Normally would be competition in most things but if he's anywhere near me at the finish then I've had a very bad day . He hates training but loves the actual day, he only runs 1 or 2 times a week, he does do plenty of other stuff in the week though so is generally fit. He'll be around 5:30 I expect, in fact he'd be delighted to go under 5:30. But he'll get round and enjoy himself.
I saw the live tracking, that's always handy if a) it doesn't crash on the day b) other half can get a phone signal.
Big_G - That just means get there early! or find somewhere a mile away. Looks a nice course, always tough when you go near the finish at the half way point. Good luck.
Took the dog out last night round some local woods & he was perfect. Off lead the whole time & his recall was excellent. Didn't bark once at other dogs & greeted them all nicely, rather than charging at them at 100mph and then bouncing round them barking!. So making good progress. We think the previous owner avoided all other dogs & we've really worked hard to socialise him as much as possible.
Always find the final taper week a bit weird, I want to go run 7 or 8 miles but sticking to a couple of 3 milers, but still quite a bit of walking. I'll maybe do 2 either tomorrow or Saturday.
Ian - Not sure if you planned on going, but there's no Birkenhead parkrun this weekend due to the transport thing going on in the park. No Delamere either and it's Ellesmere port's 100th event so could be busy there. How's that hammy ?
Yes Shades we will be on the bus. I did look at maybe getting a lift to the start but you can only get to within about 4 miles so not worth it. Buses full of marathoners with no toilet could be interesting , about a 90min journey isn't it ? Weather looking ok, bit windy is all. That'll all change!
Whereabouts are you staying ? we're about 3 miles from Bught park. So will probably get a lift and walk the last mile to the buses. I thought there maybe some hanging around at the start, guessing there's nothing there so will have an old top on that I can throw away.
3 this morning with the hound dog. First run with the head torch in the woods and it was fine, well I managed to stay upright. I did think afterwards that may not have been the wisest thing to do just before a marathon , fun though.
Gutted for you Ian, you were training and racing so well and well prepared for a sub 4. Get another marathon booked, training won't be wasted. Plenty of hills round here as well so just add them in to your normal routes and they become less of a problem. Really well done for finishing, I can imagine walking 1.3 laps is quite frustrating.
Cal - That's fantastic, had a feeling you'd nail it. You can go into net weeks half all relaxed now and you'll probably go sub 2 again.
Shades - Bath sounds good, laps of out and backs wouldn't suit me though but the marathon appeals. Going to look at the Severn one now. Medal is cool.
Happy belated Birthday SK. I go up an age cat next year as well
Just treat it as a long run Big_G and enjoy it, it will help you for the next one.
Had a good weekend in Oxford, brothers birthday so we had a bit of a get together. Ran at Bicester parkrun which was a nice flat 2 lap course around a park, mixture of grass, gravel, paths etc. Little bit disappointed with 20:57, as I'm on a lower mileage week, splits were something like 6:40, 6:50, 7:02. Ran out of legs!
Did plenty of walking with the dog over the weekend, must have walked 20 miles. We tested the head torches by doing a dog walk when we arrived at 10pm around the forest.
Really happy with them & should be plenty bright enough for running. We'll see if the headband gets irratating, but I can always wrap it around my wrist etc. Was only just getting light as I went out this morning at half 6, so won't be too long until I need it.
His half time is 1:08:55 so that's hell of a conversion to his Marathon time. That would equate to a ~3:20 marathon for me if I could do the same
Shades - Sometimes there's an indoor run mode on the garmin, meant for treadmill use. which basically turns off the GPS and does the HRM stuff. If you've got the footpod it will also do the distance. I'd still wear the garmin and just let it run.
A little bit too warm 7.5 last night, mostly off road & then out early in the mist for 3.5 with the dog.
I've just ordered a couple of head torches as I'm hoping to do some off road in the dark runs this autumn/winter. 2 of the muon's, currently on offer. - https://www.alpkit.com/explore/head-torches . I've used the gamma before and liked it. Handy that they come with free little red lights that I'll be able to stick on the dog.