Jools: "Oh, she won't bite!" -- I must rehearse the rejoinder "No, but I might" .
TT -- as I've oft said, I do progressive runs too (admittedly only twice in last campaign I think). So watch this space!
Lev_ -- interesting to hear of your Kenya experiences, I'm just reading the book. I thought they did some easy runs too, at really easy pace? Maybe different groups do different things of course.
DrD -- missed your high-performance training yesterday amid shoe talk. Golly.
Possibly peeking at my potatoes [bingo!] by running the 6M home yesterday at a more spirited 6:48/M. Knee was a bit grumbly before and after but not apparently worstened. With possible snow in prospect, I did a bog standard near-6M to work in fell shoes (in case I need the grip on the way home), and took the opportunity to explore another bridleway en route.
DrD -- I've only got a pair of rather clunky XC spikes literally from school days and have given up on them. I keep a pair of XTalon190s with nice fresh studs for races and they seem generally fine. Particularly for less formal inter-club ones that sometimes have stretches of spike-mangling tarmac.
PP -- mmm, looks good.
Well raced Jools!
TT -- I did tend to fade in marathons until I did longer training runs. Though to be fair I haven't tried going back to shorter LRs to see what happens -- I don't want to scupper a known working formula that works for me now, with opportunities to do near-PB times rapidly disappearing with age. PP -- I believe in doing structured LRs with some MP *and* some full-distance runs, different things on different weekends.
RS -- great, see you at Borrowdale. This time I will know it takes super-marathon endurance -- I basically conked out last time. And nice miles BTW.
A very slow 11M @ 8:30/M to get to work today. I wanted to go slow so as to avoid aggravating my knee, but ended up slower still because a) my back was very stiff for the first couple of miles and b) I decided to explore some bridleways as an alternative to my standard busway tarmac, and ended up sliding all over the place in my road shoes (probably not so good for the knee, though it seems no worse than yesterday). A more conventional commute back due later though.
Al_P -- wow, that's a hell of a week with a lot of quality *and* mileage. Big week from you too SL.
TT -- you're just goading me now with your max 20M (nice one though)! Glad Al is a full-distance ally (as is Marigoldof course, always did his full training marathon about 5 weeks out, even before his ultra days).
My quad DOMS is abating but still present, and the cranky knee is less so but still noticeable. I opted to extend my bike commute to 15M this morning (knee and quads seem happy with biking) but that now means I'll have had 6 days with only 2 running days in them.
Nice one PP, you were more than 3 mins ahead of me (didn't want to emit any spoilers until you'd reported in). Glad to have said hello before the start too!
Good idea RS, I should stalk some of my nearby XC finishers to get an idea of performance (especially if I miss the Watford half this Sunday, which I intended as some kind of performance yardstick). Glad yours turned out well.
Edit: just bike commuting for me today. My quads feel like they've run a marathon from those repeated fast downhills (good rehearsal for Snowdonia though), and I want my cranky knee to settle down again too.
TT -- actually I've not had more niggles recently, I've only had 2 in ages, neither LSR-related: hip from vaulting a cattle grid in a short run, before Xmas, and just last week my knee after an ill-advised competitive sprint on tired legs at the end of a MLR. Tempting the toaster gods to say so of course. (The hamstring twinge I mentioned was what I did near the end of VLM last time.)
Been offline for a couple of days to attend the Southern XC champs and stayed with my auntie. The XC went OK but not great -- I was 305th/857 so pretty undistinguished. Kept losing places going uphill, only to re-take them going downhill (so I lose on power but gain on economy). And then 15M along the prom this morning at 8:15/M, so not even a proper LSR. The XC was 9.4M of continual hills, so my recently untrained quads are DOMSd from the descents now, and the knee niggle which was almost gone at the start of the XC has come back unsurprisingly... but I'll rest it for a day or two and then be sensible about it. I've entered the Watford half next week but will give it a miss if the knee is still iffy.
Briefly though, congrats on your great XC result Jools! And many happy returns CC2, and a nice long run too. Well trained, you others.