I'm off to Broadmeadow for Friday and Round the Reservoir on Sunday, but I'm missing the AGM (and handicap) on Saturday as I work in the morning and then in the afternoon it's my granddaughter's 1st birthday party .
Bad note : I think my printer has finally given up the ghost. After making rattling/crunching noises when first turned on and then when first printing, it stopped making any noise but would only take paper in halfway. It wouldn't even turn off from the power button, so I had to turn it off from the socket. It's about 8 years old so probably just worn out .
Shades - definitely not London for me . Off for a nice walk/run around the Essex countryside instead .
Beginning to think my feet have grown yet again and that I might need a larger size shoe. Tops of toes have been getting a bit sore lately (doesn't help that they curl right down ) so might try half a size up. Trouble is, I already have 2 new pair sitting waiting to wear. Bought them too long ago to change now.
Good luck for the Shadies marathoners this weekend. Enjoy .
Shades - well done on your ultra . Good time and obviously another very enjoyable run in your second home
S32 - shame about Sheffield half . Is there still no word on who was really responsible? If the organisers had to cancel because of their own incompetency (and surely not getting water on site at least the day before is incompetent) then morally they must refund - or be for ever blacklisted.
Big G - poor rabbit . Still, at least he had a 'good innings'. Just after we moved up here from the SW my youngest two's rabbits got eaten by a fox .
slowkoala - interesting report back from your course. It's good that you did a lot of practical stuff - you need to be able to feel these things rather than just have the theory. The main advice from a coach I know was 'Bums in, chests out and smile'. Appropriate and easily remembered if you (i.e. me) are struggling or sagging .
Went to the expo today with a friend. Very enjoyable, lots of nibbles to try, leaflets to pick up, bits to buy (I bought a pair of socks and a small water bottle I can hopefully attach to my belt, she bought a bra and a pair of shoes). Saw a couple of people from 100MC and some others we knew, and also chatted to lots of people on the stalls. Afterwards we had a picnic in the new QE park and then did a fair bit of walking before a coffee break and the train home. Watching the children getting soaked in the water fountains was hilarious as there seemed to be no pattern as to when the water would shoot out and lots of kids got caught out. On our feet most of the day (definitely expo- shopping is better if you are not running the marathon!) so that counts as my cross-training for today .
I gave Bungay a miss this year and got sent to Coventry instead (well, actually I went voluntarily).
Coventry Way is for walkers and runners with a flexi-start and some fantastic, well-stocked checkpoints. No hills to speak of, just some very gentle undulations, on mixed terrain of fields, footpaths, bridle paths, tracks, very few road bits and MUD. Last year I wore trail shoes and my toes were a bit sore at the end, so this year I decided to wear road shoes. Realised after just 10 mins that I had made a big mistake and although my trail shoes were in my car, I couldn't be asked to go back, so had to put up with slipping, sliding and one or two heart in mouth 'oops, nearly gone'. Obviously there had been quite a bit of rain around Coventry but despite the forecast we had no rain on Sunday - just a tiny bit of 'in the air' at one point which was quite welcome as it also turned out rather mild. I again decided to walk anything that looked remotely up (my daughter says I'm turning into a walker) right from the start, but with heavy legs and a lack of energy I wouldn't have been able to go any faster anyway. Ran/walked mainly by myself, occasionally alongside others who then passed me or I passed them and although the waymarking was good I made doubly sure that I carefully followed the detailed instructions. You can get DOMS in the arm from this event as you are given a 40 page booklet with written instructions and hand-drawn maps so I made sure to keep swapping hands. A lovely event, especially if you're wanting to try a longer distance as there is no pressure from tight cut-offs and some of the checkpoints are quite close together (especially near the end). 40 miles in 9:53 (saved just a little 'bit' for the last half mile as I knew it was downhill on road) which was 40 mins faster than last year but half an hour slower than 3yrs ago. The soles of my shoes were surprisingly quite clean but the uppers, including the laces had a thick 'coating', rather looked like they'd been iced with chocolate. I've tried scraping the mud (and goodness knows what else) off the uppers and insides but they are so saturated they are going in a bucket of water tomorrow.