I feel sorry for those athletes who have had no choice but to develop through the Russian system, and I've obviously got no idea whether there may be a good hatful of clean, morally upstanding athletes amongst the ranks, but the fact remains that it's a state-sponsored fuck up, and some extreme measures are required to get the whole sport looking credible again. Nyet, komrade.
My best guess position on alien life: there must be some out there, the universe is fucking massive. There are probably more advanced life forms that know about our existence but haven't got any interest in making contact cos they're fucking miles away and can't be bothered. We're about as interesting to them as a colony of ants in Syndey is to me. I know they're there but... meh.
Ghosts: load of bollocks.
TV was a LOT better when there weren't as many channels.
ES - Gotta love a progressive tempo run. Good stuff.
LMH - serious mileage! I think that would break me.
Coro - Looking forward to seeing what you can do over a silly distance! I'm a relative newbie when it comes to off-road but I see that my inov-8 x-talons are in that list that Dan has quoted. I've nothing to compare them to but have happily run a fell race and the odd x-country in them. I've got the 212 which would probably be most suitable, although there is a lighter 190 as well.
The right side of my face is currently larger than the left side of my face, on account of having one of my wisdom teeth out yesterday. Ugh! So I've given myself the luxury of skipping yesterday evening and this morning's sessions. I feel OK generally and the sedative seemed to wear off pretty quickly so should be back on it for an easy run this evening.
SC - Hats off to you for Saturday. I just can't bring myself to imagine 25 laps unless I think there's a potential PB to run for. Running through the bar though, sounds ace. BTW I've just realised one of the 3,000m opportunities I was thinking of is another SAL match that I won't be around for, but the other is our new 3,000m club champs race in a few weeks. And I'm a bit confused by the BMC fixtures; it would appear that the Jun/Jul/Aug races in this neck of the woods are scheduled for Ladywell (i.e. "Catford") rather than Eltham, i.e. our home track. Makes no odds to me but yeah, a 3,000m on 10th August would be excellent timing before leaving for bike tour three days later.
Good to see bainsy contemplating racing again. Looking forward to seeing what you can do.
Dan - Good effort yesterday. I think I would've been tempted to DNF by ducking into one of the local drinking holes by the Thames.
Padams - Some impressive multi-racing in quick succession. I was hoping to report a quicker 3,000m time then you went and one-upped me.
...After some relatively low mileage weeks leading up to the marathon, followed by a bike tour shortly afterwards, I've not really been feeling myself on the running front recently, so I was quietly dreading yesterday's race. Following the demise of the Southern Men's League, we've joined the lower ranks of the Southern Athletics League this year. We may struggle initially since we just don't have the numbers to put out a full women's team, but equally it's a great opportunity for some members to try events they've never done before, and I'm sure we'll get some momentum going.
I was up for the 3,000m, definitely not my distance but I was telling myself that it's only 7.5 laps, so would be over quicker! I had myself down for 9:30 - 9:40 before the race based on recent (not very good) form, and started out at more like 5k pace, but found it comfortable and managed to keep pushing the pace, working my way up from 4th to 1st in the B-string race in the process, so that was nice. Km splits were something like 3:12, 3:11, 3:06 for a time of 9:29.7. Just 12 seconds outside my PB (my only other 3,000m) but there will be at least two other opportunities to run it again this year, so I'd like to be getting closer to 9 minutes really.
So a slightly renewed racing mojo after my first track race going into the Summer, which is nice. And helped by a new double-session regime as of last week, which involves regular sessions before breakfast each week day. That'll be row/run doubles Mon/Wed/Fri and run/run doubles Tue/Thu with long runs and bike rides at weekends. (With the odd mid-week bike ride thrown in when the weather's nice.) Hopefully reaching PB shape before undoing all the running fitness with a three week bike tour mid August!