NP - Sounds like your getting some good training in the sun!
RJ - I wouldn't race to heart rate, as it might do something you don't expect. But, aye, if your max is 205 your marathon pace HR will be low 170s I think? Teks the man to ask about that.
Signed up for Brampton-Carlisle on November 16, hopefully 6 and a half weeks is enough time to recover and get in 70 minute shape. Couple of other races planned (10k and 5 mile) but this is an overnight job so I'm focussing on that.
NN - It is a good point you make. I really struggle with the mental side of things, and maybe I could have pushed on slightly further which would have seen me home sub 4 (although I don't have any real interest in only going sub 4 to be honest) but I really doubt could have kept going all the way. That's not overly surprising, as I know I didn't do enough long runs.
Kaz - That sounds horrible. Rest up and hopefully you'll recover soon!
Barbara - Well done on the half! Shame it didn't go as well as the spring effort!
NN - Oddly my legs turned to lead, then to jelly (resulting in me nearly falling) and then back to lead. That's a good set of splits, a positive split of around 3 minutes is about what the fast boys were doing, so looks like you paced it very well!
Tek - Good short run and strides
Stewart - Hope you got out for a run after work!
OH - Nice race report, sounds like you had a good Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the trip to Switzerland!
Michael - Nice running this morning. Funny you mention the nudist beach (and NP mentioning the old boy with a sunburnt testicle) as I just remember the surreal moment yesterday when I clocked a female runner looking forwards me with her shorts round her ankles... That's probably why I finished smiling away to myself...
So, I think i'll take it easy for the next few weeks. Left achilles really isn't amused this morning but should be back to it's usually niggly self in a few days. Not sure what I'll do in terms of running the next couple of weeks. Maybe a few short ones, or maybe just parkrun on Saturday and a lot of rest days!
Looking at a few shorter races in November to finish the year off, and then build towards whatever I decide to do in March. Really hope I don't get a place for London through the ballot...