Sean - holiday was great. We have not done this kind of thing for a long time. Mainly we spend all the hols in Ireland with family. So it was nice getting away by ourselves and doing some things we would not normally do.
Well done for getting that session in even though you were tired. Not easy to push hard when the body is just not with it.
Great weight loss. When you get there that will be an even bigger achievement than it is already. And just imagine how much faster you will be able to run without all that excess baggage !!
Will - great to have you back too. Please do stay. And do not worry if you cannot respond to every post. Congrats on the wedding. You can give Carter some advice even though not sure he needs any as he seems to have it all planned out already. And good to hear that the running is ticking over.
Not much been going on here. Just a few PB's and mad runs and new running gear and people losing weight and people having some life issues getting in the way. Just your normal running summer really !!
PS - my OH is quite understanding about my obsession. I have become better at sensing when I am pushing my luck and adjust what I am doing. However she understands that it is my way of winding down and dealing with life so she lets me get on with it. Must be quite difficult when the OH gets in a mood every time you put on the trainers. And of course with a race coming up getting the long runs in is important. Stick with it. Enjoy the trip to Niagra as it is a spectacular place. Maybe try getting the run in there instead.
Ali - another 5k PB. You on on fire. Great report and fantastic control during the race. Just shows that with the right race head on before the race, you can really make the result you want happen. All these tough club sessions are having a massive impact on your racing technique. Now you just need to know 6 seconds off to have a 21:XX PB. No pressure !!
Robert - sorry to hear that Mrs R has more bad news to deal with. Stay strong for her.
Sounds you have a busy running week ahead of you too.
Ali - more great running from you. You have become a regular running machine and look like your new job is not getting in the way too much so far.
Hotel was great. Nothing special. Chalet style. But a few other families with kids of similar ages to mine so they had a blast. Staff were friendly and food was good for this type of hotel. Always plenty on offer and always very accommodating when we needed to make slight changes to prepared menus to suit the fussy eaters that we are.
Had a small swimming pool which the kids loved even though it was not heated and despite the high temperatures it was still freezing.
We had 2 rooms as with 3 kids we do not fit in standard family rooms. WAs nice though as it meant that we had some sort of break even if the youngest one kept coming in and out.
Sean - just had a look at the Cortina trails on the web. it is on northern Italy and there is a trail race there every June. Starting elevation 1200m rising to 2400m and over 47km with a time limit of 12 hours !!! Am sure the scenery is amazing but must be a killer. No doubt your club mates were just running for fun and were more sensible.
Running at elevation is hard work !!
Once I am done with Chicago Ia m going to look into running clubs a bit more seriously than I have before. AS you say there are loads in North London so should be able to find one that suits my erratic work schedule.
Ali is testament to the fact that running with others at a club improves your form pretty quickly.
How are the knees this week and well done for resting. It is not easy not going out running when it becomes part of a routine. I forced myself to stay indoors today and it was hard thinking that I had a day off from work and was wasting it by not running. We are strange creatures indeed.
Robert - sorry to hear of the various woes in Mrs R's life at present. Certainly puts everything in perspective. Fascinated about the 2year old. How can someone not know that a 2 year old is in the house ? Seems like neither Mum nor child was that fussed so all's well that end's well I guess.
Some good running from you at the end of last week and congrats on hitting your biggest mileage ever. Now you just need to sneak over the 40 miles a week barrier ....
PS - I love Grand Central Station. Great run. Never thought of running to a station before and coming home by train. Must have felt good to run the 20 miles and also do it with friends. That pace should give you a confidence boost with 3-4 more weeks of decent training before the taper to come.
Ali - great running from you too. How did it feel taking out a group of XC beginners ? And that club session at Arran sounds tough but once again you made it happen. You are getting in some great variety with your club and seems you are just taking it in your stride. Well done you.
Carter - Garmins are taking a pasting on the threads at the moment. Some people are talking about having to do hard resets, others are losing data, others cannot charge them, others cannot get enough charge into them. I use mine a lot and on the whole it has served me well. Am interested in how you get on with your new toy as at some point in the next year or so I will probably upgrade.As long as it does not fail me on the big day I will stick with it for a while longer.
Diets are hard to maintain for long periods as taking everything you like out of your diet makes life tedious. We all need to feed our cravings. So think trying to control your calorie intake and every so often using the diet as a means to loose a few pounds is probably a more longer term sustainable way of managing the weight.
Well done on the wedding invitation.
Am pleased that you have entered a few more ultras. It is what you have been moving towards for some time and I think you are ready to make the switch. Assume this means that you will put running the short marathon distance on hold for another year as it will be hard to do both justice ?
Washwood - great to have you back. No matter that you lost the mojo for a wee while. You are back and that is all that matters. Good idea entering a few races as this will give you something to focus on and get a rhythm to the training. Don't worry about reading all the posts since you were last on. Just jump back in from now and keep moving forward.
PS - any response from Chicago on the corral thing. Shame they have not moved you but on the other hand this means that you can control your own race.
Ali - more great running from you. You have become a regular runn