Had a tough morning in the wind at blackpool today. Funny how it doesn't seem to even out with or against it. 4 min kms with and 4.5 min against seems a big difference. I guess the bergwind will be with us this year though?
I'm looking forward to reading about how people got on in Manchester and Brighton. I hope you particularly enjoyed your 50th, PH. And that you've had a great birthday.
The water situation at Sheffield is pretty sloppy. That race was my first and second half marathons almost a decade ago and they were both excellent. A great finish at don valley which I think is no longer...
Can I be added to your richmond list please WA? Are we heading back to last year's pub? What was it called? Duke's Head?
I met up with clubmates at Barcelona but unfortunately didn't catch anyone from from here. I decided to run silly in seeing how far I could track the 2.45 pacers. I managed it until about 24km after passing halfway 5s off my half pb (83m, so actually 2.46 pace..). Cue a struggle for the rest of the course, although it was interesting to pass two of those pacers walking at the 39km marker... I finally came in at 2.50.01 so a little disappointed to miss out on a bona fide sub2.50 (I managed one in Pisa in December on a course that I measured as 500m short...). Nice to run in the warm in a great city, to run a reasonable distance with tired legs and those last 2km up the hill from the coast (sorry SD, I'm counting that as a 'hill'!). Glad to be able to run the following day without effect and did 29m on Saturday so my first ultra since that eye-opening day ten months ago in SA.
Well done this weekend on your longest-ever run Danniir. I'm looking forward to reading more and more of everyone's reports from this weekend and from the upcoming events as we build up.
SD, Andy - I would be up for a repeat Richmond get together and hearing the last minute tips on how to deal with the down. I think last year it must've been early-mid May as I remember SAFER wearing his T-shirt!
Hello everyone. I've been hibernating so haven't posted since early Dec. I had a little life crisis (nearly 30) where I resigned from my miserable old job without having another to go to but, six weeks later, am a bit more settled now I've started a new one. Phew.
Since last posting I've only done two races - I got a new pb in Pisa (500m short course, perhaps) and smashed myself last week on Malta. Can anyone (Fido?) compare the quad-soreness after doing Malta with that after the Comrades down run? Malta was net 200m down (1000m up and 1200m down I think my Garmin had) with some quite steep sections. My legs had not felt that sore after a race for a long long time. I can usually run the following day but my legs have been shot for a good 4 or 5 days and I first tried to run again on day 3 - which was painful and slow. With the 7000m down and 4000m up we’ll face I think I need to start doing some of BikeIt's squats and thinking more seriously about my quads. I'd like to be able to do the Cape Town parkrun the following Saturday.
SD - my apologies for ruining the Jantastic group – see excuse above – and have now got better at logging my runs. I see from the parkrun results that you've been popping over to the common? I'll keep my eyes peeled for you in future.
PH - great idea to get the 50 bib for Brighton. And generous of management to agree.
Woody - I'm staying at Belaire and hiring a car. I am expecting to be let in to park in the secured area underneath the hotel... I'm not sure about the alternative of parking along the promenade.
Lastly, on the issue of food. I had imagined crispy rosemary-topped roasts or herbed new potatoes but found the SA version too dry and fluffy to digest. However, I did find extraordinarily delicious the two packets of salt that I had saved over from the flight out as an insurance policy. This time I will try and acquire some more from those near me. OK, so they didn't taste delicious, but the screaming from my muscles abated on both occasions that I washed down those little blue bags. I am also leaning towards taking one or two bars in addition to the eight gels this time. Does anyone know what is planned for breakfast? Do the hotels provide something that you can take on the bus?