SL: In Budapest there is a great place to run, on the island in the middle of the Danube. There's a tartan running track right round the island that is about 5km long and even has a clock at the Start/Finish line. Much nicer than a treadmill for a long run - and I have done a couple of 20 milers on treadmills myself in the past so I remember how bad it is.
TryChris: I do most of my intervals on the Embankment between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars. There are always some tourists about, but nothing like the numbers on the South Bank. And it's about a mile of wide pavement there.
So all the actual sub-3 marathon runners who've been keeping the thread warm for the past two or three years must wonder who all these old codgers are that have gate crashed their thread like a bunch of thirty year olds on a university reunion bar crawl!
Always good to hear that everyone is still alive and functioning.
I won't be running London this year (all my GFA slots are used up). But I am planning to be back one day.
Just popping in to say hi to old friends. I'm still on my run every day for a year plan, and day 157 today was the Watford Half. I had a good run and really enjoyed a tough course, but realised how far I am from full fitness with a 1:38 finish. Managed not to see Padams, saw CW and said hello, but he'd clearly forgotten me! Didn't see JAP either, but he was called for a vet prize and had left by then. My club cleaned up the team prize with marders winning, backed up by finishers in 4th and 7th.
Great to be racing again, and at least I know exactly how much I need to improve (about 1 minute per mile for that course I think)
I had retired from marathon running, but I'm now thinking about an autumn marathon. I think I fancy doing an overseas one this time.