A few reasonables in the racing department I see. Very nice.
SL/Dan - hard as nails and totally bonkers at the same time. I stopped for a gel and a little snooze myself just reading your reports. Well done fellas!
PP - well done on the national title!! Same for Ms PP too. You're having quite a year!
Alan B - solid week there, and those reps are very rapid. Nice work!
Nice 10k-ing, 5 mile-ing and 3k-ing from RB, ES and bains - impressive results there chaps.
Nice to see Charlie's training is as bonkers as ever!! Don't ever change mate!
Impressive long running from LMH - when's the next target race out of interest?
Well done to joolska at the Cotswold Relays. Cracking result!
And congrats to padams on the county call up. A fine achievement to wear a county vest (I imagine). I played golf for Yorkshire Boys back in the day (well, about 25 years ago.....) but that's my lot I think!
Anyway, my underwhelming and disappointing run of results continues. I went back 'home' on Tue to run in the South Yorkshire Road Relays. A 3.5 mile loop round a reservoir. 2 miles flat, half a mile up a tough climb, half a mile down a hill and then half a mile flat to the end. I was mostly shit really. 21'45ish, so 90 secs down on when I last did this race. I got eaten alive by midges and it pissed down, so all in all a cracking evening
CW - nice long run. You seem to be having a cracking year this year. Great to see!
Alan B - well done on the 10k! Really good run that, and more to come by the sounds.
Well done to bains too - 4 solid runs there, and a very impressive series position. Glad to see you getting back to form.
Pug - blimey, how's it going fella? Another comeback on the cards? Chester Marathon. Go on fella, you can win it!
PP - top 5k-ing for a Senior Citizen. Nicely done. Nice cycling skills too (and CD).
LMH - good stuff re the 100k. I meant to ask too - what happened to the Salomon-sponsored lady at the Denmark race? Did she race in the end?
Thanks for the comments re my malaise too. I'm ok, just a bit fed up. Trying to get into a proper routine (a la bains' suggestion). Managed 2 days, but it's a start! Had a strange one this morning actually. I went out on the trails, one that runs adjacent to the Lakes Wildlife Park. So for the entire run I didn't see a soul, but I did see 3 zebras! They definitely were zebras too. Not horses in pyjamas. And I hadn't been drinking either.
I was thinking of cycling to Brighton and back tomorrow, seeing as that seems the thread thing to do. But it's a 810 mile round trip if I avoid the motorway, so I'll probably give it a miss.
Not even looked in here for a couple of weeks or so, so just had a read back. Some cracking racing as ever - highlight being LMH's overall win!! What a performance, and so understated too. If I'd have even finished that race I'd have given it the full War and Peace treatment in my race report, let alone WINNING it. Absolutely superb stuff, well done!!
Nicely done on by padams too, in the 87 races you seem to have done in the last few days. Bit rubbish finishing 2nd in one of them, but nevermind. Just run faster next time and you should be fine.
Cracking win from CW too!! You''re on fire at the mo!! Great stuff mate.
Top 10k-ing from AlanB too - again good to see someone getting their fitness back.
Nice to see bains having a strong series in the 5k - nice to see you back at it after a bit of a lay off.
PP - I think I commented on the birthday and 3k combo elsewhere, but well done (despite the juvenile error re the watch!)
Some impressive (well, bonkers) stuff from Dan A and SL - good luck in your race. Sounds tough!
Oh and loved JimBob's race report for the 1500m! Well done chap!
ES - hope the foot injury is nothing serious.
Nice to see TR back doing a bit too.
RS78 - nice to see you again! Although you've had a horrible time by the sounds. Glad to hear you're (kind of) on the mend - fingers crossed for you. And for info my shop is in Lorton (just off Whinlatter, between Keswick and Cockermouth). We live at Lanthwaite (couple of miles from Buttermere). Nice place to live.
Anyway, running. Bit shit to be honest. Not sure what's the matter with me but I just can't seem to get going of late. Been like this for ages truth be told, pretty much for 15 months or so. I can't seem to even muster a 50 mile week without feeling absolutely wrecked. Every run feels like a massive effort, not much enjoyment etc etc. I've had the odd run where it's been fun (the Stag Do Marathon as an example), but it's very much been the exception rather than the norm.
I actually did a 10 mile race on Wed. I was bloody awful! I was disappointed with my last race (an 81'2x Half in Jan) but this was on another level. Raced it as hard as I could and was expecting to finish in about 63'00ish. I ran 66'00! Hated every bloody step too. Could easily have called it a day as we looped past the finish at about the 0.8 mile mark. It then got worse. I was like a mobile hazard on the course for the first 6 miles. One of the marshals tried putting amber flashing lights on my back Just as well I didn't look at my watch at any point, cos I'd have probably just walked home. Got caught in a torrential downpour at 6ish which seemed to cheer me up a bit (well, made me smile at least) and I then passed a few folk. Somehow finished 7th and 1st Senior Citizen, but that was more due to the complete lack of decent runners rather than a slow course etc etc. Bizarre that I went through 20 miles in 2'05 at London, yet I can only muster 66 for 10 miles now. I wouldn't mind if I was quite enjoying it, but I'm not really. Hey ho, it's only a hobby eh? I might just have a bit of a break for a while I think, and see how things pan out.