Big G - well done on your 10k pb . First one for the Shadies this year.
Hi Keith and Khani - great to know that you are still running .
It's sort of snowing here now .Thick but very wet flakes, and lots of heavy rain. There are huge puddles everywhere - which I found out when I went for a very short run. Such a change from last Sunday when we did East Hanningfield Trail Marathon in Essex - it was quite mild and sunny for part of the time. First time it was held and apart from a couple of hiccups with the navigation instructions it was good. I 'ran' with two friends - we started near the back, and that's where we stayed - eventually finishing just as it got dark in 7hr 22mins. Usual terrain - lots of mud, loads of huge fields which we had to follow round the edge, lots of walking (and talking) and lots to eat at the checkpoints . Great fun!
Started off 2017 with a marathon in Essex - Flitch Way, which is an out and back, mainly along an old railway track. Civilised 10am start so no driving in the dark. Was there in plenty of time so waited in the HQ room in the cafe building and got to see the parkrunners. On their first lap they had to run up the hill which was our finish - nearly all run it (some older, some rather large and one lady pushing a buggy), so I thought I'd have no excuse not to run it at our finish . Cold and grey to start, but the rain held off until about mile 18 and then it rained nearly to the end. The wind picked up then too - as long as you were moving it was ok, but when I stopped at the last checkpoint to eat biscuits and drink coke I got quite cold. Felt rather tired, struggled a bit and had to do lots of walking. Finished in 5:11 which was about 25 mins slower than last year and 12 mins slower than in the spring. I did stop to talk to a friend who was marshalling at the turn around though - must have been chatting for 5 - 10 mins . Was a bit muddy in places (shoes are now in a bucket of water) but sticky surface mud rather than up to your knees sloppy stuff. Managed to run up the steep finish hill and I was warm enough then, but by the time I had run back to my car and changed my shoes I was freezing. Warmed up a bit with coffee and shortbread (extra large slice with chocolate edging!) in the on-site cafe, wrapped myself up in extra layers and then drove home - still in the light!!
Being a wimp today - decided it was far too cold to go for a recovery run .
Hope everyone had a good Christmas and that post festive niggles and colds disappear quickly.
I actually had a run on Christmas Day as I was working both Xmas Eve and Boxing Day. Wednesday was extremely foggy near home but completely clear near work (just about 4 miles away)
I did the 3rd day of Great Barrow yesterday. Found it quite tough going and had to do a fair bit of walking (and talking), but when I checked my time (5:29) with previous runs on that particular course they were all about the same . Started off very cold, but the sun came out and after checkpoint 2 the jacket came off too. Was a beautiful day, although still some frost on the fields and a bit slippery on a couple of parts of the roads. Celebrations (and cake) too, as a couple of friends did their 100th marathons . Horrible drive in the dark in the morning and horrible drive straight into a blazing sun later in the afternoon. Thank goodness the marathon more than made up for it.
Shades - there are a few photos on the website and also on facebook page - easy to spot the winner, he's about a foot taller than anyone else and by far the youngest .
I had to work this morning (on self-scan in well known supermarket) - it was manic. Lots of folk doing last minute present shopping, but some doing their regular monthly shop and others just buying one tin of soup . Was glad that I finished at one o'clock. Have to work on Boxing Day too, so looks like a Christmas Day run is on the cards
Hope everyone is healthy and hearty. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and may your dreams come true in the New Year . (What happened to the little Xmas faces this year?)
Well done to all of you who are stuck into your training, and especially Shades with consistent high mileage . I still haven't sorted out a plan (probably because I don't have a goal!!) but feel happy at the moment just bumbling along.
So, last Sunday, after 2 very easy weeks I went along to Ilford to do Dawn to Dusk run by Sikhs in the City. Very local to me and I enjoyed it last year. It's 2.01k laps with just one small hill, starting about 8am and continuing (if you want) to dusk at about 4pm. Planned to run the same as last year - ie run the marathon (21 laps) then continue at a slower pace (walking the hill and the slight incline, running the rest) for the ultra at 25 laps. Finished 21 laps just 3 mins slower than last year in 4:16, then went to the loo and had a drink before continuing. Finished 25 laps in 5:31 then the RD said if I did a few more laps I might be first lady. So off I went with a couple of guys who were finishing the ultra until I'd done 28 laps. Then the RD said 'maybe 30' so I had a cup of tea while I thought about it and then set off again. Had planned to stick at 30, but saw on the big electronic scoreboard that another female had done 30 and nearly a minute faster (didn't know that she had dropped out here). So, off again and once I'd been running/walking for over 7 hrs it seemed silly to stop. Finished in 8hrs 8mins having done 35 laps (43.7miles) - got first lady and 2nd overall . First guy did 40 laps but he was very tall and very, very young! By 5.45pm I was back home, drinking coffee and watching Countryfile . (Was rather washed out on Monday though )