Thanks all. I'm pretty used to it from our former ice-hockey / roller-hockey days too so nothing new for me. People sometimes argue that if one sibling is good at something then the other should have the genetics for it too...but it doesn't work like that. Sure he is a lot lighter than me, more disciplined eating wise and has a lot more time on his hands to train and get in a high number of miles but I doubt I'd ever get to that level - one reason being his first half was sub 90 minutes as a relatively new runner a few years back whereby it took me some time to get to that level. It's good to see him progressing now though after injury last year!
Good call on the Parkrun WP - it was pretty dire! Still a decent long run though!
Good to see you are getting back out there too Andrew, hopefully not too much fitness lost all in all. I was amazed at how much a few extra pounds and a few months of little less running (although with a calf injury over part of the summer) resulted in such a large drop in fitness!
PRF - cheers and good run at the Yorkshire Marathon btw and congratulations to Hannah too. Yes, I am excited moving into next year with the races I have lined up!
Good to see a return to speed work too Alehouse.
Did you do Parkrun WP?
So it was Gosport half for me yesterday. It went ok considering the conditions....wanted sub 91 minutes after squeezing under 95 minutes at the Cardiff half last month. Managed a bit over 93 and a half minutes so perhaps could have been closer or beaten my target if the conditions were better. Don't feel satisfied neither disappointed to be honest although did enjoy the race. Managed to push myself hard over the last few miles thanks to a club mate on another thread (RFJ) who was running strongly even if not on top form. Always great to see many old club mates and the course is excellent too and prefer the coastal route to the airfield route which was stopped a few years back when a college was built on part of the route.
My brother had a good run with a PB averaging just under 6 m/m and a 5:30 final mile so expect him to improve on that quite a bit more next year particularly with that final mile in mind and strong sprint finish. So a good weekend away for him doing this. I am starting to wonder if we are really related though! I read on these forums stories of frustration sometimes from talented runners unhappy with their performances. All I will say is be thankful you don't have a sibling thrashing you in each and every race you enter! Although very proud and happy for him it can really leave you feeling properly crap too.
Well done RFJ, cheers for the last 3 miles today....I'm guessing that's me from your race report. I realise on top form you are quite a bit faster but glad you were able to push on too! It certainly helped me to work hard down that final stretch. I am always spent when it comes to the final bits at the end so knew you'd pull away to the finish! Awful conditions with the wind but still one of my favourite races in the south and good to see lots of of club mates marshaling.
Hoping I'll be a little fitter by the time of the Victory 5 next month and today is something to work off. Brother had a stormer despite the conditions with a PB...he was visiting to do the race and said its one he wants to do again. Starting to wonder if we are related though with the difference in our times!
Pretty tired too now, time to put the feet up! Well done again hope its a good platform for the next one!
Stay positive WP and get a good training benefit from it! I did that with the Cardiff Half and it wasn't as bad as feared! I'm with Alehouse, trust the training you have done. You wanted more positivity so there you go!
Although that was some way if your Parkrun PB, DT you have still had a very good autumn off your training plan so well done!
Fitness is still creeping back slowly here. Had a dissapointing Parkrun effort last week finishing in 20:46 but that was following a few heavy training days. In hindsight I tried to cram too much in over 4 days relative to my current mileage and quality. Confident I'll get close to or break 20 minutes again at another bash next month though so we shall see.
Races for the coming months and next year are shaping up nicely now. First off there is the Gosport half in mid November, then the Victory 5 in early December which has been moved back to this original date having been September over recent years...then Chichester 10k in early February, the Brighton half at the end of February, Cardiff half in late March and VLM next April after being very lucky through the ballot. Might also enter the Stubbington 10k too (although undecided with the Eastleigh 10k with the Cardiff half being a week later). I was expecting a year without a marathon and was initially looking forward to that but that has obviously now changed somewhat and will look to build the mileage again before Christmas ready for a decent stab with the training next time round. I still think shingles the month before prevented a faster time at Manchester back in April so will be hoping for another PB if the training goes ok this time! I've finally got a locker key to use in work so this should help a bit more with fitting extra running in as well.