Very brief as I'm loitering in a doorway to get some wifi in Keswick but should be joining the family in Booths for shopping in 2 mins!
Congratulations Muss, yet another good race PP and best of luck in Kenya TT.
The Borrowdale Fell Race went way better than last year -- I paced it more conservatively, messed around taking video clips (as I knew I wouldn't be competitive), the weather was nice and so the rocks less slippery, and finished 20 mins quicker and felt a lot stronger. Obviously my quads are still wrecked today though. I've done another video like my BGR one for posterity, and for anyone wanting to know what it's like. Enjoy (if you like that kind of thing): http://youtu.be/jgfhouF_tsA
piscator -- I wasn't on holiday last weekend, but was visiting my Dad down in Surrey near the North Downs -- a handy training opportunity indeed. This time tomorrow though, I'll be in Penrith Good training miles there BTW.
PP -- phenomenal training as always.
TT -- I guess that's a cutback week then...
CJ2 -- I'd give it a decent go if you think your cadence is wrong. Mine was too *fast*, and forcing myself to stride longer and slower gave me a free performance boost once I'd adapted.
Padams -- nice 3000m.
Wardi -- fingers crossed that your PITA will be solved, and thanks for the luck! I've been doing my last few dashes up and down those hallowed stairs as I taper towards the race on Saturday. Travelling tomorrow, so I may not check in here until after the race sometime... good luck anyone else racing this weekend.
Matt3 -- congrats on the fell race win, I can sympathise with the trashed quads. 33 mins for a hilly 10K is very classy. Will Dublin be your first marathon?
TT -- nice one on the HM 2nd place after all thosem miles! (And on the move.)
Ryan -- I've got Snowdonia in October marathon-wise, with a fell race next week and a half or two later.
Well parkwon Muss, and a tidy long run too.
CC2, PP -- congrats on those mighty medals! Enjoyed the race report, PP.
Jools -- wow that's a big 3 days training-wise.
I did a total of 20M on Saturday including 3300 feet of climb/descent on the North Downs. New XTalons were fine -- but realised I'd ordered the wrong size of debris gaiters, so rather than shell out for express delivery and get some smaller ones (I've already discarded the packaging of the ones I have, stupidly) I'm going to try and modify the ones I've got. Rest yesterday, 6M in to work today with 10 sets of plyometric hops and jumps etc. Overall I'll be tapering this week though, for my fell race on Sat.
Catching up after a work trip yesterday -- which I thought was going to be an unwelcome break from training, but actually my legs were surprisingly DOMSd from Tuesday's staircase antics so I was only just OK to return to steady running anyhow (7M @ 8m/M en route to work today).
Splendid long run Ryan, that's just the kind of thing I like to do now and then in marathon training. And it no longer seems quite so eccentric -- I think more people are doing it (at least in our little world).
TT -- hope the house sale went through OK, splendid training too.
DanA -- wow, your quads must be in good shape to do two big consecutive days in the mountains like that (without getting DOMSd to hell after the first day that is).
PP -- tidy reps indeed.
Jools -- gah! Great run to be comfortably within 1 sec of PB though. In general you seem in fine form right now, and that's near the start of your campaign...
Craig Jeffrey 2 -- nice training. Maybe your MP is pessimistic if you're getting close to it easily? (I have chosen a staircase without CCTV coverage or security presence by the way, though a cleaner pops in and looks confused now and then!)
Muss -- good luck with the new arrival when it comes.
Well trained TickTock & ES too.
Last North Downs session for me tomorrow, and I'll wear my new 212s and debris gaiters as a dress rehearsal to make sure they're both fine.