Very moving post Big_G, glad you had a special evening, can't be easy.
I've not been asked the time before when out running, but can imagine replying I can tell you my current pace/average pace/lap pace/heart rate/average heart rate/altitude/time ran/miles ran but I've no idea what the time is
Nice half Mamafox, you must have been confident of the doing that time what with the Pork cooking! what's your pb for a half ?
Since I've been on this thread, I'm not sure Mowzer has had a weekend off, machine.
I like the sound of Granola dust, we've had a cake morning at work today so plenty of carbs
It's that tricky time of year, clothing wise, not as cold as I think it's going to be. So normally shorts & tee, but have worn a short sleeve compression top underneath a couple of times.
I've had an easy week so far, plan to race parkrun tomorrow and then go easyish on a 17m trail run on Sunday. 2 weeks until York marathon. Accommodation now booked, staying in Harrogate Fri & Sat.
Forgot all about London ballot, magazines may start going out next week. Not holding out much hope of a place though. ~250k people with ~15k places (by the time all the elites/gfa/celebs/charity etc have been taken out), odds not good.
Enjoy your weekend all, have a good one at Barnstaple Shades.
Shades - Amazon are very good for returns, the live chat thing is good as well. I normally use Google to find things on their site.
Big_G - With the half, I know I can run at that speed, I just need to run longer. Amazing how quickly you can get cold with a soaking, quite enjoyable sometimes though.
sk - 48th Lady & 10th AG in the GNR is impressive, must have been at least 15-20k ladies ?
Hello Louey, sounds like you're all set for Abingdon. Are you local ? (I'm from Oxford so I know Abingdon very well).
Yes you're right, I do seem to thrive in race conditions, not sure where the pace comes from! , struggle to run at 9's in training
I Just need to put in the training effort for a decent Marathon, pretty sure there's at least a 3:39 in me somewhere. I'm not even sure how I get round off no long runs . My best plan would be to enter a few 20's (not that many about though) ,as I struggle with the long runs on my own at the moment, just not in the right place mentally when I head out the door.
Great time SK, I might stick my name down for GNR next year. Reasonable chance of getting in ? ,4 seems a lot of Gels for a half. I normally carry one but don't always use it.
Tough times shades, but as you say, having a date on the flat probably helps to get on with it. I really don't like paperwork & having to call around & avoid it as much as possible.
Big_G - Plenty of long runs in the bank & you're in good form, do your taper the way you've planned. Eat\drink well and you'll have a great marathon I'm sure. Good that you've kept this weekend free, although a run will do you good. Take care.
5m xc on Friday, really enjoyed the 2 lap course (apart from the slightly uphill bit on grass into a headwind, only 100mtrs or so though) ,half the lap on open paths/grass and then into trees for the 2nd half, nice rooty, slightly muddy, pebbly kind of trails. 2nd lap was quite dark and was hard to pick out trip hazards. Finished in 37:27 for 5.08 miles. So my 5m road time in July was 37:26 so very pleased.
Just did a very easy parkrun on Saturday, 27:25, found it hard to stay slow.
Wirral Half yesterday, very light rain on my 1 mile trot to the start, which I thought was ideal but the sun soon came out. I was stood next to the 1:40 pacer at the start, but didn't think it would have ended well . Plan was to go under 1:45 again (1:44:38 current pb). Got into a nice rhythm early on, but by mile 4 I was very hot, no breeze at all, thought it may go downhill from here. Kept up a good pace and seemed to recover by mile 6 (10k runners split for the finish!) & had a good few miles, and then struggled again from 10-12 but finished ok in the last mile.
1:42:55 , so getting closer to the 100 minutes. I need to start adding long slow runs in again, I don't do many over 10. I'm more confident of knocking 3 mins off my half time than I am of knocking 1 min off my 5k time (for a sub 20).
Spent the rest of the day decorating, which although didn't feel good at the time, I think it has helped me today. A little sore, but not too bad.
Next up in two weeks, is a 17m trail run (Sandstone Trail),so that'll be my long run for Yorkshire marathon.
Mucky run Mamafox ,great prize, wouldn't last long at our house.
Mowzer - I've not even looked at Yorkshire logistics yet! ,probably make a weekend of it and go up Friday night. Stay in the area somewhere. Never been to York/Harrogate so should be good. I must get round to looking at the route/profile as well.
Yes it does feel warm again Shades, quite nice out in the morning.
Have a 5m xc race tonight, should be fun. 2 laps, quite flat i think on grass/mud/gravel. Will then go easy at parkrun tomorrow, may do a mile of it quicker & a half to round the weekend off. Would love to sneak under 1:45 again, but think I'll run out of steam, we'll see.
Have a good weekend all & good luck to those racing, I know sk is doing the GNR.
I think 3:45 is a good pace to go off at as well. You can always speed up after 20 if it's too easy
Streetview is very useful, I use it a lot to find where footpaths start & see if there's a path on country roads etc. Congrats on not getting lost sk. The relay race must seem like chaos.
You're a machine mowzer, another great report.
Early 6 miler for me, I'm trying to get out in the mornings more, rather than evenings. Finding it quite hard to switch though, but getting there. Really foggy this morning & got quite wet from the moisture in the air. Enjoyed it.