Very best of luck, CC - read the Spine Race website last night and you are one crazy chick! It looks gruelling to say the least. If anyone can survive it you can, but please take extra care given the extreme weather forecast. We don't want you getting blown away! I for one cannot wait for the race report!
Glad your first day went well JG. Can you mix it up? Leave early and get home early on some occasions and breakfast with the kids other days? How many days per week are you working? And the first day is always a bit of a damp squib!
Will try to do a proper post at some point soon but wanted to wish CC the best of luck before the madness commences!
Pip, I know Barnet reasonably well as I used to live close by and a lot of my long runs took me there. I'm not far away now either. My best friend also still lives there. It's very nice - decent shopping area, several restaurants, cafes and bars, a short distance from some lovely green spaces such as Trent Park, Aldenham Country Park and Hadley Wood/Common. Served by the Northern Line (New Barnet has a rail link directly into Kings Cross/Moorgate too, but is not as nice as High Barnet). Why is moving house so unbelievably stressful and takes so long???
Lotte, would you be disciplined enough to not race at maximum effort? If yes, then why not? But if you know you'd get the competitive bit between your teeth then I'd keep my eye on the bigger picture and not do it. But I know what you mean about wanting to do it because you can - especially as for you racing involves so many arrangements normally! That's funny about turning 40 - I felt the same about turning 45; the only good part about it is starting to win in my age category! Sad it's taken all this time!
Caro, unfortunately I can't do Jill Oliver this year. We're going to my brother's that Sunday - it was the only one we could all make. Disappointed as I did fancy it, being so local, and wanted to run it with you! Maybe next year?
... near my PB but haven't really trained hard all summer and have had a few niggles with my back recently so didn't want to kill myself. Then I came down with a cold a couple of days later so that went some way to explaining why I felt I could have done better. Ran 1:37 (PB is 1:34) so was a bit disappointed but still managed 3rd in age category so not all bad. And I enjoyed it - apart from the hill up to the finish!
Work is mental at the moment so I will sign off now and get on. Sorry I haven't name-checked everyone - am thinking of you all! Group 10K idea is awesome by the way - as long as I can make it work with the flights etc. I'm in - some of the ones I looked at randomly the other day were a bit pricey but was on my phone so difficult to do a proper search.