Great race report and well done on your performance in the Great Trail Challenge. Doing a tough race like that so soon after your marathon takes some doing. I find cross country running hard enough at the best of times - it's definitely a weakness of mine.
I'm glad to hear you had a great holiday and well done on your time in the HM, especially on such a tough course. It sounds like a really nice race. It's good to be able to combine a holiday with a race like that, you can do races you wouldn't otherwise get to do.
Thanks for the kind words. I think if anything I was suffering from not enough training - due to other commitments I've found it hard to get out more than a couple of times a week since the marathon, and even then I haven't had time to put in as many miles as I'd have liked. I only managed a rather gentle six miles this Sunday as we had a do for my parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday and I was a bit hung over but I'm determined to get a few decent sessions before my next race which is a 10k on Sunday week.
We stayed in Glasgow with my brother and his wife for the weekend then had a couple of days in Edinburgh. We did the obvious tourist things - went on the bus tour of the city, went to the castle, and to Calton Hill, did some shopping. We didn't see the pandas though. Mrs A and I fancied the walk up to Arthur's Seat but probably not a good idea with a 4 year old in tow. My favourite thing was the Camera Obscura museum, that was really good.
Here's a brief race report for the Southend HM on Sunday.
As I mentioned before I didn't have any great expectations of beating my PB of 1:32:42 but was hoping to get close to 1:35. I started off OK, doing the first four miles at 7 min/mile pace but at that point I realised that it didn't have it in my legs to carry on at that pace for the whole race so I eased up slightly, and knocked out the next few miles at a steady 7:25-7:30 pace, so was on course for about 1:35. From about 10 miles I found it harder though and slowed up a bit more, and ended up finishing in 1:36:27. I was slightly disappointed with that time, although on the day I don't think I had it in me to go much faster. I think the fact that I hadn't run more than 12 miles since VLM certainly affected my stamina. The slightly frustrating thing is that all my scheduled races for the rest of the year are 10K's or shorter and I doubt I'll have a chance to do another HM for a while.
Angela - I'm glad you had a good time on Sunday, I look forward to the race report. It would certainly be nice to come up there for one of the park runs but realistically it would be a bit difficult as my Saturdays are normally pretty busy. But if we are going to be in the area any time I will certainly try to get along.
Mr P - sounds like you had a couple of decent runs last weekend. I'm glad you had a good holiday as well.
Dotty - a belated well done for your performance in the Edinburgh marathon. I guess it's not surprising that much of the course is outside the city given how hilly it is but it's a shame that it doesn't actually finish in the city - running down Princes Street for the final stretch would be a good way to finish.
Sarah - Hope you had a good race at the weekend and you have a good holiday.
Malcs - I hope you had a good time in Scotland, it sounds like we just missed you in Edinburgh - you got there just as we were leaving. We actually went up on the train to Glasgow as it works out cheaper than flying as we don't have to pay for our 4 year old on the train or fork out for car parking. Did you spend much time in Glasgow or did you go elsewhere before heading on to Edinburgh?
I haven't checked in for a while - I was away in Scotland for a few days and things have been a bit manic since I got back.
I didn't do any running while I was away but I managed to get a couple of runs in last weekend. I did our local park run for the first time on Saturday - I tried to go at my usual 5k pace but found it surprisingly hard going and finished in a moderate time of 22:24, in sixth place overall. Sunday was a bit better, I did 12 miles at 8 min/mile pace, which was actually the longest run I've done since the marathon. I also went out this lunchtime and did some intervals - 10 x 400m averaging 6:35/mile. Again it was hard work, my legs were fine but my lungs were struggling.
On Sunday I'm doing the Southend HM. On current form I don't expect to get close to my PB (1:32:42) but if I can get near 1:35 I'll be happy enough, although it's a flat course so you never know.
Right, now to catch up and see what you've all been up to.