Andrew - I love dogs but one reason for using the track is that you would have thought you wouldn't have to worry about them there. But the lady was hogging the inside lane (walking) and then throwing the stick across the other lanes. FFS!
I used the Finchley 20 race last year for a training session and will do the same this year (next month). I think there's a session which has 18 miles with 10 at MP and so I use it for that, but doing 20 with 10-12 at MP. It's much easier doing it in a race than on your own and it's really satisfying overtaking people when the marathon pace but starts.
So glad Chicksta (welcome back!) and Stewart posted, I was feeling like the only old biddie around here. I'm 44 too and quite looking forward to 45 as that's a new age category in races! I started running at 39 too, probably that nearing 40 thing, like Chicksta. In some ways I quite like the fact that I started late as it's nice to get PBs as a veteran.
I finally got the 10 with 5 @LT pace done. It wasn't pretty and I had to stop to catch my breath after a couple of the miles but it's done. I used a track for 3 of the LT miles so I guess that's cheating a bit, although there was a lady throwing sticks for her dog across the lanes that I had to dodge so there were challenges.
I'm trying not to be too envious of all the great LT runs everyone has been churning out already this week! And in the wind too, really impressive. I did 11 last night with my club but couldn't face the LT session today, instead opting for the 7 miles with strides. I don't mind the mid week long runs but really dread the LT sessions. Trying not to panic too much as last year the pace I knocked out for my HM was at least 15 secs faster than my LT miles.
I'm not sure my legs felt that different after my massage, except for hurting the next day. I think I'd be better off trying to remember to stretch occasionally. But I still have another massage voucher to use so will give one another try soon.