Koiboy - TMW is brillianr but tough. Mainly good forestry tracks but some narrower footpaths and more technical parts (tree rooty rocky bits). Your either going up hill or down hill to various degrees no flat really and an absolute killer of a climb right at the end thats 1.5 - 2 miles long before the final 1/2ish mile downhill to the finish. There was a profile on the website but there have been a few changes to the route this year because of storm damage but i don't think the diversions have made it easier and they aren't huge ones from what i've seen so far. Not much spectators but the feed stations are well stocked water/Torq drink and gels, bananas and 9 bars last year and it's really really well marked so no navigation needed at all. I think you've done Race the Train haven't you? The TMW half is a harder route than Race the Train at least i think so and i run on the Coed y Brenin trails all the time.
Thanks guys - was dreading waking up this morning and regretting sending the e-mails but didn't and am now looking forward to my races again. Maintaining for the halves is going to be alot easier and as Stilldreaming said much less stressful.
Though wether the bike will be less stressful remains to be seen, even Mr C may be stressed with that one as i yell at him for the umpteenth time "How do i change gear again????
Off to the opening of a tapas bar tonight instead of heading off up Cader on a club run - see the more chilled approach is working already
Brer - great report and still a great time considering everything
Seems a bit daft not using the race course when they are expecting so many people - all they have to do is warn peeps it may take a while to get out of there then anyone in a rush can find an alternative. Probably going to have to park and ride now as guessing the centre car parks will fill up very early, which means either trailing back out to the car after finishing and then back into Chester (and paying twice) or lugging a backpack around Chester for the afternoon.
Fish - shame about the race hope your back gets better soon.
Well after a weekend of soul searching and a good long chat with Mr C i've made some hardish but for the best (i think) decsions about my plans for the rest of the year. I've e-mailed TMW to ask to downgrade my entry to the half and also RTT from the 14 miles to the 10K (Mr C will then do that with me). Chester half is still on but SNOD has to be decided on. I didn't really enjoy Manchester that much and the thought of more very long runs is just filling me with dread. We also had a scare with my Dad last week and Mr C's Dad is just starting to recover after a major cancer op and it's just put a few things into perspective mainly about the time i was putting into the long runs and what i was sacrificing to do them. It was all worth it but i don't think it is now.
On the positive side Mr C's running with bionic hips and wonky knee has come on loads and he's managing 8 miles now so we can run and spend time together more if my runs aren't so long. And i'll have more time to use the bike he bought me which didn't come out of the shed last year .
So onwards and upwards off to order some snazzy padded shorts in case it's nice at the weekend and i decide to learn how to ride my bike again could prove more interesting than one of TRex's race reports