Jools, yes I'm getting weary of this weather too, most of my runs this week have been wind buffeted and/or wet. Good effort seeing it through.
Dan A.. good regular mileage there, I reckon that together with your history of VLM performances you're a banker for sub 3:30
Jimbob.. good to get the last long run over & done with, nearly cotton wool time.
Ryan.. careful with that shin, I have recent experience of shin problems which I tried to run through. I ended up with full blown shin splints last autumn which took me 2 1/2 weeks to sort out. Best advice I can offer is - if you flex your foot up & down and you can still feel it then don't run on it. Hopefully you've caught it early enough so the physio can give you a comeback time. Fingers crossed for you.
MLR of 13.8m for me today on yet another windy day. 62 miles for this week which is my highest this year, 5 weeks to go now. I was thinking of running Barcelona in an orange hi-viz t-shirt and matching cap which would give Mrs Wardi a better chance of seeing me, plus I should get lots of encouragement from the Dutch contingent!
Charlie.. around 9:40 pace which is a reasonable shuffle I suppose, I sped up for the last few miles once I left them. He does stop for a light lunch most days, not ideal for runners but with his dietary requirements I guess he needs the fuel. Nice week BTW, enjoy the beers tomorrow!
Top effort at the XC Charlie.. and for rounding it up to 20m! Glad you came out of it unscathed... & congrats to Jools on a similarly fine effort and team silver|
Nice 20m in the bank CD.
Ryan.. wow, immense miles clocked there. Looking forward to see what Seville brings.
15m jigsaw puzzle run for me this morning, 4m steady to the start of a low key club handicap race, 8m @ circa 7:10 pace then a 3m warm down. Pleased enough with 55m for the week.
Charlie.. just a thought on your 'plods'. Speaking from the lofty 'coffin dodger' knowledge of the gradual onrush of older age.. the first thing I noticed from 45+ years was a longer recovery time from hard races/sessions. If you're trying to put in the same training load as 5-10 years ago on an older body then tired legs are the inevitable end result. My max per week now is 55-60m whereas 10-15 years ago it was 60-80mpw. Please keep on keeping on any way as I love to hear about your training adventures!
Ryan/Selbs. Barcelona for me, I ran it last year after Dan A & Padams recommended it. Start/Finish & Expo are all in one place so pretty stress free if your hotel is walking distance. It's about half the size of VLM so busy but not overcrowded, plus a nice course that thankfully avoids the hilly parts of the city! My build up has been much better so far due to lack of the nerve niggles I had last year. 5-6 weeks for a few more long runs & some fine tuning before deciding what to aim for. BTW awesome mileage Ryan, Seville doesn't sound too far off now.
Very impressive CD, hope you won some worthwhile bling. Great idea on the breathable suits, I can see them perhaps being marketed with a free iron as a tempter.