Well that has to be my longest time off the forums since my near death experience at the start of the year! Back from hols now and the post hols readjustment so finally trying to get back into things.
reikirabbit - love the bridgeathon! That must have been quite a distance no? Good to hear that the body is holding up better than last year. How are you feeling about York?
stan - best of luck for Salford. It's great to finally hear you sounding positive about your speed!
The 24 hour races are much easier than you might think. It's lots of small bursts and even then they are done much slower than normal pace (well they are for me anyway!)
You can't not do London!!! I was banking on you being there. Just rearrange the wedding instead - tell them I said so!
Mr P - lol, sadly I didn't see any pies on offer at TR, is that a deal breaker for you?
Sorry to hear about the abdominal pains - is your mind put at rest now?
Minni - very well done at Spitfire, sounds awesome! My only problem with it is that it's in the middle of school hols so holiday would have to be planned round it. Not ruling it out though.
We've decided that we're going to try Endure 24 next year. Entries open soon. May do it in addition to TR and/or Spitfire but I don't know yet.
Great to hear that you're doing an autumn mara, would that be York then? Would be awesome to see you there!
Re the training mileage, I can't understand how people manage things like P&D. I've used the plans on the Asics262 portal and they don't seem to go much over 50 miles on the longest mileage weeks. Most midweek runs are 6-9 miles. I've found them brilliant.
Angela - blimey, didn't realise you'd had such a crap journey! Clearly didn't affect your performance though. Hope all is well!
Chicksta - great to hear that things are improving for you. Have you any races planned or are you still in 'get back into it' mode?
So far so good for me with York training. Bit of calf tightness but haven't missed any runs yet. Got the big one at the weekend - 10 slow, 10 MP. It'll be a good test!
Mr P - ta very much sir! lol, you're supposed to do not very much on holiday! Hope the iPad didn't get thrown in the pool
SK - cheers and wow, congrats on the 10K win! Anything exciting for the prize or was the glory of victory sufficient?
Away with you - you could easily keep up with me!
chicksta - ha ha, you do have a way with words chicksta, many thanks!
You hit the nail on the head - one step at a time and hit your peak in September. Patience, it will happen!
Martin - thanks! Get the training in and you will fly round. The half plan looks good. What are your 5K and 10K paces looking like?
Angela - much appreciated! Keep going - you are heading in the right direction!
It was TR24 at the weekend. Friday was a wash out - totally poured for most of the day and then was absolutely nobbling at night. However, thankfully Saturday was a belter - not too hot but plenty of sunshine, perfect conditions really.
I was in a pair with Mrs Malcs but she can only manage 3 laps before her leg starts pestering her so I knew I had to do a lot of the laps myself.
My aim was to beat the 9 I did last year. After my third I was wondering whether I'd even get close but it's funny how things can turn and after some food and a rest the next two (either side of Mrs Malcs' second) were not too bad.
With 5 in the bag and 9 hrs on the clock I had another rest and a bit of dinner before heading back out for the night time session at about 11:30pm. Running with a head torch is just the best! I did a double lap and then headed for the catering tent for a cheese and bacon burger and much needed coffee. One more double and before I knew it the sun was coming up.
Mrs Malcs took over. She was already suffering but she did incredibly well to get out there and complete her third leaving me with just one more to make my target. Angela had just headed out a little earlier and I managed to catch her up - ok, so she definitely must have slowed down because I wasn't getting any quicker
Tigger then begged me to do one last lap with her so we headed out with the race clock on 22 hrs 30mins. That was when the weather turned. Absolutely tipped it down. So gutted. But then again, it got me out of packing up
110 km in total. Really, really pleased. It's such an awesome event and so well organised. They even had a beer bus this year (Mr P, take note! )
Gotta congratulate Angela and Sarah A who came 3rd in the ladies pairs. Awesome achievement!
Nice going reikirabbit and great to hear that your place is secured
When you get to the point where the sessions get easier as they progress then you know you're getting somewhere!
Martin - that's cool, got a target for that?
With TR coming up I decided to do next week's planned sessions this week instead as they looked harder. Today's 2K reps (four of the buggers) were murder. Quads are completely shredded. If I meet my end running then it'll no doubt be when I'm doing 2K reps