bufo -- nice one on the hill race (makes me wonder why I'm bothering to train so much for mine!), and amazing speed. Glad to hear finals went well, too -- good luck in the new job.
Lev_ -- I would be floored speed-wise doing that distance too. Will be very interesting to hear how your body adapts and how it all works out.
TR -- you know what they say: pride comes before a fall. So much for my pride in reducing the weight of my trainers!
selbs -- bad luck on the knee, but hope NZ goes well.
DrD -- I hate pointless present-buying so much that we ceased hostilities on that front years ago with my sister, Dad and Mrs (well she gets herself some modest Xmas items from Amazon). But if the Scrooge approach doesn't appeal, there's nothing like some new running socks to make you realise how clapped out the old ones are...
TT -- impressive stuff. Very sensible to "stick" rather than "twist" now you're ahead.
Dachs -- wow, excellent time, and you've beaten PP to sub-16 by a convincing margin!
Day off for me today; some bike errands to do anyway, and my legs are still a bit creaky from the weekend.
Tmoth -- wow, congratulations. And happy recovery!
My legs are a bit creaky after the 10k yesterday, but fortunately all the damage from falling over was skin deep. Did 7M this morning including many times over a bridge for 'hills', but all at a lowly pace. Might have a bikey day tomorrow and then a massive stair session on Weds...
TR -- impressive training. You too Al and DrD (nice parkrun speed and hangover tolerance also).
I've joined Padams with some road rash from my St Ives 10k race today -- like a complete muppet, I sprawled onto the ground in the last mile coming off a kerb. What hope is there for me in a fell race? I'm wondering if the heel material I cut away from my Lunaracers, while fine on the flat, caused me a problem here (and the similar time I fell in training). Bah, that leaves me with no completely satisfactory road shoes despite having about 8 pairs under the sofa. Anyway, the damage was only superficial so I got up again and finished the last mile a bit cautiously in case I'd done anything worse (didn't want to jeopardise Borrowdale). Finished in 35:50 which was rather disappointing, even allowing for the fall -- I hoped for sub-35 at least despite the paucity of my speed training of late. Consoled myself with another 5M waiting for prizes, and took a team trophy home. At least the decks are now completely clear for my fell race -- bring it on.
Padams -- that driver *was* $hit, really bad luck. No idea if it helps, but I leave the hub dynamo powered German-engineered LED light going permanently on my commuting/training bike, though that's mainly for the local hazard here of having a dozy rowing coach wander into my path by the river...
selbs -- bad luck on the knee. I've a colleague here who is perpetually getting injured playing footie.
CRAB -- ah, I missed TR's link to start with. Epic stuff, congratulations. Love the understated suffering.
I've carried on in my usual schizophrenic manner. For the 10k on Sun, I want to be tapered and fresh, even if it's not my A-priority; for Borrowdale in 2 weeks, this should be a hard week with a lot of climb/descent. So this morning I did a quick half mile lap (5:09/M) for the 10k, then a reduced stint on the stairs (only about 300m, but faster than previously). A taper of sorts then, but with a bit of hill in it. Once the 10k is over, at least I'll only have one thing to focus on.
DrD -- cripes, was your violent illness just a coincidental bug do you think, or heat stroke/exhaustion* [delete incorrect term] from a hot run? (I did once get into a strange wobbly state after a 10M race in about 30degC heat.)
PP -- I still haven't done a session on a treadmill, but it's bound to happen one day on a work trip or something. Wipe-down etiquette noted...
Forgot to say I had an email from an old pal this morning who'd spotted my picture in an ad for the forthcoming Cambridge Town & Gown 10k in the London Evening Standard last night. Fame at last. Ish.
One of my daughter's peer bands the other night did a splendid rendition of Highway to Hell, which I thought would be a great anthem for my fell race. Except, for once, it ain't on a highway of course.