UDS put my name down for the SNOD house for next year (as if you wouldn't have done so already anyway ). I don't know how you can keep your heart rate below 143 AND run. At that rate I'd be confined to walking only - rather slowly. E.g. I ran a 5.3 mile fell race last Saturday called Harriers v Cyclists. My heart rate averaged at 174 and peaked at 185 for the 54 min duration. I finished in the bottom 39% of starters (cyclists and runners). It was great fun though, and quite a novelty. I took a ton of pictures on the way round as is my wont. The best of them is here.
It's good to hear everyone's news and latest exploits. John Bach your lead-up to the cross-country sounded a bit stressful, but glad you made it in the end.
I really enjoyed it again this year. It was good to meet up with so many friends again and get to climb Snowdon on Sunday and take the Electric Mountain tour on Monday.
I wasn't too surprised to get my second slowest time in 10 with 4:26:09 gun time considering I hadn't run Round Rotherham the week before, so the body had forgotten what proper running's all about. A 13.5 mile fell run and parkruns in the lead-up simply can't cut the mustard. I'll be back to normal next year with the Round Rotherham again.
Checking my statistics I suffered the usual monstrous positive split - 1:57:01 first half and 2:29:08 second half. I lost 403 places between 13 miles and 23 miles (where I always lose them) and gained 81 from 23 miles to the finish (where I always gain). I still bear the scabs and scars from the first fall on the final descent.
I hardly took any photos on the day but what I did take is here.
Greetings peeps. Long time no look-in. I've just read through the last few pages and see that everyone's been busy, notably brer rabbit as usual. I've seen that 'taper' word mentioned a few times. If I were to do that I'd have to stay in bed. Apart from parkruns, my running has been replaced by outdoor DIY while the dry weather has continued. I've used all my power tools - with the attachments. By Sunday evening I ached like I haven't done in years. Let's see what this does for my SNOD time instead of the usual Round Rotherham of all previous years.
My race number for T Rex's list is 717. Nice to see last year's target time already in place. This will be my 10th consecutive running. I may wear something special by way of celebration.
I'll be arriving on Friday evening to begin a festival weekend extending to Tuesday, getting excited now.