PS - 13 miles with 1250ft of elevation. The weather was atrocious; I started off wearing sunglasses and ended up wishing I had my hat and gloves it was that cold. It didn't stop raining at all and I got wet through. All good practice I guess.....
As I'm away for a few days I will have limited access to t'interweb. So, Nell and Will, the very best of luck on Sunday. I hope you both achieve exactly what you want to, if not surpass it. I will try and check the results on Sunday.
Ali - terrific report and congratulations again. You are certainly reaping the rewards of an excellent marathon training campaign over the winter. Next stop is definitely a new HM PB for you ! I remember messaging Alan; as you say, he is rather speedy. Didn't he finish something like 130th overall at Manchester ? Anyway, enjoy a couple of days off and make the most of your 'freedom' now your latest work placement has finished. Have you got anywhere else lined up yet ?
PS - not much running reported by you, hope you're not slacking ??!!
So, a good week of running from me so far with a total of 35 miles done and dusted so far. The legs are feeling fine now so I think I may have finally recovered from Manchester. I did a short 2.5 mile run with Mrs C last night; we went through the woods and into the park near us. It's a lumpy little route so we had to walk a bit but she is doing really well. And lo and behold she is actually enjoying it. I mentioned earlier that once she is in to it I will take her up in to the Peaks for a trot. Expecting her to bat away the idea she started talking about what kit she might need ! Who would have thought it. This morning I was up and out bright and early for Day 1 of my first back to back runs. I headed up to Burbage Bridge which, to get there, has a long, steady climb where you are constantly climbing for about 5 miles. I still struggle with slowing the pace right down; I ran at what was my easy marathon training pace and I really should be looking at plus 2 minutes per mile. It's also hard to get in to your head to stop and walk for a while, even though you are feeling ok. Tomorrow is day 2 of the back to back runs with a planned 20 miles. This should be interesting as I have never run back to back over such distances before and having covered 35 miles already this week I will be achieving my biggest ever weekly mileage. On top of that I am under some time restrictions. We are off to Whitby for a few days and making a fairly early start. So I will be getting up at 4:00 for this run !
Forgot to mention Friday weigh day. I haven't been eating healthily at all recently. The biscuit/crisps/sweet cupboard has taken a right pounding. The fridge has been groaning under the weight of ice cream and beer and I just can't keep away. Result ? not put any weight on, still the same as when I ran Manchester. I don't understand it but I'm not complaining