Ah Jools, though it really was a cello, and was in a hard case with a soft case _as well_ in the same plastic-wrapped bundle, it was -- like us -- just a 3/4 size version! (And PP... get yer coat ... and Marrows -- completely lost me, but your pictures look suspicously like something from It's a Knockout.) [The story was, it was making my arm ache carrying the thing, and I was going to jog back anyway so wearing my trainers... and I realised my arms would have to hold the thing for less time if I got a move on!]
Welcome back Marders, didn't know you were also doing (utterly ridiculous) ultra training.
Padams -- sounds like you've done the right thing with your new bike.
Lev -- yes they really do envelopes of cash as prizes in that one, rare indeed in the South at least (more common up North?). Hey, and take it easy now!
TR -- ahh, I didn't really explain. It was a course of two unequal laps, so the slight uphill/upwind bit I did twice, but the second time I was significantly slower (approaching the finish). My breathing was maxed out at the end of the race too -- why the oxygen desperation at little better than 6m/M? Must be telling me somthing. And hey, nice long run!
The relay performance sounds very encouraging, bainspj.
PP -- Perfect Pacing again. That does sound like a tough session -- maybe MsP should have a lower target time if she can do that OK? Better to have a conservative target than blow up horribly though.
selbs -- more encouraging progress from you, good stuff. No it's not cheating to have company!
ON7 -- congrats on the parkrun victory. I did the Leighton 10 last year -- be ready for the big hill towards the end!
Nothing for me today unless you count jogging to the Parcelforce depot to despatch a cello for eBay purposes. Legs a bit creaky but not too bad. I haven't done full surgery on my foot yet, but it's quite comfortable being drained. Might do it later and then do an easy commuting double tomorrow. After all, I could do with burning off some curry calories now...
PP -- if you published those paces, a statistician would probably accuse you of inventing the data because they were unreasonably consistent
Lev -- just take it easy, you're quite right that the work is done. Don't break it!
Steve6 -- well won in the parkrun, and nice 'coro 10' too.
Jools -- that's a heavy double session for the weekend. Impressive. The 6x1M at HMP is just what I like to do as HM training.
TickTock -- beer definitely earnt. In fact I'm having one right now too...
... as the Grunty Fen half went well. I predicted 76 or 77 min here, and got 76.5. However, once again (and this is becoming a worrying trend), it involved a significant positive split: 37:25 for the first half, 39:04 for the second. I started not too crazily (despite a downhill/downwind first mile) and let a V40 nemesis and another get significantly away, but then caught them again at 5M and deliberately surged past a bit so they wouldn't be tempted to stay with me; feeling strong there. Then I was on my own for the rest of the race; I was inching towards a guy in front, who was fading, but actually I was fading too. The last 3M with a slight headwind and a bit of a hill were close to 6 min/M, so I was having a little blow-up really. Still, 6th overall, 1st V40 (lucky with who turned up) worth £40, team prize worth £25, 3rd Cambs county champs senior medal, and they threatened to give me the CCC V40 medal as well but then realised they'd run out. (Bad form to get two anyway, it should have gone to the next V40.) (Unusual to have cash prizes here down South.)
And the blister? Well it didn't trouble me in the race, but afterwards I realised another bloody bubble had formed under my repairs, and it was sore. Once drained and dressed though, it was fine to jog another 4M or so while waiting for prizes. Worth the damage today -- off now to spend the £65 on a pre-planned family curry (anniversary meal from Tuesday postponed to post-race -- Mrs most understanding!).
I was out on a work "jolly" for a couple of days (which were indeed rest days running-wise) and too knackered yesterday to face the read-back, but here I am now. (The work trip involved miserably late flights and a lengthy meeting, but on the plus side I did get to paddle in the sea at San Sebastian, chinos rolled up and laptop bag still on my back amongst the bikinis and trunks. Out of place, me?)
bainspj -- enviable mile reps
Welcome TickTock -- you'll be immune to abbreviation, as we have a long-standing rival TT here
Speaking of whom, nice session too TT.
TR -- sorry you're still suffering from the ribs. Good to have some races pencilled in though.
Wardi -- ah, I've never tried Midsummer House. I was in polite correspondence with them though, as their delivery vans often block the path on my neat 777m speed loop round the park (they're about 0.5M from my house). Hope she enjoys it! Good training miles BTW.
Lev -- tremendous session, and reassured to hear you know to take it easy now
TheBus -- oh no, hope the injury doesn't last too long.
Glad to hear you're back to it nicely Jools. Likewise selbs, in a longer-term kind of way.
PP -- great stuff in your 5000m. Dachs -- even better stuff!
DrD -- very nice 20, annoying about the shoe size.
So I've got the local Grunty Fen half tomorrow; not an A-race, but actually the legs are feeling quite perky and the weather isn't looking bad, so maybe I'll do OK. Could be on for 76 or 77 min if not 75. I did a rare lunchtime run of 4M @ 6:15/M yesterday which was very comfortable, again doing a brisk steady run rather than any shorter taper reps to try and preserve my blister repairs. And the foot has healed up pretty nicely, though the skin is still perilously thin over the trouble-spot. I've reinforced it for the last time pre-race with two layers of blister gel patches glued down with essence of benzoin, so fingers crossed it will hold together for the half...