Good luck to those racing this morning - enjoyed watching Chris Thompson getting revenge.
As for me, it was an early one on Saturday to enter the frenzy that is the Brass Monkey Half Marathon. 1800 places sold out in 38 minutes, fortunately I got a place despite being in a queue behind 862 people at 5.50am. We're a sad bunch aren't we?! Being back up north for the weekend I did my old local parkrun for the first time in year to measure my progress. The result was a 37 second course PB and Parkrun win in 17:10. Hoping to go sub 35 for the first time at the Abbey Dash in 2 weeks.
14 done this morning in the glorious sunshine to burn off all the beer and food; now to sit back and watch the City game!
Millsy and Macca- Good luck at Abingdon!
Happy tapering folks, is anyone doing Snowdonia next weekend?
John - Enjoyed your report, congratulations on a great race! I was listening to Marathon Talk and a listener confirmed that it was warm and very windy!
Just a steady 6 for me tonight after hill reps last night. Thinking of doing 8 x 4 mins tomorrow evening with a 90 sec jog recovery in between. Parkrun hopefully on Saturday. May get up early tomorrow morning (highly unlikely) and sneak a steady 4 in before work.
Morning all - steady 6 on the canal for me last night. Club hill reps tonight which I usually try to avoid; on this occasion I literally have no genuine excuse...
Muddy – Agree, really enjoyed the Pudding Run last year and it’s a good, quick course. And from what I've seen of Walsall, the local surroundings give you the incentive to run that bit quicker!
Being from West Yorkshire originally, I'm hoping to get a spot in the Brass Monkey too this year. I've actually only done it once as its stupidly popular, but remember it being exceptionally flat which is a rarity in Yorkshire! Entries open on Saturday morning I believe?
Runspoon – I think Vernon has the heart and mentality to try out the marathon. I didn't realise he was only 30, loads of time. The guy is a powerhouse.
Joe – I have a wide array (three) of headbands, am I now accepted as one of your own? Well done on the XC run, we have our season starting up soon too in November. Always good fun.
North Ender – Lifelong city fan, yes. Preston by any chance?
Muddy - Sorry to hear about the injury, I believe we ran together in the early stages at Sneyd? I've entered again for this year, hope to see you there?
John - Congratulations on your result, sounds like an excellent performance in tough conditions. Onwards and upwards. Marathons can be so cruel; months of training and the weather can completely rain on your parade come race day. Sub 3 is definitely doable.
Spoon - Great effort this morning, when is Frankfurt?
Westy - Top effort at Manchester, 1:19 is class, especially given the conditions (and I know it always rains in Manchester!)
As for me, planned an early long run but given it was nailing it down, went back to bed until the blue clouds appeared! Managed a steady 15; legs were fairly depleted after 3 high intensity workouts through the week including parkrun yesterday. Needless to say I took the foot off the gas (7:25 av min mile) when I'm usually in the low 7's. Its probably a tactic I need to implement more often as my legs feel much better than usual!
Also catching up on the Birmingham Half highlights. How does Andy Vernon do it. Absolute brickhouse!