Poacher - great report. At least it was only a trombone - a tuba would have been far more painful.
Good to hear of the progress BI - how are you getting on Minni?
State of shock alert:
I'm running the Reigate half marathon tomorrow morning as it's part of the club Grand Prix and I headed over to Reigate this morning to pick up my number, chip etc to save joining the queue tomorrow.
As I was there I thought I'd do the Reigate parkrun just to keep the legs ticking over - 5K at HMP would be a good preparation and as the course is a nice undulating run, it would make a nice change from a Satruday road run.
I wasn't wearing a watch or a Garmin - just running on feel but having settled into a nice rhythm for the first mile I found myself in about 5th or 6th place and then started overtaking people. I kept going steadily on the wooded ups and downs and having gone past another bloke about 1K from the end I was looking ahead to see where the next person was.
I crossed the line without going mad and got handed the no.1 token!! In reality, I suspect that the fast runners were taking the day off prior to tomorrow's HM but it's still my first victory in a race (OK, I know it's a run not a race) since I was about 15 and I still haven't stopped smiling.
SJ - back to back meeting with a cheese sandwich? Did you get any response out of it?!
Reminds me of the question as to which is better: complete happiness or a cheese sandwich? Obviously it's the cheese sandwich as nothing is better than complete happiness and a cheese sandwich is better than nothing.
Marrows - I do hate them but I also know that they do me alot of good. Planning another interval session tomorrow morning.
Nice length of commuting run BTW. Aren't you in Surrey somewhere so do you head into London?
Gul - 11 lots of strides is an odd amount! Any reason for that as opposed to 10 or a nice round dozen?
GM - a tad envious of you having the possibility to go for a dip in the sea after a lunchtime run. Funnily enough the Thames isn't all that tempting at the moment!
2 mile commuting run each way for me today with 5kg worth of rucksack bouncing around on my back. Was running a bit late for the train on the return leg so I don't think my fellow passengers were impressed by my sweaty state when I got on the train - at least I'd just about had enough time to change my top.
Where's Badbark gone? I haven't been able to sleep because of the suspense!
Impressive progressive long run there Gul - are you ready to publicly declare you aspirations and expectations yet?
Bon chance to Poacher - suspect it'll be a pretty emotive one this year.
Glad the mojo is back PMJ - which one were you running?
BI - thanks for the post on your new diet. I'm experimenting with various things at the moment (no pre-fuelling, no Garmin, building up to a higher mileage plan) but I don't think I'm brave enough to make such a radical change to my diet. I need to have a look at the Gary Taubes book.
Start of mini taper prior to next weekend's half + various domestic duties prior to a family get together to celebrate (amongst other things) our 20th wedding anniversary so only 9 hilly miles this morning. Happy with a 7:23 average pace given the terrain so will see how it all ends up next weekend. Will be satisfied with anything around the 1:30 mark