Just checking in from sunny/cloudy/cold/rainy then sunny again Devon. No running for me since the ultra. Back home at the weekend so will get back on it then. I need to as I have eaten and drank far too much.
Hope everyone is ok and will check back in again in a few days (tinterweb connection is pretty hit and miss in the middle of nowhere in a field in a tent)
Today, I am feeling a lot better and the old legs seem back to normal. No aches or pains to speak of and stairs are now an option for me. Still, I'm not going to go for a run until I get back from my holiday next week. The guts are also feeling a lot better. A couple of weekends with back to back runs are on the plan; a 12 & 22 miler and a 16 & 30 miler !! Then it will be on to Ladybower 50.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking the last couple of days and I think I have actually decided on races I would like to run for the next 2 years ! Next year, I’m going for Manchester and want to break the 3:30 mark. In September, I’m looking at entering the Hardmoors 60. This is a 60 mile trail run along the Cleveland Way (Scarborough, Whitby are of North Yorkshire moors). And the following year I’ve got my eye on the South Downs Way 100 in June; this is, you won’t be surprised to know, a 100 miler along the South Downs Way. How well I do at Ladybower will hopefully give me a good indication of if any of these are possible or not. Anyway, I know it’s a very long way in the future, and a lot of things can change, but that is what I am aiming for so just thought I would put it out there !
Nell - thanks a lot. Speedy stuff as usual but I have a question. Why run 800m intervals at 10k pace, what is the reason/benefit behind that ? (apart from Hanson telling you to do that !). Ultra race ? You know you want to really
Ali - thanks, the guts are feeling better now. Good on you for pacing your friend(s) at Perthshire, sounds like you may have a future in coaching ?? How are you finding Glasgow ?
PS - I've been following your training on Strava and well done for doing some great runs while you were on holiday ? Did you do any of them with a hangover ??
Carl - thanks for the kind words. It's feeling very autumnal up here already as well, I think maybe we have seen the last of the really hot stuff for this year. You have smashed your rolling hills route yet again, you are just getting faster and stronger. How are you feeling this far into your plan for Chicago ? How far has your longest run been and at what pace did you run it ?