Red, thanks. Very well done to you for all your hard work in fund raising etc. for dementia research. You really deserve the bling, and I hope you were treated with great hospitality at the exceedingly posh hotel. Not the Savoy by any chance? It makes my achievement pale into insignificance, by comparison. Enjoy your run this morning and relax.
We have a hill rep session this evening with the club.
JJ, slowly but surely you are getting there. You'll show the youngsters how it's done at your parkrun in January.
Thanks Columba. I'm proud of everyone on this thread, as we all persevere with our training and racing, despite family commitments and other responsibilities. let's hope that we can continue for many years to come.
Thanks BIW. I could never have achieved all that you have, with all those Ironman's, Marathons etc. that you have completed over the years. It's admirable that you are still partaking in competitive events, although not running marathons anymore on Doctor's orders.
Ran an easy pace 5 miles on roads this morning, after the fog had cleared.
Many thanks JJ and Matsmum! I've trained very hard and conscientiously these last 2 years and it's paid off. I've always believed in "no pain no gain," and there are times when you have to push through the pain barrier to improve. I'm afraid the marathon will be a bit of an anti climax, but as I'm not "racing it" the time won't be important to me.
Very foggy this morning, and I will be going for an easy pace run later this morning.
Matsmum, thanks. I won't be aiming for a particular time, but just to run it at a steady pace, and enjoy the scenery.
Our second 5k time trial went very well this evening, and I ran it in 21.38. A big improvement over 22.20 for the first. It is a WAVA of 80.07, so after many, many years, I've achieved my target again. My marathon time won't produce anywhere near this, but will be my last marathon, so that I can concentrate on shorter races in the new year.
I must now try to get close to this time in the parkruns. The Brockenhurst run is 4 repeating laps on grass, with lots of twists and turns, so I suppose this is why times are slower than on road.