Got back to a rather damp Blighty yesterday evening - sounds as though it's been monsoon season here!
Managed to lurk via the phone whilst away so kept up to speed with people doing plenty of long runs, a number of speedy ones, some folks feeding swimmers and others generally being a bit insane (i.e. SJ).
Poacher - the Comrades pass has been officially issued so am now looking at flights / hotels etc. Cheapest flight option looks to be Emirates via Dubai (about £650) but there are a quite few other ones a few quid more. On a previous email you mentioned about a qualifying time - presumably a time from VLM 2014 will count?
Enjoyable hilly 9 and a bit miles for me this morning.
Had never heard of Hokas but sounds like they get a ringing endorsement. Website looks interesting. Any idea which retailers stock them?
Gosport is a very flat half with excellent opportunities for a PB - I took about 90s off my PB there last year. Don't recall it being windy on the day so I'm sure that would have helped. Not too many points for scenery but was well organised.
Looks like I'll be entering the Reigate half next month as it's on the list of events in our club Grand Prix and I've missed the first couple (12 across the course of the year, best 6 scores count). Definitely NOT in PB form at the moment so will treat it as a training run and may even attempt to run it without a watch let alone a Garmin and see what happens.
Hope the weather's conducive for running at the moment - we had our first drops of rain in 2 weeks today!!! Currently staying in the hills just north of Madrid - planning to get out for another early run tomorrow morning.
Hola from Extremadura, the part of Spain that the conquistadors came from. Cold in the winter, hot and dry in the summer - accoding to the signs, it was still about 29 degrees at 11.00 last night. Stayed last night just south of Trujillo (home of Pizarro) after a few days a bit further north in the hills in Castilla y Leon.
Fortunately the temperature isn't too bad first thing so I've managed to get out for a run most mornings, including a couple with younger Lorenzito and one with Mrs L. Some very strange looks from people as I suspect cycling is more popular than running around here. Nothing spectacular in terms of mileage: 5 or 6 mile steady runs but it's nice to get back into the swing of things and try and work off the food from the day before!!
Poacher - hope you're feeling OK; sounds unpleasant. In answer to your question, I'm 99% there. I've had a verbal yes (well, a "go on then") so just need to sort out logistics. Will look back on your recommendations and make a booking. I presume that there won't be a problem actually getting a place in the race when enitrites open.
Minni, MsE - how are your Comrades plans coming along?
Gul - good to heat that you've made it back safely. Which part of France did you go to?
GM - good racing. Ditto Lit - cracking farewell performance.
OO - very timely advice. His foot has been sore recently and we had to call out the Runners Rescue Service (Mrs L!) out to pick us up when we went out for a run together on Sunday. He's given it a couple of days rest and says it OK now so hopefully will be alright for training this evening.
GM - a good set of learnings there. I'm sure most of us can identify with many on that list. I know I need to spend some more time on core work but it's difficult when you get all the pain and none of the pleasure from being out there pounding the roads in the fresh air. Anyone any suggestions for enjoyable core work?
Has it been the same injury both times?
5. 6. and 7. all sound related to me - for me it's important to go easy on the racing when there's a bigger goal in sight. Parkruns are great because I can treat them as a really good speed session and to some extent because they're free there's less pressure. When you've shelled out 20 quid or more for a 10K / HM then you feel you have to put a big effort in and it will take something out of you.
Having a decent plan should prevent you doing too many hard sessions on the trot - I've found Hudson / Fitzgerald's Run Faster book really good and the plans not only help give you some structure but they have helped deliver PBs in HM and Mara as the focus races, while also delivering 5K and 10K PBs en route.
Very pleasant run in the early morning sunshine - 7.3 hilly miles on quiet country roads.