Quiet on here recently but I expect it's as you're all training hard. Good to see Gobi pop back in!
Wardi - never mind, good that you got a decent long run out of it at least.
CC2 - that's a lot of shiny stuff to carry home! Nice long run too.
Saturday morning I did about 8.5M inc. the parkrun, which I won in 19:11. No, that isn't a typo, nineteen minutes and eleven seconds for the win. It was the off-road course (due to the ice) which is probably about a minute slower than the tarmac one. I hadn't planned to race it due to XC the next day, but was in the lead group at a comfortable pace so pushed on a bit in the last mile to get the win.
Then XC yesterday (the lower standard league). 2nd place this time as my fast clubmate showed up. He beat me by about 20s - I could have probably gone about 30s quicker, but then he would have done too so seemed little point in destroying myself. That means I've won the individual title in the league I think, so could miss the last fixture, but it's one of my favourite courses so will probably do it anyway.
SL - happy anniversary. Remember the key to negotiation is to make your initial offer completely unreasonable and then to settle at where you wanted to be anyway!
Happy birthday CW.
Only been to NY once for a couple of days and thought it was OK but not as impressed as others for some reason. I prefer Chicago (and actually I liked Washington too).
Marathon relay was good fun - probably around 200 people there supporting, with some music playing, a "commentator" throughout etc. The athletics club (juniors) did the first 20ish laps then the running club did the rest. I left just after halfway but I think we went through halfway in about 58 mins. I did 2x400 and 2x200, and my legs were completely gone after just one 400! I managed 59s for the first and 62 for the second (about 10 mins recovery). Don't know the 200m times but I would guess not much faster than 30s as my hamstrings were struggling badly by then!
CC2 - I was up at 4:45am, but not for running! Mini-Padams decided that was time to wake up. You'd need 210 people in your 200m version of the marathon relay!
CD - interesting that someone did it with 100m legs. I would have thought,it would be easier to just do 200s unless everyone is reasonable at changeovers. I wonder how many times they dropped the baton!
LMH - I think I'm down for 2x400 and 2x200. I reckon we could comfortably do it if we just selected the 10 fastest runners (doing 10 or 11 400s off a long recovery we would have one runner doing about 55s per lap, several low 60s and the rest in the mid-high 60s), but that isn't really the point. I wonder what the fastest ever marathon relay is - would have thought about 1:40 would be doable by a good team?
Enjoying the SC/PP smack talk - although it's really the opposite as they are both claiming that they will lose. They wouldn't make good boxers!
Very nice XCing by PP, Jools etc. And impressive seeing the 20M runs starting already - ES, sounds like you're well ahead of the game.
CD - good news that there's no break and you know what you're dealing with now.
Herts XC for me yesterday - managed to come 6th, which I think is my highest position ever, but that was more down to the lower standard of field than my current fitness. In fact, looking at the results I did worse relative to others than in other recent races, but still reasonably pleased given lack of running (90% of my runs at the moment are 2M-3M in distance at about 8 m/m) and the course did not suit me (very hilly and reasonably muddy). I also lost a bit of focus in the 2nd half as I was well behind 5th and well ahead of 6th at the time (6th was quite close by the finish but I think I had a bit in the tank if it had been needed).
We comfortably won the team prize with 1st, 3rd, 6th and then a few around 15-25th.
Tomorrow evening should be interesting - a couple of the people at the club have organised a relay on the track to try to go sub 2 hours for a marathon. I think we have about 60 people taking part doing a couple of laps each (spaced out into 200m or 400m efforts). Given it is an all-inclusive event it will be interesting to see if the faster runners can make up for some of the slower ones - given it is 68s per lap I'm not convinced that we will do it as lots won't be able to manage that.