too slow to get anywhere. Weather doesn't help as one day it's raining, next it's windy and cold and the next extra hot and sunny. We did see more ducklings today though and some of the tiniest, blackest cute little coots who were swimming up river while mum strode along the bank.
And on Sunday I was knackered - but had Halstead (another favourite). Must have been the hottest day of the year. Runners could put their own drinks out to be taken to water stations, so I put a bottle of coke out for mile 22. When I finally staggered to the table the coke wasn't luke-warm, not even warm, it was hot . Like drinking coke flavoured tea . Met up with the usual suspects and ran on and off with a few. Walked the hills (slightly different course this year with a few added 'undulations') from about mile 7, and even walked down one hill as I was walking and chatting to R R-H who is now 81! Lovely course and great support from the locals as usual (one couple had even set up an extra water station outside their house). Finished in 4:43 and my legs felt trashed, got a good start to my suntan and a sore arm where my vest rubbed (first time out this year without a t-shirt underneath and I'd forgotten about that). Have done a couple of recovery runs but still very tired .
((Big G)) - I know just a little of how you feel. When I finally split with my younger kids' dad I changed location and job and started a 'new life'. I can remember breaking down months later and sobbing 'I don't want this life, I want my old one back.' At least all your memories of Claire are happy ones and you can hold on to the fact that you always loved each other.
Shades - LOL at you interrogating the Kenyan team manager, he must have wondered what hit him . Off road? Fields? Rutted paths? You must have been desperate to get home!!
Ridgeway 40 on Saturday. Mainly off road, on the Ridgeway Path from Overton Hill to Streatley so no navigation needed. Lovely run, fantastic views, one of my favourites. Very hot weather. Found my shorts rubbed in places I'd rather not mention and I got a big blood blister on a toe (my smaller foot slipped slightly in my shoe when I was walking - until I tied it a bit tighter). Walked all the ups, ran the downs. Got overtaken by a guy at the second to last checkpoint so decided to hammer the last miles downhill in an effort to get in under 8 hours although I thought at the time 'I'll pay for this tomorrow'. Finished in 7:50, very pleased as it was half hour quicker than last year which was 20 mins faster than the year before. Think I might be one of the walkers next time .
Keith - I enjoyed reading your race report . You had a really good stab at it and have managed to see a lot of positives which you will be able to use next time.
KK - brilliant park run time . Have you tried smashing your pb on a road 5k?
((slowkoala)) - that's a lot of mishaps for you and your family. Hope you are all well now.
Big G - training most weeks is similar. If not too tired a recovery run (3-5m) on Monday, Tuesday I take our beginners group then run 4 - 7m later, Wed I take our daytime group out for about an hour (about 5 m) plus extra hour dog walking, Thursday & Friday 4 - 6m each day and some weeks I walk 5 - 9 m with a friend. Saturday off! Since I started running my daughters dog in January all my runs have been with the dog and although we are out for longer we don't cover as much mileage (it's a lot of fun though). Also I haven't been able to get my midweek long run in (used to be about 11 -12m) or my weekly hill session. So I guess I need to try to get those rescheduled in.
Attended a workshop this evening with Malcolm Balk which focussed on posture and running efficiency so I'm now hoping that by concentrating on those techniques I might be able to run easier (though he did say that the calves will feel it for a good few weeks ). Anyway I really enjoyed the workshop (apart from getting videoed before and after ).
Also saw first ducklings of the year today. Single brood with mum - six teeny tiny ones (4 dark brown and 2 lighter brown/yellow)