Yeah - 9am race start is a bit of a bugger. Means breakfast at 6 and set off at 7.15! Still, I've got a whole pile of stuff to do tomorrow, so at least I'll have a bit of extra time later on in the day - assuming I've got any energy left!
Top racing guys! Dean, being cheesed off with a 15:35 sandwiched between a gold and silver is a very good place to be (cheese sandwich?), especilly as you felt off what you are capable of at the moment. Stevie - I'm very jealous that you are on the verge of sub 17! You've worked for it though, so fair play!
Matt - not many can combine great results on the fells with fast road times (Brownlees aside!). I guess it needs a bit of thinking about whether you want to blast it on the fells, get some damn good road times or try and take a more generalist approach as a runner and do as well as you can at both!
I bet Philip will talk you INTO it Dachs! Knows a thing or two about steeplechase. I looked at the water pit when I was last at the track and couldn't quite get my head around how hard that would be to jump without a huge risk of making an arse of yourself!
Top racing SG - just shows how much progress you've made when you can now outstrip a quality runner like Frank. I did think about joining you SG, but after today, I couldn't face the thought of sitting in a car for any length of time!
As for the he long run in the rain, it's been a long time since I've run in those conditions - you tend to forget that the thought of it is much worse than the reality! Kind of enjoyed it in a sado-masochistic sort of way - even a drenching by a passing bus (ironically!)
Wouldn't call it strolling Stevie, but the right side of hard, so hppy enough - I'm counting it as the first run in my Abingdon marathon campaign
You won't be too rested Stevie - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! Don't exepct the legs to feel good until race day though, cos they never do pre-race! Personally I'd be inclined to make Thursday a 3M rather than 2, as I think it takes that much to get the muscles warmed up and the legs moving easily enough to remind them what they are for after a bit of rest.