Well done, Brer - great running again!! Rest up, and see you at Portsmouth next week .
Have a stinking cold at the moment (why I don't normally run in November/December), but took Little Miss RJ to parkrun this morning - I think I was more knackered than she was at the end. Anyone else been out and about?
I normally take November and December off to recover, be ill and enjoy Christmas before starting again in January. I usually restart with LDWA-style events as times don't matter and I'm getting out into the countryside to enjoy the scenery rather than being bothered with performance. Alternatively pick an event you don't normally enter and make that your training focus - I find it much easier to train (like I've actually trained this year - need to get back that in 2015...) if I have a target to aim for.
Not long now Brer - you'll make it safe and sound, and with amazing times and placings to boot... Might see you at Port of Dover if I'm allowed out (I now need to submit running plans to the committee!!)
Thank you all so much for your words of congratulation - I can honestly say that I have gained a huge amount of knowledge, advice, inspiration and support from everyone on the SNOD forums over the years, especially over the twelve months in my 40 for 40 attempt which then turned into a "let's see if I can manage 50 to get my 100 at the same time" quest. Thank you.
Hi Running Eye - the 100 club website has most of the marathons you'll ever need listed and linked on their site. You don't need to be a member to look around the site, but you might just end up as one if you hang around too long: look what happened to me...
At the end of my penultimate lap I got the bell and a really big cheer, refuelled for the final journey and set off to complete one final bone-crushing concrete lap. I must admit it was a truly humbling experience – I have never been offered more congratulation in the form of high fives, handshakes, hugs & heartfelt words of success and achievement from fellow runners, who were all still trying to complete the latter stages of their own runs. I didn’t quite cry but I was quite grateful that the wind was making my eyes water in case I couldn’t keep the emotions in check. Despite all that I entered the home straight – or 600 yards of straight-line concrete - and saw Mrs RJ and Little Miss RJ waiting near the finish with a friend and his kids (who had kindly driven my family there as I’m normally the chauffeur) and jogged across the line with the world’s biggest smile in 4h3m35s: I don’t know how I managed to speed up on the 3rd marathon in 3 days, as well as having a really enjoyable and interrupted final lap – perhaps switching my brain off after a lap and a half translated into a more relaxed run, or maybe I was just thinking about the destination to worry too much about the journey that day.
Either way, I had a great run for #50 for the year and 100 for the career, and was resoundingly cheered as I crossed the line and was hugged by just about everyone standing there. I had 10 minutes to recover, get my medal and goody bag for the run, and then Traviss (race organiser and coincidentally currently 100-club chairman) gave a really nice (but succinct) speech about how I’d gone about my 100 marathons, prior to presenting me with my club medal and, most importantly, my 100 club vest !! I can finally retire my grubby black and grey (used to be white) Save Canterbury Cathedral running vest and run in royal blue and luminous yellow instead….