Sorry to hear you aren't running Portsmouth. I suppose I should see that as a positive as it'll be one less person in front of me! It makes sense though - you don't want to be feeling tired right at the start of the plan. Very interested to see what you'll be doing when you're thread is up and running. I'll be starting my training plan for Brighton on Monday too, so I'm sure I'll be plagiarising some of what you're given!
Really been enjoying the Asics threads so far, this one included. I've been useless in having time to write on them though, but have been voting every day so far. I have a few favourites that I have been voting for regularly, but having the chance to vote daily has really made it interesting - for some categories I've found my votes changing based on people's daily efforts. Nice to see the detective work and research going on as well!
To be honest.. If it wasn't for the boys... i would have taken my shorts and I would have ran the stretches i could of the great wall when up there.....but youngest isn't a runner so e will walk...
I'm not sure which parts of the wall you are planning on visiting but if venturing from Beijing, Badaling is the most touristy. Mutianyu is also touristy but less busy (nice views of the Wall running off in to the distance as well). If you want to see the wall without any restoration and away from the main crowds then Simatai is probably best, or even more off the beaten track is Jiankou, which is incredible (although slightly dangerous as it's falling apart so much!).
Extremely jealous of your trip. Probably best that you aren't going to run over there. In the city where I lived, I never saw another person running and regularly made people fall off their bicycles in shock when I did venture out for a trot! (Malcs, I've lined you up here for a spot of wit! )
Sorry, i'll let you get back to your running talk!
After yesterday's excitement, I just wanted to come on here and say how nice it was to be asked to come along and get to meet the bootcampers. It brought back a lot of good memories from my experience. There was a fair amount of jealousy too, knowing what a journey the chosen 5 will have over the next few months.
Really best of luck to everyone who was there yesterday. Very excited to see who makes it through to the next round.
Frocker.........it was only tough when I did it because I'd done absolutely no speed training at all and I was wary that I didn't want to be too much slower than the time I had written down on my application. Not sure if this is done every year though!
Congratulations to those lucky enough to get through and commiserations to those that haven't. Like Malcs I also found out late that I was through after having a couple of missed calls.
For those that didn't get through it's definitely worth following the threads of those that do win. I managed to improve all of my PBs this year by following Malcs' thread (apart from marathon, which I'm blaming on a virus!).
Malcs..........all is good thank you very much. Just getting back in to training after a few weeks off. Any plans for Spring yet yourself?