Al_P -- excellent stuff, that was a pretty serious time trial in effect!
SL -- very nicely done with your wise pacing. I actually wondered about a low-key effort there myself (as doing an ultra 2 weeks after VLM went surprisingly well), but fortunately thought better of it. You are indeed in enviable shape -- this one sounds easier that half the training runs you've been posting lately...
LS -- we'll be very nearby in the Micklegate Travelodge, though I'd maybe better restrict my runner socialising to banter and back-slapping before/after the event, as we'll be doing family stuff too meeting eldest at uni, and only have the one night. But also that sounds like a superb opportunity for a few beerios. I'll discuss it with them, anyway!
My legs are quite fresh on a low-mileage diet; cruised in today on my most eye-wrenching shoes to date, ASICS Hyper Tri 2, and overdressed (for what it was worth in the chilly autumn air). I'm probably letting myself go a bit physically, but no bad thing to give the body a rest after a marathon campaign I guess. Still toying with the idea of the odd additional local race in the next couple of months...
Al_P -- I really thought that beer-gel was a Photoshop...
Jooligan -- oh no, sorry! As others have said, do have another go while your legs are still in marathon shape (as they shouldn't have been too beaten up hopefully).
Piscator, by contrast, that sounds like a delight. (And only now do I realise who you are on FB!)
GBRM -- always wonderful to hear of someone breaking 3 hrs for the first time. Congratulations!
Padams -- congrats on the XC win, impressive that you were fresh enough to do so after the unaccustomed 15M.
LS21 -- well done again, especially with the health woes you've suffered.
DanA -- nicely executed there, forgive me though, what's in 4 weeks?
So yes I entered Brass Monkey too, really a family thing as my son's just started at uni there, and wrapping a visit round the York marathon proved very popular all round. I've another local half in about 4 weeks, nothing else planned but I'm sure I'll do a few races of some sort. 15M yesterday including the first 6-min miling I've done since York, so I think my legs are back with me now.
Wardi -- yes I do intend to enter the Brass Monkey half now. Hopefully actually see you at this one! And I just reactivated my Results Base account, thanks for the tip.
LS21 -- we're not worthy! See you in Jan too then, if we all get in.
Well done all of you on the XC (even if it's low-class compared to LS' parkrun).
Now _that_ is a classy parkrun, Padams.
Sterling effort in the half, Dan. (Manchester is known for rain, isn't it?)
SL -- ah, that's what it is! I kept thinking I should know already. Good luck, you certainly seem to be in great shape (well once you're over the session again).
I'm still feeling viral, but clocked up a few miles on Sat on a regular trip to see my Dad, and did another 6M yesterday morning with a few feeble hills. My calves felt a bit wooden though -- still not over the marathon it seems. Rest today, run tomorrow.
Thanks Coro! Yes it's a bit funny about that England Athletics thing; if they really wanted the best vets, why not include VLM as a qualifying race, where nearly all of them turn out? Maybe they'll cancel or re-plan the whole thing (e.g. also use VLM results) when they find they have a bunch of second-string guys like me otherwise. And who is this coachful of old duffers supposed to be competing against, anyway? Though obviously I'd be far too vain to pass up the chance for any kind of national vest, even if it's not a "proper" one and I have to pay for it. (CD -- I'd never take it off )
SL -- third time at least you've done that highly impressive session, I note. How do those eye-watering paces compare with your intended MP?
Wardi -- gosh, just stalked your Dewsbury lady -- 93.2% WAVA puts me to shame.
RS -- nice one on the XC so soon after your tough marathon.
AlanB -- nice BAc session there, and I'm sure the taper will work great magic.