Great to see Emmy at Leila's Run (briefly, as she quickly sped off into the distance and I didn't see her again until after the finish). Lovely run but not too easy (actually none are ever easy). I finished in 5:06 which was about 20 mins slower than last year, but the company on the way round made it worth while . What Emmy didn't say was that her track marathon was actually on grass - that's ten times harder than running on a flat solid track .
mamafox - I've worn shoes straight from the box for a marathon - but only if they are exactly the same as a previous model that I know I had no problems with. Usually just like to get a couple of short (clean) runs in them though.
slowkoala - a lucky escape . I agree that the landrover probably sped off as it was stolen. A short while ago my daughter's friend was returning home from work through Hertford (quite close to the M25) when she saw a landrover pulling a trailer with a small digger. They were doing work on their house/garden and she noted the digger was the same make as theirs. When she got home she realised that not only was the digger hers, but the landrover and the trailer were as well .
Big G - you must be getting so excited with just 6 weeks to go. That 'preparation' time has passed so quickly. Please keep up the Trotter reports - I really enjoy reading them .
I looked at that Rat Race video. Previously I had been thinking that it would be a good idea to start 100 milers at about 10pm as it would mean you ran through the night when you were freshest and scaredy runners would be more bunched together earlier on . I don't know how that runner carried a pole/camera AND ran - you could see that it was affecting the way he ran slightly - I bet he had a numb arm afterwards. But the video gave a great insight into a long event with how little you can see in the dark and how the hills seemed to loom up in front and those steps . I had to fast forward over the steep, stony downhill on the cliff path near the end - it made me feel queasy
Lee - sorry to hear about your achilles . Don't give up on Chester yet. I only had a very minor achilles flare up (a few years ago now), but it responded quickly to lots of repetitions of heel raises/drops - when I could feel it crunching - and lots of long, very very slow running. You could try magnesium oil too - and I'm sending healing vibes.
mamafox - faster is MUCH better
Midweek 'bit-longer-than-other-days' run today. Got out quite late as every time I went to get ready it poured down with rain (and thunder). Finally got out at 6.45 and ran on pavement to Hertford and then back along the river. Lovely and cool with only a short light shower. Knew within first half mile that today was a snail-rescue day. 45 snails rescued altogether (42 of them before Hertford!). Someone else will have to organise slug-rescue .
Emmy - thanks for the link for Jo Pavey. She's fantastic
I've never done a track marathon (hardly ever even run on a track). Some people I've spoken to who have said they loved it, others have said it crocked their back, knee, hip etc. I can't see much of an advantage in running a marathon on a track, but if running 24 hours you could do it all in the light .
Big G - great article . I think a 100miler is a bigger undertaking than many seem to think.
Sad news - eldest daughter had to have old dog put down this morning . He deteriorated badly through the night and there was really no option. Non-stop tears at home at the moment (hers and mine). She got him as a rescue as he was too naughty and lively and had been in 5 homes before he was 2. He had been with her for 15 years.
Emmy, lily & slowkoala - glad that you have all had great holidays
slowkoala - well done on your podium spotlight
Big G - was that the NDW100? I see there were a lot of people DNF. I don't particularly like the North Downs - it should be called the North Downs but mainly Ups. It's also muddy, slippery and has loads of tree roots.
Iain - I would have been terrified by the lightning . Apparently if you are caught out in the countryside in a bad thunder storm you should lie down in the middle of a field - preferably near some sheep . That's one of the useless (?) pieces of information I have stored in my head - one other is that if you are chased by a bull you should run zig-zag down a hill (as they can't change direction easily).
Salisbury 54321 50k on Sunday. We were quite lucky with the weather - rain to start which eased up as it got hotter and the sun came out. Had one very short but very heavy downpour later on - I though there was a helicopter coming across the field at tree height, but it was the rain on the roof of a barn behind the hedge! Muddy in places and a bit slippy. A guy who ran with me for just a couple of minutes managed to slip over, knock his leg and cut his arm. Saw the 'marathon man' who is doing a marathon each day for a year. He was feeling pretty lousy, but when we had to make a short detour round an overgrown path and then climb over a wooden fence he came back to help me over . Found the running quite tough (though the course actually isn't), finished very tired in 6:21. Last year I finished in 6:28 feeling like I could have gone round again and a couple of years ago I did 5:30. I will be back next year as this is one of my favourite runs - especially when you go past the Hansel & Gretel cottage and run through the enchanted wood .