Cheers Cougie. Yeah, it was definitely a plod along and enjoy the scenery run on Sunday, so here's hoping the speed will be there by the end of the training!
I'm okay doing about 8/9 miles at race pace at the moment but can't quite imagine keeping it up for the full distance, but the rest of my training times point to me being able to... I guess the self-doubt is sneaking in, especially seeing as it is 3.5 years since I last had a go at the distance, and I've had a knee injury and a baby in that time!
Hey Old4speed - sounds like you and I will hopefully be around the finish line at about the same time! Look out for a husband and wife team in Cancer Research vests (darling hubby has offered to pace me round - he gets a good for age place each year). Say Hi if you have the breath!
18 miles for me today in 2hrs 50m. Had a nightmare 16 miler last week so was pleased to find it a bit easier going this week - actually enjoyed the run but think that was partly down to getting the nutrition right and partly because it was towpath and therefore away from traffic for most of the distance. I don't know whether this puts me on course for my target of 3:40 or not...? Is there some rule of thumb? Cougie?
Respect to your Bro in Law and the other guys Phil - I hope that, should anything similar should ever happen to me I've got equally competent guys around me!
It all happened (not far) behind me, so the first I knew was when the emergency crews came through the finish area. I have to congratulate the organisers for getting all the emergency services in to the guy so quickly. He was lucky to be so near to the finish where they could at least get to him.
Fingers crossed that the gentleman involved is now making a good recovery...
Hey-ho... so once again those of us who are slightly slower (and therefore further back from the line at the start if we were being honest about where we were starting) get nothing like our true time recorded - in my case my watch time is about 40 seconds faster than my clock time and I'm a mid-pack runner at 1.45-1.50 for a half - those further back will have fared even less well...
Maybe I'm just a bit cynical, but having paid £14.00 for this event, I would have hoped for a little better - the chip timing was, in my mind, some compensation for the fact that all I got at the end was a tinny, undated, medal and a bottle of lucozade, and then had a cold, damp walk back to a muddy car park!
I mainly race on the South Coast and we get a lot more from our races in terms of refreshments, goody bags, t-shirts or other mementos for lower entrance fees than this. It was a nice race but I will think twice about doing it next year in view of the fact that I could enter any number of other races for the same fee and get more for it...