KK - you'll have to do marathons more frequently, then you don't have time to get a 'down' . LOL at you 'cruising' round your parkrun in under 25mins. I'd bust a gut and still not get anywhere near that!
I think so many fell over at the Meander because they treat it like a road race - it is advertised as flat and fast. I didn't think the surface was that bad actually, but then I spend most of my time with my eyes glued to the ground .
Shades & annie-sophie - well done on your 20 miler. It's such a good feeling to pick off other runners near the end. annie-sophie, you deserve your age group prize so no excuses
Sevenoaks 30 for me on Sunday. New venue and new route - it was very tough and very hilly. Some of the ground underfoot was rutted, broken or trippy, but there was not too much mud (you could tiptoe round it) - worse bit was having to go through the churned up **** next to a well used cattle trough . Good route (with accurate instructions), fine weather, lovely scenery, wonderful checkpoints/marshals and fantastic company. Met up with MN & GJ at the start. They said they were running downhill (where possible) and walking much of the rest. I was happy with that, so together with DD we all went round together and finished in 8:09. Long day but all 'time on feet' .
Shades - glad you enjoyed your holiday - oops, I meant race! - in Tralee
Big G - good to know that you are safe . Are you back home now?
KK - great report . I love reading how others found their runs. I could see the photo fine - looks like recovery was well under way .
mamafox - I've done 248 now. Not 'number crunching' but I seem to have become addicted . Well, we know who to blame........
Emmy - well done on the quad . Good times too. What events have you planned in your run-up?
Yes, there were a few accidents at Thames Meander. I heard someone saying she was ok but had smashed her Garmin, there was a young lady at the finish who was being mopped up and bandaged by first aid (very gory) and KS (who was actually running with a fracture in her femur and hip) fell over and fractured her shoulder - sounds like it was much worse than mine, but she got another runner to make a sling out of her (or their) jacket and then finished!
Great running from Shadies this weekend and some pbs. Well done to everyone.
Jugula - what a co-incidence! I was also at Thames Meander on Saturday and finished in 4:15:31 (gun time 4:15:02) so must have been quite close to you. I was the short lady with glasses, white cap and yellow jacket who was definitely struggling in the last 5 miles. After the short out and back initial loop, I settled into a reasonable pace and met up with the friend who I'd run most of the NF Heartbreaker with. We had a good chat until he peeled off to look for a loo in a community park and I reached the turn around quite comfortably. It was a bit freaky near Putney bridge where we had to go straight through the middle of some boating event. There were rowers, boats (very long ones, some in top and bottom halves), trestle tables and lots of people carrying these spikey fold up metal things which looked rather dangerous. Then suddenly I had an energy surge at the point where I often have to 'dig in' and went bouncing along. Thought that it was far too early to pick up the pace, but it felt so good I just went with it and resigned myself to slowing later. After the HM turn around I started to slow slightly and by the last checkpoint (despite the chocolate brownie) I just ached for the finish. Bit chilly and I kept my lightweight jacket on the whole time. Terrain was quite good - flat, (and at least no mud or puddles) and plenty to see along the way .
I then headed down to Salisbury and did the Larmer Tree on Sunday. Right from the start it was obvious that I wasn't going to be able to even attempt running up the (many) hills - not that I usually do . Quite a few runners who had also done the Meander the previous day and I soon fell in running with a guy who was doing his 99th marathon. We went at a comfortable pace (well I certainly didn't have the energy to go even slightly faster) and had an enjoyable run/walk in some beautiful countryside. Again I kept my jacket on as it was a bit windy and none too warm. Course was well marked and marshalled, multi-terrain but no really muddy bits. By the end I was feeling a lot better than when I started and my legs felt easier too. Finished in 5:52 and pleased with that. Bit tired today, but managed a very slow run/walk with the dog .
Sounds like a busy weekend coming up. Hope you all have good runs and I'm looking forward to the reports.
King Kenny - a few of our club (Ware Joggers) are going to Barcelona, but not me
Really felt like Spring today - the daffodils have just opened up and blossom has appeared on the trees and bushes overnight . (Bit chilly tonight though). I'm debating whether or not it's shorts weather - strange, as in the autumn I cling onto my shorts until my legs turn blue!
Big G - glad that you enjoyed your trip to Rome and have started back running
slowkoala - well done on Finchley 20. You'll be flying by marathon day
Unfortunately I didn't learn from slowkoala's recent experience with overtight laces (nor from my own - I often used to have to stop mid race) and I started the Imber Ultra on Sunday with my left lace too tight . Thought that it would sort itself out, but in the end I had to stop (twice) to loosen it, but by then I had a bit of an ache which got worse after the long drive home. Had to make sure I didn't alter the way I walked as I could feel some stiffness going up my shin. Some Voltarol and plenty of Arnica seem to have partly rectified my mistake and I've been able to do slow runs with the dog yesterday and today. Fingers crossed (and laces loose).
I did Imber Ultra (32.7 miles from Westbury round the Imber path on Salisbury Plain) last year and although I was one of the slowest I really enjoyed it so went back for more this year. Again one of the slower runners, but another great day. I had forgotten all about the hills so this was quite a tough event and I certainly felt that I earned my clay mug (blue this year, from White Horse Potteries). We had written instructions but there were Imber Path signs in plenty. Route was mainly off road although the paths and tracks weren't muddy at all. Cloudy to start but not cold, quite a bit of fine rain mid way, then a strong wind and sunny to finish. Very well organised, minibus from parking to HQ (and back), fantastic scenery, scrummy cakes at checkpoints (courtesy of Rotary Club ladies) and the Town Crier to start the race . Ed Catmur (who wins loads of ultra races) came in first in under 4 hours when I was about two thirds of the way round! JM from Launceston (Shades knows) was there this year - she is smaller than me, older (I think) and way faster - she shot off at the start and finished in under 6 hrs. I ran part of the way with LH & EC from 100 MC and part with the organiser of the North Dorset Village Marathon. After about 25 miles I pulled away a little and caught up with the group in front, then ran the rest with a very nice young man who had a home-made selfie stick. Finished in 6:42 which was 6 mins faster than last year. Wished they had a few more runners at the slower end (the cut offs are very generous - with 9 hours allowed for the whole race - might be needed if raining, misty etc) but otherwise another one which is certainly well worth doing .