slow koala - I use marathons as my LSRs, only do a few balls out road ones. If I don't have an event I rarely go above 14 or 15 miles at home. Much better to do it with lots of company and some good scenery .
snapdragon - well done on your half and a brand new pb
keith- above knees? I think you mean above thighs . Never mind, you can get hosed down by the firemen at the end .
Iain and Molly - hope the 'mini's get well soon and don't pass on any nasty germs.
Big G & Khani - well done to both of you for your races. Some impressive times there .
Emmy - well done on completing Steyning Stinger . Thanks for the photo - that'll remind me never to enter that event .
Cambridge Boundary Run yesterday. Don't know why but this always seems really tough. It shouldn't because there is only one long hill and the multi-terrain course is well marked. Even the mud from previous years had miraculously disappeared (thanks, I think, to some new drainage and a drying wind). Ran the first half well, chatting away with a very nice lady I just met, and we left the half-way mark about 2:13. Continued to run steadily till about mile 16. She needed the loo and a lady who was manning an unofficial water point offered her house!!. I carried on slowly and soon new friend caught me up. She seemed to be getting stronger while I seemed to be wilting, so I urged her to go ahead if she felt like it. Soon after mile 20 she pulled away and disappeared into the distance. I then struggled as from mile 21 I ran (plodded) into a very strong headwind, but kept going and actually managed to pass a few other runners who were slowing even more than me!. Finally finished in 4:43 which is my fastest time for this course . New friend finished just 10 mins ahead and was delighted to get a 20 min pb (she only does off-road). Downside was there were no hot x buns at the finish as promised, but I shouldn't have been surprised as there have never been any left any time I've done this race. (Except the first time, a few years ago, when I struggled in just to see a couple of students manning the finish line polishing off the last couple ). Good low-key event with a late 11.30 start and only an hour away from home.
Big G - well done on getting the post . I'm sure you'll do it very well. You'll have to put a link on here so we can read your reports.
Lovely walk with a friend this morning through Trent Park. Some of the trees are just beginning to blossom and we saw a field full of flowering rape seed. Later when I ran along the river there was a large tree on the far side which was covered in thick white blossom. With its reflection in the river it was quite beautiful and made me wish my phone wasn't just the talk and text model.
I'm finding my running at the moment is just getting slower and slower . Used to run comfortably at 10 to 10.5 m/m but now I've slowed right down to 11 - 12 m/m. My HR is spot on though so I'll just have to be patient and hope I speed up eventually .
mamafox - glad the car problem has been sorted . It would be awful to miss Barcelona after all your hard work. (When my last car died on the eve of a far away marathon I had to go and run a local 10k instead )
I think winter was better this year (keeps fingers crossed) because at Christmas I bought my youngest daughter those ice cleat things that fix onto your trainers. Next year she's getting wellies and an umbrella .
Heartbreaker Marathon in the New Forest for me last Sunday. Mile of road to begin and end, the rest was on a good surface track with 3 loops along a ridge. Very pleasant although extremely windy on the right hand loop (so 3 times we battled into the wind - at one point I was running downhill but hardly moving). Bit hilly so I walked up all the bigger (and middly) ones. Avoided the stream on the way out, but just ran through it on the way back. Good to see all the faster runners go past a few times, even though I realised the winner was back on the track home before I'd finished my 2nd loop. They also had a half which started later and did just one loop which meant we also had some company in the middle part of the race. Met up with a few friends and had a couple of chats on the way. Finished in 4:49 which was 7 minutes faster than when I did it 2 years ago. Will probably do it again, though not sure if I'd do it every year. Lovely scenery, lots of daffodils and ponies.
mamafox - well done on your trail run . I really enjoyed reading your race report - and I know how panicky you can feel when you think you're not going to get there on time, so your heart rate was probably a bit high to begin with .
Did manage to stay on my feet at Martello, but one lady actually got knocked over on the shingle by a child .
Big G - hope you get your Achilles and hamstrings sorted soon.
Khani - Thames Meander is part through Richmond Park and part along the tarmac alongside the river. Lots going on, to watch and to avoid (including dogs dragging 5ft long branches). Suggest you start near the back and run with some of the usual suspects who won't be worrying about times. Get chatting and then you won't be tempted to run off .
Iain - those are very speedy training times. Which marathon are you doing and what is your target?