As birthday presents go I think the Blackmore Vale HM is one to be forgotten for future occasions. DD was correct in his appraisal of the situation - BA was spectacularly unimpressed, especially as he recorded a substantial PW
I was hoping for under 1.50 and in the end fluked 1.48.58 and hated every minute. In hindsight I think 57 miles plus 2 crazy spin sessions in the previous 7 days was pushing my luck especially with having to move all the furniture from the downstairs of the house and celebrating BAs retirement in what passes for style here
Anyway my run was rubbish and hills, usually my strong point, were a struggle. However it was still marginally under 8.30mm average on a tough course and 2 mins faster than my first HM after injury so can't be too fed up. 2 more toenails have been consigned to death row [no pardons expected] and I nearly disgraced myself by throwing up on the field at the end
Carrot: fab PB, you must be thinking of a cracking marathon time with the way training is going.
2Old: welcome back to the spring like weather, 20 miles is a good mileage at this stage in the campaign
Pink: sorry you have to withdraw, but having tried to race with a very tight ITB in the past, I think you have done the right thing.
Chick: Believe me there were a lot of slower runners than you out today!!
Nell: seconded on the wind, looking forward to hearing how your training plan goes.
I have just cancelled my spin class for tomorrow morning, I think the running club will be sufficient. BA has just said he doesn't want to go back out in the cold for a birthday meal at a pub if he has to walk for more than 5 minutes [which he would] so I am scratching my head looking at the contents of the fridge and a 650W microwave - this hasn't been planned for Think I might have to ply him with so much alcohol that he doesn't notice he is getting jacket potatoes and cheese for his 'special' dinner.............
BA retired yesterday and tomorrow he will be 69, so lots to celebrate this weekend. He celebrated his retirement by cleaning the bathroom, while I spent the day on a training course for my role as a Macmillan 'Cancer Buddy'. Tomorrow he gets to do a HM! 6 miles yesterday with him and 7 today running to and from the course. The croissants all got eaten by the gannets he worked with, while we are now the possessors of half a very luridly iced fruit cake (homemade and delicious but rather alarming to look at).
AA: look on the bright side - at least you had the bad run in training, not in a race and not in the marathon itself. I expect mine will be at Bramley in 2 weeks [although to be honest nothing much feels right these days on a long run]. Hope it all feels better on the next run.
I have had a sort of cut-back week by accident. Went to the club on Monday and the group below my tempo group needed a leader so did 7 miles at around 9mm with a couple of good hills. Tuesday I was woken at 3.45 by BA crashing around on the way to Toulouse for the day - how can one person make so much disturbance???? Then a day preparing the running club accounts and a mad spin session with hills and speed reps. Wednesday was again spent on accounts and lugging furniture around on my own ready for the kitchen to be ripped out today. Another spin session with 'Death Vader' taking it [not a typo!]. Pyramid hill session punctuated by a time trial and speed intervals - he is a multiple ironman and the class in almost entirely made up of alpha males [and me
5k with BA this afternoon and just as I was about to leave for the club interval session I got a phone call requiring me to go and pick up 80 croissants straightaway [I won't bore you with the details but you are all welcome to BA's funeral]. At least I should be rested for the HM on Sunday..........
DD: doesn't sound as if I'll be running near you at Blackmore
Nell: thinking of changing your name to Eskimo Nell for the next while??
Carrot: hope the race isn't icy - take care
Hope the weather improves for the Wokingham crew - 2Old could have stayed home and skiied. Our house is arctic as the doors have been open all day for the kitchen destroyers so gradually trying to thaw out
Beautiful day in the Forest of Dean for our 30 mile jaunt. Took our time, did run/walk and had 2 tea stops. Felt so good today that we entered the Moorland 10k off road mud fest organised at the Riding for the Disabled Centre this morning. Started steadily and then overtook people all the way in the second half. The mud in places was truly horrific, to the point of being laugh out loud funny at times. Towards the end I was hurtling down a slope between 2 barbed wine fences towards a gate at the bottom. I shouted to the young lad in front 'Beware out of control OAP heading your way' - you have never seen someone move so fast At times the mud was shin deep and quite a few people were seen searching under the surface for one or more shoes - they discovered in the kids fun run that velcro fasteners on shoes are not up to the mud and most of the kids finished carrying their shoes
Got hosed off in the horse yard [having finished in the indoor riding arena] and collected a bottle of wine for first W60
2Old: 17 miles on a treadmill is too much in a 12 month period, never mind in one session
Nell: what are you aiming for in the two marathons? If only I could do your moderate pace as a flat out sprint