Shades - good to hear you had an enjoyable marathon at Inverness. And how lovely to meet KK's dog! (And KK of course). I don't think I'll make Budapest as am rubbish at doing LSRs in the summer - I also find it harder to stick to a running routine when the kids are off. But I hope lots of other Shadies are able to go.
I just got a glass trophy for being 1st and another glass cube thing for winning my AG. I have to get the glass 1st one engraved before returning it next year at my own expense - but can't complain as it's organised by a charity. I just hope it doesn't break before then as with 3 boys in the house the chances are high. I forgot to say, the best moment in the race was overtaking my son's 16 yo friend (the one who beat me at parkrun) on the long hill in mile 3. He didn't know I was catching him up and then someone watching shouted 'well done, you're first lady' and he turned around!
Re the high fat/low carbs thing, I read a blog recently by the distance runner Tina Muir. She's cut her carbs down recently and has trained well on it. But in hindsight, she puts her poor performance recently in races down to not taking on enough carbs in the build up, so she is now rethinking all this.
Well done to everyone who races this weekend. I'm so glad you had an enjoyable race, Big G (but still don't get why the likes of Mowzer and Shades do so many marathons!). Cal - that's great to PB at Ealing as it's not a flat course. Steve - I've already commented on Strava, but please be proud!
My 10k race today was 20secs or so slower than last year and I really suffered at the end, nothing left. But I was first lady, whoop, whoop! Also won my age category and got the age category course record so sometimes it's good to be old even when you start to slow. My 9yo did well, coming 3rd out of 200 boys but says he doesn't want to race again.
My dad lost a friend from his cycling club today. He was doing a race in France and had 200m to go when one of the official vans knocked over another cyclist (from same club), swerved and then knocked over and killed my dad's friend. The poor guy was 60 and has been cycling for 20 years. It's been on the news tonight, really sad.
Thanks Shades, mine's the 225. I think it's fairly OK as my RHR is the same as when I do it manually and it doesn't tend to pick up spikes. But I promise I won't become obsessed (my next door neighbour is a cardiologist and I've so far resisted the temptation to quiz him!) Good point too re doing an alternative marathon. I just get so nervous in the build up that I'm not sure I could cope with something else! I love the idea of Berlin but am not great doing long runs in the summer. A friend is doing Loch Ness and that appeals (but again, long runs in the summer). The advise re shoes was because there was someone on the Paris thread whose bag went missing so had to borrow kit and shoes from friends at the last minute!!