TR - thanks for the tip-off about that team. However, I did no triathlons last year so not got a great CV! Also, I'm not on Twitter (not even on Facebook), and that is an essential part of it. I could join Twitter, but I hate that stuff so couldn't commit to promoting them.
Tmoth - as TR says, that does look like a tough schedule. However, given your endurance background it might be OK as I'm guessing you can do 23M at an easy pace without any real effort/fatigure. If you started trying to put quality in both weekly long runs, I think that would be a problem.
CC82 - some good stuff in there. You'll want to build up the miles a bit in marathon phase, but as you say, just building for now so looks good.
DrD - you did a hills session in the morning and 4x15 mins at MP in the evening?! That's a tough day! Sounds like you're on good form and should be flying in a couple of months.
ES - nice one! I bet it was more enjoyable than the mill.
TR - he sounds like me when I started running, although I may have been slightly heavier. With lots of easy running and losing a bit of weight he should get down towards 3 hrs quick enough (and he has a good mentor obviously!).
12M steady for me last night. I just wanted to get the miles in with minimal effort as I'm concerned I'm lacking endurance, but when I got home I was pleased/surprised to find I'd averaged under 7s. Seems like the calf is fine now, but will be building gradually - hopefully still time to get in reasonable shape.
ON7 - very nice run, which suggests HMP might be a bit quicker than 5:5x.
Dachs - 12M at 5:46?! Nice. Seems like you're in good shape but probably just don't have the sharpness for XC.
ES - nice tempo run, but poor effort on chickening out going outdoors. It's not that cold!
Tmoth - good effort. Don't worry about the pace, there will be various reasons why iit wasn't quite where you'd want it to be. You'll still get the training benefit of a hard tempo run whatever the pace is.
DrD - yes, that's how our selection works too. However, usually some of the top 5 don't go, and anyone in the top 10 (or showing decent form in other races) gets called up.
I glazed over before halfway of CW's post I'm afraid. Good luck with the Nobel Prize though!
40 mins on the turbo followed by 9M inc. 12x620m(ish) for me. The intervals weren't especially fast, but were done off short recoveries, so more of a speed endurance session than pure speed.
Great report Dan. Yes, I probably lost 5 minutes or so getting lost when I did it (mainly that bit in Denham), but that's all part of the race! I've raced that Woodford guy a fair few times - think I can normally beat him but he's good at the longer stuff. I even saw him in the Lake District at the Saunders Mountain Marathon - he was doing the solo event so must be decent (they won't let you do it otherwise).
TT - that middle one was uncalled for...
DrD - I would thoroughly recommend doing the Intercounties if you can spare the day to do it. It's a great experience running in such a high quality field. Don't worry about not having done XC before - it's still running, and the Intercounties course isn't too severe.
Only had 30 mins in the end last night so snuck in 4.5M - 2 of my usual laps in 14:55 then 14:20. Then did some stretching and exercises at home.