Firstly apologies for any inane ramblings (well, more inane than normal). I may have accidentally binned off this evening's run, nipped to the pub to watch the 2nd half of the Play Off final, then gone to the chippy for some food and then accidentally bought 6 very large bottles of beer. Ever the athlete
I honestly did read back, but I've forgotten half of it.
I think padams won a couple of races possibly? Well done if so. Jimbob may have appeared in one too?
Dan - well done on toughing out the Mara. No idea on the shoes I'm afraid. No idea on off-road stuff, but I'm sure you'll sort it out.
Lovely to see bains back to it, although 16'54 is far quicker than I've ever ran, so maybe not so lovely.
Some proper quick stuff from Alan B too - top work fella!
As RB has stated, it was his Stag Do last weekend. We somehow ended up running the Windermere Mara as part of it. Whatever happened to Spearmint Rhinos and a kebab in Blackpool eh? Anyway, I was a bit hungover and fuelled by curry. I had also only managed 3 runs in double figures since the 16th Feb (the longest of which was 13 miles), so what could possibly go wrong? I genuinely only intended doing part of it (maybe 15 miles?) I didn't have a pace band for this, instead it was the timetable for the 555 bus from Kendal to Ambleside
Anyway, as it panned out I was ok!! Me, RB and njord ran the whole way together, and basically just arsed about. I remember doing the YMCA (with full dance moves), singing lots of Showaddywaddy songs, walking up a few hills and trying to restrain RB from ripping the head off someone who was running with an ipod in when it distinctly said 'no headphones'. I may have told one or two rather un-PC 'jokes' too. Oh how we laughed....... We may have stopped for a pint at Bowness-on-Windermere at the 20 mile point too. Anyway, one of my slowest ever Marathons (3'34) but BY FAR the most enjoyable. It was an absolute blast!! Here we are at the 24.5 mile mark - that part of the race when you're hating life, and really don't want to be there....
I think the above sums up how seriously we took the race, and also how much fun we had!
Dan - is that a course profile, or a side picture of njord's hair?
LMH - I'm sure you'll get different opinions, but I'd go with what you feel is right for you. I don't think the Kayanos are necessarily that much more cushioned than the Bostons, but they're more supportive in terms of a medial post, pronation control features etc. The Kayano is quite a high support shoe, whereas the Boston is a neutral lightish trainer. So quite different really. I would imagine the grip would be similar(ish) on both though? Just go with what you feel most comfortable in I think.
Decided to have a pop at the parkrun this morn (at Workington, which is a quick course). After so long out I'd have been happy just to break 20 mins TBH, so I was pleased to run 19'01. Would have preferred to be 2 seconds quicker, but we're never happy are we?!?! Still 90 secs or so slower than last time I ran it in early Feb, but it's a gauge as to where I am.
Dan - about 45 mins at a guess. It's only about 25 miles, but the roads aren't the best. Am sure you're sorted re accommodation etc, but if not there's a nice spare double room at ours. Be good to see you if poss - we'll see how things are nearer the time eh?
Dachs - nice one, you've picked a lovely spot to stay. Especially if the weather is like it has been up here for the past few days - absolutely stunning! It's not TOO far either really, depending which side of Wastwater you're staying. If you're reasonably near Great Gable and Kirk Fell then Honister Pass is not too far. We live very cose to Buttermere (at the foot of Honister) which is a lovely little village. Loads of options for top days out from where you're staying though
bains - yes, a fair chance you actually cycled past the shop then! We get LOADS of cyclists coming in. Quite a few from the local clubs, who use us as one of the midway coffee/cake stops on Sunday long rides. But we get loads who are doing the c2c too - the route literally goes past the front door. So yes call in next time you're up this way - I'll buy you a Freddo.
Still doing a bit here. A slow shuffle yesterday, and out with the Cocks again tonight for some hill reps. Lovely