Talking of which, off on proper hols early tomorrow! Should be interesting as we're going to La Gomera in the Canaries for two weeks. Very hot with very steep volcanic hills at every turn and hardly anything flat as far as I can tell on the map! Not sure how many miles I'll get in, but plenty of climbing I should think....
If I don't manage to post, happy training everyone and good luck to anyone racing!
LSR today. 14M hilly XC and after multiple slow versions of late, I felt like pushing the pace a bit today. Whilst by no means speedy, it was back to a reasonable average and nearly 18 mins faster than when I ran the same route 3 weeks ago!!!
Easy to be cynical about the women's 10,000. If it had been an American or European who had come out of nowhere and broken the world record, would we be suspicious or just genuinely amazed and pleased? Who knows, and that is the real shame of what doping can do - we can no longer believe in what may (or, sadly, most probably isn't) a genuinely outstanding performance.
Matt - you have so much potential, but I get the feeling you are somewhat in limbo. Without doubt you can aim for a distance and do bloody well on the road - at a whole range of distances, but, from what I've seen you could genuinely excel on the fells with a real bit of focus. The impression I get is that the whole ethos of fell-running is closest to your running heart and while you can do both to a large extent, you'll never really explore your limits by spreading yourself too thin. It really all comes down to what you want out of running at the end of the day and how far you are prepared to commit...
That said, it may be you just want to do as best you can across the whole spectrum of running disciplines - in which case, more power to your elbow and crack on - either way your times will be far, far better than most of us will ever achieve!
It's because tbey base the "difficulty" on peoples relative personal performances for the same distance, which they assume is down to factors such as wind, course profile etc. As most people use bp as a target race specifically to get a fast one though, the mass number of better than average results skews the difficulty down even more than it just being a fast course in good conditions.
Missed Dachs age grading - that is impressive for such a youngster